Whose Land is it Anyway?

Whose Land is it Anyway? *NEW!  

Program Overview

Students have the opportunity to explore first-hand how people have changed and influenced the environment up at the North Head Sanctuary. Students witness different historical uses of the area including former military land, virtually untouched bush land, and the third cemetery for the Quarantine station. They have the opportunity to observe how different groups of humans have impacted on the environment over the years and conversely how the natural environment at North Head has influenced people. Students participate in games and activities to make the information come alive! They use curiosity and knowledge learned during the excursion to complete tasks and become more informed about the interrelationship between people, places and the environment.

Activities/Learning Experiences

  • Learn about the unique military history at North Head and observe historical military buildings
  • Discover how the North Head Sanctuary Foundation has positively contributed to the protection of the environment, including the creation of habitat for an endangered population of long-nosed bandicoots
  • Students plan, design and build their own bandicoot shelter/nest
  • Learn about past and present use of North Head by Aboriginal people and how they have interacted with the area throughout time
  • Discover some traditional uses of local plants by Aboriginal people by participating  in a unique, hands on activity (info shared by Dharawal elder and knowledge holder, Aunty Francis Bodkin)
  • Take in stunning views of Sydney Harbour and imagine life as one of the first colonists
  • Observe first-hand how the natural environment influenced the construction of the third cemetery of the Quarantine Station
  • Take a step back in time by exploring the third cemetery of the Quarantine Station
  • Discussion about who is managing the area and what kind of influence they are having on the sustainability of the environment at North Head

Click here for a printable PDF of Program Overview and Activities/Learning Experiences
Click here for Key Syllabus Outcomes and Content


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Excursion Details

Tour Length:  3.5 hours
$16 per student (minimum of 24 students or $375 per group) – includes all equipment and materials supplied by EcoXplore
We can take up to three groups at one time, for a total of 90 students/day. *Please note there is a maximum of 30 students per environmental educator/guide – this is to ensure quality and to maximise meaningful interaction and participation of the students.
North Head Sanctuary, Manly – click here for map
Bookings or Enquiries: 
 042 041 7745 or:  info@ecoxplore.com.au