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S6 - Geographic Inquiry: "Quay to Success? Investigating Circular Quay as a Public Space."

"Quay to Success? Investigating Circular Quay as a  Public Space" supports S6 Geography and guides students through a geographical inquiry in the contemporary world by focusing on the nature of geographical inquiry and how it can contribute to understanding and effectively managing places and environments. Further, this program highlights the nature of engagement with geographical opportunities and challenges in the public sphere, including the role and influence of research institutions, government, advocacy groups, the media and the individual.


Program location

Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW

View the Fieldtrip Google map with the approximate walking route, meeting location and pick-up location (Coming soon).


Key inquiry question

Evaluate Circular Quay as a public space and define whether it is or is not a good public space. [Please note this program is developing, and the question's wording is subject to change].


Key syllabus outcomes

A Student:

GE-11-05 - analyses and synthesises relevant geographical information from a variety of sources

GE-11-06- identifies geographical methods used in geographical inquiry and their relevance in the contemporary world

GE-11-07 - applies geographical inquiry skills and tools, including spatial technologies, fieldwork, and ethical practices, to investigate places and environments

GE-11-08 - applies mathematical ideas and techniques to analyse geographical data

GE-11-09 - communicates and applies geographical understanding, using geographical knowledge, concepts, terms and tools in appropriate forms


Student Previsit and Follow-up Activities

Successful fieldwork visits have direct links to current classroom learning. Pre-visit activities before the excursion will help students better understand their excursion content and provide connectedness and relevance to classroom learning.

Students should view the Geographic Investigation Fieldwork Support Website (click here) before undertaking the fieldwork to familiarise themselves with the techniques, ideas, and tasks. This resource, together with the fieldwork, helps students develop the confidence to conduct their Geographic Investigations and implement effective fieldwork techniques and strategies.


On the day activities

During the full-day fieldwork excursion, students:

  • Formulate geographical questions for investigation
  • Identify, collect and record geographical data and information
  • Construct a log of events and activities that records the development of a fieldwork activity
  • Synthesise and interpret fieldwork data
  • Evaluate a fieldwork activity



Government Schools: $15 per student  (GST Free)

Non-Government Schools: $25 per student (GST free) 


Excursion program downloads

Coming soon