Aboriginal culture: Expanding contacts Nielsen Park
Stage 4 (Years 7-8), History, Sydney Harbour National Park
Aboriginal culture expanding contacts Nielsen Park 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. Located at Vaucluse in Sydney's eastern suburbs, Nielsen Park is one of Sydney's favourite year-round recreation areas. Blessed with the glistening Shark Beach and glorious harbour views, there are large, sheltered picnic areas, the scenic Hermitage Foreshore walking track and you can visit the grounds of the Gothic style Greycliffe House which dates back to the 1850s.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 4 (Years 7-8)|
Weekdays during school term.
- Nielsen Park, Sydney Harbour National Park
- Medium. Guided activities in a suburban national park, along a beach, on formed and uneven bush walking tracks , up a flight of stairs and on a grassed picnic area.
Minimum $375 for up to 25 students, $15 per student (includes GST)
- Meeting point
- Nielsen Park. Meet at the corner of Coolong Road and Greycliffe Avenue, Vaucluse.
- No. All equipment is provided.
- If you would like to organise a NPWS school excursion please get in touch with local staff or use the 'Enquire' 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-4-history-aboriginal-culture-expanding-contacts-nielsen-park-sydney-harbour-national-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 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.Buy annual pass.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about Aboriginal culture: Expanding contacts Nielsen Park.
- Welcome, introductions, safety briefing and acknowledgement
- Significance of painting up – Discovery ranger paints up self and students
- Aboriginal artefacts
- Plants and their uses
- Post colonial impacts discussion
- Aboriginal games
Getting there and parking
Get driving directions
Nielsen Park is in the Nielsen Park precinct of Sydney Harbour National Park. Take New South Head Road away from the city. Turn left into Vaucluse Road and then left into Greycliffe Avenue.
Park entry points
- Nielsen Park carpark See on map
- Sealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
Parking is available in Greycliffe Avenue, including several designated disabled spots.
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).
Maps and downloads
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.