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Plan your excursion

Our Education team is committed to making your visit to the Garden a success. We look forward to sharing all of the excitement and wonder that the Garden holds with you and your students soon.

Pricing

One Program

Students will love the outdoor learning activities available in our standard 2 hour programs.

 

Standard 2 Hour Program

Cost

Early Learning education booking up to 15 students

$270.00

Education booking up to 20 students

$270.00

Education booking up to 35 students

$472.50

Education booking up to 50 students

$675.00

Education booking up to 65 students

$877.50

Education booking up to 80 students

$1,080.00

Education booking up to 95 students

$1,282.50

Education booking up to 110 students

$1,485.00

Education booking up to 125 students

$1,687.50

Education booking up to 140 students

$1,890.00

Education booking up to 155 students

$2,092.50

Education booking up to 170 students

$2,295.00

Education booking up to 185 students

$2,497.50

Education booking up to 200 students

$2,700.00

Two Programs

Get real value for your visit and bring your students to our beautiful Gardens for a full day.

Simply choose two different programs to suit your learning needs and your students will enjoy 2 x 2 hour programs (with a lunch break) at a discounted full day rate.

 

Full day (2 x 2 hour with 45 min lunch break)

Cost

Education booking up to 20 students

$432.00

Education booking up to 35 students

$756.00

Education booking up to 50 students

$1,080.00

Education booking up to 65 students

$1,404.00

Education booking up to 80 students

$1,728.00

Education booking up to 95 students

$2,052.00

Education booking up to 110 students

$2,376.00

Education booking up to 125 students

$2,700.00

Education booking up to 140 students

$3,024.00

Education booking up to 155 students

$3,348.00

Education booking up to 170 students

$3,672.00

Education booking up to 185 students

$3,996.00

Education booking up to 200 students

$4,320.00

Getting Here

For programs starting at PlantBank please enter via Narellan Road.

For programs starting at the Bowden Centre, buses are welcome to enter via Narellan Road or Mount Annan Drive.

Meeting Point Map

Download our School Excursion Map

Risk Assessment

Download our Risk Assessment (PDF)

Bookings

Click here to submit your booking request for our Primary Programs

Click here to submit your booking request for our Secondary Programs

Contact Us

E: programs.info@botanicgardens.nsw.gov.au

Frequently Asked Questions

Important information for planning your visit

What happens if it rains? 
Our Gardens love the rain, so we believe there’s no such thing as ‘bad weather’.  
Our programs go ahead in all-weather, so we recommend that both students and teachers come prepared for the weather forecast including raincoats, gum boots and a change of clothes (if required). 
Umbrellas are not recommended as students will need to navigate narrow paths on their excursion.   
Please see our terms and conditions for more information around weather and cancellations or date rescheduling. 

How can I book an excursion? 
To book an excursion with us, please complete our booking request form via our website. 
In this form you can provide up to three preferred dates and your preferred start time as well as all the other necessary information we need to put together a booking for you.  

What time do your programs start? 
Our programs have flexible start times to suit your transport needs. Your preferred start times can be selected in the booking request form.  
If you are booking two sessions in a day please keep in mind we require a minimum 45-minute break between sessions. 

How many students can I bring? 
We can take a maximum of 90 students per 2-hour session or 180 students per day split into morning and afternoon sessions. If you have more than 180 students, you will need to book in for multiple dates. 

How will the program run with my class groups? 
We have a Botanic Gardens Educator to student ratio of 1 : 30. If your booking is for a group larger than 30, your students will be split into smaller groups of 30 or less with a Botanic Gardens Educator each. Your students will complete the same program in the same timeframe, in a rotation of activities. 

How many teachers/parent helpers can I bring? 
We require a minimum of 1 teacher or parent helper per 30 students. Please keep in mind that behaviour management and duty of care is the responsibility of the school at all times.  
Additional teachers or parent helpers are welcome to attend free of charge.   

When should we arrive? 
Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your program to allow time for recess/lunch and bathroom breaks. This will ensure your program can start on time and that your students have the best experience on the day.  

Where is the best place to drop off and pick up students from the bus? 
If your excursion starts at Bowden Centre, then your bus drop off spot is the Visitors Centre which can be accessd either via Narellan Rd or Mount Annan Drive. If your excursion starts st PlantBank then your bus drop off spot is outside PlantBank which is only accessed via Narellan Drive. A map will be provided for your booking, showing the location of the bus stop.  

Where are the closest bathrooms? 
Bathrooms, including an accessible bathroom, are available at both PlantBank and the Bowden Centre.  

Where can we have recess or lunch? 
There is a large lawn space available at the Bowden Centre that booked groups are welcome to use for their recess or lunch. At PlantBank, students have access to an outdoor garden and seating area. Please encourage students to bring lunches with limited packaging and make sure that all rubbish is disposed of thoughtfully.  

Where can we leave our bags? 
We recommend that students bring a small tote bag with only their hat, water bottle, recess and lunch as the Garden does not take responsibility for the loss or damage of any valuables during your excursion. Teachers must carry their first aid kits with them at all times. 
Bags can be left at Plantbank and/or the Bowden Centre. Please speak to your educator at the start of your program and they will direct you.  

What should we bring? 
We recommend that both students and teachers come prepared with the following: ​

  • Comfortable and enclosed walking shoes 
  • Hat 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Water bottle 
  • Packed recess and/or lunch. Please think about limiting plastic packaging 
  • Raincoat, gum boots and appropriate clothing for forecast weather 
  • First aid kits and medications such as Epipens must be carried by teachers at all times 

Are excursions accessible? 
Yes, we will always do our best to ensure that our excursions are accessible to meet your students’ needs. Please contact us via email to discuss accessibility options for excursions. 
More information on accessibility in the Garden can also be found on our website here: https://www.australianbotanicgarden.com.au/visit/plan-your-visit/general-info  

We acknowledge the Dharawal people and their continuing custodianship of this land, Mount Annan (Yandel'ora - meaning place of peace between people). We pay our respects to the Dharawal Elders past, present and emerging.