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Kinchega National Park field study

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

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Join a ranger in sampling abiotic factors and use these to assess the abundance and distribution of plants and animals on the floodplain sand dune interface, as part of the Preliminary Biology or Senior Science field studies.

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Explore the ecosystems within the oldest National Park in Western NSW to see how plants and animals have adapted to live on floodplains, sand plains and dune fields, overflow lake systems and lunettes. 

Use practical techniques to measure factors including plant type and density, soil pH and moisture, light, slope and elevation. Investigate the landscape and geology of the area to gain a clear picture of the historical and environmental forces at play.

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

BIO11/12-2. Designs and evaluates investigations in order to obtain primary and secondary data and information

BIO11-10. Describes biological diversity by explaining the relationship between a range of organisms in terms of specialisation for selected habitats and evolution of species


Students will:

  • Compare the abiotic characteristics of two terrestrial environments
  • Identify the factors determining the distribution and abundance of species within environments
  • Measure environmental factors affecting both native flora and fauna
  • Undertake quadrat surveys across multiple ecosystems
  • Investigate the relationship between plants, animals and the natural environment.

Excursion details

Subject to staff availability
Medium. Uneven surfaces and short steep sections. Wheelchair accessibility is hard.

$10 per student

Meeting point
Woolshed carpark
No. Technical equipment and workbooks are provided. Students will need a pencil, a ruler, a smart device with suggested free downloads and a clipboard to lean on as well as a simple calculator.
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All the practical information you need to know about Kinchega National Park field study.

Program outline

  • Students meet the Ranger at the Historic Kinchega Woolshed carpark for an introduction to Kinchega National Park
  • Students walk 300m to study site and help set up quadrants
  • Students walk transect collecting biotic and abiotic data
  • Students use random quadrats to sample area for biotic data
  • Students measure the heights of trees using different methods
  • Students discuss arid adaptions with Discovery Ranger

Getting there and parking

From Broken Hill:

  • Take Menindee Road, which becomes Nr Menindee - Broken Hill Road as you leave town
  • This takes you all the way to Menindee and the entrance of Kinchega National Park

On entering Kinchega National Park:

  • Take Woolshed Drive
  • The Kinchega Woolshed is 15km from the park entrance

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as roads in Kinchega National Park can be closed in heavy rain.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only


Parking is available at the Kinchega Woolshed.

What to bring

Everyone needs to wear a hat and sunscreen, bring 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).

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Disability access level - hard

Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.