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Special Local Places

Geography, People Live In Places



During a bushwalk through one of the special bushland areas of northern Sydney, the students will explore the features of these special places, including the plants, animals and Aboriginal history. The students will do this through a range of sensory fieldwork activities that include building shelters, exploring bush tucker plants, treasure hunts of natural materials and magic spot listening places.

Inquiry questions

What are places like?

What makes a place special?

How can we look after the places we live in?

Learning Activities

Wuny-unga's Journey

Through the story of Wuny-unga, the students will explore and and immerse in nature during a bushwalk. A variety of sensory activities on the walk will help develop a deeper awareness of the bushland environment and the Aboriginal Peoples connection to Country leading to the discovery of Wuny-unga's identity. These activities may include listening to the bush sounds at their magic spot, matching the colours of the bush to rainbow chips, looking at natural features through a magnifier and learning about the importance of Aboriginal bush resources.

Exploring places

Students will be introduced to a simple map of the area to learn how maps can be used as a way of exploring places. With map in hand, the students will identify and visit the different features of their place to explore and learn about why those places are special.

The Old Forest story and create a forest

Using a large story board, the students will be told a story about the importance of protecting natural bushland. The story is followed by the ‘Create a Forest’ activity where students work in groups and use natural materials and plastic animals to create a model habitat for Australian animals.

Excursion Locations

This program is offered at the following locations. Click on an image to find out more.

*Note: Excursions at Muogamarra operate in Terms 2 and 3 only.

Sample Timetable

NOTE: Variations to timetable based on specific location


Classes A, B

Classes C, D


Acknowledgement of Country, Welcome, Overview of the day


Morning Tea

10.30am Wuny-ungas Story

Exploring Places

Old Forest Story and create a forest

12.00pm Lunch

Exploring Places

Old Forest Story and create a forest

Wuny-ungas Story
2.00pm Conclusion and depart

Teacher Information

Download the program flyer

Excursion locations

Bobbin Head

Muogamarra Nature Reserve

West Head

Bus access map

Map for access to venue will be sent with the confirmation

Please ensure you print a copy and provide to the bus driver on the morning of the excursion.


2023 DoE $15 per student - GST free

2023 Non-gov school cost $25 per student - GST free, minimum charge $575 per class. 

NOTE:  National Parks entry is $1.10 per student in addition

Class numbers and size

Up to 4 classes 

Max. 23 students per class

Risk Assessments

Bobbin Head

Muogamarra Nature Reserve  

West Head


Social Stories

Bobbin Head


West Head

Supporting Resources Student activities
What to bring

Backpack, medication, low-waste food, water bottle, sunblock, raincoat, hat, sturdy shoes, mask.

Students wear sports uniform.

Adverse weather On days where the weather is unsuitable (see risk assessment), a Gibberagong staff member will contact the organising teacher to discuss alternative arrangments.
Medical notifications Notify Gibberagong EEC by completing and returning the medical form before the excursion. This form will be sent out upon confirmation of booking.

Syllabus outcomes and content

Geography K-10 Syllabus 

People Live in Places


A student:

> identifies places and develops an understanding of the importance of places and people GEe-1

> communicates geographical information and uses geographical tools GEe-2 


Important Places


  • investigate the importance of places they live in and belong to, for example: (ACHGK002, ACHGK004)    
  • identification of places they live in and belong to 

    - discussion of why places are special and how people care for them

    - explanation of why people need to take care of places 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander places


  • investigate the Country/Places important to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Peoples, for example: (ACHGK003)   

    -  identification of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander site, Country or Place 

    - discussion of why the site, Country or Place is

Locating places 


  • investigate how the location of places can be represented, for example:

    - location of familiar and local places on maps

    - description of the location of places

Geography K-10 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2015

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