Crossing the Blue Mountains
Stage 2 (Years 3-4), History, Blue Mountains National Park
This Stage 2 (years 3-4) History excursion immerses students in the History of the Mount York area. We examine the remains of the early Cox’s Road, walk in the foot-steps of explorers and First Nations people and consider how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes over time.
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We describe and explain the effects of British colonisation in Australia and implications of Crossing the Mountains.
In this excursion students recall Australia’s colonial days of early European exploration and this momentous event which changed our history.
As well as exploring the physical sites, students will use their imaginations to consider the diverse experiences of explorers, convicts and Indigenous Australians. How did the mountain crossing impact these people and the broader development of Australia?
On a scenic walk through the pagodas of Mount York, we will see evidence of carriages and livestock passing over the mountain to establish farms in the west country below. Students will look at the lives of local Indigenous people both before, and after the mountain crossing, and consider the ethics of our country’s history.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 2 (Years 3-4)|
HT2-2. Describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time
HT2-4. Describes and explains effects of British colonisation in Australia
HT2-5. Applies skills of historical inquiry and communication
Monday to Friday during school term.
- 2-4 hr
- Easy. Short 1km ranger-guided bush walk and activities, includes uneven surfaces in the bushland environment.
Prices start from $395 incl GST per group (up to 20 students).
- Meeting point
- Mount York Lookout.
- No. We can provide teachers a selection of student worksheet questions prior to excursion.
- 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.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/education/stage-2-hsie-crossing-the-mountains-mt-york-blue-mountains-national-park/local-alerts
- School excursion inquiries - Blue Mountains
- 02 4784 7301 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
- 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.Buy annual pass.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about Crossing the Blue Mountains.
- 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).
Getting there and parking
Get driving directions
Mt York Lookout is located 4.7km down the end of Mt York Rd, off the Great Western Highway in Mt Victoria.
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.
Maps and downloads
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.