School excursion

Aboriginal culture: Expanding contacts

Stage 4 (Years 7-8), History, La Perouse area in Kamay Botany Bay National Park

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Aboriginal culture expanding contacts in Kamay Botany Bay National Park is a Stage 4 (Years 7-8) school excursion 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: Aboriginal and indigenous peoples, colonisation and contact history (expanding contacts).

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

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.

La Perouse area in Kamay Botany Bay National Park
Medium. Guided activities in a suburban national park on grass and along formed and uneven walking tracks.

Minimum $550 for up to 25 students, $22 per student (includes GST)

Meeting point
La Perouse Museum.
No. All equipment is provided.
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All the practical information you need to know about Aboriginal culture: Expanding contacts.

Program outline

  • Welcome, introductions, safety briefing and acknowledgement
  • Significance of  painting up – Disco Ranger paints up self and students
  • Aboriginal Artefacts
  • Plants and their uses
  • Post-colonial impacts discussion
  • Lunch
  • Aboriginal games

Getting there and parking

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    La Perouse Museum is in the La Perouse precinct of Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Follow Anzac Parade towards La Perouse. At the end of Anzac Parade follow the signs to the museum. The area has coach and car parking, picnic areas, an historic fort and a beach.

    What to bring

    Please wear fully enclosed shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, wet weather gear, and lunch which should be low waste with a refillable water bottle. Students should bring gear in a backpack or similar (not plastic bags).



    Snacks provided as compliementary


    • Non-flush toilets
    • Flush toilets

    Picnic tables

    Barbecue facilities

    • Gas/electric barbecues (coin-operated)
    • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)

    Maps and downloads

    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 - hard

    Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.