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SLA - What's new

Sydney Learning Adventures now have 9 virtual online programs available for schools  and in light of the further lifting of COVID-19 restrictions ahead of Term 4, we welcome bookings for our programs in The Rocks and Darling Harbour precincts.

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

New 2021 Online Brochure Released

Sydney Learning Adventures brochures have gone digital.  Our new 2021 Education program brochure is now only available online. For our full program or to download a copy.


Excursion Bookings

If you have any existing or cancelled program bookings for Term 4 and 2021;  and would like to reinstate or go ahead with the existing booking, please do not hesitate to 
 email or give us a call on (02) 9240 8552.


Archaeology and Aboriginal Virtual Online Programs 

ICC Sydney virtual events studios are being utilised for the newly condensed hour long Archaeology  programs (Little Diggers, Dirt Detectives, Pieces of the Past, Cesspits and Old Rubbish & Groundwork - Archaeology at the Big Dig) and Aboriginal programs (Gadigal Mudgin, Ngara, Giba-Nura and Mana-Nura). The virtual online programs have  been successfully trialled and will be offered in term 4, 2020.  Here's a snippet of the programs.

Teacher Comments:

"Wow! That was incredibly valuable. I’m going to discuss on Zoom with small groups of students."

"I thought kids in Stage 2 might struggle with a whole hour but from my perspective (Year 4) I think they will have really enjoyed it. Will check in with them later".

“Thank you so much for presenting the online Groundwork program. You were able to offer our students an experience that they would not have been able to have otherwise.”

"Thank you I also really enjoyed it and will also discuss with my students on zoom. The lesson was pitched perfectly to our students with wonderful language and storytelling. Students would have found the discussion over artefacts so interesting". 

“The program was both engaging and interactive and allowed students to explore key questions which challenged their historical thinking. Characters like George Cribbs and the Foy Family were brought to life through the artefacts, documents and links to contemporary examples".

"We thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you.”

“Although I have not yet had an opportunity to properly discuss the virtual big dig with my students, I wanted to express my thanks for the opportunity and the experience. I was able to manage to avoid distractions and attend the entire session. I enjoyed it and found it quite relevant to some of the overarching themes of the Year 11 Ancient History course. The reference to Schliemann was timely as I am currently working on that topic.”

"We were so very impressed with the professionalism of the program that we enjoyed, and are in awe of how adaptable and creative the team have been in such challenging circumstances."

New secondary program

With an increase in interest for a secondary program at the Chinese Garden of Friendship. 'Silk Road to Gold Tracks' has been designed for years 7 - 11 History and Geography students. 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 that has created the multicultural Australia of today. The program includes a visit to the Chinese Garden of Friendship and is now available.

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

Groundwork Extended

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.

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

Aboriginal secondary programs

There are two Aboriginal secondary programs on offer, Giba-Nura (Stage 4, History, Science, Geography, Aboriginal Studies and Aboriginal Languages and  Mana-Nura (Stage 5 - 6 History, Science, Geography, Aboriginal Studies and Aboriginal Languages).

Giba-Nura allows students to develop a knowledge and understanding of local Aboriginal identity and experiences, and explore how to analyse historical and archaeological evidence.

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.

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

Primary program prices
$14 per student for Little Diggers; Dirt Detectives; Pieces of the Past; Gadigal Mudgin and Ngara programs.
$16 per student for Double Dragons program.
$26 per student for Stage 2 package (Double Dragons and Dirt Detectives) or Stage 3 (Double Dragons and Pieces of the Past).
 * This discounted rate will only apply when any of the two programs are booked for the same day.

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

All prices above include GST.

For more information about 2020 program prices, and to book, please call us on (02) 9240 8552 or email

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 queueing 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 3, 2020 Prize Winner 

Congratulations to Pymble Ladies' College, the winner of our book prize for Term 3, 2020.

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