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Community and remembrance at Jibbon Beach

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


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.

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Join us on a journey through Dharawal Country in this Stage 2 (Years 3-4) history excursion in Royal National Park. Our Aboriginal guide will share stories of traditional life on this Country, including those etched in rock at Jibbon headland.

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Students will learn which plants were used to heal and which animals provided sustenance and clothing. We'll learn about the gunyah, the traditional Aboriginal shelter made from branches and bark, and how to build one. 

Together we'll come to understand how the Dharawal People lived in harmony with the seasons and their beautiful local environment.

You can learn more about the deep history of the area here.

For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers

Stage Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
Learning area History
Student outcomes

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

HT2-5. Applies skills of historical inquiry and communication


Students will:

  • Meet and speak with an NPWS Aboriginal guide and ask questions about their culture and experiences
  • Closely examine the distinctive features of a range of preserved native animals
  • Learn about the local Dharawal People and their unique relationship with Country
  • Observe culturally significant Aboriginal rock etchings and engravings and discover their meanings 
  • Trek along the coast via Shelly Beach, looking out for marine and bird life
  • Foster a growing appreciation for the connectedness between people and place; Aboriginal connection to Country  

Excursion details


Weekdays during school term.

Royal National Park in Sydney and surrounds, South Coast
Medium. Guided activities in a park on grass, along a beach, through a bush track and along a headland.

$20 per student for groups of 25 or more. GST included. For smaller groups conditions apply.

No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Bonnie Vale picnic area carpark (enter via Sea Breeze Lane)
Yes. All equipment provided.
If you would like to organise a NPWS school excursion please get in touch with local staff or use the 'Enquire' link for the online form.
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  • in Royal National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and South Coast regions
  • Royal National Park is open 7am to 8.30pm but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day. Seasonal ticket booths at Wattamolla and Garie Beach - cash and credit card facilities available. Please bring correct change. There are also coin and card operated pay and display machines to buy day passes or you can pay for your visit via the Park’nPay app.

    Vehicles over 8 seats: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). Students on educational programs: $1.10 per student. Teachers/educational supervisors: free (1 adult per 10 students).

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