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School excursion

Hartley historical tour

Stage 3 (Years 5-6), History, Hartley Historic Site

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Info for teachers

Everything you need to know about Hartley historical tour.

Program outline

Welcome, acknowledgement of Country and safety briefing

Students are separated into groups of 20

Each group will visit the following 3 venues:

  • Courthouse: Students learn about the role of justice, crime and punishment in Hartley, and participate in a mock trial.
  • Gaol: Students experience how settlers were imprisoned and punished and spend time in a real gaol cell.
  • Church: Students explore the everyday life of local farmers and settlers, and consider the role of religion and the broader impact of the colony.

What to bring

Please wear fully enclosed shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, wet weather gear, lunch and drinking water (there is no drinking water available at Hartley Historic Site. Students should bring gear in a backpack or similar (not plastic bags), and take their rubbish with them.

Getting there and parking

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    From Mt Victoria:

    • Travel west along the Great Western Highway
    • Turn left into the village 4km after Little Hartley


    There is parking at Hartley Courthouse and Hartley Historic Site Visitor Centre. Coach parking available.

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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.


    Disability access level - no wheelchair access

    Entry to buildings involves stairs.

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