The Navigators – a defining Australia exhibition – examines early contact with the Australian continent by European explorers and non- European traders.

Curriculum references

NSW Syllabuses

NSW History Stage 2 HT2.3

Australian Curriculum 


Program structure

Students learn the stories of adventurers who navigated the oceans en-route to the Australian continent. This tour looks at traditional and scientific navigation techniques and considers the influence of early explorers in shaping the development of Australia, from the Indonesian Macassan traders to Dutch, English and French explorers of the 17th–19th centuries.

Great to combine with...

Navigators is ideal to combine with our Endeavour program. A Navigators/Endeavour package is available for the special price of $15.00 per student. Please ask us when booking.


Price: $10 per student.

Teachers and supervising adults visit FREE of charge within the ratios specified in Plan Your School Visit. Additional adults will be charged the student rate.

More information

  • A supervisor/student ratio of 1:15 applies.
  • Duration and start/finish times: contingent upon student numbers and will be arranged and explained during booking.
  • Breaks: you're welcome to take recess or lunch at the museum before or after the program, but mid-program breaks must be arranged at time of booking.
  • Entry to exhibitions and vessels: all bookings include FREE entry to museum exhibitions and HMAS Vampire, time permitting. All other vessels require pre-booking. A supervisor/student ratio of 1:15 applies on HMAS Vampire.