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Depth study 6: Expanding culture at Jibbon Beach

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


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Join us and learn about the Dharawal People's rich connection to Country in this Stage 4 (Years 7-8) history excursion at Jibbon Beach. Your NPWS Aboriginal guide will lead students through stories of the Dreaming and share rich cultural knowledge.

Read more about Depth study 6: Expanding culture at Jibbon Beach

We'll learn about the beliefs and values of the Dharawal People and imagine how they lived in this coastal environment. 

Students will hold and demonstrate the use of a range of hand-carved tools and artefacts. 

Together we'll walk Jibbon Beach and examine a number of spiritual sites. We'll learn and enact cultural protocol, showing respect for elders past and present. 

Students will learn the meaning and significance of local symbols as we view Aboriginal engravings up close. 

The group will come away with a deep appreciation for the Dharawal People's way of life. They'll begin to understand how life changed for the Dharawal People following British settlement in the 1770s.

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

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

HT4-2. Describes major periods of historical time and sequences events, people and societies from the past

HT4-3. Describes and assesses the motives and actions of past individuals and groups in the context of past societies

HT4-4. Describes and explains the causes and effects of events and developments of past societies over time

HT4-6. Uses evidence from sources to support historical narratives and explanations

HT4-7. Identifies and describes different contexts, perspectives and interpretations of the past

HT4-10. Selects and uses appropriate oral, written, visual and digital forms to communicate about the past


Students will:

  • Examine a range of preserved animals and learn how and why these species were important to the Dharawal People
  • Participate in demonstrations to understand the role of tools and other Aboriginal artefacts
  • Walk along Jibbon Beach and learn about Aboriginal culture through stories and tales of the Dreaming
  • Learn the cultural protocol associated with visiting sites of spiritual and cultural significance
  • Examine Aboriginal rock engravings at Jibbon Beach headland
  • Meet an Aboriginal person and participate in discussions about culture, the environment and the impact of white settlement

Excursion details


Weekdays during school term.

Royal National Park
Easy. Guided activities are in a park on grass, along a beach, along a bush track and around a headland.

$24 per student for groups of 25 or more. GST included. For smaller groups conditions apply.

No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Bonnie Vale picnic area carpark (enter via Sea Breeze Lane)
Yes. All equipment provided.
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  • in Royal National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and South Coast regions
  • Royal National Park is open 7am to 8.30pm but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

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