School excursion

Walgun walk and cultural experience

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

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Walgun walk and cultural experience is a school excursion in Cape Byron State Conservation Area focusing on Stage 6 Aboriginal Studies, Community Study (Years 11-12). Join traditional custodians to learn about Arakwal Bundjalung People's ongoing connection to Country.

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During this guided walk, Arakwal Aboriginal guides discuss the Arakwal Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA). It’s the first Land Use Agreement of its kind in Australia. Students find out about how Arakwal and NPWS jointly manage the reserve today. Learn about local bush tucker, hear stories of significant sites and understand how the area has changed over time.

This is an integrated program which can also focus on: 

  • Stage 5 Geography, Environmental Change and Management 
  • Stage 5 History, Australia and Asia – Making a Nation. 

It also meets the F-10 Australian cross-curriculum priorities Sustainability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.

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

Stage Stage 6 (Years 11-12)
Key learning area Aboriginal Studies
Student outcomes

P1.2. Explains the consequences of invasion and colonisation for Aboriginal and other Indigenous peoples on social justice and human rights

P2.2. Explains the importance of Country and the interrelationship between Country, culture, economic life and social systems for Aboriginal and other Indigenous peoples

P3.2. Explains the impact of key government policies, legislation and legal decisions in relation to land and water rights and heritage and identity

P3.3. Explains the responses and initiative of Aboriginal other Indigenous peoples to key government policies, legislation and legal decisions

Objectives Students will:
  • Discover traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture with Aboriginal guides
  • Listen to Arakwal Bundjalung guides talk about their families and their heritage and how settlement of the Byron Bay area by Europeans impacted traditional Aboriginal culture
  • Learn about the European impact on the landscape, particularly the Pass midden and the movement of Aboriginal people in this area
  • Consider how the landscape affected European settlement and how people were affected by climate and the seasons
  • Take a guided walk, learning about the local environment, natural resources, bush tucker and bush medicine
  • Learn about the Arakwal Indigenous Land Use Agreement and how NPWS and Arakwal People jointly manage local protected areas
  • Recognise that Aboriginal people have interacted positively with the environment for a long time
  • Identify customs, practices, languages and traditions of Aboriginal people.

Excursion details

Weekdays during school terms.
Cape Byron walking track, Cape Byron State Conservation Area
Medium. Guided activities on formed and uneven bush walking tracks, up and down a flight of stairs, along a beach and on a grassed picnic area.
$9.90 per person (minimum $198). Price includes GST.
Meeting point
Cape Byron Lighthouse precinct at the end of Lighthouse Road, Byron Bay. Groups meet on the verandah of the northern side of Cape Byron Information Centre.
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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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Info for teachers

All the practical information 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)

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


    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

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