School excursion

Dolphin Dreaming

Stage 3 (Years 5-6), Geography, Cape Byron State Conservation Area

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Dolphin Dreaming is a Stage 3 (Years 5-6) school excursion in Cape Byron State Conservation Area, focusing on Geography. Through story, dance and creative expression, Arakwal Aboriginal guides present the life and culture of Byron Bay's Aboriginal people.

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Students will be encouraged to participate in dance and ceremonies, paint their own special place and learn about the significance of dolphins to the Arakwal community.

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

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

GE3-1. Describes the diverse features and characteristics of places and environments

GE3-2. Explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments

GE3-3. Compares and contrasts influences on the management of places and environments


Students will:

  • Explore how and why the environment is important to Aboriginal people
  • Investigate natural resources, bush tucker and bush medicine on a guided walk
  • Listen to a local story
  • Understand Aboriginal perspectives on caring for Country
  • Learn local Bundjalung customs and language

Excursion details


Weekdays during school terms

Guided. Available on request.
1hr 30min

$9.90 per person (minimum $198)

No wheelchair access
Meeting point
The picnic tables near The Pass toilets, Pass carpark (off Brookes Drive) Byron Bay
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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: $8 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: $4 per vehicle/motorcycle per hour. Pay machines - cash and credit cards accepted.

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

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Info for teachers

All the practical information you need to know about Dolphin Dreaming.

Program outline

  • Introduction and safety talk
  • Paint children’s faces using ochre
  • Welcome, dance and language
  • Storytelling session
  • Bush tucker walk
  • Farewell game
  • Pick up from The Pass picnic area (east of the carpark)

Getting there and parking

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    The Pass (Palm Valley) is part of the Cape Byron State Conservation Area. To get there, drive through the centre of Byron Bay along Lighthouse Road and turn left into Brooke Drive where the boardwalk ends.

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather


    A $4 per hour parking fee applies to The Pass, Captain Cook and Tallow Beach carpark. Those with NPWS Park passes are exempt.

    Buses transporting students on approved programs are free. Additional vehicles are required to pay appropriate fees. Please note that parking is limited at excursion venues.

    What to bring

    Please wear long pants, closed comfortable shoes and bring a hat and sunscreen. Be ready for all weather conditions with a jumper and raincoat. And remember to bring food, water and any necessary medications.

    It’s a good idea to pack your belongings in a backpack rather than a plastic bag because we have some curious birds who may try to break in and share your lunch with you.

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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

    Wheelchair facilities are available, please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.