The Camden Campus of the University of Sydney

The Camden Campus is a semirural site located 70 kms from Sydney’s Central Business District. The state of the art Wildlife and Avian Reptile and Exotic Pet Hospital is located on this campus and the adjacent teaching facilities are modern and student friendly. Accommodation is available on the campus within walking distance of the classrooms. The Campus overlooks the Nepean River and its flood plain and its combination of woodlands, dams, and farm land support a large diversity of wildlife. It is a short drive from scenic outlooks over the Greater Blue Mountain Wilderness Heritage Area, is in close proximity to a number of walking tracts, and 5 kms from the town of Camden.



Arthursleigh is a historic cattle and sheep farm in the Southern Highlands 140 kms Southwest of Sydney’s Central Business District near the town of Goulburn. The Wollondilly river, farm lands, and woodlands on this property support a range of wildlife including platypus, river rats, macropods, koalas and a variety of birds, amphibians, and reptiles.  Students attending units of study held at Arthursleigh live on site in the rustic sheep sheers quarters allowing both daytime and night time field activities.  The use of this working farm allows students to see how common agricultural practices in Australia impact wildlife and see the impact of vertebrate pests and how this impact is mitigated.

Botanical Gardens

The Australian Botanical Gardens - Mt Annan

The Botanical Garden at Mt. Annan is located 15 km east of the University of Sydney’s Camden Campus.  It was previously farmland, but is being regenerated into Cumberland Plain’s woodland.  It represents an ideal laboratory to study native birds, reptiles, and mammals in an increasingly isolated green zone and to see the impact of habitat regeneration on them.  In addition to Cumberland Plains habitat, the Gardens has grasslands, several dams, and more traditional plantings associated with botanical gardens. It is a wintering ground for the Latham’s snipe. Students will live on site for 4 nights during the Australasian Wildlife Field Studies unit of study allowing for monitoring of both diurnal and nocturnal animal activity.  The staff of the gardens are experts on the native flora and its conservation and the impact of invasive plant species and will contribute to the Unit of Study. 

Blue Mountains

The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area

The Greater Blue Mountains Heritage World Area begins 60 kms west of Sydney and contains more than 1 million hectares of protected habitat and some of the most spectacular scenery in Australia.  It is the site of the In Situ Wildlife Management Unit of Study.  The Blue Mountains provide an ideal natural laboratory for studying wildlife in a range of habitats, the impact of fire and fire management on these habitats, and how recreational use of the park is balanced with conservation needs.  During this unit of study students will work with scientists and park employees who are studying the Blue Mountains’ ecosystems and meet with indigenous peoples whose ancestors have been custodians of this land for many thousands of years.


Taronga Zoo

Taronga Western Plains Zoo

The Western Plans Zoo is located in Dubbo, NSW, approximately a 5 hour drive from Sydney.  This zoo is large and as a result is able to house many of its animals in expansive enclosures. Some of the many species at the zoo include black rhinoceroses, white rhinoceroses, elephants, African wild dogs, and a number of African grazing species.  Bicycles are available to tour through the zoo. The zoo has a long history of conservation related activities and the veterinary staff, keepers, and other staff members of the zoo are extremely keen to show off their facilities and programs.  Students and staff members stay in a caravan park near the zoo while participating in the Ex situ Unit of Study.