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Meeting of cultures

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), HSIE, Kurnell area


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Meeting of cultures is a Stage 2 (Years 3-4) school excursion in Kamay Botany Bay National Park, focusing on HSIE. You'll explore the area near Kurnell, where in 1770 local Aboriginal people encountered the crew of the British ship, the Endeavour.

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Walk along Burrawang walking track with Aboriginal rangers to hear the story of the first meeting and get a sense of the strong Aboriginal connection to Country. Visit several of the area's historic sites including the freshwater stream and Cook's landing place.

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

Stage Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
Key learning area HSIE
Student outcomes

HT2-2. Describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time

HT2-3. Describes people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects

HT2-4. Describes and explains effects of British colonisation in Australia


Students will:

  • Visit sites along the Monument track and reflect on the story of the encounter between the Dharawal people and James Cook and the crew of the Endeavour
  • Walk the Burrawang or Muru track to discover how Aboriginal people lived in this country before the British colonisation
  • Look at preserved specimens of native animals that live or have lived in the area
  • Learn about Dharawal culture from Aboriginal rangers as they demonstrate artefacts
  • Visit the museum, see relics from the Endeavour, a scale model of the ship and other artefacts from the meeting place.

Excursion details


Week days during school term

Kurnell Visitor Centre, Kurnell area
Easy. Guided walk along a sloped unpaved track incorporating a sound scape and a walk along a concrete path. Bush walks along the other flat trails are a combination of board walk and dirt track.

Minimum $475 for up to 25 students, $19 per student (includes GST).

Meeting point
Meet at Kurnell Visitors Centre, Kamay Botany Bay National Park
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Park info

  • in the Kurnell area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • 7am–7.30pm August to May. 7am–5.30pm June to July.

    Areas may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day applies in the Kurnell area only. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins. The park also has credit card accepting payment facilities.

    Buy an annual pass.
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Henry Head track, Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Photo: John Spencer