Submarine adventure

School Excursion Program

  • This program identifies different types of simple machines and encourages students to investigate the ways in which these machines allow energy to be used in a more efficient manner. This program involves a tour only.

    Curriculum references (NSW)

    Stage 2 BES2.1, PPS2.4, PSS2.5
    Stage 3 PPS3.4, BES3.1, ESS3.6

    Program structure


    Explore life on submarines through a series of activities focusing on how submarines dive and surface, how periscopes work and what life is like on board a submarine.


    The guided tour of the museum takes students through the Navy exhibition which includes the opportunity to climb into a submariner's bunk! Vessels visit This program includes a school supervised tour of the destroyer HMAS Vampire and the submarine HMAS Onslow.

    Access to the submarine HMAS Onslow is included in the price of this program.

    More information

    • Price: $10 per student. Teachers and supervising adults visit FREE of charge within the ratios specified in 'Plan Your Visit' below. Additional adults will be charged the student rate.
    • Duration and start/finish times: contingent upon student numbers and will be arranged and explained during booking (see 'Make a Booking' below).
    • 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.
    • Location: all programs begin and end at the Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney.

    Make a booking / Contact us

    Fill in our online booking enquiry form

    Plan your visit / Essential Safety and Supervision Information

    Before embarking on your excursion, please visit our School Excursions page and read all the information under "Plan your visit / Essential Safety and Supervision Information".

    Children looking through a submarine's periscopeChildren participating in an education program in the museum's galleriesChildren participating in an education program in the museum's navy galleryChildren standing next to bunks in the submarine HMAS ONSLOW