School excursion

Venture to the falls

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

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Venture to the falls is a school excursion in Dorrigo National Park for Stage 4 (Years 7-8) students focusing on geography as a KLA. Starting at the spectacular Skywalk over the canopy, this activity explores subtropical rainforest on a graded downhill walk to the suspension bridge at Crystal Shower Falls.

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There's plenty of time for observation and discussion of how plants and animals have evolved curious and wonderful strategies to maximise their survival. The activity also covers differing uses of the rainforest, reflecting people's attitudes and values past and present.

Geography 4G2: Global Environments

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

4.1. Identifies and gathers geographical information.

4.6. Describes the geographical processes that form and transform environments.

4.8. Describes the interrelationships between people and environments.


Students will:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the features and characteristics of places and environments across a range of scales
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of interactions between people, places and environments.

Excursion details

Guided. Available on request.

$305 per group (includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. For groups over 30 conditions apply.

No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Dorrigo Rainforest Centre.
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    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).

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    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 - no wheelchair access

    Please let us know if you have someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.