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The earth's environment at La Perouse

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Geography, La Perouse area in Kamay Botany Bay 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 La Perouse.

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As recently as 1930, the site at La Perouse was used as a dump. Today it's a national park. This site is a testament to the resilience of the Australian bush.

Students will explore the significance of the environment at La Perouse and examine the important interrelationships – past and present – between humans and the environment. 

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

We'll look at some of the key 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.

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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 at La Perouse 
  • 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), 10am to 2pm, including meal breaks.

Guided. Available on request.
Easy. Includes a board walk, grassed areas, beach and unformed tracks.

$17 per student. Minimum 20 students. GST included.

Meeting point
Meet at the coach parking area on Anzac Parade, La Perouse Headland.
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Program outline

  • Welcome, acknowledgement of Country and safety talk
  • Introduction to the site and overview of what the excursion will entail
  • Morning tea and toilet break  
  • Identify the living environments of various animals and plants and examine the specific adaptations that support their survival 
  • Investigate the structural features of some Australian native plants, in particular, the Eastern Suburbs banksia scrub 
  • Examine how NSW National Parks is regenerating the sand dunes by planting native dune grasses 
  • Lunch 
  • Conduct a field sketch of the park  
  • Take the return walk to the buses on Anzac Parade 
  • Farewell and depart on bus 

Getting there and parking

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    Schools will need to arrange transport to and from La Perouse.

    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. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with accessibility requirements so that we can plan accordingly.

    Please note there are no wheelchair-accessible toilets on Bare Island or at the public toilets on Anzac Parade.