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The earth's environment at Arabanoo lookout

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


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Did you know that over 9 per cent of NSW is a national park? That's over 7 million hectares. This Stage 2 (Years 3-4) earth's environment geography excursion is delivered at Arabanoo lookout, Dobroyd Head.

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Arabanoo lookout is named in honour of Arabanoo, a Cadigal man from the Eora nation. He was the first Aboriginal man to live among European settlers following his capture at Manly Cove in 1788. 

Students will explore the significance of the environment at Arabanoo lookout and the important interrelationships between humans and the environment.   

They'll learn about the role national parks play in preserving our unique native plants, animals and rich cultural heritage.

We'll look at some of the key human-led threats to native species and places, including urbanisation and domestic pests. This will invoke a strong sense of the role students – our future environmental leaders – can play in preserving these important places for the future.

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:

  • Identify the native animals and plants that live in and around Arabanoo lookout  
  • Explore and discuss the threats to plants and animals, including urbanisation and introduced species  
  • Investigate sustainable practices that protect and support the natural environment

Excursion details


Weekdays (all year).

Guided. Available on request. Subject to staff availability.
Arabanoo lookout at Dobroyd Head, Sydney Harbour National Park
Medium. Includes a boardwalk, grassed area and some uneven tracks.

$16 per student. Minimum 20 students. GST included.

No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Arabanoo lookout, Dobroyd Scenic Drive, Balgowlah Heights
Yes. All field equipment is provided.
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Park info

  • in Sydney Harbour National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Sydney Harbour National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    Bradleys Head carpark: $8 per vehicle per day. North Head carpark: $5 per vehicle per day. There are pay and display machines that accept cards and coins - no change given. Chowder Bay Road parking: Monday-Friday: $3 per hour, to a maximum of $16 per day. Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: $4 per hour, to a maximum of $20 per day. If you hold an NPWS All Parks or Multi Parks Pass, you can park free for up to four hours per day - additional time can be purchased. Car parks operated by Sydney Harbour Federation Trust or Mosman Council are not covered by your pass. Please check signs carefully.

    Other fees:

    Landing fees or tour fees apply to visit Sydney Harbour islands. All public visitors to Shark, Clark or Rodd Island, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS). Annual NSW Parks Passes do not cover landing fees.

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