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 on and investigate various modes of public transport
  • Visit Barangaroo to learn about transport options when planning a new precinct
  • Travel to The Tramsheds at Harold Park to look at adaptive reuse of a heritage transport building
  • Visit The White Bay Power Station with Landcom staff to learn about the site’s development
  • Work in teams to design an effective and sustainable transport system for The White Bay Power Station site.

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: From $9 per student (students will also need to purchase their own Student Opal Card (not a School Opal Card) that covers all public transport costs for the day at approx $7.50)
Enquiries: Phone: Observatory Hill EEC on 9247 7321

Previsit Activities

  1. You will need to plan your travel from school, using public transport, to arrive at Barangaroo Wharf 2 by 9.45am. Work out the route you will need to take using the public transport timetable planner at: www.131500
  2. View the Sustainable Transport Presentation to observe sustainable transport modes and some environmental impacts of various types of transport.
  3. Watch the film clips A 1906 birds eye view of George St Sydney and Ticket to Sydney that show transport systems in 1906 and 1970. Discuss how transport has changed over time.
  4. Watch the film clip about The White Bay Power Station to find out how The Bays Precinct will be changing.

Post Visit activities 

  1. Teams can complete their transport system designs for The White Bay Power Station using information gathered on the fieldwork day.
  2. Students may use their fieldwork photos and other images to produce a brochure to advertise their transport system to the wider community.
  3. Students can research futuristic travel options for example: Gyroscopic Transportation of the Future

Risk assessment – Transporting Sydney

Fieldwork Map 

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 Wynyard using Google maps and the Transport NSW trip planner available at www.131500.
  • Select and use research techniques appropriate to the task.
Enroute from school to The White Bay Power Station Buses, Trains, Trams and Ferries

  • Students are introduced to a number of transport modes and will complete an activity en route.
  • Understand the different types of public transport available in the Sydney Metropolitan area and how they interconnect to form a transport system.
The White Bay Power Station site The planning site

  • Students will learn about The White Bay Power Station site and its proposed redevelopment.   They will also begin planning a new transport system for the site.
  • Understand the area to be planned in the context of the greater Sydney metropolitan area.
Back at school Follow up

  • Students will learn more about the site to be planned (The White Bay Power Station) 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. Students can further develop their concept plan for the site by possibly creating a scale model of one component of their transport system eg ferry wharf, tram stop etc and/or 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.


Students making historic plaques

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