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Aboriginal culture: Expanding contacts Arabanoo lookout

Stage 4 (Years 7-8), History, Sydney Harbour National Park


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Aboriginal culture expanding contacts Arabanoo lookout is a Stage 4 (Years 7-8) school excursion in Sydney Harbour National Park which focuses on history as a KLA. Embark on a learning journey of Aboriginal culture from pre-colonisation to now.

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Students will learn through a variety of fun, interactive activities and talks by an experienced Aboriginal Discovery ranger.

History: Expanding Contacts - Aboriginal and Indigenous Peoples, Colonisation and Contact History

Sydney Harbour National Park protects a collection of islands and foreshore areas around one of the world’s most famous harbours. Arabanoo lookout at Dobroyd Head offers fantastic views to North Head and South Head and out to the Pacific Ocean. The lookout is named in honour of an Aboriginal man, Arabanoo, and is marked with signs and monuments to identify the culture and history of the area. The natural environment includes habitats for plants, local animals, bird life and marine creatures.

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Stage Stage 4 (Years 7-8)
Learning area History

Students will:

  • listen to an Aboriginal person describe the main features of Australia's Aboriginal culture prior to colonisation
  • recognise the results of colonisation on Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples to 1900
  • listen to the Discovery ranger and then be able to describe the key aspects of contact between the Aboriginal people and the colonisers
  • learn how Aboriginal children were educated in Aboriginal society through Aboriginal games
  • be taught about different food sources and how to make and use different weapons.

Excursion details


Weekdays during school term.

Guided. Available on request.
Arabanoo lookout at Dobroyd Head, Sydney Harbour National Park
Medium. Guided activities in a suburban national park, along a beach, on formed and uneven bush walking tracks on a slope.

Minimum $375 for up to 25 students, $15 per student (includes GST)

No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Meet at Arabanoo lookout on Dobroyd Scenic Drive, Balgowlah.
Yes. All equipment is provided.
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Park info

  • 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.

    Other fees:

    Landing fees or tour fees apply to visit Sydney Harbour islands. All public visitors to Shark, Clark or Rodd Island, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS). Annual NSW Parks Passes do not cover landing fees.

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