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The Australian colonies at Jibbon Beach

Stage 3 (Years 5-6), History, Royal National Park


School excursions in NSW national parks

We are currently taking bookings for school excursions. Not all excursions are being delivered as per the usual program due to rules outlined by NSW Health. Alternative learning options with NPWS include online digital resources or incursions delivered at your school. Please contact your National Parks education contact or the relevant local park office for more information.

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Step through the sands of time on this fascinating Stage 3 (Years 5-6) history excursion at Jibbon Beach. Our Aboriginal guide will share stories of the Dharawal People, the traditional custodians of this place.

Read more about The Australian colonies at Jibbon Beach

We'll learn about the beliefs and values of the Dharawal People and their strong connection to Country. Together we'll examine a number of spiritual sites and enact cultural protocol, showing respect for elders past and present. 

We'll traverse a rocky outcrop and view Aboriginal rock engravings up close. Students will learn about the Dharawal seasonal calendar, explore middens and learn about gunyahs (shelters) by recreating an Aboriginal camp. 

The group will come away with a deep appreciation for the way of life of the Dharawal People. Students will understand how life changed for the Dharawal People following British settlement in the 1770s.

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

Stage Stage 3 (Years 5-6)
Learning area History
Student outcomes

HT3-1. Describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia

HT3-2. Describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time

HT3-5. Applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication


Students will: 

  • Examine a range of preserved animals and learn how and why these species were important to the Dharawal People
  • Participate in demonstrations to understand the role of tools and other Aboriginal artefacts 
  • Walk along Jibbon Beach and learn about Aboriginal culture through stories and tales of the Dreaming 
  • Learn the cultural protocol associated with visiting sites of spiritual and cultural significance  
  • Examine Aboriginal rock engravings at Jibbon Beach headland 
  • Meet an Aboriginal person and participate in discussions about culture, the environment and the impact of white settlement 

Excursion details


Weekdays during school term.

Guided. Available on request.
Royal National Park
Medium. Guided activities in a park on grass, along a beach, through a bush track and along a headland.

$20 per student for groups of 25 or more. GST included. For smaller groups conditions apply.

No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Bonnie Vale picnic area carpark (enter via Sea Breeze Lane)
Yes. All equipment provided.
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  • in Royal National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and South Coast regions
  • Royal National Park is open 7am to 8.30pm but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day. Seasonal ticket booths at Wattamolla and Garie Beach - cash and credit card facilities available. Please bring correct change. There's also coin and card operated pay and display machines to buy day passes.

    Vehicles over 8 seats: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). Students on educational programs: $1.10 per student. Teachers/educational supervisors: free (1 adult per 10 students).

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