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Royal National Park Environmental Education Centre

Royal National Park Environmental Education Centre

Telephone02 9542 1951

Planning an excursion

Risk assessment

After you book an excursion, we will email you background information and a draft risk assessment. Use the information to assist you in preparing your own risk assessment.

Booking buses

Please consider the following when booking buses:

  • What is their cancellation policy? We recommend booking with a company that allows schools to cancel on the morning of the excursion without penalty. It is disappointing if you have had to cancel one, two or three days ahead based on a forecast, and wake up to a beautiful day.
  • Will the bus be staying at the venue all day or leaving and returning? This is helpful information when making a decision based on the weather.
  • Ensure you confirm drop off and pick up locations and times at the time of booking and with the driver on the day.


If you are planning an excursion to Bonnie Vale/mangroves, rock platforms or other coastal areas, please look at the tides 2021 as you study your school calendar. A low tide in the morning or middle of the day is ideal.

Earth friendly lunch

Please encourage students to bring an Earth friendly lunch. Many sites have no bins so we will ask students to take their rubbish home with them. At the centre we supply bins for recycling, worm farm and compost.

An Earth Friendly lunch may include:

  • sandwiches wrapped in grease-proof paper
  • fresh fruit
  • snacks in reusable containers
  • reusable water bottle


As most of our programs are outdoors, we may have to postpone your visit if the predicted weather or fire danger rating compromises safety. We will reschedule your excursion as quickly as possible.

Check Sydney's weather forecast or a more detailed forecast for Loftus (visits to the EEC, Audley) or Bundeena (visits to Bonnie Vale, Jibbon). Please contact us if you have any concerns on the mobile number provided on your Booking Confirmation.

Choosing a site

We have listed recommended sites for our excursions on the Fieldwork programs pages. Use our map to familiarise yourself with the facilities, access and meeting points at some of our popular sites.