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Kamay Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre

Kamay Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre

NSW Department of Education Teachers

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Stage 4 - History and Geography - What Lies Beneath

Stage 4 history and geography


Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell


The 'What lies beneath' program will give students the opportunity to explore and investigate the cultural and natural heritage of Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Students will aim to gather geographical and historical evidence to make the case to have the site listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.


  • HT4-2 describes major periods of historical time and sequences events, people and societies from the past.
  • HT4-4 describes and explains the causes and effects of events and developments of past societies over time
  • HT4-6 uses evidence from sources to support historical narratives and explanations

Key inquiry question

  • How have the environmental and human processes changed the landscapes and landforms along Botany Bay?

Students will

  • Walk along the Burrawang bush track to observe Cook's landing place (the point of first contact) and the "Eyes of the Sea" sculpture.
  • Walk along the foreshore and observe the whale sculpture before working in groups to complete a number of observations and investigations.
  • Complete a field sketch of Botany Bay from Alpha House.
  • Learn about Aboriginal bush foods and artefacts on the Banks and Solander Track.

Learning across the curriculum content

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
  • Sustainability
  • Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability