Convict life at the barracks


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Key Information

Cost (GST free)
From $282 for up to 20 students. See below for the full cost scale.
1 hour 30 minutes
Session Offered
Monday - 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 $12.

About the program

What was it like to be a convict living at Hyde Park Barracks? Who were they? What crimes had they committed? What work did they do?

Using a range of historical sources, including the World Heritage-listed building, students investigate what daily life was like for the male convicts who lived at the Hyde Park Barracks. Many of these men had valuable skills and were doing important work for the government.

During this program your students will:

  • learn about experience of transportation from Britain to Australia
  • investigate convict life in early Sydney
  • have free time to explore new exhibits and spaces

They will  handle objects, try out the convict hammocks, hear personal stories and learn about the punishments convicts faced if they broke the barracks' rules.

And they’ll get hands-on. After being issued with convict shirts marked with the broad arrow, they'll be put to work in a brick making gang under the watchful eye of their overseer.

Check out the video below to see how bricks are made.


Up to 20 Students: $282
Up to 40 Students: $564
Up to 60 Students: $846
Up to 80 Students: $1128
Up to 100 Students: $1410
Up to 120 Students: $1,692
Up to 140 Students: $1,974
Up to 160 Students: $2,256


You can alter your booking numbers up until 7 days prior to your visit.
We will call you a week before your booking to confirm final numbers and requirements.
You will be invoiced for the full cost of your program a week prior to your booking.
Payment can be made by Credit Card, EFTPOS or cheque (payable to Historic Houses Trust of NSW).
Cancellations made within 7 days of a booking will incur the full cost for the program.
Cancellations made within 2 weeks of your visit will be invoiced for 50% of the total booking.
Cancellations must be made in writing.

Curriculum Links

History - Stage 2


HT2-4  describes and explains effects of British colonisation in Australia
HT2-5 applies skills of historical inquiry and communication


Analysis and Use of Sources; Empathetic Understanding; Perspectives and Interpretations


Continuity and Change; Empathetic Understanding; Significance

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.

Hyde Park Barracks

Queens Square, Macquarie St Sydney NSW 2000
Phone 02 8239 2211


Please call 02 8239 2211 to enquire.

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Alternatively, you may wish to consider our education programs at these nearby sites, which are also located in the Sydney CBD:

Booking contact

Hyde Park Barracks

Phone 02 8239 2211

Plan your visit