Places Are Similar & Different at Shark Island


Syllabus Outcomes GE2-1 | GE2-2 | GE2-3 | GE2-4



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 Places are Similar & Different Experience

Gear up for a jam-packed and exciting day out on Sydney’s glittering harbour at Shark Experience breath-taking ocean scenery with views of the surrounding cityscape, whilst exploring features and characteristics of different places and environments. Students will participate in activities such as dip net fishing in a freshwater creek, bug catching, bushwalking and building beach habitats for turtles and penguins, investigating the ways people, places and environments interact. Students will examine the characteristics of the location they are in, observing the bushland, sand and sea, and have the opportunity to consider how people’s perceptions of places are the basis for actions to protect places and environments – all while having fun!


Syllabus Outcomes Addressed

GE2-1 examines features and characteristics of places and environments
GE2-2 describes the ways people, places and environments interact
GE2-3 examines differing perceptions about the management of places and environments
GE2-4 acquires and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry



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

  • How and why are places similar and different?
  • What would it be like to live in a neighbouring country?
  • How do people’s perceptions about places influence their views about the protection of places?

The Australian continent

  • investigate Australia’s major natural and human features for example: (ACHGK014, ACHGK015)
    • description of natural features of Australia eg deserts, rivers, mountains

Climate of places

  • investigate the climates and weather of different places (ACHGK017)

Similarities and differences between places

  • investigate the settlement patterns and demographic characteristics of places and the lives of the people who live there, for example: (ACHGK019)
    • examination of the varying settlement patterns and demographics of places

Perception and protection of places

  • investigate how the protection of places is influenced by people’s perception of places, for example: (ACHGK018)
    • description of how and why people perceive places differently
    • discussion of how people’s perceptions influence the protection of places in Australia eg national parks, world heritage sites

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 partake in each activity for approximately 30 minutes.
Activity 2 Students partake in each activity for approximately 30 minutes.
Lunch / Toilet Break
(approx. 25 minutes)
Activity 3 Students partake in each activity for approximately 30 minutes.
Activity 4 Students partake in each activity for approximately 30 minutes.
Wrap Up / Conclusion / Toilet Break
(approx. 20 minutes)


After an exciting ferry ride, the day kicks off with an exciting and engaging presentation, focussing on the importance of different places to people and living things, why people need to protect places, features of different places, how humans can protect places and human connections to places.

ACTIVITY 1: Bushwalk
Students will be taken on a guided walk to view the unique landscape of Shark Island, exploring the unique features of this scenic area. They’ll get to explore our native bushland, and be able to get up close and personal with the flora and fauna that can be found on the island.

Activity 2: Bug Catching
Students will have faces camouflaged in child friendly face paint. Students will be given small clear jars with lid to catch anything creepy crawly they find -spiders not allowed. This activity shows students biological diversity of environments and what can live in habitats. This activity also focuses on how animals have adapted to live within our cities and built-up urban areas and how humans need to create green spaces for our animals. Students will be able to identify what they have caught as they cross reference their bug to the identification sheets provided.

ACTIVITY 3: Animal Habitats
Students work together in small teams to create an animal home for possums, wombats, wallabies, penguins and more. Students will have their creative side sparked in this activity. Each group will be given a large array of sticks, bark, leaves and branches to make specific animal homes. This activity focuses on the destructive human influence on environments and why we must protect habitats for different species. Students work together in groups and their creative side will be sparked as they create an elaborate animal dwelling/ habitat.

ACTIVITY 4: Dip Net Fishing
Students will use dip-nets on long-handled poles to catch water-dwelling critters and examine the different species which live in the local environment. They’ll take samples and catch bugs from different areas, and use scientific tools and equipment to determine whether an environment is healthy or unhealthy.


North Sydney

  • Shark Island Sydney Harbour

View the Google Map below for marked locations.


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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Shark Island Sydney Harbour
Shark Island, New South Wales, Australia