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Who's Arabanoo?

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), HSIE, Sydney Harbour National Park


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This school excursion in Sydney Harbour National Park is for Stage 2 (Years 3-4) students and focuses on HSIE. Walk down the track to Reef Beach with an Aboriginal ranger to hear about the cultural history of the area and learn about the European history of surrounding sites.

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At Arabanoo lookout, discover the significance of this place and take in the spectacular view of the finest harbour in the world.

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

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

GE2-1. Examines features and characteristics of places and environments

GE2-2. Describes the ways people, places and environments interact

HT2-2. Describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time

HT2-3. Describes people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects


Students will:

  • Walk the Arabanoo track to hear first-hand about Aboriginal culture from our Aboriginal Discovery ranger
  • Discover how the Aboriginal people survived in this environment
  • Look at examples of Australian animals and Aboriginal artefacts
  • Learn of the European history of sites seen from the various lookouts during the track walk down to Reef Beach
  • Learn about some of the consequences of the British invasion for Aboriginal People.

Excursion details


Weekdays (all year).

Guided. Available on request.
Medium. Discovery guided activities on paved surfaces and uneven grassed surfaces

Minimum $375 for up to 25 students, $15 per student (includes GST)

No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Meet at Arabanoo lookout on Dobroyd Scenic Drive, Balgowlah.
Yes. All field equipment is provided.
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Park info

  • in Sydney Harbour National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Sydney Harbour National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    Bradleys Head carpark: $8 per vehicle per day. North Head carpark: $5 per vehicle per day. There are pay machines that accept cards and coins - no change given. Chowder Bay Road parking: Monday-Friday: $3 per hour, to a maximum of $16 per day. Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: $4 per hour, to a maximum of $20 per day. If you hold an NPWS All Parks or Multi Parks Pass, you can park free for up to four hours per day - additional time can be purchased. Car parks operated by Sydney Harbour Federation Trust or Mosman Council are not covered by your pass. Please check signs carefully. You can also pay for your visit via the Park’nPay app.

    Other fees:

    Landing fees or tour fees apply to visit Sydney Harbour islands. All public visitors to Shark, Clark or Rodd Island, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS). Annual NSW Parks Passes do not cover landing fees.

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