Observatory Hill Environmental Education Centre logo

Observatory Hill Environmental Education Centre

Observatory Hill Environmental Education Centre

Leading environmental education to empower learners for a sustainable future.

Telephone02 9247 7321


S6 - Urban Dynamics - Barangaroo

Urban Dynamics – Barangaroo supports Stage 6 Geography and focuses on the urban dynamics of renewal and consolidation in Barangaroo Sydney. Barangaroo is undergoing rapid change as a result of urban consolidation and renewal. Students will investigate the urban dynamics and assess the sustainability and liveability of Barangaroo, using ‘best practice’ planning principles, in order to answer a fieldwork question. They will also visit the adjacent suburb of Millers Point to observe the impacts of urban renewal through Gentrification.

Program location

Barangaroo and Millers Point  

Download the fieldtrip map (PDF 660.9KB) or interactive google map with approximate walking route, meeting location and pick up location. 

Key inquiry question

Explain how and why urban consolidation and urban renewal have occurred in Barangaroo, and Millers Point. What are the social, economic and environmental outcomes for both locations?

Key syllabus outcomes

  • explains the changing nature, spatial patterns and interactions of urban places
  • analyses contemporary urban dynamics and applies them in specific contexts
  • evaluates environmental management strategies in terms of ecological sustainability
  • Plans geographical enquiries to analyse and synthesise information form a varity of sources
  • Applies maps, graphs and statistics, photographs and fieldwork to analyse and integrate data in geographical contexts.

Integrating the ‘Sustainability’ Cross Curriculum Priority is a feature of the program.

Skills outcomes

Learning activities may include:

  • Data collection in Barangaroo and Millers Point, on Centre iPads, including evidence of urban dynamics and their economic, social and environmental outcomes. Data files will be sent back to school for students to create a virtual map of their fieldwork. 
  • mapping skills
  • assessing liveability and sustainability using a rating index
  • developing Geographic Inquiry Skills including: Acquiring (what is where), Processing (why is it there), and Communicating (why care)
  • answering a fieldwork question

Student previsit and follow up activities

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

The following tasks, together with fieldwork, will help students answer the fieldwork question:

Students should view the introductory presentation on the fieldwork support website below, to familiarise themselves with the study site and geographic concepts covered: https://sites.google.com/education.nsw.gov.au/obhill-urbanplaces-barangaroo/home

On the day activities

During the full day fieldwork excursion, students will:

  • recap on prior learning with OHEEC teachers 
  • undertake a guided tour of Barangaroo South to collect data (on Centre iPads) on urban dynamics of change, and their economic, social and environmental outcomes.
  • acquire, process and communicate geographic information to answer a fieldwork question.
  • learn basic geographic tools including mapping, photo interpretation, field sketching observing and recording
  • use a liveability rating index to record evidence of liveability and sustainability due to the outcomes of urban renewal and consolidation in the study area
  • create a follow-up virtual map of their fieldwork. 


  • Government Schools: $15 per student  (GST Free)
  • Non-Government Schools: $25 per student (GST free) 

Excursion program downloads

Download these documents to help with your excursion planning: