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Stories of a different time at La Perouse

Stage 1 (Years 1-2), History, La Perouse area


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Stories from a different time is a fascinating Stage 1 (Years 1-2) history excursion at La Perouse. Students will learn about the first contact between the Aboriginal people, traditional custodians of the land, and the new British arrivals.

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Historical concepts of past and present are brought to life through a fun dress-up and role-play activity.

Students will share in detailed accounts of James Cook's Endeavour landing in Australia. 

They'll learn about famous natural sciences patron Sir Joseph Banks, who collected an abundance of new botanical specimens for study. Banks was also one of the first Europeans to compile a list of Aboriginal words.  

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: 

  • Tour one side of Botany Bay, the landing point for Cook's Endeavour expedition and a significant site in the history of Australia.  
  • Hear various perspectives of the first contact between the Aboriginal people and the British arrivals  
  • Learn about life as a convict in the new colony and how the port was used, and changed, over time. 
  • Discover what a renowned English naturalist thought of the fascinating new plants and animals he found in Australia  

Excursion details


Weekdays during the school term, 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
Bare Island gate. La Perouse is located at the northern headland of Kamay Botany Bay National Park. You can't access it through the southern end of the park at Kurnell.
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Park info

  • in the La Perouse area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • 7am–8.30pm November to March. 

    7am–7.30pm April to October.

    La Perouse park entry gate closed to vehicles between 7pm and 5am all year.

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

  • There are no park entry fees in La Perouse area but you'll need to pay to tour Bare Island. Park entry fees apply in the Kurnell area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park, only.

    Buy annual pass
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