East Coast Civics and Citizenship

From the halls of Parliament to the lights of the Sydney Opera House and everything in between. On a school tour to Canberra and Sydney, students will explore Australia’s national and cultural identity as they learn about our democracy, history and culture.

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East Coast Civics & Citizenship School Tour


East Coast Civics and Citizenship

From the halls of Parliament to the lights of the Sydney Opera House and everything in between. On a school tour to Canberra and Sydney, students will explore Australia’s national and cultural identity as they learn about our democracy, history and culture.

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Learning Areas

Humanities and Social SciencesCivics and CitizenshipAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and CultureVisual Arts

Your Adventure

1 Canberra
  • National Museum of Australia visit Explore the rich and diverse stories of Australia and its people. Get to know the real, the treasured, the surprising and the inspirational objects from Australian history. Educational programs can be added to your tour.
  • National Capital Exhibition guided visit The National Capital Exhibition tells the story of Canberra, from pre-history through to the present day. Reflect on the reasons why Canberra became the federal site, interrogate the runners up entered in the international competition to design the city and consider whether the original design is still maintained in the current city. Complete an activity booklet, consider new designs for the city and explore the exhibition at the end of the program.
  • Mt Ainslie Lookout Enjoy panoramic views from the Mt Ainslie Lookout
  • Australian War Memorial visit Explore the Australian War Memorial's shrine, a world-class museum and an extensive archive. The Memorial's purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in the war. Its mission is to assist Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society.
  • Questacon visit Free-fall down a six-metre slide, freeze your own shadow, experience an earthquake or challenge a robot to a game of air hockey. Questacon’s eight interactive exhibitions feature more than 200 hands-on experiences covering a range of science topics, from astronomy to zoology and everything in between.
2 Canberra
  • Parliament House guided visit Explore the chambers of Parliament (on non-sitting days), Marble Foyer, Great Hall (subject to availability), Members' Hall & Highlights of the Parliament House Art Collection. The PEO role-play gives hands-on experience of how our Parliament works to make Australia a better place to live. Take a half-hour break in the Queen’s Terrace Gallery with the opportunity to meet your member of Parliament (dependent on availability).
  • National Gallery of Australia guided visit On this immersive tour, discover highlights from the NGA collection such as Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles, Monet's Waterlillies, Arthur Streeton’s Golden Summer, Eaglemont and the largest collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in the world. Tour guides will encourage critical and creative thinking as you analyse, respond to and appreciate art.
  • High Court of Australia guided visit Discover the history, role and function of the High Court and its architecture. View the Great Hall, which includes an educational display and video area, and often features exhibitions or performances by cultural organisations. Also see the three courtrooms, which are the focus of the building's activities.
  • Royal Australian Mint guided visit Watch a short film about how coins are made, then discover some interesting facts about the history of coins in Australia, where you'll learn how coins are designed, before looking out into the factory to see where they are produced. At the end of the tour, you'll get the opportunity to make a legal commemorative $1 coin for the cost of $3 in the Mint Coin shop.
3 Canberra
  • Electoral Education Centre visit Choose from a number of program areas depending on the area of interest, age or knowledge level. Choose from House of Representatives, Senate, Referendum and Eligible Elector. Watch a multimedia presentation exploring the history of Australian democracy and take part in hands-on activities to understand enrolment, voting and representation. Vote in a simulated election and count votes to achieve a result.
  • MoAD (Museum of Australian Democracy) visit A dedicated volunteer will take you on a guided tour and share their knowledge of the beautiful architecture and stories of how passionate, innovative and controversial the road to democracy has been.
    Learn about the development and practice of democracy in Australia by exploring the results of past democratic decisions in an interactive exhibition trail and discover parliamentary procedure through role play in the historic chambers.
  • Aboriginal Tent Embassy guided visit During a 30-minute guided talk, students gain a political understanding of the origins of the Tent Embassy and learn more about the members who inhabit the site, and their reasons for being there.
  • National Archives of Australia educational program The national archival collection tells the compelling story of the connections between the Australian Government and its people, and how these relationships have shaped our nation. During the program, connect pivotal moments in 20th-century Australian history and explore themes from creativity and identity through to immigration, defence and reconciliation.
  • Australian Institute of Sport guided visit Go behind the scenes and discover where Australia’s sporting champions are created and gain a unique insight into the life of elite athletes. Explore the facility and learn about Australia's rich sporting past and glimpse into the window of the future. Finish your tour at Sportex, an educational and engaging sports experience where you can try wheelchair basketball, virtual downhill skiing, rock climbing, football penalty shootouts and more.
4 Canberra - Sydney
  • Depart Canberra Say goodbye to Canberra and a g'day to Sydney!
  • The Rocks guided walking tour Discover the important role The Rocks has played in the evolution of our modern society. Learn what it was like to live in Sydney’s oldest neighbourhood – the lifestyle, social history and heritage from its convict beginnings to Federation.
  • Sydney Opera House guided visit Discover every aspect of the building’s 14-year creation and 58-year history. Delve into the stories behind Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s masterpiece, run your hands over the world-famous shell tiles, take a seat in the elegant custom-made white birch timber chairs and visit some of the many theatres inside this iconic landmark.
  • Harbour cruise This sightseeing cruise is the perfect introduction to Sydney's iconic landmarks including the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Royal Botanic Gardens, Government House, Fort Denison and more.
  • Quarantine Station guided ghost tour Quarantine station is known as one of the most haunted sites in Australia, with stories of ghosts and paranormal occurrences entwined throughout its history. As darkness descends over historic buildings, burial ground and empty pathways, the time comes to encounter the ghosts of Quarantine Station.
5 Sydney
  • Bondi Aboriginal Cultural Tour Enjoy an authentic Aboriginal cultural experience with an Aboriginal elder, teacher, artist and performer, on this unique walking tour. See ancient Aboriginal rock carvings and traditional Aboriginal bush food and medicine. Learn about the history of Bondi, from its pre-historical geological formation and how the Aboriginal people used its bountiful resources, to its place today as one of the world’s most iconic beaches. Tours finish at the beautiful Bondi Pavilion with a didgeridoo performance.
  • Darling Harbour visit Choose your own adventure and explore the iconic Darling Harbour. Stroll through the Chinese Friendship Garden – a tranquil garden retreat in the middle of the city, get up close and personal with Australia’s native wildlife at Wildlife Sydney Zoo or learn about our rich and fascinating maritime history at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

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