School excursion

Minnamurra Rainforest - an Ecosystem at Risk

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

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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

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

1 hr 45 min, includes a presentation, guided walk of the Rainforest Loop walk.
Guided. Available on request. Available on request with prior notification and subject to staff availability.
Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, Budderoo National Park
Easy. Presentation and guided walk through the rainforest
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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Info for teachers

All the practical information you need to know about Minnamurra Rainforest - an Ecosystem at Risk.

Program outline

  • Welcome, introductions, safety briefing and acknowledgement - 5 mins
  • Classroom presentation - 30 mins
  • Group discussion and question time - 10 mins
  • Guided walk through rainforest - 60 mins
  • Optional self-guided walk to waterfall - 60 mins

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 at Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, including designated disabled spots.

Note that coach bookings are essential prior to arrival.

What to bring

Students should wear enclosed shoes, layered clothing (including a raincoat if wet weather is likely) and a hat, and bring a refillable water bottle. Students should have their own copy of the excursion worksheet, a clipboard and pencil.

Maps and downloads

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 - easy

This area is wheelchair accessible. Access to the picnic area, cafe and first 500m of the loop walk is assisted access. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.

Minnamurra river, Budderoo National Park. Photo credit: Michael Van Ewijk © DPIE