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Biophysical interactions at Wattamolla

Stage 6 (Years 11-12), Geography, Royal National Park


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Senior students will hone their fieldwork skills in this Stage 6 (Years 11-12) geography excursion at Wattamolla. Located in Royal National Park, Wattamolla offers students a complex site to study biophysical interactions. 

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Students will observe first-hand the biophysical processes that influence this coastal environment of beach, rocky platforms and freshwater creek. We'll discuss the 4 spheres that shape and impact this landscape.

Students will undertake a scientific investigation to determine biotic and abiotic factors here. They'll use their surveying and mapping skills to form a comprehensive audit of the site and the factors impacting it.

As mock land managers they'll determine the best approach for sustainable management of visitation. Their prescribed role will be to reduce the negative impact on this sensitive coastal ecosystem.

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

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

P2. Describes the interactions between the four components which define the biophysical environment.

P3. Explains how a specific environment functions in terms of biophysical factors.

P9. Uses maps, graphs and statistics, photographs and fieldwork to conduct geographical inquiries.


Students will:

  • Explore and sketch the headland and rock platform to see first-hand the interactions between the hydrosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere and biosphere
  • Collect and use digital images
  • Practise field sketch techniques using maps and a Google Earth image
  • Measure the abiotic factors of the fore dune and hind dune
  • Identify plants along the revegetated sand dune
  • Observe and analyse changes made to the carpark and surf club area
  • Dip-net for fresh water animals to determine the health of the creek
  • Consider the impact of climate change on the environment
  • Consider the issues and impacts at Wattamolla posed by humans and the management responses of NPWS and other agencies.

Excursion details


Weekdays during school term.

Guided. Available on request.
Medium. Guided activities along a beach, across sand dunes and along a creek.

$28 per student for groups of 25 or more. GST included. For smaller groups conditions apply.

No wheelchair access
Yes. All field equipment provided.
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  • in Royal National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and South Coast regions
  • Royal National Park is open 7am to 8.30pm but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day. Payment options include Audley Visitor Centre, vehicle entry stations, pay machines and the Park’nPay app.

    Vehicles over 8 seats: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). Students on educational programs: $1.10 per student. Teachers/educational supervisors: free (1 adult per 10 students).

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