Places Are Similar & Different Excursion


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

Transport Excursion & Incursion


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).



Gear up for a jam-packed excursion experience that will have your students talking for days. Experience breath-taking ocean and bushland scenery, 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)


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 bushwalk through the incredible surrounding bushland, 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 at this level, learning how this area is both unique and similar to other environments where people and animals live.

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

  • Bobbin Head Ku-ring-gai National Park
  • Bradleys Head – Sydney Harbour National Park
  • Clifton Gardens Chowder Bay Mosman
  • Nielsen Park Vaucluse

Sydney City CBD

  • Royal Botanic Gardens

South Sydney

  • Carss Park Bush Park
  • Shelly Park Beach Cronulla
  • Wattamolla Royal National Park – TOP PICK

Western Sydney

  • Auburn Botanic Gardens
  • Western Sydney Parklands


  • Killalea State Park Shellharbour
  • Minnamurra Rainforest
  • Stanwell Park Beach Reserve – TOP PICK

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).

Request a Date

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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.

North Sydney

Sydney City (CBD)

South Sydney

Western Sydney


Title Address Description
Bobbin Head Ku-ring-gai National Park
Bobbin Head Rd, New South Wales, Australia
Clifton Gardens Chowder Bay Mosman
Chowder Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Bradley's Head Sydney Harbour National Park
Bradleys Head, Mosman NSW 2088, Australia
Nielsen Park Vaucluse
Nielsen Park, 6 Steele Point Rd, Vaucluse NSW 2030, Australia
Royal Botanic Gardens
Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Shelly Park Beach
Shelly Park, 70-110 Ewos Parade, Cronulla NSW 2230, Australia
Carss Park Bush Park
Carss Bush Park, Carwar Ave, Carss Park NSW 2221, Australia
Wattamolla Royal National Park
Sutherland Shire NSW 2232, Australia
Western Sydney Parklands
Western Sydney Parklands, Eastern Creek NSW 2766, Australia
Auburn Botanic Gardens
Auburn Botanic Gardens, Chisholm Rd &, Chiswick Rd, Auburn NSW 2144, Australia
Stanwell Park Beach Reserve
Stanwell Park Beach Reserve, Stanwell Park NSW 2508, Australia
Symbio Wildlife Park
Symbio Wildlife Park, 7-11 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Helensburgh NSW 2508, Australia
Killalea State Park Shellharbour
Killalea Reserve, 45A Killalea Dr, Shell Cove NSW 2529, Australia
Minnamurra Rainforest
345 Minnamurra Falls Rd, Jamberoo NSW 2533, Australia