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.


For students who 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

For students whose circumstances mean they are now 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 special consideration policy in order to obtain a full refund and exemption from the field trip.

First Year

Subject codeSubject nameExcursion locationStaff contact2018 excursion datesPayable byFull fee
ERTH10002Understanding Planet EarthPhillip IslandAnne-Marie Tosolini22-24 September15 September$330
ERTH10003Geology for EngineersTBAMark QuigleyTBATBATBA

Second Year

Subject codeSubject nameExcursion locationStaff contact2018 excursion datesPayable byFull fee
ERTH20002Environmental GeosciencesAngelseaRalf Haese27 September 20 September$90
GEOL20001Geology of Southeast AustraliaOtway CoastStephen Gallagher14--19 February 20198 February$600
GEOL20002Structural and Metamorphic Geology

Cape Liptrap

Sandra McLaren

23-25 March

16 March$120
GEOL20003Earth Composition, Minerals and MagmasWestern Victorian VolcanicsAndrea Giuliani6-8 April30 March$300
GEOL20003Earth Composition, Minerals and Magmas


Andrea Giuliani

22 April

N/ANIL (included in cost of Western Victorian Volcanics trip)
GEOL20004Field Mapping and Sedimentary GeologyBuchan Trip 1Stephen Gallagher26 June - 3 July19 June$550
ATOC20001Weather and Climate SystemsTBAKevin WalshApril, date TBA (1 day)30 March$30

Third Year

Subject code Subject name Excursion location Staff contact 2018 excursion dates Payable by Full fee
ATOC30008 Atmospheric Processes and Composition Wombat Flux Tower Claire Vincent 20 April 13 April $80
Hydrogeology/Environmental Geochemistry Otway Basin John Moreau 24-25 March 17 March $100
GEOL30002       Tectonics and Geodynamics       East Gippsland       Sandra McLaren 12-18 February 9 February $360
GEOL30006         Economic Geology Bendigo David Phillips 18 September 11 September $65
GEOL30007 Geobiology and Biogeochemistry Batesford John Moreau 16 March (1 day field trip), 20 April 11 March $100
GEOL30009 Advanced Field Geology Broken Hill Mark Quigley 8-20 July 1 July 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 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.