School excursion

Places are similar and different

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Geography, Royal National Park

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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)
Learning area Geography
Student outcomes

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


Students will:

  • Learn how and why are places similar and different
  • Learn what would it be like to live in a neighbouring country
  • Investigate Australia’s major natural and human features
  • Investigate the climates and weather of different places
  • Investigate the settlement patterns and demographic characteristics of places and the lives of the people who live there
  • Investigate how the protection of places is influenced by people’s perception of places

Excursion details

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.

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Meeting point
Wattamolla carpark level 1 in Royal National Park
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Program outline

  • 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

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    • 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.

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    Safety messages

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

    Safety equipment: Ranger Jamie staff carry radios and first aid kits and are aware of emergency procedures.

    Staff accreditation: Ranger Jamie staff 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. All staff have been screened for child-related employment and have completed a Working with Children Check.

    Emergencies: Ranger Jamie 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

    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.