School excursion

Stories of a different time at La Perouse

Stage 1 (Years 1-2), History, La Perouse area in Kamay Botany Bay National Park

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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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Program outline

  • Welcome, acknowledgement of Country and safety talk
  • Explore the headland at La Perouse and discuss the history of the 1820s Macquarie Watchtower. It was the first customs building in Australia.
  • Visit the monument to French naval explorer Lapérouse, after whom the site is named
  • Learn about the La Perouse cable station and former Salvation Army home for women, also located at this site
  • Walk across the wooden bridge to meet at Bare Island gate
  • Introduction to the site and overview of what the excursion will entail
  • Morning tea and toilet break on Bare Island
  • Explore Bare Island and discuss early Aboriginal culture and Cook's landing spot in Botany Bay in 1770
  • Discuss the fascinating discoveries of renowned naturalist Sir Joseph Banks
  • Convict uniform dress-up and role-play
  • Lunch and toilet break on Bare Island
  • Discover the Happy Valley Great Depression camp of the 1930s, which was once located at this site
  • Make our way back to the bus and depart

Getting there and parking

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    Bare Island is located at the end of Anzac Parade in the La Perouse area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Follow Anzac Parade towards La Perouse. The area has coach and car parking, a museum, picnic areas, historic fort and a beach.

    What to bring

    Please wear fully enclosed shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, wet weather gear, and lunch which should be low waste with a refillable water bottle. Students should bring gear in a backpack or similar (not plastic bags).

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    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

    Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty. The downstairs section of the museum is wheelchair accessible, but there are steps involved so you'll need some assistance. The upstairs section is inaccessible due to a narrow stairway. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.