The Kioloa Coastal Campus (KCC), Edith and Joy London Foundation is located on the south coast of New South Wales adjacent to the village of Kioloa. KCC is one of Australia's premier field stations, set on 348 hectares of unique landscape extending from the high tide mark through a diverse ecology to thick bushland.
KCC is on the NSW south coast between Kioloa and Bawley Point villages. It's easy to get here from Canberra, Sydney and Wollongong. KCC has accommodation and research facilities to support short or long-term research, educational field trips, field training courses or other educational activities. Facilities can also be booked for annual retreats, workshops, seminars and meetings.
Kioloa has a colourful heritage summarised by a commemorative plaque, it reads:
In the spirit of reconciliation, the Australian National University recognises that Kioloa is situated on country for which the Murramarang people have been custodians for thousands of generations and on which they have performed age-old ceremonies of celebration, initiation and renewal. We acknowledge their living culture and unique role in the life of this region and offer our deep appreciation for their contribution to support or academic enterprise.
Aboriginal heritage values at Kioloa
The campus is rich in historic, natural and Indigenous heritage values, home to an array of landforms, vegetation types, wildlife, archaeological and historical features. Set in a natural basin between the Murramarang Range to the west and undeveloped beachfront to the east, it contains Eucalypt forest and rainforest, Casuarina and coastal heath. The entire catchment for Butlers Creek, including tidal lagoon and salt marsh, lies within the boundaries of the campus. Over 140 species of birds have been recorded here, including Powerful, Masked and Sooty Owls; other fauna include Greater and Feathertail Gliders, Pygmy Possums and Golden Bell Frogs.
European settlement in the area dates back to 1830, and several remnant buildings remain at the site. The Foundation has become the premier research field station on the South Coast. With a mild climate and unspoiled beach frontage, the Foundation provides an ideal break from normal campus and work environments.