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Minnamurra Rainforest - an Ecosystem at Risk

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

Overview

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Conduct a geographical investigation of Minnamurra Rainforest, a case study of an ecosystem at risk. Exploring its functioning, management and protection.

HSC Geography: Ecosystems at Risk.

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This location 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)
Key learning area Geography
Objectives

Students will:

  • identify the key features of the rainforest as an ecosystem at risk
  • explore the geographical processes that form and transform the rainforest
  • gain an understanding of the vulnerability of this ecosystem to natural stress and to external and internal human impacts
  • explain the factors that place this ecosystem at risk
  • recognise the importance of protecting and managing this ecosystem
  • identify current management strategies and explain how these contribute to ecological sustainability.

Excursion details

When
1 hr 45 min, includes a presentation, guided walk of the Rainforest Loop walk.
Availability
Guided. Available on request. Available on request with prior notification and subject to staff availability.
Where
Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, Budderoo National Park
Grading
Easy. Presentation and guided walk through the rainforest
Accessibility
Easy
Meeting point
Minnamurra Rainforest Centre.
Equipment
provided
Yes. Worksheet masters, pre and post-activity resources, and additional references will be provided on booking.
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.
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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 (Minnamurra Rainforest area only). Bus or taxi: $4.40 per adult and $2.20 per child.

    Buy annual pass
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Minnamurra river, Budderoo National Park. Photo: Michael van Ewijk