Australian Colonies – Australia as a Nation


Syllabus Outcomes HT3-1 | HT3-2 | HT3-3 | HT3-4

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All parents and teachers can attend for no additional cost.

+GST. As this program is an educational service, all GST charged can be reimbursed in its entirety by the Government. This price excludes transport. (Minimum charge of x35 students).


About Australian Colonies - Australia as a Nation

Walk in the footsteps and learn the tales of real colonial settlers as your students dive deep into the secret laneways, buildings and historical sites of The Rocks. On this exciting, hands-on and even gruesome excursion, your students will experience life as a convict in the setting where colonial Australia began. The day begins with breath-taking views of Circular Quay, then students will explore The Rocks in costume and in character as they actively participate in this unforgettable interactive learning experience. Students will learn about the lives of real people from Australia’s colonial past, discover how Australian society changed throughout the twentieth century and examine the everyday life of a variety of men and women who lived in post-1800 colonial settlements. Jam packed with extensive history, fun facts, games and even ghost stories, this memorable excursion delivers a fresh new way to understand and interpret Australia’s history which will have your students eagerly learning, participating and excitedly hanging off every word!


Syllabus Outcomes Addressed

HT3-1 describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia
HT3-2 describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time
HT3-3 identifies change and continuity and describes the causes and effects of change on Australian society
HT3-4 explains the struggles for rights and freedoms in Australia, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples


Full Day Excursion (4 Hours) 10am – 2pm

Time allocation for excursions can be tailored and adjusted to suit your individual school timetable and scheduling.


Leave it all with us! Whilst you are welcome to organise your own transport to and from our adventures, alternatively you can book with our Ranger Jamie buses or coaches. Ask us for a transport quote and we can take care of everything!

Please note, all coaches include seatbelts for students however, buses do not.

What's Included

Supplementry Lesson Ideas Completed Risk Assessment

Syllabus Content Focus

Key inquiry questions answered

  • What do we know about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past and how do we know?
  • How did an Australian colony develop over time and why?
  • How did colonial settlement change the environment?
  • What were the significant events and who were the significant people that shaped Australian colonies?
  • Why and how did Australia become a nation?
  • How did Australian society change throughout the twentieth century?
  • Who were the people who came to Australia? Why did they come?
  • What contribution have significant individuals and groups made to the development of Australian society?

Reasons (economic, political and social) for the establishment of British colonies in Australia after 1800(ACHHK093)

  • discuss why the British government set up colonies in Australia after 1800

The nature of convict or colonial presence, including the factors that influenced patterns of development, aspects of the daily life of inhabitants and how the environment changed(ACHHK094)

  • outline settlement patterns in the nineteenth century and the factors which influenced them
  • discuss the impact of settlement on local Aboriginal peoples and the environment
  • discuss the diverse relationships between Aboriginal peoples and the British
  • investigate the everyday life of a variety of men and women in post-1800 colonial settlements using a range of sources and explain their different experiences

The reasons people migrated to Australia from Europe and Asia, and the experiences and contributions of a particular migrant group within a colony(ACHHK096)

  • identify the European and Asian countries from which people migrated to Australia during the nineteenth century and reasons for their migration
  • investigate the experiences of a particular migrant group and the contributions they made to society

Day Outline

Arrival / Morning Tea / Toilet Break
(approx. 20 minutes)
Introductory Presentation The day kicks off with a meet and greet with our enthusiastic Rangers before enjoying an interactive and engaging presentation.
(approx. 25 minutes)
Grouping: Students are divided into their groups of approximately x 30 students and are allocated a Ranger guide for each activity.
Activity 1 Students participate in each activity for approximately 45 minutes.
Activity 2 Students participate in each activity for approximately 45 minutes.
Lunch / Toilet Break
(approx. 25 minutes)
Activity 3 Students participate in each activity for approximately 20 minutes.
Activity 4 Students participate in each activity for approximately 20 minutes.
Wrap Up / Conclusion / Toilet Break
(approx. 10 minutes)


The day kicks off with an exciting and engaging presentation with our rangers, where we’ll dive deep into the past and explore the arrival of European settlers and Explorers on our shores.

ACTIVITY 1: Guided Tour
Our Rangers will lead students on two exciting guided tours through The Rocks, where they’ll walk in the footsteps of Sydney’s settlers, and view historical buildings, secret alleyways and hidden corners that show the city’s past. They’ll see how people in the 1800s lived by viewing the terraces at Susannah Place and exploring the Big Dig, and take in views over the terraces of the Rocks from Observatory Hill. Creepy ghost stories are optional, but add in an extra layer of historical fun!

ACTIVITY 2: Dress Up
Students will be get to dress up in historically inspired colonial costumes and put themselves in the shoes (literally!) of some of the most important explorers and characters who shaped Australia’s history.

ACTIVITY 3: Sketching Activity
Students will be tasked with imagining what this area looked like before Europeans arrived in Australia, and they’ll sketch before and after pictures of The Rocks, starting with the time prior to the arrival of the First Fleet and then comparing the area to what it looks like today. This will encourage them to think about Indigenous perspectives and the impact of colonialistion, as well as asking them to empathise with the hardships of establishing a life in the colony for convicts and settlers.

ACTIVITY 4: Ranger Jamie Olympics
Students are split in two teams working together to race each other in a competitive game against the clock. This highly competitive competition will have your students shouting, screaming and cheering with their peers as the teams discuss strategies and tactics on how to beat their competitors. Students discuss the answers and problem solve the questions based around what they learnt in the morning introduction presentation.


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All parents and teachers can attend for no additional cost.

+GST. As this program is an educational service, all GST charged can be reimbursed in its entirety by the Government. This price excludes transport. (Minimum charge of x35 students).

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Please note this will be an additional cost to the excursion price and a seperate quote will be provided to you.

Please note this is a tentative booking. After your booking request is submitted, we will be in touch via email to confirm the requested date and arrange the final details for the booking.

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The Rocks
The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia