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Whale Secrets

Stage 1 (Years 1-2), Science and Technology, Cape Byron State Conservation Area


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Whale secrets is a school excursion in Cape Byron State Conservation Area for Stage 1 (Years 1-2) students focusing on Science and Technology. Discover the secrets of whales through a playful mix of drama, games, story and ocean discovery.

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This adventure is on the edge of the land and sea, and explores the needs of humpback whales, their means of communication and the nature of their annual migration. There's plenty of time for whale watching - and to seek out other marine animals and sea birds in the surrounding Cape Byron Marine Park.

For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers

Stage Stage 1 (Years 1-2)
Key learning area Science and Technology
Student outcomes

ST1-10LW. Describes external features, changes in and growth of living things.

ST1-11LW. Describes ways that different places in the environment provide for the needs of living things

ST1-12MW. Identifies ways that everyday materials can be physically changed and combined for a particular purpose


Students will:

  • Identify the external features of a humpback whale
  • Understand the basic needs of whales
  • Learn that the marine environment provides for the needs of whales species
  • Investigate how whales change their behaviour according to the seasons
  • Learn how to care for and protect whales

Excursion details


Available weekdays during school terms.

Guided. Available on request.
Cape Byron walking track, Cape Byron State Conservation Area

$9.90 per person (minimum $198).

No wheelchair access
If you would like to organise a NPWS school excursion please get in touch with local staff or use the 'Enquire' link for the online form.
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Park info

  • in Cape Byron State Conservation Area in the North Coast region
    • Cape Byron State Conservation Area is open all hours, but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
    • Cape Byron Lighthouse precinct is open 8am to sunset.
    • The Maritime Museum in the former Lighthouse Keeper’s office at the base of the lighthouse is open 10am to 4pm daily.
    • Opening before 8am for events or disabled access can be arranged by prior notice – contact NPWS Byron Bay office during business hours 02 6620 9300.
  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per hour/$4 per hour motorcycles at Cape Byron Lighthouse precinct and Information Centre carpark. Maximum 1 hour per vehicle per calendar day, including all NPWS annual passholders.

    $4 per vehicle/motorcycle per hour in the lower lighthouse carparks and at Captain Cook lookout, Cosy Corner, and The Pass carparks. Coin-operated and credit card payment available.

    Buy an annual pass.
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Surfers at the pass. Photo: John Spencer