Mountain Ecosystems - Falls Creek

This field trip will be offered in 2024 as MOUNTAIN ECOSYSTEMS ENV3ME (15 credit points)

Field trip dates: Early December (date not yet confirmed)

Subject dates: Term 6 2023

Field trip cost: $630. Includes food, accommodation and travel

What you'll learn

In this field course you will explore alpine and sub-alpine ecosystems in detail during daytime excursions, team based research work, and through evening discussions and lectures. The course will cover aspects of alpine geology, hydrology, soils, and aquatic and terrestrial plant and animal communities. Current and potential future threats to alpine ecosystems will also be addressed.

This subject is an introduction to field research and will be suitable for aspiring park managers, ecologists and anyone interested in a career working in science and the environment.

Pre-trip and post-trip requirements

Pre-trip materials including background reading will be provided online. Your knowledge of the concepts and details will be assessed before the field trip to Falls Creek.

Post field trip commitments will involve completion of a report based on the project work you have conducted.

Travel information

Those taking the subject will spend half a day travelling by bus from the Albury-Wodonga campus to Falls Creek, Victoria, and another half day on the return journey.

Five full days will be spent on the High Plains studying the ecology of the flora and fauna and aspects of the physical environment.


  • The subject has a quota based on academic performance in the previous year and semester 1 subjects.
  • It is expected that students doing this subject will have completed 45 credit points of 2nd year science subjects. If this is not the case, you will need to seek an exemption from the Subject Coordinator.
  • This subject is open to students on ALL campuses.
  • Apart from the field trip, other content will be delivered online.


Students who withdraw from the subject after the specified cut off date will not be refunded the accommodation component of the field trip.