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School excursion

Crossing the Blue Mountains

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

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Info for teachers

Everything you need to know about Crossing the Blue Mountains.

Program outline

  • Welcome, introductions and safety breifing
  • Guided bushwalk including stops at The Obelisk with views to Mt Blaxland
  • Walk to Eddy Rock, and a descent on the original Cox's Road to view convict pick axe marks and other physical evidence of the early crossings
  • Closing discussion
  • Also available with a half-hour Aboriginal presentation and introduction (additional charges apply).

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). Students should bring a clipboard, worksheets and pens. Please note: Due to uneven walking surfaces, we advise students to wear sturdy walking shoes or boots with good ankle support and good grip, which may get muddy or wet.

Getting there and parking

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    Mt York Lookout is located 4.7km down the end of Mt York Rd, off the Great Western Highway in Mt Victoria.

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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 - medium

    Wheelchair accessible car park, picnic area, interpretive displays, historical monuments and toilets. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.

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    Park info

    • in Blue Mountains National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and Country NSW regions
    • Blue Mountains National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. Some parts of the park close overnight; details are provided for specific attractions.

    • Park entry fees:

      $8 per vehicle per day applies only at attractions in the Glenbrook area.

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