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Ecosystems at risk at Towra Point Nature Reserve

Stage 6 (Years 11-12), Geography, Towra Point Nature Reserve


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Senior students will hone their fieldwork skills in this Stage 6 (Years 11-12) geography excursion at Towra Point Nature Reserve. This Ramsar-listed wetland is the largest and most botanically diverse estuarine wetland remaining in the Sydney region.

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The wetland at Towra Point is an ideal location for students to study a vulnerable ecosystem at risk.

Students will learn about the historical uses of this site and the impacts nearby Botany Bay has had on the wetlands over time. We'll discuss why this site holds international significance and protection. 

We'll examine the mangrove environment up close, so please be prepared to get muddy and wet. 

Students will discuss the current management plans in place to protect this fragile ecosystem, and how these may be strengthened over time.

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:

  • Examine evidence of past land use at Towra Point and identify changes to the natural vegetation type
  • Construct a transect in the wetland
  • Identify significant plant communities and analyse the success or problems associated with management strategies
  • Observe plants such as the grey mangrove and identify adaptations
  • Observe human impacts on the ecosystem, such as salt water inundation into a fresh water lagoon
  • Observe the effects of erosion on the environment
  • Collect data in order to illustrate biophysical interactions 

Excursion details


Weekdays during school term.

Guided. Available on request.
4-5 hr
Medium. Guided activities along a track and some long grass, through water in a mangrove area and on a beach. No climbing is involved. Insect repellant advised.

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

No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Meet at Cronulla Wastewater Treatment Plant carpark, Captain Cook Drive, Cronulla
Yes. All equipment is provided.
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Park info

  • in Towra Point Nature Reserve in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Towra Point Nature Reserve is accessible by boat only. Access to the land is available on special consent for research and educational purposes only. Contact the local Area office on 9668 2000.

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