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Environmental change and management at Wattamolla

Stage 5 (Years 9-10), Geography, Royal National Park


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Join us at beautiful Wattamolla in Royal National Park for this Stage 5 (Years 9-10) Geography excursion. Students will acquire new fieldwork skills as we investigate the environmental status of the coastal and woodland environments.

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Students will investigate and determine both the natural processes and human influences impacting the environment here. High visitation by both tourists and locals makes this an ideal site to consider how a natural place should be sustainably managed. 

We'll discuss the current management responses in place to mitigate impacts, and whether these are proving effective. 

Through this immersive, real-life fieldwork scenario, students will develop their skills in environmental surveying, mapping, critical thinking and discussion. They'll come away with a real-world understanding of the problems environmental managers face, and some of the solutions available.

This excursion is designed to support the Environmental Change and Management K-10 Geography syllabus. 

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

Stage Stage 5 (Years 9-10)
Learning area Geography
Student outcomes

GE5-2. Explains processes and influences that form and transform places and environments

GE5-3. Analyses the effect of interactions and connections between people, places and environments

GE5-4. Accounts for perspectives of people and organisations on a range of geographical issues

GE5-5. Assesses management strategies for places and environments for their sustainability

GE5-7. Acquires and processes geographical information by selecting and using appropriate and relevant geographical tools for inquiry


Students will:

  • Consider the environmental issues and impacts at Wattamolla Beach
  • Practice field sketch techniques and identify features of the coastline
  • Measure abiotic factors along the sand dunes
  • Identify plants along the revegetated sand dunes
  • Dip net for freshwater animals to determine the health of the creek
  • Review and discuss the management responses of NPWS and other stakeholders and agencies

Excursion details


Weekdays during school term.

Guided. Available on request.
Easy. Guided activities along a beach, across sand dunes and along a creek.

$24 per student for groups of 25 or more. GST included. For smaller groups conditions apply.

No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Meet at Wattamolla carpark. Please note, there is no mobile phone reception in this area.
Yes. All field equipment provided.
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Park info

  • in Royal National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and South Coast regions
  • Royal National Park is open 7am to 8.30pm but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day. Payment options include Audley Visitor Centre, vehicle entry stations, pay machines and the Park’nPay app.

    Vehicles over 8 seats: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). Students on educational programs: $1.10 per student. Teachers/educational supervisors: free (1 adult per 10 students).

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