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Field Trips

Potential fieldtrips are listed below. Stay tuned for more!


Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve

The Wombeyan Caves are situated between Taralga and Mittagong. They became the first protected caves in Australia in 1865. The tour will include a guided cave (Kooringa) and a self-guided cave (Fig Tree Cave). For the more adventurous participants, the self-guide cave (Tinted Cave), followed by a strenuous undulating bush-walk to our research cave (Wildman’s Cave) and return would be another option.

Dates: Saturday 7th, Sunday 8th (depending on numbers)
Duration: 7am-7pm
Start from/return to UNSW (~3.5 hours drive) by bus
Price: $100/person (includes transport and entry to the caves)
Min/Max number of persons: 20-45

Register for The Wombeyan Caves

Attendees need to be physically fit as this field trip includes a strenuous bush-walk of a few km, including steep slopes, steps and vertical fixed ladders.

What to bring: Water, packed lunch and snacks for the day. Appropriate clothing for bush-walking (hiking boots, sun hat, sun screen, backpack for water bottles and snacks). Please be aware of snakes and dress accordingly. There is a kiosk at the Wombeyan Caves that sells a very basic range of food (canned drinks, ice cream, microwave pies, coffee, etc.). Water is available on-site, but we would recommend to pack enough water and food for your needs for the whole day.

Children: Delegates with young families could choose to take the coach and not do the all (or even any) the tours, and instead enjoy the wildlife and some shorter walks on site. Hundreds of very tame kangaroos are guaranteed. Wombats, snakes, echidna, lyre birds, possums and gliders are all possible.

Adventurous delegates could choose to hire a 4WD (at their own time and expense, the airport is normally the best place for 4WD) and take the Wombeyan Caves Road (at their own risk) and meet the coach group there. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wombeyan_Caves_Road. It’s 1.5 hours of amazing scenery and dirt road. Drivers will meet at UNSW at the same time, and will drive in a convoy, meeting the coach at Wombeyan.

There is no mobile coverage by any service provider. There is no wireless or internet of any kind. There is one public pay phone on site. There are no shops within one-hour drive. Nearest hospital is at Goulburn Base Hospital (>1 hour drive). Helicopter landing is possible.

Basic Insurance is included however we advise you take your own personal Insurance out as well: Fieldtrip Insurance disclaimer
Further information on the Bushwalk can be found here: Bushwalk info


Ulladulla fossil walk

Ulladulla coast presents very well preserved Permian marine invertebrate fossils in a ~270Ma old Wandrawandian Siltstone. The abundant fossils are typical of a Permian cold water fauna and include twenty species of Echinoderms, mostly Crinoid (sea lilies); Bryozoans, mostly Fenestellid (sea fans); Brachiopods, chiefly spiny Productids and Spiriferids; Molluscs, mainly Bivalves; and Gastropods; solitary Rugose horn corals, and a branching colonial coral which are rare. Some bioturbated (reworking of sediment by organisms) horizons display a range of trace fossils including burrows, tracks and feeding trails. Plant fossils are also preserved in this shallow near-shore marine deposit as pieces of carbonized wood.


Narooma accretionary complex and Chevron fold

On Narooma Beach, in the Eurobodalla region of NSW, there are some very impressive rock formations, including the amazing "chevron" folded rocks, which outcrop midway between the beach headlands. The remarkable folding pattern exhibited in these rocks is the result of tremendous pressure coming from the Pacific Tectonic Plate's collision with the land: this collision has effectively foreshortened the existing layered rock into a zig zag pattern.

The continental crust of eastern Australia formed along the margin of the supercontinent of Gondwana during the Palaeozoic and early Mesozoic ages. It resulted from an increase in size by gradual external addition of oceanic crust, recycled continent-derived turbidite (material which has been subject to ocean currents), and volcanic activity.

Please note: the above fieldtrips are not included in the registration fee. More details to follow.
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Key Dates

  • Call for Abstracts Open1st September 2018
  • Super Early Bird Registration1st – 7th September 2018
  • Early Bird Registration8th September 2018
  • Early Bird Registration Close28th February 2019
  • Standard Registration1st March 2019
  • Call for Abstracts Close20th April 2019
  • Final Notification of Abstracts17th May 2019
  • ICP13 2nd – 6th September 2019