Field Trips

Places are strictly limited, so delegates are reminded to select their preferred field trip at the time of registration.

Field Trip 1 - Manly Dam Tour

Manly DamManly Dam reservoir is located on the Northern Beaches of Sydney and was once the main water supply for parts of Sydney. It is now used for recreation and although it has considerable bushland catchment, it is impacted by various forms of urban runoff and historically had algal blooms. A number of remedial actions such as artificial wetlands and lake destratification have been employed to improve water quality. Visit the site to see restoration measures put in place and talk with researchers who have been involved in the restoration program. This tour also visits the Manly Hydraulics Laboratory where you can inspect hydrological hardware such as test flumes and monitoring equipment as well as talks from researchers at the centre.

This tour departs from Broadway, near UTS, by a hired bus and the return trip is via the Manly Ferry. Pickup from Thomas Street at 9.30 am with light morning tea and lunch supplied during the tour. Expected drop off at Manly Wharf is mid-afternoon. The return ferry takes about 40 mins to return to Circular Quay.

Date: 28 September 2017
Time: 8.30am - 3.00pm
Cost: $55 (includes a packed lunch)

If you wish to attend the Manly Dam Tour, please sign up in the add on section via your online registration.

Field Trip 2 - Sydney Olympic Park Tour

SOPA2ASL invites you on an expert guided tour to Sydney Olympic Park where you will hear stories of the remediation of the site, its environmental initiatives, and the future development plans to create a vibrant township at the Park.

Sydney Olympic Park is located 17km west of Sydney CBD and was the site of the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games – ‘the first Green Games”. With a murky history as a domestic, commercial and industrial waste site, the remediation of this site was the largest project of its kind in Australia and one of the most significant environmental legacies of the Games.

The Sydney Olympic Park Authority has responsibility for the day-to-day and long-term management of the site, including its parkland assets of 430 hectares which include 175 hectares of wetlands.  The Authority is also overseeing the transition of the Park’s town centre to a suburb for over 30,000 workers and 20,000 residents by 2030.

Sydney Olympic Park has a locally-integrated approach to water conservation based on stormwater harvesting, wastewater reprocessing and reducing water demand.  A whole-of-catchment approach has been built into the design of the Park and links management of potable water, recycled water, rainwater, and irrigation water, building design, landscape plantings and aquatic habitats.

For more information about Sydney Olympic Park environmental initiatives, go to

Date: 28 September 2017
Time: 8.30am - 4.00pm
Cost: $55 (includes a packed lunch)

If you wish to attend the Manly Dam Tour, please sign up in the add on section via your online registration.

Field Trip 3 - ASL Indigenous Flows Day Tour


ASL invites you to experience Indigenous culture and traditional knowledge on a day tour of the Royal National Park, one-hour south of Sydney. The park was one of Australia’s first areas of land set aside for conservation and is a natural haven bounded on one side by open ocean. The park boasts a variety of habitat types including sandstone cliffs, wetlands, grassy woodland, rainforests, coastal heathland and eucalypt forests. It is also a great time to observe the annual humpback migration from some of Sydney’s best whale watching places.

The tour will run in collaboration with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and will be led by Dean Kelly, National Parks’ NSW Indigenous liaison officer, who has an intimate connection and rich knowledge of the cultural significance and stories of the Park. We will be guided by Sydney Coast Walks, a certified and highly experienced company who have over 10 years’ experience in walking tours.

We will tour significant geological and cultural sites, including Aboriginal rock carvings at Jibbon Point (djeebahn – “sand bar at low tide”). The tour will include an open-air presentation of traditional water knowledge with an Indigenous Elder and a walking tour with options available for all levels of experience and access. The tour departs from and returns to Broadway, near UTS, by hired coach. Packed lunch and hiking snacks will be provided. Places are limited, so book in now to secure your spot on this day trek

See full itinerary here

Date: 28 September 2017
Time: 7.00am - 7.00pm
Cost: $95

If you wish to attend the Cultural Flows Overnight Tour, please sign up in the add on section via your online registration.

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