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A whale of a time

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Science, Cape Byron State Conservation Area


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This school excursion in Cape Byron State Conservation Area is for Stage 2 (Years 3-4) students, focusing on HSIE. Take a deeper look at the ecology of whales, and gain an understanding of a whale's diet, migration habits, communication, and the significance of the ocean ecosystem around the Cape Byron area.

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Activities include handling whale artifacts, making the scale size model of a humpback whale, and whale watching with an experienced guide.

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

Stage Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
Key learning area Science
Objectives Students will
  • Develop knowledge of the natural environment through understanding about the physical world and the living world
  • Identify a range of features of whales that distinguish them from non-living things (for example reproducing, growing and communicating)
  • Identify the lifecycle of a humpback whale through diagrams and flowcharts
  • Identify a range of factors in the marine environment that whales need for survival
  • Describe some examples of how science helps people to understand the effect their actions have on the marine environment and the survival of whale species

Excursion details

Guided. Available on request.
Cape Byron State Conservation Area

$9.90 per person (minimum $198).

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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Park info

  • in Cape Byron State Conservation Area in the North Coast region
    • Cape Byron State Conservation Area is open all hours, but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
    • Cape Byron Lighthouse precinct is open 8am to sunset.
    • The Maritime Museum in the former Lighthouse Keeper’s office at the base of the lighthouse is open 10am to 4pm daily.
    • Opening before 8am for events or disabled access can be arranged by prior notice – contact NPWS Byron Bay office during business hours 02 6639 8300.
  • Park entry fees:

    Cape Byron Lighthouse precinct and Information Centre: $8 per vehicle per hour/$4 per hour motorcycles. Maximum 1 hour per vehicle per calendar day, including all NPWS annual passholders.

    Captain Cook lookout, Cosy Corner, and The Pass: $4 per vehicle/motorcycle per hour. Coin-operated and credit card payment available.

    Coach entry: $26 per coach up to 30 seats; $50 per coach 31 to 43 seats; $83 per coach 44 seats and over.

    Buy annual pass
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Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer