Tame Even the Wildest Students
Bring your class on a wild excursion! Create lasting and meaningful memories for your students, connecting them with wildlife and nature at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo. We’re able to accommodate groups of all sizes from K – 12, offering a range of unique experiences including engaging and exciting overnight stays, self guided experiences, curriculum linked workshops led by a qualified teacher, up close animal encounters and more! Help your students learn about current environmental issues and how they too can be for the wild.
Go Below Ground and Back Thousands of Years
Wellington Caves is located in an outcrop of Early Devonian limestone, part of the Garra Formation, which is about 400 million years old. Included in the Complex are two magnificent show caves, the Cathedral and the Garden Caves. The Cathedral Cave is famous for its huge stalagmite known as Altar Rock which is 32 metres in circumference at its base and 15 metres high, described for many years as the world’s largest stalagmite. The Phosphate Mine was a functioning mine during World War 1. Over 6,000 tonnes of phosphate was mined during its four-years of operation before it closed in 1918. Wellington Caves and Phosphate Mine offers guided and self-guided tours. Discover more about the Wellington Caves and Phosphate Mine including syllabus-based learning outcomes by downloading their education kit:
Science and culture will inspire and enthral students at the Dubbo Regional Botanic Gardens, home to four distinct garden spaces. Shoyoen is one of Australia’s most authentic traditional Japanese Gardens. The Sensory Garden invites students to enliven the five senses. Oasis Valley provides a living link to Australia biogeographical history and promotes conservation of the threatened ‘dry rainforests’ while the Biodiversity Garden displays local plants in settings that replicate their natural habitat.
Discover over 1,000 species of native plants from all around Australia growing in different soils and landscape features at the Burrendong Botanic Garden and Arboretum. The gardens are home to themed displays including a rainforest, plant family groupings, bush tucker and water wise gardens with interpretive signage. Many of the outdoor areas relate to key learning outcomes. The gardens have coach access, meeting facilities and toilets. Located close to Lake Burrendong Sport and Recreation Centre and the Wellington Caves and Phosphate Mine.
Teach your students to aim for the stars
Explore the night sky in the 2nd largest Observatory in Australia for the general public viewing. Gaze upon the planets, stars, and galaxies through the newly installed 17" telescope, while learning from tour guide and astronomer Peter Starr. School groups tours are run every night, but are weather permitting and dependent on when the planets are visible.