Places are similar and different
Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Geography, Royal National Park
Explore the features of different places and environments on this Stage 2 (Years 3-4) geography excursion with Ranger Jamie Tours. Observe the variations between bushland, sand and sea in the pristine coastal surrounds of Royal National Park.
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With the Ranger Jamie team, you'll walk through this stunning coastal landscape, observing sandstone escarpments, sandy beaches, coastal heath and forest. Go dip net fishing in a freshwater creek, catch bugs, bushwalk to Wattamolla headland and build beach habitats for turtles and penguins.
As you explore, the Ranger Jamie team will help you investigate the ways people, places and environments interact. You’ll have the opportunity to consider how the protection of places is influenced by people’s perceptions of those places. You’ll also learn about different climates, settlement patterns and the demographic characteristics of the people who live here.
Ranger Jamie Tours is a licensed commercial tour operator with a Parks Eco Pass.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 2 (Years 3-4)|
GE2-1. Examines features and characteristics of places and environments
GE2-2. Describes the ways people, places and environments interact
GE2-3. Examines differing perceptions about the management of places and environments
GE2-4. Acquires and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry
- Monday to Friday all year round.
- Guided. Available on request. The Ranger Jamie team is also available to come to your school. Please contact Ranger Jamie Tours for more information.
- Easy. Activities and a guided tour will take place on sealed walking tracks. Students will walk up and down stairs, and along a beach.
Contact Ranger Jamie Tours for pricing.
- Meeting point
- Wattamolla carpark level 1 in Royal National Park
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/education/stage-2-geography-places-similar-different-royal-national-park/local-alerts
- 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. Payment options include Audley Visitor Centre, vehicle entry stations, pay machines and the Park’nPay app.
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).Buy annual pass.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about Places are similar and different.
- Interactive introductory presentation about native animals up-close, examining museum-grade taxidermy specimens.
- Dip net fishing in a freshwater creek
- Minibeast bug catching and camouflage face-painting
- Bushwalk to Wattamolla headland
- Habitat making sand sculptures on the beach
Getting there and parking
Get driving directions
- Enter Royal National Park via the Loftus, Waterfall or Otford entrances and drive until you reach Wattamolla Road.
- Continue all the way down Wattamolla Road until you reach the carpark turning circle/island.
There is parking at Wattamolla carpark.
What to bring
Please wear closed comfortable shoes and bring a hat and sunscreen. Be ready for all weather conditions with a jumper and raincoat. And remember to bring food and water as well as any necessary medications. It’s a good idea to pack your belongings in a backpack rather than a plastic bag because we have some curious birds who may try to break in and share your lunch with you.
Maps and downloads
Risk assessment and risk benefits
The team at Ranger Jamie Tours 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.
Upon booking you will be emailed a complete risk assessment that has been filled out for you.
Disability access level - medium
Pathways are wide and relatively flat, however there are some stairs and some of the activities take place on a beach. Assistance may be required for those with mobility restrictions.
Medium access presents some minor difficulties, such as a grassy surface. You may require a little assistance to get around in some areas.