School excursionSpecial Offer
Bound for Botany Bay
Stage 2 (Years 3-4), History, La Perouse area
School excursions in NSW national parks
We are currently taking bookings for school excursions. Not all excursions are being delivered as per the usual program due to rules outlined by NSW Health. Alternative learning options with NPWS include online digital resources or incursions delivered at your school. Please contact your National Parks education contact or the relevant local park office for more information.
In 1770, James Cook and his crew aboard the Endeavour were bound for Botany Bay. Their 8-day stay would have a dramatic impact on the future of Australia. This Stage 2 (Years 3-4) history excursion explores the first British landing on Australian soil.
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Your guide will share European and Aboriginal stories from this period on location around the bay, and in some of the original European buildings.
We'll discuss the fascinating life of British convict escapee William Buckley who inspired the saying 'Buckley's chance', meaning 'no chance'. Students will learn how Buckley befriended the Aboriginal Wathaurung People from whom he learned important survival skills. We'll discover why they came to think of him as a revered spirit within their tribe.
This deep dive into the rich history of the area will have students looking at Botany Bay through a whole new lens.
You can learn more about the deep history of Kamay-Botany Bay National Park here.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 2 (Years 3-4)|
HT2-1. Identifies celebrations and commemorations of significance in Australia and the world
HT2-2. Describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time
HT2-3. Describes people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects
HT2-4. Describes and explains effects of British colonisation in Australia
HT2-5. Applies skills of historical inquiry and communication
Weekdays all year.
- Guided. Available on request.
- La Perouse area in Kamay Botany Bay National Park
- 3hrs 30min
- Easy. Guided tour and activities along an unsealed walking path including a board walk, grassed area and stairs.
$16 per student. Minimum of 20 students. GST included.
- Meeting point
- Meet at Bare Island gate. La Perouse is located at the northern headland of Kamay Botany Bay National Park. You can't access it from the southern end of the park at Kurnell.
- To organise this school excursion please contact the local NPWS office or use the ‘Enquire now’ button.
- School excursion inquiries - Sydney Harbour
- 02 9668 2006
- 02 9337 7012
- in the La Perouse area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
7am–8.30pm November to March.
7am–7.30pm April to October.
La Perouse park entry gate closed to vehicles between 7pm and 5am all year.
Areas may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
There are no park entry fees in La Perouse area but you'll need to pay to tour Bare Island. Park entry fees apply in the Kurnell area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park, only.Buy annual pass