A great day out

A great day out

A great day out

Ingleburn NOVA Transition trainees had a great day out in the city recently. The trainees had been interested in Australian history, so we decided to visit the historical convict settlement on Cockatoo Island, and use the outing as an opportunity for some travel training. Building awareness of and interest in their community and culture also benefits trainees: for example, when chatting to colleagues and customers in a work environment, and being more socially confident.

We caught the train at Ingleburn, taking the Airport Line to Circular Quay. The trainees were keen to look up all the stations to make sure we caught the correct train. At Circular Quay we made our way the ferry terminal, where the trainees looked up the Cockatoo Island ferry and wharf number.

The trainees were very excited as we waited for the ferry; some had never been on one before. They were surprised to find they could use their Opal cards to ride the ferry. We arrived at Cockatoo Island after a 15-minute ride and everybody hopped off to explore. 

It’s free to visit Cockatoo Island, which was a convict penal settlement between 1839 and 1969 for convicts who had re-offended in Australia. We explored the convict settlement, walking up and down hills and lots of stairs. The Island was also one of Australia's biggest shipyards between 1857 and 1991. Convicts built the first of its two dry docks. Cockatoo Island is listed on the National Heritage List. It contains Australia’s most extensive and varied record of shipbuilding.

When we visited, Cockatoo Island was hosting an exhibition for the Biennale of Sydney, which is Australia’s largest contemporary visual arts event, held every two years. The trainees were amazed at some of the unusual exhibits. It took quite a bit of time to get around them all.

Afterwards, we caught the ferry back to Circular Quay. We walked to Pitt Street Mall to see the shops, had some lunch and then caught the train at St James station back to Ingleburn.

As well as learning more about our historical and modern-day culture, this excursion was a fun way to practise reading public transport timetables and route maps, and travelling on trains and ferries. All in all, a great day!

Ingleburn NOVA Transition

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