Wild world of whales
Stage 3 (Years 5-6), Geography, Awabakal Nature Reserve
Wild world of Whales is a school excursion for Stage 3 (Years 5-6) students focusing on Geography outcomes. Explore the open forest and coastal heath communities of Awabakal Nature Reserve as you journey to the lookout to spot migrating whales. Learn about the different types of whales, how they live and why they migrate along the East Coast of Australia.
Read more about Wild world of whales
COG: Living land.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 3 (Years 5-6)|
Weekdays June to October.
- Guided. Available on request.
- Medium. Guided activities in a suburban National park, on formed and uneven bush walking tracks and along sandy tracks.
$225 per group (includes GST). Max 30 students per group. For groups over 30 conditions apply.
- Meeting point
- Awabakal Environmental Education Centre, 51 Boundary Rd, Dudley.
- Yes. All equipment is provided. Please bring binoculars if you have them.
- 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-3-cog-wild-world-whales-awabakal-nature-reserve/local-alerts
- School excursion inquiries - Newcastle Hunter
- 02 4927 3267
- Hunter Wetland Centre, Sandgate Road, Shortland NSW
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about Wild world of whales.
- Welcome, introductions, safety briefing and acknowledgement
- Bush food walk -open forests from Ocean St
- Morning tea
- Bush food walk -coastal heathlands
- Whale watching and discussion
- Return to Ocean Street
- Conclusion and farewell
Getting there and parking
Students may meet the Discovery ranger and access the toilets at the Awabakal Environmental Education Centre (EEC), 51 Boundary Rd, Dudley prior to beginning the tour at the end of Ocean Street cul-de-sac, Dudley. Students need to be collected at the end of Ocean Street cul-de-sac, Dudley at the end of the tour.
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).
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 - hard
There is no wheelchair access. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.