Observatory Hill Environmental Education Centre

Leading environmental education to empower learners for a sustainable future.

Telephone02 9247 7321


Observatory Hill EEC would like to acknowledge the Gadigal Clan of the Eora nation, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging 

In accordance with DoE Covid-19 guidelines, excursions are now available. Observatory Hill EEC is a specialised DoE school and follows Covid Safe guidelines. Future bookings, including for 2022, can be made now.

A range of Online Learning Webinars, is also still available on our online learning page. These webinars are available on demand and replicate the fieldwork content using an online learning format. Comprehensive support websites, many with units of work, support the online learning experience. 

High School Urban Dynamics Revision Sessions 

Free Urban Dynamics Revision Webinars are available for students and teachers in Term 3, 2022 to help prepare  students for the Geography HSC Exam. Sessions cover the Urban Dynamics case studies of Barangaroo, Pyrmont and Green Square, and the People and Economic Activity case study of Taronga Zoo Sydney. Find out more at: https://bit.ly/oheec2022

World Town Planning Day Webinars - Tuesday 8th Nov

Schools are invited to register for our free High School and Primary School World Town Planing Day webinar and follow-up urban design competition. Click the link to register, and you will gain acces to the relevant support website containing all required information about the webinar and competiton. 

Primary School Follow-up design competition link

New Primary School Incursions 

A range of new, syllabus focused, primary school incursion programs are available. Click the Primary School Incursions tab to find out more. 

New High School Excursions

Sydney Harbour YHA – an economic enterprise supports the Stage 6 Geography topic 'People and Economic Activity'. It focuses on a case study of Sydney Harbour Youth Hostel as a tourism enterprise operating at a local level. To complete two fieldwork case studies, teachers can stay at the Sydney Harbour YHA and combine this program with an additional Observatory Hill EEC S6 Urban Dynamics case study to either nearby Barangaroo, Green Square or Pyrmont (or an additional case study to Taronga Zoo Sydney on selected dates). Find out more at Sydney Harbour Youth Hostel Australia

Landscapes and Landforms 

Is a S4 Geography case study of a harbour landscape and a headland landform at Balls Head Reserve Waverton. Find out more at Landscapes and Landforms

Sustainble Schools Grants

These grants are part of a 4 year, $10m program giving schools the opportunity to develop innovative hands-on projects that help students learn about environmentally sustainable practices and take real steps to enhance the sustainability of their school environment.

This is the final round of the Sustainable Schools Grants program and is your school’s last chance to apply for funding of up to $15,000.

Projects may include, but are not limited to initiatives to improve:

  • biodiversity and connect students to nature
  • energy, water and waste efficiency
  • environmental education, behavioural change and capacity building

Register your interest to receive application details

Step 1:

  • Check if your school has already received a Sustainable Schools Grant. Schools are only eligible to receive one Sustainable Schools Grant.

Step 2:

  • Register your interest via our online form to leave your school details by 31 October 2022.
  • You will be given application instructions and resources.

Step 3:

  • Submit your application between 7 November and 25 November 2022.

Successful applications will be announced on 6 February 2023.

More information about the SSG is available online including program guidelines, project ideas, case studies and frequently asked questions. 

Students engaged in a variety of Observatory Hill EEC High School Urban Geography Programs 

Students engaged in a variety of Observatory Hill EEC Primary School History, Geography and Science programs. 

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Our Centre is located at:

Level 4, 40 Gloucester Street
The Rocks NSW 2000

From Wynard Station:

Exit on York St and walk north past Lang Park. Cross over Grosvenor St into Cumberland St (pedestrianised) and continue on to the Australian Hotel. The Centre is located on the corner of Gloucester St and Cumberland St behind the Australian Hotel.

From Circular Quay Station:

Walk towards the Rocks through First Fleet Park to the Museum of Contemporary Art. Turn left into Argyle St. Just before the Argyle cut (tunnel) turn left into Cambridge St (pedestrianised). The entrance is at nunber 11 Cambridge St just past the Kameya Restaurant. Take the lift to level 4. 

Program Evaluation 

We value feedback from visiting teachers and students to help us improve our programs and to collect data about our school’s effectiveness. 

Teachers, it would be appreciated if you could complete the following short survey about your experiences with us and inform and support your students to complete the survey. 

Teacher Evaluation

Student Evaluation