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Rainforest interactions

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


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Rainforest interactions is a Stage 6 (Years 11-12) school excursion that focuses on geography as a learning area. Students will undertake a geographical investigation of the biophysical processes and their interactions at Minnamurra Rainforest.

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Students will observe first-hand the biophysical processes that influence the rainforest environment in Budderoo National Park. We'll discuss the 4 spheres that shape and impact this landscape. Through discussion, students will learn how an understanding of these factors is needed for sustainable management.

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

Students will engage in fieldwork to measure biotic and abiotic factors, use sampling techniques to identify vegetation structure, record and assess community diversity and examine human impacts. Students will interpret maps, photographs, satellite imagery, graphs and statistics to support their inquiry.

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

P1. Differentiates between spatial and ecological dimensions in the study of geography

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.

P8. Selects, organises and analyses relevant geographical information from a variety of sources.

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

P10. Applies mathematical ideas and techniques to analyse geographical data

P12. Communicates geographical information, ideas and issues using appropriate written and/or cartographic and graphic forms.


Students will:

  • Identify geographic landforms
  • Identify biophysical processes and their interactions at Minnamurra Rainforest
  • Use field techniques to measure and collect biophysical data
  • Describe the geographical processes that form and transform the rainforest
  • Explain how current management strategies are contributing to the sustainable use of the rainforest
  • Use GPS devices to record features and location
  • Observe and record evidence of erosion, weathering and soil compaction.

Excursion details


Weekdays during school terms.

Guided. Available on request. Different length programs are available on consultation.
2-5 hr
Easy. Fieldwork will take place beside a river along the rainforest path.

Minimum $550 per group for up to 25 students, $22 per student (includes GST).

No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Minnamurra Rainforest Centre
Yes. Worksheet masters, pre-activity and post-activity resources. Additional references will be provided on booking.
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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 only in the Minnamurra Rainforest area. Bus or taxi: $4.40 per adult and $2.20 per child.

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