Exploring Australia

Excursion Summary

Stage 3
2 hours

on demand

Step back in time and uncover the extraordinary stories of the exploration of inland Australia through analysis of primary and secondary sources. Experience the hardship of a journey into the unknown with Edward Eyre, Ludwig Leichhardt, Kennedy & Jacky Jacky and Burke & Wills. Investigate and respond to Australia’s landmark documents in this enquiry based program.

In this 2 hour program students will:

  • develop research skills
  • analyse a variety of primary and secondary sources
  • be immersed in the physical challenges of inland exploration in the early 1800’s
  • demonstrate their knowledge in a fun and unique way

Exploring Australia

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Curriculum Outcomes


  • GE3-1 describes the diverse features and characteristics of places and environments
  • GE3-2 explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments
  • GE3-4 acquires, processes and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry

Content for Stage 3 - Geography

Concepts: Place, Environment, Interconnection

Geographical tools: Maps, Graphs and statistics, Visual representations


  • HT3-1 describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia
  • HT3-2 describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time
  • HT3-5 applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry

Before you visit

School students | What should I know before I visit?

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Booking Details


$230 for groups up to 15 and $355 for groups of 16 – 30.


Monday - Friday during term time


2 hours

Minimum Supervision Ratio

Kindergarten – Year 2 - 1 adult per 5 students
Year 3 – Year 6 - 1 adult per 10 students
Secondary students - 1 adult per 20 students

Bookings are essential, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Email learning.library@sl.nsw.gov.au or phone 9273 1778.

Helpful hints to enjoy your excursion

These guidelines have been developed to assist students and teachers visiting the State Library of NSW to comply with the Department of Education risk assessment guidelines for excursions.

Bus subsidy program

Travel free by bus to the Library to participate in our onsite learning programs.