School excursion

The earth's environment at Bradleys Head

Stage 1 (Years 1-2), Geography, Sydney Harbour National Park

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The earth's environment is a fun, Stage 1 (Years 1-2) geography excursion at Bradleys Head. Students will identify the physical features of this beautiful place. They'll discuss how people interact with the place in both past and present contexts.  

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We'll look at the plants and animals that live here, along with the human-built elements and their use. We'll discuss the important balance of needs this environment demands, and how this is achieved and maintained. 

Using local materials and their mapping skills, students will design their own fun nature map of Bradleys Head. 

In this active and hands-on geography excursion for Stage 1 students, Bradleys Head is brought to life. An awareness of place and the connection between people and place is fostered throughout.   

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

Stage Stage 1 (Years 1-2)
Learning area Geography
Student outcomes

GE1-1. Describes features of places and the connections people have with places

GE1-2. Identifies ways in which people interact with and care for places

GE1-3. Communicates geographical information and uses geographical tools for inquiry


Students will:

  • Explore the picturesque environment of Bradleys Head  
  • Examine the plants and animals that live here and the adaptations that allow them to thrive 
  • Examine the human features of the environment and how the needs of nature and people are balanced here  
  • Discuss the role people play in the care and maintenance of places 

Excursion details


Weekdays (all year), 10am to 2pm, including meal breaks.

Guided. Available on request.
Easy. Guided tour and activities along an unsealed walking path including a board walk, grassed area and stairs.

$17 per student. Minimum of 20 students. GST Included.

Meeting point
Meet at Athol Hall carpark, off Bradleys Head Road
Yes. All field equipment including basic first aid kits are provided.
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Park info

  • in Sydney Harbour National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Sydney Harbour National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    Bradleys Head: $8 per vehicle per day. North Head: $5 per vehicle per day. Tap and pay card or phone payments accepted at pay machines. Coin payment available at Fairfax carpark machines only. Chowder Bay: Monday-Friday: $3 per hour, to a maximum of $16 per day. Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: $4 per hour, to a maximum of $20 per day. If you hold an NPWS All Parks or Multi Parks Pass, you can park free for up to four hours per day - additional time can be purchased. Car parks operated by Sydney Harbour Federation Trust or Mosman Council are not covered by your pass. Please check signs carefully. Park’nPay: You can also pay for your visit to any area via the Park’nPay app.

    Other fees:

    Landing fees or tour fees apply to visit Sydney Harbour islands. All public visitors to Shark, Clark or Rodd Island, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS). Annual NSW Parks Passes do not cover landing fees.

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Info for teachers

All the practical information you need to know about The earth's environment at Bradleys Head.

Program outline

  • Welcome, acknowledgement of Country and safety talk
  • Introduction to the site and overview of what the excursion will entail
  • Short walk to Bradleys Head Amphitheatre, morning tea and toilet break 
  • Identify the living environments of various animals and plants, and examine the specific adaptations that support their survival. 
  • Investigate the structural features of some Australian native plants 
  • Create a unique nature map using locally found natural materials 
  • Lunch at Bradleys Head Amphitheatre 
  • Take the return walk to Athol Hall and discuss the physical features of the harbour, including the difference between a bay and a harbour. 
  • Farewell and depart on bus  

Getting there and parking

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    Bradleys Head is located between Athol and Taylors Bay. Travelling by bus drive along Military Road, Mosman and then continue to Bradleys Head Road to the parking area near the amphitheatre.

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather


    Parking is available at Bradleys Head and at the nearby Athol Hall and the Rifle Wall. Please note that no onsite parking is available at Bradleys Head on New Years Eve.

    What to bring

    Remember to wear a hat and sunscreen, bring wet weather gear, and lunch which should be low waste with a refillable water bottle. Drinking water is available. Please bring your gear in a backpack or similar, and not a plastic bag.

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Pre activity briefing: participants will be briefed at the start of the activity/day.

    Safety equipment: NPWS staff carry radios and first aid kits, hold current first aid certificates and are aware of emergency procedures.

    Staff accreditation: NPWS staff have current Senior First Aid accreditation. They are experienced in working with groups of students in the natural environment and have excellent knowledge of the specific areas they are visiting including potential hazards. NPWS is committed to a Child Safe and Friendly Environment. Our staff have been screened for child-related employment and have completed a Working with Children Check.

    Emergencies: NPWS staff are trained to deal with emergencies and emergency procedures are in place. Ongoing supervision of a student following first aid treatment will be the responsibility of the visiting school.

    Risk assessment and risk benefits

    Our rangers and guides have the technical skill and experience to assess the risks and the benefits of a variety of activities delivered as part of our learning programs.

    We believe in including opportunities that allow students to learn and experience for themselves through exploration in the natural environment.

    Please make your own risk assessment based on the information provided. Detailed potential risks and controls are provided for the site to assist teachers in risk management planning. Teachers and carers should be aware of, and consider the needs, abilities and medical conditions of students when visiting this site. The supervision of students remains the responsibility of the teacher. The school must ensure an adequate number of adult supervisors are present.


    Disability access level - hard

    Wheelchair accessible carpark and toilets. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with accessibility requirements so that we can plan accordingly.