Living world WildTracker: Nielsen Park
Stage 3 (Years 5-6), Science and Technology, Sydney Harbour National Park
On a WildTracker excursion, Stage 3 (Years 5-6) students will explore and analyse the natural environment of Nielsen Park. We'll identify and group species and discuss the adaptations that help these species survive and thrive here.
Read more about Living world WildTracker: Nielsen Park
From the ringtail and brushtailed possum to the powerful owl, we'll examine some fascinating animal facts and adaptations.
Students will learn about the role national parks play in protecting and supporting plants and animals, including the local red-crowned toadlet. We'll discuss how preventative burns form part of the long-term health of the park's ecosystem.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 3 (Years 5-6)|
|Key learning area||Science and Technology|
ST3-1WS-S. Plans and conducts scientific investigations to answer testable questions, and collects and summarises data to communicate conclusions
ST3-2DP-T. Plans and uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity
ST3-4LW-S. Examines how the environment affects the growth, survival and adaptation of living things
Weekdays during school terms.
- Guided. Available on request.
- Nielsen Park, Sydney Harbour National Park
- Easy. Guided tour and activities along an unsealed walking path including a board walk, grassed area and stairs.
$16 per student. Minimum 20 students. GST included.
- Meeting point
- Entrance to Nielsen Park, off Greycliffe Avenue
- If you would like to organise a NSW National Parks school excursion please get in touch with local staff or use the 'Enquire now' 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-science-and-technology-living-world-wildtracker-nielsen-park/local-alerts
- School excursion inquiries - Sydney Harbour
- 02 9668 2006
- 02 9337 7012
- in Sydney Harbour National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
Sydney Harbour National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Park entry fees:
Bradleys Head carpark: $8 per vehicle per day. North Head carpark: $5 per vehicle per day. There are pay and display machines that accept cards and coins - no change given. Chowder Bay Road parking: Monday-Friday: $3 per hour, to a maximum of $16 per day. Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: $4 per hour, to a maximum of $20 per day. If you hold an NPWS All Parks or Multi Parks Pass, you can park free for up to four hours per day - additional time can be purchased. Car parks operated by Sydney Harbour Federation Trust or Mosman Council are not covered by your pass. Please check signs carefully.
Landing fee or tour fee applies to visit Sydney Harbour islands. To visit Shark, Clark or Rodd islands all vessels, including kayaks, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS). Annual NSW Parks Passes not valid for landing fees.Buy annual pass.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about Living world WildTracker: Nielsen Park.
- Welcome, acknowledgement of Country and safety talk
- Introduction to the site and overview of what the excursion will entail
- Walk to the lawns of Greycliffe House, morning tea, toilet break
- Identify the living environments of various animals and how they survive here
- Investigate the structural features of some Australian native plants
- Bug hunting exercise using scientific methods for bug identification
- Hermitage foreshore walk along the headland with views to the city.
- Discuss Sydney Harbour as a diverse habitat for many marine mammals. The Hermitage foreshore offers a great class photo opportunity!
- Farewell and depart on bus
Getting there and parking
Get driving directions
Bradleys Head is located between Athol and Taylors Bay. Travelling by bus, drive along Military Road, Mosman and then continue to Bradleys Head Road to the parking area near Athol Hall.
Park entry points
- Nielsen Park carpark See on map
- Sealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
Parking is available at Bradleys Head and at nearby Athol Hall. There is also parking at the Rifle Wall.
What to bring
It’s a good idea to 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, first aid kit and any necessary medications.
Maps and downloads
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 - medium
Alternative access is needed to some areas.