Field Trips

Full day field trips along the Sydney coast will be held on Friday 11 March 2016. All day trips will have lunch provided. Details on field trips will be updated here throughout 2015.


Post-conference field trips include One Tree Island and the South Coast of NSW.

One Tree Island, Great Barrier Reef

One Tree Island

One Tree Island

Have you ever thought about taking your research to One Tree Island Research Station? This is a perfect opportunity to visit Sydney University’s research station in the Great Barrier Reef to plan your future research! It is truly a special place, one of the few scientific reserves in the Great Barrier Reef and that means that you can only go there with a scientific or education permit.

South Coast NSW

Following on from a one day field trip to Wollongong, Andy Short and Colin Woodroffe will continue on down the NSW coast, for a 2-day post-conference tour. Cost per person is $700 (AUD). A full schedule and locations can be found here.

South Coast NSW
Seven Mile Beach (left) and Green Patch in Jervis Bay (right), South Coast, NSW

Full-day field trips

Sydneys Northern Beaches
Peter Cowell will be leading a tour of some of Sydney’s most beautiful and most researched beaches. Locations include Narrabeen-Collaroy, well known for a dataset that stretches back over 30 years and Palm Beach, the site of many studies. All beaches to be visited have good waves, so be prepared to go bodysurfing.

Aerial view of Barranjoey Headland and Palm Beach, Northern Beaches

Aerial view of Barranjoey Headland and Palm Beach, Northern Beaches (source: H. Lund, Tourism NSW)

Sydney’s Eastern Beaches
Rob Brander will lead a short tour from Bronte to Bondi, covering the coastal geomorphology of some of Sydneys most premium real estate. This trip is only 2-3 hours and you can stay at Bondi at the end if you choose. Pick this trip if you want time to go for a surf or want to see other sites around Sydney at your leisure.

Sydneys Eastern Beaches including Bondi, Tamarama and Bronte

Cape to Cape (Botany Bay)
From Cape Banks near La Perouse to Cape Solander (location of surf break “Ours”), Bruce Thom guides a tour around Botany Bay. Topics include geology, geomorphology and coastal engineering as well as Australian history. Additional sites visited include industrial Port Botany and Sydney Airport, the groyne field at Brighton-Monterey, Cook’s Landing at Kurnell and Cronulla Beach.


Botany Bay (Google Earth)

Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains has it all geomorphologically speaking: uplifts, igneous activity, erosion, sedimentary deposition and metamorphic changes. These have combined to produce an amazing landscape well deserving its World Heritage Listing ( This tour will be led by Tom Hubble and will take in Cahills Lookout, Govetts Leap Lookout and Katoomba, including the Three Sisters (image below).


Three Sisters, Blue Mountains (source: Wikipedia)

Hawkesbury River
A cruise along the Hawkesbury River, sponsored by Hornsby Shire Council, will examine a number of projects including estuary management, water quality monitoring and the oyster growing industry. Participants must wear closed shoes for walking.

Views of the Hawkesbury River

Andy Short and Colin Woodroffe will be leading a one day field trip to Wollongong, this trip will then continue as an optional post-conference 2-day tour of South Coast NSW.

Sea Cliff Bridge, Coalcliff, NSW

Sea Cliff Bridge, Coalcliff NSW

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