School excursion

Who's Arabanoo?

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

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Overview

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)
Key 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

Objectives

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

When

Weekdays (all year).

Availability
Guided. Available on request.
Where
Arabanoo lookout at Dobroyd Head, Sydney Harbour National Park
Duration
3hrs
Grading
Medium. Discovery guided activities on paved surfaces and uneven grassed surfaces
Price

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

Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Meet at Arabanoo lookout on Dobroyd Scenic Drive, Balgowlah.
Equipment
provided
Yes. All field equipment is provided.
Booking
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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Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/education/stage-2-hsie-whos-arabanoo-arabanoo-lookout-sydney-harbour-national-park/local-alerts

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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 and display 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.

    Other fees:

    Landing fee or tour fee applies to visit Sydney Harbour islands. To visit Shark, Clark or Rodd islands all vessels, including kayaks, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS). Annual NSW Parks Passes not valid for landing fees.

    Buy annual pass (//pass.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/).
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Info for teachers

All the practical information you need to know about Who's Arabanoo?.

Program outline

  • Welcome, introductions, acknowledgement of country
  • Animals and Aboriginal artefacts are explained and looked at closely
  • Walk down track to Reef Beach learning about the Aboriginal connections to the land
  • Lunch
  • Walk back up to Arabanoo lookout investigating the European history of sites relevant to early colonisation, seen from  the various lookouts
  • Farewell

Getting there and parking

Arabanoo lookout at Dobroyd Head is at Balgowlah Heights in Sydney Harbour National Park. From the Spit Bridge turn right onto Sydney Road. Turn right into Woodland Street North, then left into Bareena Drive, which becomes Dobroyd Head Scenic Drive.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available along Dobroyd Head Scenic Drive that surrounds Tania Park. Please check local signage for parking restrictions.

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).

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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.

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.

Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan