Transporting Sydney

Transporting Sydney is a one-day Science and Technology program focusing on transport systems in the Built Environment. Students will experience a range of transport modes (including train, light rail and ferry), and work in teams to design an effective transport system for a new inner city precinct.

The program has three main components:

  1. Introductory activities and resources to introduce the students to the program
  2. A whole day fieldwork experience in the CBD
  3. Follow up activities to enhance skills in working technologically

During the fieldwork day, students will:

  • Travel and investigate three modes of public transport (it is envisaged that students will travel to Central Railway Station (the meeting point) by train or bus (or combination of both) and continue the excursion using light rail and ferry
  • View a model of the city and learn about the new inner city precinct they will be designing a transport system for
  • Visit an Environmental Education Centre to learn about sustainable transport
  • Work in teams to design an effective and sustainable transport system for a new inner city precinct.

Students will then work back at school in teams to complete their transport system designs (which may include making a model of one aspect of their design, an information brochure and/or timetable).

This program supports the Science and Technology Stage 3 Syllabus in the areas of:

  • Working Technologically, The Built Environment and Information

And the cross curriculum content of:

  • Sustainability
  • Information and communication technology

Cost: $12 per student for a MyMulti ticket (this cost covers all public transport costs).                                                                                                                                                             $60.00 per class program pack

Enquiries: Phone: Observatory Hill EEC on 9247 7321

Any new scheme teacher accompanying students on an excursion with Observatory Hill EEC can choose to be accredited with 5 hours of professional learning through the Non-Registered Course NR04229 – ‘Teaching outside the classroom’.

Previsit Activities

  1. Watch the film clip about Barangaroo to find out what will Barangaroo be like and who will use it?
  2. You will need to plan your travel from school, using a bus or train, light rail and ferry, to arrive at Circular Quay by 11am. Work out the route you will need to take using the public transport timetable planner at: www.131500

Don’t forget to allow enough time to make your connections from one type of transport to another. You should travel by bus or train to Central Station, by light rail to Pyrmont Bay Park and by ferry from Pyrmont Bay Park to Circular Quay. Your teacher will help you plan your route. One way to make sure you arrive at the right time is to work backwards starting with the ferry, tram and then train. Print off a map of your route.

Risk Assessment Pro Forma – Transporting Sydney

Summary of learning sites and student activities

Learning Site Activity Student Outcomes Fieldwork in Action
In School Pre visit activity

  • Students research and plan their route from school to Circular Quay using Google maps and the Transport NSW trip planner available at www.131500.
  • Select and use research techniques appropriate to the task.
En Route from School to Circular Quay Buses, Trains, Trams and Ferries

  • Students are introduced to a number of transport modes and will complete an activity en route from school to Circular Quay. Students will view their transport planning site (central Barangaroo) en route).
  • Understand the different types of public transport available in the Sydney Metropolitan area and how they interconnect to form a transport system.
Circular Quay to Observatory Hill EEC The planning site

  • Students will view a model of the city (containing central Barangaroo) and walk via the Cahill expressway pedestrian walkway to Observatory Hill EEC.
  • Understand the area to be planned in the context of the greater Sydney metropolitan area.
 barangaroo 2014
Observatory Hill EEC Sustainable Transport

  • Students will learn about sustainable transport modes and the environmental impacts of various types of transport.
  • Understand how different transport types can impact on the environment.
 sustainble transport
Observatory Hill EEC Transport Planning 

  • Students will learn more about the site to be planned (central Barangaroo) and work in ‘town planning’ teams to develop ideas and plans (including timetables and transport interchanges) for a sustainable transport system for this renewed urban precinct.
  • Develop a design brief individually and in collaboration with others.
  • Generate and develop ideas about how built environments might be designed and constructed in the future to incorporate sustainable environmental practices.
Students making historic plaques
Back at school Follow up

  • Students can further develop their plans including creating a scale model of their transport interchange and a pamphlet advertising their new transport system.
  • Select and use techniques for documenting and communicating design ideas to others including drawings, plans, flow charts, story boarding, modelling and presentations, using digital technologies.



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