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Schools and groups

Want your school-aged children to experience authentic primary sources and deepen their historical learning? We encourage school, scout and youth groups to escape to Cockatoo Island and North Head Sanctuary for an outdoors learning experience.

Known to Sydney’s First Nations Peoples as Wareamah, Cockatoo Island is a great place for primary and high school classes to extend their understanding of Australian history. As your students explore historical buildings and spaces with a specialist education guide, they will have opportunities to consider how the past has influenced the present.

Looking for a hands-on school excursion idea where students can gain first-hand insight into First Nations knowledge of our Country and its rich diverse food sources? Escape your classroom and head to North Head Sanctuary for our new interactive Bush Tucker Education Tour. Only available in May 2023.


Engaging school excursions

Seeking an inspired school excursion idea? Escape your classroom for an interactive outdoor learning experience.

Cockatoo Island education programs

Cockatoo Island is a great place for school students, scouts and youth groups to extend their understanding Australian history. As they encounter key landmarks with a specialist guide, they will learn about the island’s former residents, workers and prisoners and develop their historical learning skills. Critically, our stage-specific programs meet NSW Syllabus and Australian Curriculum Outcomes.

North Head Sanctuary Bush Tucker Education Tour

In this 1 hour bush tucker walk, led by a knowledgeable First Nations guide, students will develop a deeper understanding of our connection to Country, First Nations customs and beliefs, as well as practices. During the walk, together with a First Nations guide, students will identify different bush tucker plants and learn how they are used in First Nations daily practices. Through touch and smell, students will be able to learn through this sensory experience, while leisurely walking and learning more about the history of the area. 

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