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A whale of a time

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


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Discover the wonderful world of whales on this Stage 2 (Years 3-4) excursion around Cape Byron headland. This excursion is designed to support the Living World Science and Technology topic content strand.

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Give your students the experience of being a scientist for a day and bring them on an investigative journey through Cape Byron State Conservation Area, where they'll take an in-depth look at whale classification, ecology and habitat.

Students will study the life cycle of a humpback whale, how they are classified based on their observable features, and the interrelationships they have with other key species and the marine environment. Students will learn how scientific knowledge assists us to make predictions and describe patterns and relationships in the environment.

Students will work scientifically to collect data using measurements and observation, and use graphs to represent their data. They'll leave the Cape with a fresh appreciation for real-world science and how it can be used for preserving and managing the environment.

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

Stage Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
Learning area Science and Technology
Student outcomes

ST2-4LW-S. Compares features and characteristics of living and non-living things

ST2-1WS-S. Questions, plans and conducts scientific investigations, collects and summarises data and communicates using scientific representations

ST2-2DP-T. Selects and uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity


Students will:

  • Learn that whales have life cycles, can be distinguished from non-living things, and grouped based on their observable features.
  • Understand the external feature of humpback whales, their biology, behaviours and habitat.
  • Identify the life cycle of a humpback whale and 2 other Australian animals through diagrams and flowcharts
  • Investigate the life cycle of the humpback whale and 2 other Australian animals
  • Describe how humpback whales depend on other animals and the environment to survive

Excursion details


Weekdays during school term.

Guided. Available on request.
Easy. Guided activities in a national park, on formed and uneven bushwalking tracks and on a grassy picnic area. The track from the lighthouse to Wategos Beach is around 1km.

$12 per person (includes GST). Minimum fee of $240.00 (includes GST). Teachers and other staff are free.

Meeting point
Cape Byron Lighthouse precinct end of Lighthouse Road, Byron Bay. Groups meet on the verandah of the northern side of the Lighthouse Keepers Cottage (visitor centre).
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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 lawn 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 lawn and Information Centre: $10 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: $5 per vehicle/motorcycle per hour. Tap and pay card or phone payments accepted at pay machines. Cash and credit cards accepted at Cape Byron Information Centre.

    Coach entry: $30 per coach up to 30 seats; $57 per coach 31 to 43 seats; $94 per coach 44 seats and over.

    Buy annual pass
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