School excursions

History brought to life - Darling Harbour is one big outdoor classroom
School excursions

Sydney Learning Adventures brings the histories of Sydney, New South Wales and Australia to life for thousands of young people every year through our variety education programs.

Developed in consultation with Academic educators and practising classroom teachers, our programs take a curriculum-linked, outcomes-focused approach to provide engaging, interactive, multilayered learning experiences for all students.

Facilitated by a team of dynamic education guides, their programs cater to all stages and types of learners, from Kindergarten to Year 12.

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Primary Program

Double Dragons 

For Years: 3 – 6 (Stages 2 and 3 History and Geography)
Location: Chinese Garden of Friendship and Chinatown

Step out of the classroom and into Darling Harbour’s ‘hidden pearl’, the Chinese Garden of Friendship, where students solve riddles and find clues to piece together the legend Horoscope.

In the heart of Chinatown students experience contemporary Chinese-Australian culture whilst learning why and when Chinese people first came to Australia, and how they have adapted and flourished as a community.

Secondary Program

Silk Road to Gold Tracks

For Years: 7 - 10, (Stages 4 & 5 History and Geography)
Location: Chinese Garden and Chinatown

Students will examine the history of Chinese immigration to Australia and observe its impact on past and present communities.  

This program aims to gain an understanding of the history of migration that has created the multicultural Australia of today.

The program includes a visit to the Chinese Garden of Friendship.


Value for money educational packages

Stage 2 Package

Double Dragons and Dirt Detectives
Stage 2 History and Geography

Combine an exploration on Chinese culture and the part It plays in Australia society and identity with a hands-on investigation of what life was like for the convicts and early settlers who lived in The Rocks during the 1800s.

Stage 3 Package

Double Dragons and Pieces of the Past 
Stage 3 History and Geography

Explore Chinese culture and the past that it plays in Australia society and identity; then excavate artefacts from our indoor archaeological dig, and combine them with other sources to find out about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past.

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Explore more educational experiences at Darling Harbour

Australian National Maritime Museum
A great place to take kids to learn about Australia's rich maritime history.
Powerhouse Museum
The Powerhouse Museum has a wide range of learning resources and have digitised their collection.
Darling Square Library
An exciting hub for learning, innovation and creativity spread over 2 floors in the unique spiral-like Exchange building at Darling Square.
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
Kids can come face-to-face with and learn about Australia’s incredible marine life.
Kids can get up close and discover all the fascinating facts about Australia’s native animals.
Monkey Baa Theatre Company
A fun, educational theatre for kids, with the same high standards as Sydney’s adult theatres.
Pyrmont Bridge
While crossing over Darling Harbour, teach students about one of the world's oldest surviving electrically operated swingspan bridges.

History and Heritage

Discover Darling Harbour’s history from the Traditional Custodians, the Gadigal people to the early settlers and a time of great industry.