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Features of Places - Bobbin Head

Geography: Features of Places, People and Places



The geographical inquiry process is used to frame an investigation for the students to discover the natural and human features of the chosen location, each of which is unique and special in its own way. Students will also examine how people use this area and learn ways they can care for this place and others like it.

Special Note

This program is recommended for younger and less able Stage 1 students as the walk is rated as easy/moderate

Inquiry questions

What are the features of, and activities in, this place?

How can we care for places like this?

How can spaces within a place be used for different purposes?

Learning Activities

Treasure Map

Orientating their position using a large map, students will look for treasure (small pebbles) that have been painted with an Aboriginal symbol.

Exploration of Bobbin Head

During a walk around the picnic area, students will explore the built features of the site to consider what are built features, why are they here and what activities do people do when they visit.

The students will also walk along the mangrove boardalk to learn about the importance of mangrove ecosystems and how they are being protected.


The focus of the bush walk is to observe the natural features of the area and experience first hand how to care for special places like this. The students will explore the natural features through a series of hands-on, sensory games, activities and stories and finishes in a beatiful rainforest area.

The bush walk also includes a visit to an Aboriginal engraving site to understand their importance and how they can provide an insight into the traditional lives of the Aboriginal peoples of this area.

Nature Map

Using natural resources such as sticks, leaves, rocks and sand, students build a map to demonstrate and communicate their understanding of the natural and human features of Bobbin Head.

Excursion Locations

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

Sample Timetable

NOTE: Variations to timetable based on specific location

Time Classes A, B Classes C, D
10.00am Acknowledgement of Country, Welcome, Overview of the day
10.10am Morning Tea
10.30am Treasure Map

Exploration of Bobbin Head

Bush walk


Exploration of Bobbin Head

Bush walk

Treasure Map
1.00pm Lunch
1.30pm Nature Map
2.00pm Conclusion and depart

Teacher Information

Download the program flyer

Excursion locations Bobbin 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.


2024 DoE $20 per student - GST free

2024 Non-gov school cost $25 per student - GST free, minimum charge $600 per class. 

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

Class numbers and size

Up to 4 classes 

Max. 30 students per class

Risk Assessments Bobbin Head
Social Stories Bobbin 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 


A student:

> describes features of places and the connections people have with places GE1-1

identifies ways in which people interact with and care for places GE1-2 

> communicates geographical information and uses geographical tools for inquiry GE1-3 


Features of places


  • investigate features of places and how they can be cared for, for example: (ACHGK005)    

    - description of the natural and human features of places

    - discussion of the natural features of places identified in Aboriginal Dreaming stories and/or Legends of the Torres Strait

    - consideration of how a place can be cared for

People's connections to places


  • investigate people's connections and access to places, for example: (ACHGK013)    

    - discussion of why people visit other places

Local and global connections


  • investigate connections that people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, have to local and global places, for example: (ACHGK010, ACHGK011, ACHGK012)

    -  discussion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' connections with land, sea and animals of their place


History K-10 Syllabus 

The Past in the Present


A student:

> describes and describes significant people, events, places and sites in the local community over time HT1-2


The history of a significant person, building, site or part of the natural environment in the local community and what it reveals about the past(ACHHK044)


  • identify a significant person, building, site or part of the natural environment in the local community and discuss what they reveal about the past and why they are considered important

The importance today of an historical site of cultural or spiritual significance; for example, a community building, a landmark, a war memorial(ACHHK045)


  • identify an historical site or sites in the local community. Discuss their significance, why these sites have survived and the importance of preserving them


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

History K-10 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2012