Field Trips

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

Field Trip 1 - 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: 9.30am - 2.00pm (new times)
Cost: $30 (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 - 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 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 adventure.

Presentation by Yuin elder Uncle Max ‘Dulamunmun’ Harrison

Uncle Max is an initiated Yuin man, is the knowledge holder and teacher of the guides at NNCA. They have undertaken his teachings passed down to him by 5 masters of Aboriginal Lore. Uncle Max is a widely respected elder, he has been on the National Board of Elders, released several books on Aboriginal Culture including ‘My Peoples Dreaming’, given knowledge and is a recognised teacher of the University of Wollongong.
He led the opening Traditional Ceremony for Sydney 2011 and 2012 Australia Day Celebrations and is well respected all along the South Coast of New South Wales with his work as a community elder in his native Yuin country, although his involvement on walks on country are now limited he still plays a vital part in NNCA by advising and overseeing his family uphold and share Yuin culture.

one 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 Day Tour, please sign up in the add on section via your online registration.

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