School excursion

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.
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All the practical information you need to know about Rainforest ecosystems - Minnamurra .

Program outline

  • 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.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • 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.

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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

Not wheelchair-accessible