Field Trips

Field trips are an important part of undergraduate and graduate study within Earth Sciences courses.

Medical Questionnaire

Students undertaking field trips are required to complete a medical questionnaire and submit this to the School of Earth Science's front office prior to the first excursion.

Students are advised 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 enroll; receive any results of assessment; graduate; receive a diploma in the University; or receive a certificate of academic record."

Medical Questionnaire


Payment for field trips, course notes and field equipment is via the Science online store.

First Year

Subject codeSubject nameExcursion locationStaff contact2018 excursion datesPayable byFull fee
ERTH10002Understanding Planet EarthPhillip IslandAnne-Marie Tosolini22-24 SeptemberTBATBA
ERTH10003Geology for EngineersTBAMark QuigleyTBATBATBA

Second Year

Subject codeSubject nameExcursion locationStaff contact2018 excursion datesPayable byFull fee
ERTH20002Environmental GeosciencesAngelseaRalf Haese27 September TBATBA
GEOL20001Geology Of Southeast AustraliaOtway Coast Trip 1Stephen Gallagher7-12 February2 February$600
GEOL20002Structural and Metamorphic GeologyCape LiptrapSandra McLaren23-25 MarchTBATBA
GEOL20003Earth Composition, Minerals and MagmasWestern Victorian VolcanicsAndrea Giuliani6-8 AprilTBATBA
GEOL20004Field Mapping and Sedimentary GeologyBuchan Trip 1Stephen Gallagher26 June - 3 JulyTBATBA
ATOC20001Weather and Climate SystemsTBAKevin WalshApril, date TBA (1 day)TBATBA

Third Year

Subject code Subject name Excursion location Staff contact2018 excursion dates Payable by Full fee
ATOC30008 Atmospheric Processes and Composition Wombat Flux Tower Claire Vincent 20 April TBATBA
ERTH30001/GEOL90005 Hydrogeology/Environmental Geochemistry Otway Basin John Moreau 24-25 MarchTBA TBA
GEOL30002       Tectonics and Geodynamics       East Gippsland       Sandra McLaren 12-18 February TBA TBA
GEOL30006 Economic Geology Bendigo David Phillips 18 or 25 September (date TBC) TBA TBA
GEOL30007 Geobiology and Biogeochemistry Batesford John Moreau 14-15 April TBA TBA
GEOL30009 Advanced Field Geology Broken Hill Mark Quigley 8-20 July TBA TBA

Important Information

The 'Staff contact' is the person who is responsible for checking transport and accommodation arrangements, obtaining student attendance lists and leaving emergency contact details with the administrative staff.

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.

The Compass and 10x Hand Lens may be purchased through the Co-op Book Shop on campus.

The cost of individual items is:

Buy Estwing geological hammer - $76.00

Buy Field Notebook - $19.00


Unfortunately, because of the unacceptable behaviour of a few individuals over the last few years, the School of Earth Sciences will now implement a 'Yellow Card' system. A 'Yellow Card' will be issued to any individual demonstrating unacceptable behaviour on an excursion. If a second card is issued to the same individual within a two year period then the student will have to justify to the Head of the School of Earth Sciences as to why they should continue to be enrolled at the University of Melbourne.