Environmental Activities and Organisations


Flying Foxes

Royal Botanic Gardens
Australian Museum

Australia has a diverse array of microbats as well has 4 species of flying foxes.

Grey headed flying foxes can be found just about anywhere, even in the middle of the city, just by watching and listening at night. Huge flying fox camps (thousands of animals) can be found around Sydney, including on the Camden Campus.

Bird watching

Wedgetailed Eagle

Southern Oceans Seabird Study Association
The oceans off Sydney are one of the best locations in the world to see pelagic (sea) birds. Regularly scheduled trips out of nearby Wollongong provide opportunities to see albatross, shearwaters, petrels, little penguins, and other pelagic species.

Birdlife Australia
All one has to do is to walk out the door to appreciate the diversity of birds that can be found. More than a dozen species of parrots can be seen regionally and if an effort was made, it would not be unreasonable to expect to see 150 species of birds during the course of your studies.



Frog and Tadpole Study Group of NSW

Australia has one of the greatest diversities of frogs in the world. Frogs can be found pretty much anywhere at all times of the year. In the Mt. Annan Botanic Gardens we found 8 species in just a couple of hours of searching.

Herping (Looking for reptiles)

Mouth Material

Australian Museum

There is a huge diversity of generalist and specialist species of reptiles to be found locally. Everyone has heard about our venomous snakes which are more afraid of you then you are of them, but did you know that Australian boasts the greatest diversity of skinks in the world?

Terrestrial Mammals


Over the course of the year you will see koalas, wombats, at least three species of macropod, platypus, and if you are lucky an echidna. Other species that we might see include brush-tailed and ring-tailed possums, sugar gliders, greater glides, antechinus and dunnarts.

Hiking and Exploring

Jenolan Caves

The opportunity for traditional day hiking as well as more extreme activities like canyoning in the Sydney area is unparalleled. Day long hikes can through a large variety of habitats from coastal to mountainous and in many instances you may not see another person the entire day.

Free organized hikes lead by passionate conservationists are also available virtually every weekend. Many hiking trails can be reached by bus or a short train ride.

Jervis Bay

Whale Watching


Dolphin and Whale Watching Tours

Thousands of humpback whales migrate past Sydney every year during the early winter and spring. Smaller numbers of wright whales are also seen and dolphins are common. Whale watching can be done from whale watching cruises and in many locations right from shore.