School excursion

Around the Cape

Stage 5 (Years 9-10), Geography, Cape Byron State Conservation Area

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Overview

Around the Cape is a school excursion in Cape Byron State Conservation Area for Stage 5 (Years 9-10) students focusing on geography as a KLA.

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Students examine the area in terms of human impact on the natural environment and changing land use. Students analyse a range of site specific source materials, discuss the issues affecting the Byron Bay area, and design and undertake a visitor survey.

Geography: 5A3 Issues in Australian Environments

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

Stage Stage 5 (Years 9-10)
Key learning area Geography
Student outcomes

GE5-3. Analyses the effect of interactions and connections between people, places and environments

GE5-4. Accounts for perspectives of people and organisations on a range of geographical issues

GE5-5. Assesses management strategies for places and environments for their sustainability

GE5-7. Acquires and processes geographical information by selecting and using appropriate and relevant geographical tools for inquiry

Objectives

Students will:

  • Learn how the local environment was formed and significant features of Cape Byron State Conservation Area
  • Investigate the role and importance of national parks in supporting biodiversity
  • Learn about joint management of the reserve by traditional owners and the National Parks and Wildlife Service 
  • Investigate human impact on the environment, using Cape Byron State Conservation Area as an example
  • Survey visitors to discuss how people's world views affect their attitudes to, and use of, environments such as Cape Byron
  • Discuss environmental management approaches and perspectives to sustainably manage Cape Byron into the future

Excursion details

Availability
Guided. Available on request.
Where
Cape Byron State Conservation Area
Duration
2hrs
Grading
Medium
Price

$9.90 per person (minimum $198).

Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Equipment
provided
Yes
Booking
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.
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Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/education/stage-5-geography-around-cape-byron-state-conservation-area/local-alerts

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Park info

  • in Cape Byron State Conservation Area in the North Coast region
    • Cape Byron State Conservation Area is open all hours, but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
    • Cape Byron Lighthouse precinct is open 8am to sunset.
    • The Maritime Museum in the former Lighthouse Keeper’s office at the base of the lighthouse is open 10am to 4pm daily.
    • Opening before 8am for events or disabled access can be arranged by prior notice – contact NPWS Byron Bay office during business hours 02 6639 8300.
  • Park entry fees:

    Cape Byron Lighthouse precinct and Information Centre: $8 per vehicle per hour/$4 per hour motorcycles. Maximum 1 hour per vehicle per calendar day, including all NPWS annual passholders.

    Captain Cook lookout, Cosy Corner, and The Pass: $4 per vehicle/motorcycle per hour. Coin-operated and credit card payment available.

    Coach entry: $26 per coach up to 30 seats; $50 per coach 31 to 43 seats; $83 per coach 44 seats and over.

    Buy annual pass (//pass.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/).
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Info for teachers

All the practical information you need to know about Around the Cape.

Getting there and parking

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    Park entry points

    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

    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.

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - no wheelchair access

    Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.

    Cape Byron Lighthouse, Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer