Field trips

Field trips are an important part of undergraduate and graduate study within many of our courses, giving our students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and to understand and analyse real world contexts.

As well as providing experiences essential to developing students' geographical and geological knowledge, field trips help students develop strong cross-cultural skills and an awareness of diverse environments. See Recognising Indigenous Connections to Country for more information on how we strive to study our environment.

How we do field trips

Many of our subjects include short field trips, but we also feature longer intensive field classes in China, East Timor, Aotearoa-New Zealand, Tasmania, Arnhem Land, Western Victoria and Melbourne.

Auriel Yeap made two videos about the GEOG90007 - China Field Class PG subject.

First year field trips

ERTH10002 - Understanding Planet Earth

Location: Phillip Island
Dates: 18–20 September 2021
Staff contact: Anne-Marie Tosolini

Cost: $330 payable by 12 September 2021

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Second year field trips

Second and later year students are required to provide their own field compass, hammer and hand lends. The Geological Hammer and Field Notebook can be purchased online.

GEOL20001 - Geology of South East Australia

Location: Otway Coast
Dates: 5–10 February 2021
Staff contact: Stephen Gallagher

Cost: $600 payable by 31 January 2021

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GEOL20002 - Structural and Metamorphic Geology

Location: Cape Libtrap
Dates: 19–21 March 2021
Staff contact: Sandra McLaren

Cost: $180 payable by 8 March 2021

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GEOL20003 - Earth Composition, Minerals and Magmas

Location: Western Victoria Volcanoes
Dates: 26–28 March 2021
Staff contact: Eleanor Green

Cost: $300 payable by 12 March 2021

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GEOL20004 - Field Mapping and Sedimentary Geology (Summer)

Location: Buchan
Dates: 23–30 January 2021
Staff contact: Stephen Gallagher

Cost: $550 payable by 15 January 2021

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GEOL20004 - Field Mapping and Sedimentary Geology (Winter)

Location: Buchan
Dates: 26 June–3 July 2021
Staff contact: Stephen Gallagher

Cost: $550 payable by 15 June 2021

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GEOG20001 - Society and Environments

Location: Melbourne Zoo
Dates: TBC
Staff contact: TBC

Cost: TBC

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Third year field trips

Second and later year students are required to provide their own field compass, hammer and hand lends. The Geological Hammer and Field Notebook can be purchased online.

ATOC30008 - Atmospheric Processes and Composition

Location: Wombat Flux Tower, University of Melbourne
Dates: 1 April 2021
Staff contact: Claire Vincent

Cost: $50 payable by 26 March 2021

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ERTH30001/GEOL90005 - Hydrogeology/Environmental Geochemistry

Location: Otway Basin / lab work
Dates: 20–21 Mar 2021
Staff contact: Ralf Haese

Cost: $90 payable by 8 March 2021

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GEOL30002 - Tectonics and Geodynamics

Location: East Gippsland
Dates: 14–20 Feb 2021
Staff contact: Sandra McLaren

Cost: $365 payable by 1 February 2021

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GEOL30006 - Economic Geology

Location: Bendigo
Dates: 30 Sep 2021
Staff contact: David Phillips

Cost: $70 payable by 16 September 2021

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GEOL30007 - Geobiology

Location: Fossil Beach / Batesford
Dates: 3 May 2021
Staff contact: Stephen Gallagher

Cost: $70 payable by 28 April 2021

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GEOL30009 - Advanced Field Geology

Location: Flinders Ranges
Dates: 4–16 Jul 2021
Staff contact: Mark Quigley

Cost: $600 payable by 21 June 2021

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GEOG30007/GEOG90007 - China Field Class/China Field Class PG

Location: China
Dates: TBC
Staff contact: TBC

Cost: TBC

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GEOG30023/GEOG90026 - Global Climate change in context/Global Climate Change in Context PG

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Dates: TBC
Staff contact: TBC

Cost: TBC

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GEOG30025/GEOG90027 - Biogeography & Ecology of Fire/Biogeography and Ecology of Fire PG

Location: Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
Dates: TBC
Staff contact: TBC

Cost: TBC

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GEOG30026/GEOG90025 - East Timor Field Class/East Timor Field Class PG

Location: East Timor
Dates: TBC
Staff contact: TBC

Cost: TBC

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GEOG30027 - Local Sites Global Connections

Location: TBC
Dates: TBC
Staff contact: TBC

Cost: TBC

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Information for students travelling on a field trip

  • Medical questionnaire

    Before your first field trip, you need to complete a medical questionnaire and submit it to the School of Geography, Atmospheric and Earth Sciences front office.

    Download the medical questionnaire (PDF 95.4 KB)

  • Student Travel Insurance

    If you are going on an overseas trip - including New Zealand - you must apply for Student Travel Insurance first. Detailed information on insurance is available at the Current Students site, but useful advice specifically for students in our School is below:

    • We recommend registering your proposed Travel at least seven University Business Days prior to your Departure Date. Applications registered outside University Business Hours (eg Saturday, or Sunday) will be delivered to the applicable approver the next University Business Day (eg: Monday).
    • If your Application is not fully processed before the registered Departure Date, the automated Online System will “expire” it.  This is because the University has no authority (from the Travel Insurer) to issue Travel Insurance for a “journey” on or after the actual Departure Date. If your Application is expired by the system you automatically receive a system-generated email to let you know.
    • Please make sure to direct your registration to Faculty of Science > School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
    • Select the Course Coordinator as the "Initial Staff Approver"
        • East Timor Field Class: Dr Lisa Palmer (GEOG30007/GEOG90007)
        • New Zealand Field Class: Prof Russell Drysdale (GEOG30023/GEOG90026)
        • China Field Class: Prof Mark Wang (GEOG30007/GEOG90007)
    • The Itinerary Table must record the approved UoM “Business/ Course related” Travel Dates (up to a maximum of 14 days) and all other (Incidental) Personal Travel Days occurring Before, During or After the prescribed UoM “Business/ Course related” Travel Dates
  • Payments

    You can make payment for field trips, course notes and field equipment via the Science online store.

    If you are withdrawing from the subject

    In order to gain a full refund for the field trip costs, 10 business days’ notice must be given in writing to the course coordinator.

    If you are no longer able to attend the field trip

    As the field trips are a compulsory component of the subject, all students must comply with the University's special consideration policy in order to obtain a full refund and exemption from the field trip.

    Please note that the University of Melbourne’s Statute #10.1.10 applies when no payment is received for relevant field trips:  "...a person who has not paid all fees or charges owing by the person to the University shall not be entitled to enrol; receive any results of assessment; graduate; receive a diploma in the University; or receive a certificate of academic record."