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Aboriginal culture: Expanding contacts Bradleys Head

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


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Aboriginal culture expanding contacts Bradleys Head 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. Bradleys Head Amphitheatre is an exceptionally popular lookout in Sydney Harbour National Park, offering breathtaking views of the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Fort Denison. It is a much loved picnic area with many beautiful bushwalks nearby.

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

Stage Stage 4 (Years 7-8)
Key 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.

Bradleys Head Amphitheatre, 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)

Meeting point
To be advised on booking.
No. All field equipment including basic first-aid kits are 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, Goat or Rodd Island, or Fort Denison, 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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