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Rainforest ecosystems - Minnamurra

Stage 5 (Years 9-10), Science, Budderoo National Park


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Rainforest ecosystems is a Stage 5 (Years 9-10) school excursion in Budderoo National Park which focuses on Science. You'll investigate the biotic and abiotic features of Minnamurra rainforest, the cycling of materials and human interactions.

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Students will then learn about what is done to manage human impacts on this ecosystem.

Students will experience the Minnamurra Rainforest ecosystem and investigate the interactions taking place and gain hands on experience of the living world.

Along the rainforest walk, students will investigate the features of some plants and animals are adaptations for survival in the rainforest environment. Students will also learn about and review solutions to conserving and managing the rainforest ecosystems.

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

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

SC5-14LW. Analyses interactions between components and processes within biological systems

SC5-15LW. Explains how biological understanding has advanced through scientific discoveries, technological developments and the needs of society


Students will:

  • Evaluate some strategies used to balance conserving, protecting and maintaining the quality and sustainability of the environment with human activities and needs
  • Take a guided walk through the rainforest
  • Measure and record abiotic factors of the rainforest ecosystems
  • Record the flora and fauna observed during fieldwork; identify introduced species
  • Observe and record adaptations of plants
  • Draw and label a diagram of an animal and its adaptations
  • Complete food chains relevant to the ecosystem.

Excursion details


Weekdays during school terms.

Guided. Available on request.
2hrs 30min
Easy. Classroom presentation and guided walk through the rainforest.

Minimum $350 per group for up to 25 students, $14 per student (includes GST)

No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Minnamurra Rainforest Centre.
Yes. Worksheet masters, pre and post-activity resources, and additional references will be provided on booking.
If you would like to organise a NPWS school excursion please get in touch with local staff or use the 'Enquire' link for the online form.
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Park info

  • in Budderoo National Park in the South Coast and Country NSW regions
  • Budderoo National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. The park gates at Minnamurra Rainforest Centre open at 9am and close at 5pm every day.

  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day only in the Minnamurra Rainforest area. Bus or taxi: $4.40 per adult and $2.20 per child.

    Buy annual pass
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