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SLA - What's new

Step out of the classroom and into the places where history lives on with Sydney Learning Adventures' curriculum-linked primary and secondary excursions. 

We hope you can join us for an interactive, hands-on experience in Sydney's historic areas of The Rocks and Darling Harbour.

Piecing the past together

Students work as archaeologists to build up a picture of The Rocks in the 1800s on Sydney Learning Adventures' Pieces of the Past program (curriculum link: Stage 3 History).   This program helps students connect to and form a great understanding of the past through hands-on learning facilitated by our dynamic Education Guide team.

For more information about this program or to book, please please email  or give us a call on (02) 9240 8552.        


Program Refresh

Cesspits and Old Rubbish is currently being reviewed and will be refreshed for students in years 7 and 8.  This refreshed version of the program should be available in March 2019. 
Watch this space!

Groundwork Extended (full day) program is offered throughout the year. This interactive, hands-on full day program incorporates all the components of the Groundwork two-hour program, plus exclusive access to the Dawes Point archaeological site, and a visit to The Rocks Discovery Museum to see artefacts excavated from the site of The Big Dig.

Groundwork Extended

How do historians and archaeologists investigate the past? What types of questions do they ask? What ethical issues are involved in the excavation, conservation and interpretation of a site? Students use written and archaeological sources to undertake an enquiry-based investigation into topics such as the lives of real men and women who lived and worked in The Rocks during the 19th century, the impact of the industrial revolution on them, and the sociocultural identity of The Rocks.
Program components
• archaeology presentation
• exclusive access to The Big Dig archaeological site tour
• hands-on artefact analysis
• exclusive access to the Dawes Point archaeological site
• visit to The Rocks Discovery Museum

Time:    9.30am – 2.15pm
Cost:    $25 per student (minimum cost for 20 students applies)

For more information about this program or to book, please email or give us a call on (02) 9240 8552

2019 brochure released                    

We recently sent our new 2019 Education programs brochure to your school.  If you haven't received it yet and you'd like a copy, please email or give us a call on (02) 9240 8552 for our full program or to download a copy  SLA Brochure 2019 .pdf

Program prices
Sydney Learning Adventures' Stage 2 and Stage 3 package program prices have increased.  Bookings will be charged at the new rates. 

Primary programs
$14 per student for Little Diggers; Dirt Detectives; Pieces of the Past; Gadigal Mudgin and Ngara programs.
$16 per student for Chinese Whispers program.

$26 per student for Stage 2 package (Chinese Whispers and Dirt Detectives) or Stage 3 (Chinese Whispers and Pieces of the Past).
 * This discounted rate will only apply when any of the two programs are booked for the same day.

Secondary progams
$14  per student for Cesspits and Old Rubbish; Shopfront to Western Front; Groundwork: Archaeology at The Big Dig; Giba-Nura; Mana-Nura and Resistance & Resilience - Warriors to Soldiers programs.
$25  per student for Groundwork Extended program.

All prices above include GST.

For more information about 2019 program prices, and to book, please call us on (02) 9240 8552 or email

Aboriginal new secondary programs

There are two new Aboriginal secondary programs on offer, Mana-Nura (Stage 5 - 6 History, Science, Geography, Aboriginal Studies and Aboriginal Languages) and Resistance and Resilience - Warriors to Soldiers (Stage 5 History - Mandatory study, Aboriginal Studies and Aboriginal Languages).

Mana-Nura will allow students to explore the significant social and political events that have affected and continue to affect Indigenous Australia, as well as the local history, heritage and culture.

Resistance and Resilience is a fabulous program that will explore Aboriginal soldiers and  their contribution to the armed forces and world wars.  From the Boer Wars, WWI, WWII through to current conflicts, Indigenous Australians have a proud history as diggers and peacekeepers.  Indigenous Australians continue to contribute to the armed forces and protection of our borders.

For more information about these programs or to book, please please email  or give us a call on (02) 9240 8552

Chinese Whispers

Stages 2 and 3: History and Geography

Teachers’ feedback:SLA - Chinese Whispers program image
“Good insights and tour through Chinatown.”
“Engaging and interesting program, the key ceremony and book reading were the highlights.”
“Students were actively engaged and loved the treasure hunt format.”

Stage 2
Inquiry question: How have Chinese individuals and groups contributed to changes in our community over time?

Stage 3
Inquiry question: How has the Chinese community contributed to Australian society, and what key challenges have they experienced as individuals and as groups?

There are two main components to the program:

1. Chinatown (45 mins): students will experience the vibrancy and colour of Chinatown as our guides share stories of Chinese culture and community in relation to first contact, British colonisation, celebrations and commemorations.

(15 mins allowed for walking)
2. Chinese Garden of Friendship (1 hr): students will be guided on a quest to find an ancient Chinese story book hidden somewhere in the garden. On the journey students will solve riddles and complete tasks to piece together the legend of the Chinese zodiac. Students will also explore the garden’s features and characteristics, plus learn about how it is maintained, and the significance of the garden within Sydney’s Chinese community.

    For more information on the programs or to book, please call us on (02) 9240 8552 or email

    Walking The Rocks AppWalking The Rocks Ap

    Now you can uncover the unique heritage heart of Sydney with an app that takes you on a self-guided tour of nooks, pathways and cobbled streets to reveal fascinating facts about The Rocks.  Sydney Cove and The Rocks have been pivotal in the development of the Australian nation for more than 200 years; for thousands of years before that, the Gadigal people utilised the fresh water of local streams and the abundant seafood found in Sydney Harbour. 
    Download the free app from the App store or Google Play.

    Get a glimpse of The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre before you book!

    Check out our new video and discover why teachers and students are queuing up to experience The Big Dig.

    • Gain an understanding of what to expect at The Big Dig when you book a program.
    • See the unique hands-on learning experiences offered at The Big Dig.
    • Reveal some of the resources and activities the programs offer.
    • Preview the digsite and see the exclusive access students get on our programs.
    • See the engagement and knowledge of our experienced guide team.

    View our unique hands-on Big Dig archaeology programs for students in years 1-12 below.

    Blog: History in the classroom – image makeover

    Drawing on her experience as a secondary school teacher, volunteer archaeologist and education officer at the Port Arthur Historic Site in Tasmania, Sarah Stockwin blogs about why history has a serious image problem and how educators can turn boring on its head.

    SLA Term 4, 2018 Prize Winner 

    Congratulations to Hay War Memorial High School, the winner of our book prize for Term 4, 2018.

    Thanks to everyone who filled in a program evaluation form, which are automatically entered into the draw for our book prize each term.

    Pre-visit resource: The Rocks Beneath our Feet video