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Sydney offers a diverse range of activities which contribute to students’ understanding of how Australia was colonised by Europeans, Australian history, culture and heritage and so much more.
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Sydney City Experience

Sydney offers myriad cross curriculum itinerary options to suit primary and high school students from regional, rural and remote areas of NSW and also for our interstate visitors! Let us design a cross curriculum itinerary to showcase the highlights of Sydney, creating the ultimate ‘Sydney City Experience’ for your students. Here’s just a taste of the activities you could include in such an itinerary – contact our friendly team to discuss your Sydney excursion requirements today!

Take a ferry ride on Sydney Harbour, see Taronga Zoo, visit Sydney Tower Eye for a 4D experience and amazing 360 degree views of Sydney. Explore Darling Harbour with Imax, Sydney Aquarium, Wildlife World, Powerhouse Museum, National Maritime Museum, the Chinese Gardens and the new, amazing Madame Tussauds. Walk across Sydney Harbour Bridge, take a behind the scenes tour of the Sydney Opera House and snap a group photo on the Opera House steps with Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background. Meet and participate in programs with the world famous Bondi Rescue Lifeguards, visit Luna Park, take a behind the scenes tour at the SCG or the former Sydney Olympic Stadium. Time your visit to include an NRL match or a theatre show – both are sure to be a highlight of your Sydney experience.

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Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour stretches from Paddy’s Markets and Sydney Entertainment Centre in the south to King Street Wharf and the Maritime Museum in the north. Darling Harbour is one of Australia’s premier school excursion destinations with museums, parks, wildlife, big screen film experiences, and much more. Here’s just a sample of activities on offer at Darling Harbour…

Madam Tussaud’s

With over 70 figures and 10 interactive themed zones, students will come face-to-face with the world’s most iconic personalities, meet historical greats, live out their musical fantasy, give a speech alongside Julia Gillard or John Howard, meet Olympic sports heroes; Cathy Freeman and Dawn Fraser, test their IQ against Einstein and much more! Each wax figure is crafted with unprecedented skill, artistry and accuracy. It takes over 800 hours of work and 20 artists to make just one wax figure.

The New Playground at Darling Quarter is Now Open!

The Darling Quarter Kids Playground is one of the most spectacular ever built in Australia, featuring an array of fun activities that promote learning and imagination for all ages. Water games, climbing ropes, swings, slides, and a flying fox will keep the kids entertained for hours. And best of all, it’s free!
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Sydney CBD

Many excursion opportunities await your students in the heart of Sydney – Art galleries, NSWParliament, Sydney Tower Eye, Hyde Park Barracks, Botanic Gardens, Circular Quay, the Opera House and more. From Circular Quay you can take a Captain Cook Harbour Cruise or a ferry ride, and it is only a short walk to the steps that lead you to Sydney Harbour Bridge. Explore the Botanic Gardens visit NSW Art Gallery, and walk down Macquarie Street to see the historic buildings such as the Mint and the old Rum Hospital (now Sydney Eye Hospital). Contact our friendly staff to discuss your Sydney city excursion requirements.

Sydney Tower Eye

“Take your students on an inspiring journey of discovery that brings Sydney to life through breathtaking perspectives with unique views and multi-sensory effects, including wind, bubbles and mist during the brand new 4D cinema experience, free with every entry. The film is approximately 4 minutes and will take the students on a journey like no other. On the Observation Deck, your class will have a 360-degree view of the City, as you point out famous and historical Sydney landmarks that are beneath and beyond including Sydney Harbour, Botany Bay, Hyde Park Barracks and Fort Denison. High school students can also upgrade their ticket to include SKYWALK, Sydney’s tallest outdoor experience. SKYWALK is an exhilarating 45 minute walk on top of the Sydney Tower, in which expert guides provide fascinating insights about Sydney and beyond.”

Sydney Opera House “The Essential Tour”

“See inside the world’s most recognisable sails. Experience this miracle of architecture and engineering. A work of art that came into existence against impossible odds – to become one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world. Working with new, rich audio-visual components, where images are projected onto the fabric of the building – our guides will take you on an emotional journey, engrossing you in a story to rival any opera plot with its dramatic twists and turns. You’ll visit at least one of our venues – where we live performance every day. Some 1,500 performances, from opera to circus, rock and cabaret, are staged each year to audiences of around 1.5 million.”

Museums & Galleries

There’s a diverse range of museums and galleries in Sydney – take your pick and contact us for information on available school programs to include in your Sydney itinerary. We haven’t listed them all here, but this gives you an idea of the available choices!

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British Colonisation

Sydney offers your students the opportunity to explore first-hand, significant sites along with their stories of British Colonisation. Many of the venues use a combination of role play, artefacts, guided tours, costumes and storytelling to engage your students while bringing British Colonisation history to life.

Located on the western shoreline of Sydney Cove, The Rocks holds a unique place in Sydney’s colonial history and is considered to be the birthplace of European Australia. In January 1788 a fleet of 11 British ships safely moored in Sydney Cove. The fleet carried a human cargo of convict exiles doomed to live out their prison terms in this alien land and so began the fascinating story of the founding of a nation. On this rocky peninsula, convicts replaced the traditional way of life of the Indigenous inhabitants, the Cadigal people.

There are many venues and activities to include in your British Colonisation itinerary:

Dressed in costume, walk the cobblestone laneways in The Rocks becoming immersed in the stories of the characters and events of early Sydney life. “Our tours are conducted in a safe and stimulating environment by our qualified team of guides in the preserved 19th Century historic landscape of Sydney’s oldest neighbourhood, The Rocks. With our guides’ your students will be encouraged to:

  • Discuss accounts of past times, expressed through events and the interpretation of significant sites
  • Observe and analyse the heritage of Sydney’s past and its present day
  • Identify the stories and events that relate to the interaction between the people that lived here in this unique built environment”

Housed in a restored 1850s sandstone warehouse, The Rocks Discovery Museum is home to a unique collection of images and archaeological artefacts found in The Rocks. The exhibits are filled with interactive fun, using touch screens, audio and visual elements to bring the history of the area alive. Learn about the area’s traditional custodians, the establishment of the English colony and the time when sailors, whalers and traders made The Rocks their home; through to the 1970s union-led protests which preserved this unique part of Sydney for future generations to explore and enjoy.

Currently closed for renovation, re-opening sometime in 2020

What was everyday life like for the convicts of Hyde Park Barracks? Who were they? Why were they sent there? What were their routines, rations and rules, and were these rules always followed? Students discover the answers through the stories of real convicts who lived at the barracks. Investigating historic images, records and artefacts, and exploring the site, students develop an understanding of colonial life in Sydney.

Sydney Sightseeing

For students visiting from interstate, Sydney’s world famous landmarks are an enticing draw card. When we meet you at Sydney Airport, we’re very happy to take you on a complementary sightseeing tour on board your coach where you will see many of the famous sights and landmarks of Sydney – a tour that our international visitors pay huge dollars for and it’s yours absolutely free!

Your sightseeing tour can include some of the following: Bondi Beach, the SCG, “The Gap” at the South Head of Sydney Harbour, Vaucluse – one of the most elite suburbs in Australia, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Bennelong Point and the Opera House, Circular Quay, Macquarie Street, Darling Harbour, and top it all off with a walk across Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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