Rainforest ecosystems - Minnamurra
Stage 5 (Years 9-10), Science, Budderoo National Park
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 5 (Years 9-10)
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
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.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/education/stage-5-science-rainforest-ecosystems-budderoo-national-park/local-alerts
- School excursion inquiries - Minnamurra Rainforest Centre
- 02 4236 0469
- Budderoo National Park, Minnamurra Falls Road (Tourist Drive No.9), via Jamberoo NSW 2533
- 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.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about Rainforest ecosystems - Minnamurra .
- 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.
- Sealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
Car and bus parking is available in a bitumen carpark at Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, including 2 accessible parking 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). Please note: Students should have their own copy of the excursion worksheet, a clipboard and pencil.
Maps and downloads
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