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Water in the world - protecting an alpine catchment

Stage 4 (Years 7-8), Geography, Thredbo-Perisher area


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Water in the world - protecting an alpine catchment is a school excursion in Kosciuszko National Park for Stage 4 (Years 7-8) geography students. Learn about the management of water quality at a ski resort and the importance of protected catchments in this area.

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On this school excursion, students will examine the ecological and economic value of Kosciuszko National Park, where rivers, glacial lakes and rare plants and animals are protected. These catchments provide water for irrigation, hydroelectricity, and many communities downstream.

While in the park, students will uncover the features and vulnerabilities of the alpine catchment at Charlotte Pass. They’ll then travel to Perisher ski resort to see the impacts of human use on the environment, and the management strategies used to protect water quality in the area. Lastly, students will head to Rennex Gap to survey the landscape and explore its biodiversity.

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

GE4-1. Locates and describes the diverse features and characteristics of a range of places and environments

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

Objectives Students will: 
  • Examine the climatic processes that cause high precipitation for the mountains of south/east Australia
  • Explore the characteristics of the catchment that retains and regulates the flow of water through the environment
  • Investigate approaches needed to manage human disturbance within the catchment
  • Identify and map the animals and plants of some unique communities found in the alpine and sub-alpine environments, including endangered sphagnum bogs and fens.

Excursion details


Weekdays during school terms from November to May.

Kosciuszko Education Centre, Thredbo-Perisher area
4hrs 30min
Easy. Short walks into the field, occasionally on gravel tracks and uneven surfaces.
$300 per group for up to 25 students (includes GST). For groups over 25 conditions apply.
Meeting point
Kosciuszko Education Centre, Sawpit Creek
Yes. Worksheet masters, weather recording instruments, and flora and fauna identification material will be provided.
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  • in the Thredbo-Perisher area of Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
  • The Thredbo-Perisher area is open all year, but some roads and trails may close due to weather conditions or park management issues. Kosciuszko Road is closed between Perisher and Charlotte Pass in winter (June to October long weekends).
  • Park entry fees apply on Alpine Way and Kosciuszko Road

    Winter (June to October long weekends): $29 per vehicle per day (24hrs from purchase); motorcycles $12; bus passengers $11.45 per adult, $3.60 per child per day. Find out more about the winter entry surcharge.

    Rest of Year: $17 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $7; bus passengers $6.60 per adult, $2.20 per child per day.

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