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 contactExcursion datesPayable byFull fee
ERTH10002Understanding Planet EarthPhillip IslandAnne-Marie Tosolini27 - 29 September 202013 September$330

Second year

Subject code Subject name Excursion location Staff contact Excursion dates Payable by Full fee
GEOL20001 Geology of Southeast Australia Otway Coast Stephen Gallagher 5-10 February 2021 31 January $600
GEOL20004 Field Mapping and Sedimentary Geology Buchan Summer Stephen Gallagher 23 Jan - 30 Jan 2021 15 January $550
GEOL20004Field Mapping and Sedimentary Geology Buchan WinterStephen Gallagher 26 June - 3 July 2021 15 June $550

Third year

Subject code Subject name Excursion location Staff contact Excursion dates Payable by Full fee
ATOC30008 Atmospheric Processes and Composition Wombat Flux Tower, University of Melbourne Claire Vincent 9 April 20205 April $50
Hydrogeology/Environmental Geochemistry Otway Basin John Moreau 23 - 24 March 20199 March $140
GEOL30002       Tectonics and Geodynamics       East Gippsland       Sandra McLaren 20 - 27 April 2020 (TBC)7 April (TBC) $380
GEOL30006         Economic Geology Bendigo David Phillips 24 September 2020 10 September $65
GEOL30007 Palaeobiology: Fossils and Environments Batesford Stephen Gallagher 4 May 2020 (1-day field trip) 1 May $80
GEOL30009 Advanced Field Geology Flinders Ranges Mark Quigley 9 - 19 July 2020 23 June$600

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