School excursion

Protecting landscapes - Minnamurra rainforest

Stage 4 (Years 7-8), Geography, Budderoo National Park

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Protecting landscapes Minnamurra rainforest is a school excursion in Budderoo National Park for Stage 4 (Years 7-8) high school students focusing on geography. Explore and investigate what makes a rainforest special and the connections to other rainforest, environments and people.

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Students will experience a true rainforest with buttressed trees, strangler figs, hanging vines, epiphytic orchids and ferns and learn about the animals and other living things that depend on the forest.

For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers

Stage Stage 4 (Years 7-8)
Key learning area Geography
Student outcomes

GE4-4. Examines perspectives of people and organisations on a range of geographical issues

GE4-5. Discusses management of places and environments for their sustainability

GE4-7. Acquires and processes geographical information by selecting and using geographical tools for inquiry


Students will:

  • Take a guided walk through a rainforest
  • Locate and describe features of the rainforest
  • Acquire information about the geographical processes that shape this environment: atmospheric, biotic, geomorphic, and hydrologic
  • Describe the basic operations of a rainforest
  • Describe the interactions of humans with this environment, including Aboriginal people
  • Observe and identify management practices within the rainforest and understand their importance
  • Explain how individuals, community organisations and government actions contribute to the management of this environment
  • Describe the current use of this environment and suggest strategies for future ecological sustainability

Excursion details


Weekdays during school term.

Guided. Available on request.
Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, Budderoo National Park
1hr 45min
Easy. Classroom presentation and guided walk through the rainforest.

Minimum $300 per group for up to 25 students, $12 per student (includes GST)

Meeting point
Minnamurra Rainforest Centre.
Yes. Worksheet masters, pre and post-activity resources, and additional references will be provided on booking.
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All the practical information you need to know about Protecting landscapes - Minnamurra rainforest.

Program outline

  • Welcome, introductions, safety briefing and acknowledgement
  • Classroom presentation
  • Group discussion and question time
  • Guided walk through rainforest
  • Optional self-guided walk to waterfall

Getting there and parking

Minnamurra Rainforest Centre is located in the foothills of Jamberoo Valley, west of Kiama on the NSW South Coast. To get there from Jamberoo, drive west on Jamberoo Road and turn left onto Jamberoo Mountain Road. Take the first right onto Minnamurra Falls Road, and you’ll find Minnamurra Rainforest Centre about 3km along to the end of the road.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather


Car and bus parking is available at Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, including designated disabled spots.

Note that coach bookings are essential prior to arrival.

What to bring

Please wear fully enclosed shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, wet weather gear, and lunch which should be low waste with a refillable water bottle. Students should bring gear in a backpack or similar (not plastic bags).

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Pre activity briefing: participants will be briefed at the start of the activity/day.

Safety equipment: NPWS staff carry radios and first aid kits, hold current first aid certificates and are aware of emergency procedures.

Staff accreditation: NPWS staff have current Senior First Aid accreditation. They are experienced in working with groups of students in the natural environment and have excellent knowledge of the specific areas they are visiting including potential hazards. NPWS is committed to a Child Safe and Friendly Environment. Our staff have been screened for child-related employment and have completed a Working with Children Check.

Emergencies: NPWS staff are trained to deal with emergencies and emergency procedures are in place. Ongoing supervision of a student following first aid treatment will be the responsibility of the visiting school.

Risk assessment and risk benefits

Our rangers and guides have the technical skill and experience to assess the risks and the benefits of a variety of activities delivered as part of our learning programs.

We believe in including opportunities that allow students to learn and experience for themselves through exploration in the natural environment.

Please make your own risk assessment based on the information provided. Detailed potential risks and controls are provided for the site to assist teachers in risk management planning. Teachers and carers should be aware of, and consider the needs, abilities and medical conditions of students when visiting this site. The supervision of students remains the responsibility of the teacher. The school must ensure an adequate number of adult supervisors are present.


Disability access level - easy

This area is wheelchair accessible. Access to the picnic area, cafe and first 500m of the loop walk is assisted access. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.

Minnamurra Rainforest, Budderoo National Park. Photo: David Finnegan