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People, Plants and Places

Explore the ways that Aboriginal people used plants for food, tools and medicine. Students will also learn about the historical and cultural significance of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney through various hands on learning experiences.


ESL & International Students


Learning Centre
The Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney


2 hours


Click here. Minimum charges apply. Discounts apply for full day programs!

Excursion key themes: 

  • Aboriginal food, shelter and tool use of plants
  • Tools and weapons used for Aboriginal resource collection
  • Sharing new experiences of Aboriginal culture in conversational English
  • Garden guided walk and botanical elements of significance

Students will:

  • See, touch, smell & taste (depending on season) a range of plants to open the senses
  • Be guided through a Botanic Garden discovery walk
  • Develop an appreciation of Aboriginal culture and pre -1788 Cadigal land  

Want more? Why not spend a day with us!

Spending a day at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney will help students gain confidence in conversational English and solidify understanding – all while in the beautiful harbour-side surrounds of Australia's oldest botanic garden. 
Contact us for more information on programs.info@bgcp.nsw.gov.au 

  • We can accommodate up to 90 students per session.
  • Our programs have a guide to student ratio of 1 : 30. Classes larger than 30 will be split into 30 or less. Please ensure you bring adequate supervision to meet this ratio.
  • The bus drop off and pick up location is at the Woolloomooloo Gate on Mrs Macquaries Road.
  • The meeting point is at the Education Centre, to the right as you enter the Woolloomooloo Gate.
  • Ensure you arrive 30 minutes before your lesson commences to allow time for a snack, a visit to restrooms and to stow away bags. Our educators will meet you outside the Education Centre prior to your program commencement.
  • Our educators will lead your session, but the class teacher is responsible for the care of the students. Adult helpers are welcome to participate as well.
  • The lesson is a focused learning experience. The students will be more engaged if they have participated in some relevant pre-excursion activities.
  • Adult helpers will be an asset if they have roles given to them before the lesson.
  • Teachers and assisting adults are free of charge.
We would like to acknowledge the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation within Sydney and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.