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Past in the present at Jibbon Beach

Stage 1 (Years 1-2), History, Royal National Park


School excursions in NSW national parks

We are currently taking bookings for school excursions. Not all excursions are being delivered as per the usual program due to rules outlined by NSW Health. Alternative learning options with NPWS include online digital resources or incursions delivered at your school. Please contact your National Parks education contact or the relevant local park office for more information.

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The past is brought to life in this Stage 1 (Years 1-2) history excursion at Jibbon Beach. Join your Aboriginal guide to explore ancient rock engravings. Hear stories from the past and learn why this was such a spiritual place for the Dharawal People.

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Through fun activities such as ochre painting, bracelet weaving and storytelling through dance, students will learn about local Aboriginal culture. We'll discover how the Dharawal People lived sustainably on the land, using plants for food, shelter, tools and medicine.

With their guide sharing knowledge of Country, students will develop a rich appreciation of Aboriginal life before white settlement.

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

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

HT1-2. Identifies and describes significant people, events, places and sites in the local community over time

HT1-3. Describes the effects of changing technology on people's lives over time

HT1-4. Demonstrates skills of historical inquiry and communication


Students will:

  • Meet an Aboriginal person and ask questions about their culture and experience
  • Look at preserved animals and discover how these were used by the Dharawal People
  • Listen to and watch as an Aboriginal person explains and demonstrates the uses of tools and artefacts
  • Walk along Jibbon Beach learning and exploring with an Aboriginal guide
  • Learn the protocols for visiting a traditional site
  • Listen to tales of the Dreaming and try ochre paint, using significant local symbols
  • Walk to the rock engravings, a very ancient site, and discover their meanings
  • Look out for whales, dolphins, penguins and other birds (in season)

Excursion details


Weekdays during school term.

Royal National Park
Medium. Guided activities in a park on grass, along a beach, through a bush track and along a headland.

$20 per student for groups of 25 or more. GST included. For smaller groups conditions apply.

No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Bonnie Vale picnic area carpark (enter via Sea Breeze Lane)
Yes. All equipment provided.
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Park info

  • in Royal National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and South Coast regions
  • Royal National Park is open 7am to 8.30pm but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day. Seasonal ticket booths at Wattamolla and Garie Beach - cash and credit card facilities available. Please bring correct change. There's also coin and card operated pay and display machines to buy day passes.

    Vehicles over 8 seats: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). Students on educational programs: $1.10 per student. Teachers/educational supervisors: free (1 adult per 10 students).

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