Garuwanga Gurad (Stories that belong to Country)

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Key Information

Cost (GST free)
From $195 for up to 20 students. See below for the full cost scale.
1 hour 30 minutes
Session Offered
Monday to Friday
Maximum Students
60 per session
Supervision ratios

The supervision ratio is 1:10 for primary groups and 1:15 for secondary groups. Teachers and parents attend free of charge at these ratios. One carer per student with special needs will be admitted free of charge.

Additional Visitor Costs

Each additional visitor will be charged at the concession rate of $8.

About the program

During this excursion at Museum of Sydney, on the site of first Government House, students have a unique opportunity to explore links between Indigenous and European histories, cultures and perspectives in the expanding Sydney colony of the 1800s. Students will explore the themes of resilience, survival and resistance in the colony as they apply to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

They will learn about individuals and key events. They will engage with the museum exhibits, handle objects, analyse primary sources, learn local Indigenous language and listen to an Indigenous story as they explore the connections between Indigenous cultural lore and law. They will learn an Indigenous stringing technique and gain understanding of continuity and change.


Up to 20 Students: $195
Up to 40 Students: $375
Up to 60 Students: $560
Up to 80 Students: $740
Up to 100 Students: $880
Up to 120 Students: $1,030
Up to 140 Students: $1,100
Up to 160 Students: $1,200



You can alter your booking numbers up until 14 days prior to your visit
We will contact you to confirm final numbers and requirements 14 days prior to your booking.
You will be invoiced for the full cost of your program 2 weeks prior to your booking.
Payment can be made by Credit Card, EFTPOS or cheque (payable to Historic Houses Trust of NSW).
Cancellations made within 14 days of a booking will incur the full cost for the program.
Cancellations made within 4 weeks of your visit will be invoiced for 50% of the total booking,
Cancellations must be made in writing.

Curriculum links

Stage 3 History Syllabus - The Australian Colony

  • 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 and communication

Stage 3 English Syllabus

  • EN3-3A Uses an integrated range of skills, strategies and knowledge to read, view and comprehend a wide range of texts in different media and technologies
  • EN3-8D identifies and considers how different viewpoints of their world, including aspects of culture, are represented in texts

National Curriculum Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages

Using language for communicative purposes in interpreting, creating and exchanging meaning:

  • Language awareness
  • Role of language and culture

Cross-curriculum priorities

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Literacy
  • Intercultural understanding

What students are saying about the program

The best thing about the program was …

... learning about the different types of plants and resources Aboriginal people use in the Sydney region

... learning different local Aboriginal words

... listening to the story ‘under the stars’

... learning about Cora Gooseberry

... exploring the perspectives and opinions of Aboriginal and English people

Plan Your Visit

Please plan to arrive before the start time of your booked program to allow for cloaking, toilet visits and/or a refreshment break for the students. If you arrive late, some elements and activities may need to be cut from the program to keep to the scheduled finish time.

Large groups will be divided up into smaller groups for activities in the museums.

Bags, food and drinks are not permitted in the museums and cloaking facilities are provided.

Photography policies vary between the museums so please ask a member of staff for details.

Teachers and carers are required to remain with their groups at all times.

Disciplining students remains the responsibility of teachers and carers accompanying the group.

Please let us know before your visit if any of your students have special needs or learning difficulties so we can plan to accommodate their needs during the visit.

Museum of Sydney

Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000
Phone 02 8239 2211
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Museum of Sydney

Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000
Phone 02 8239 2211