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School excursion

Walgun walk and cultural experience

Stage 6 (Years 11-12), Aboriginal Studies, Cape Byron State Conservation Area

Info for teachers

Everything you need to know about Walgun walk and cultural experience.

Program outline

  • It’s a good idea to arrive early for morning tea and a toilet break.
  • Welcome and introduction to Bundjalung language (10min)
  • Show and tell: Tools, weapons and artefacts (25min)
  • Guided walk around Cape Byron lighthouse precinct to discuss local history and significant sites (20min)
  • Share in a Dreaming story (15min)
  • Traditional game (15min)
  • Guided walk to Wategos Beach (30min)
  • Farewell at Wategos Beach (west end picnic shelters)

What to bring

Please wear long pants, closed comfortable shoes and bring a hat and sunscreen. Be ready for all weather conditions with a jumper and raincoat. Bring your food, drinking water and any necessary medications.

It’s a good idea to pack your belongings in a backpack rather than a plastic bag. We have some curious birds who may try to break in and share your lunch with you.

Getting there and parking

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    Cape Byron Lighthouse is 2km east of the Byron Bay town centre. To get there, take Lawson Street (which becomes Lighthouse Road) and follow it to the lighthouse.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    This activity covers Cape Byron State Conservation Area, beginning at the Lighthouse precinct and finishing at Wategos Beach:

    • Buses transporting students on approved programs are free.
    • Private vehicle passes also available if you aren’t using buses.
    • Other vehicles need to pay appropriate fees.
    • Parking is limited at excursion venues.
    • Park entry fees apply at the lighthouse, The Pass, Captain Cook lookout and Tallow Beach carparks.
    • NPWS park passes apply.

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    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 - hard

    Wheelchair facilities are available at the lighthouse precinct, but the track from the lighthouse to the Pass is not wheelchair-friendly.

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

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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.

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    The view from the lighthouse over the keepers cottage. Photo: John Spencer