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A local ecosystem Minnamurra

Stage 6 (Years 11-12), Biology, Budderoo National Park


School excursions in NSW national parks

We are currently taking bookings for school excursions. Not all excursions are being delivered as per the usual program due to rules outlined by NSW Health. Alternative learning options with NPWS include online digital resources or incursions delivered at your school. Please contact your National Parks education contact or the relevant local park office for more information.

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This excursion experience has been updated and is now being delivered in line with the new NSW Department of Education Curriculum. We will be revising this excursion's name and information online soon. Contact your local national parks office for more information about the updated excursion.

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Explore Minnamurra Rainforest in Budderoo National Park during a case study of a local ecosystem for biology Stage 6 (Years 11-12) students. Investigate the biotic and abiotic features, the cycling of materials, human interactions and management of human impacts on the ecosystem.

Budderoo National Park offers visitors a rare opportunity to view rainforest that once covered vast areas of the Illawarra region. Minnamurra Rainforest is particularly special because of its diversity of rainforests types, and the range of wildlife that exists within a relatively small area.

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

Stage Stage 6 (Years 11-12)
Learning area Biology

Students will:

  • Identify some of the distinguishing features of the rainforest, as a local ecosystem
  • Use scientific instruments to measure some abiotic factors in the rainforest
  • Observe the plants and animals that live in the rainforest
  • Discuss the adaptations of rainforest species to their environment
  • Measure and record abundance and distribution of species using a transect and quadrats
  • Identify some of the relationships between rainforest species, including symbiosis.

Excursion details

Guided. Available on request.
Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, Budderoo National Park
2-5 hr
Easy. Fieldwork in the sample area and along the Rainforest Loop walk.

$500 per group for up to 25 students, $20 per student (includes GST)

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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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.

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