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The Earth’s environment

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


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Join The Earth's environment Geography excursion for Stage 2 (Years 3-4) at Brisbane Water National Park, near Gosford. Students will discover how NSW National Parks safeguards over 10 per cent of land in NSW.

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Students will learn about the critical role that NSW National Park and Wildlife Service (NPWS) plays in conserving our unique native plants, animals and rich cultural heritage.

They’ll explore the significance of the environment at Brisbane Water National Park, and the important inter-relationships between humans and nature.

Students will use geographical tools to identify the features of this beautiful place. They’ll observe the native plants and animals along Girrakool loop track.

They’ll learn about the history and culture of the Aboriginal people and their relationship with Country. As part of this, they’ll experience Aboriginal rock engravings and their significance to the traditional custodians of this park.

Students will discover the underwater world of Girrakool’s creeks, by doing a macroinvertebrate search. They’ll also learn about the key roles NPWS personnel hold in conserving and protecting wildlife, culture and heritage.

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


Students will:

  • Use mud maps to identify features of a national park
  • Understand Aboriginal connection to Country
  • Identify plants, animals and invertebrates and investigate their role in an ecosystem 
  • Learn about the various management roles in a national park and how these contribute to conserving environment, heritage and culture

Excursion details


Weekdays during school term.

Medium. There are uneven and undulating surfaces and steps.

$380 per class (maximum 30 students)

No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Girrakool picnic area
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Park info

  • in Brisbane Water National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Two picnic areas in this park – Girrakool picnic area and Somersby Falls picnic area – are closed in the evening. They are open 7am to 8pm during daylight savings and 7am to 6pm at other times.

    Other areas of Brisbane Water National Park will be open at all times, however may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park has pay machines that accept both card and coins, or you can pay via the Park'nPay app.

    Other fees:

    You will need a permit to hold a wedding or undertake commercial photography within the park.

    Buy annual pass
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