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School excursion

First contacts at Kurnell

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), History, Kurnell area in Kamay Botany Bay National Park

Info for teachers

Everything you need to know about First contacts at Kurnell.

Program outline

  • Welcome and introductions, acknowledgement and safety talk
  • Presentation of preserved animals and demonstration of Aboriginal culture and artefacts. 
  • Morning tea
  • Bush tucker walk
  • Explore the past along Monument/Burrawang track
  • Museum visit – eight days in Botany Bay
  • Lunch
  • Farewell and depart

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).

Getting there and parking

Follow Captain Cook Drive towards Kurnell. At the T-intersection, turn left and take the next right onto Cape Solander Drive. Kurnell Visitor Centre is on the left, a short way after entering the park.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather


Parking is available at Kurnell Visitor Centre, including several designated disabled parking spots.

Maps and downloads

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 - easy

Wheelchair accessible car park, picnic area, displays and toilets. If you have someone with special needs, please let us know in advance so that we can plan accordingly.

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Park info

  • in the Kurnell area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • 7am–7.30pm August to May. 7am–5.30pm June to July.

    Areas may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day applies in the Kurnell area only. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins. The park also has credit card accepting payment facilities.

    Buy annual pass