Educational Things to Do in Sidney, Australia

Educational Things to Do in Sidney, Australia
For nature lovers who like to travel off the beaten path, Sydney is full of educational opportunities that offer plenty of fresh air and exercise along the way. If your preference is to take a break from the outdoors or you catch some bad weather, there are plenty of ways to learn about Sydney indoors as well that won't disappoint.

Tambourine Bay Reserve and Warraroon Reserve Walk

Located along Sydney's lower North Shore, this approximately two-mile walk begins at Tambourine Bay and takes you on a bush track amongst sandstone cliffs and swamps filled with mangrove trees. The path is well marked and is easy for a novice hiker. Budding botanists will enjoy the wild flowers that dot the landscape, and get a good look at what is known as a cheese tree, named after the tree's fruits which look a bit like cheese bits. The walk also offers opportunities for bird watching.

Tambourine Bay Road, Lane Cove
Sydney, Australia
011 (+61) 2-9255-1788

Kurnell to Cape Baily Walk

Begin at the Monument Track along Captain Cook Drive in Sydney's southern Kurnell section, where you will trace the steps of English Lieutenant James Cook who charted the Australian east coast in 1770. Follow Cook's expedition past Cape Solander, Tabbigal Gap, Blue Hole Gorge and Long Nose Point until you reach Cape Baily. Although the six-mile walk is only somewhat strenuous thanks in part to some steep sections, if you don't feel like looping back simply go back as far as The Rocks Discovery Centre where buses are readily available to take you to Cronulla Station, an easy place to catch a cab or another bus to wherever you wish to go.

Kurnell to Cape Baily Walk
Captain Cook Drive
Sydney, Australia
011 (+61) 2-9255-1788

The Rocks Discovery Museum

Located in a mid-nineteenth century sandstone warehouse, the Rocks Discovery Museum is free to the public and features artifacts and exhibits to teach visitors about the area's history. The museum's interactive exhibits make learning fun regardless of your age, lending a family-friendly touch. Permanent exhibits tell the history of region's aboriginal Indians, as well as its European colonial past.

The Rocks Discovery Museum
2-8 Kendall Lane
The Rocks NSW 2000
Sydney, Australia
011 (+61) 2-9251-8804

Article Written By Virginia Franco

Based in Charlotte, N.C., Virginia Franco has more than 15 years experience freelance writing. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications, including the education magazine "My School Rocks" and Work.com. Franco has a master's degree in social work with an emphasis in health care from the University of Maryland and a journalism degree from the University of Richmond.

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