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Explore History the Fun Way with School Excursions!

While children study history in school, there's no better way to make it engaging than a school excursion!

Heritage education is a crucial tool for students to connect with the past and immerse themselves in our rich cultural history.

Join us on a journey back in time to when the Royal Bull's Head Inn in Drayton was the heart of the town. Our school program, aligned with the History curriculum, transports students to the 1800s, allowing them to explore, recognise, and appreciate the history of their local area through the study of historical artifacts and preservation.

Key Periods

  • 1847-1875: The Royal Bull's Head Inn operated as a hotel and tavern.
  • 1879-1973: The Inn served as a family home and Post Office (until 1952).
  • 1973 to the present: Owned by the National Trust and operated as a museum.

Key Themes

  • The site's role as a community hub throughout history (inn, post office, museum).
  • Technological changes over time (cooking, washing, transport).
  • The significance of museums and heritage places in our society, with a focus on individual and group contributions to Australian society (e.g., pioneers, explorers, pastoralists).
  • The development of colonial society and the Australian colonies, including the expansion of the Darling Downs and the growth of Drayton and Toowoomba.

Discover our Australian Curriculum Work Program in the History subject area, tailor-made for Royal Bull’s Head Inn. It offers students a unique opportunity to develop a deeper historical understanding.


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Our Programs


Standard Tour - $6 Per Child

For classes up to 30 students

Ideal durations - 2.5 to 3 hours

With this program the students are put into 4 groups to rotate through the activities.

9am - Introduction

9:30am - Upstairs with Morse Code Activity (rotation 1)

10am - Outside with Clothes Washing Activity (rotation 2)

10:30am - Morning Tea (student supplied)

11am - Downstairs with a Song (rotation 3)

11:30am - Old Kitchen with a Mincer Activity (rotation 4)

12pm - Depart Royal Bull's Head Inn

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Hands On Activities Tour - $9 Per Child

For classes over 30 students

Ideal durations - 3 to 3.5 hours

Alternatively, this number of children could be split into two groups, with one group visiting St Matthew's Church while the group at the Inn would follow program One. Then swap over.

9am - Introduction

9:30am - Tour of upstairs (rotation 1)

9:50am - Old fashioned games (rotation 2)

10:10am - Tour of outside (rotation 3)

10:30am - Butter making (rotation 4)

10:50am - Morning Tea (student supplied)

11:10am - Tour of downstairs (rotation 5)

11:30am - Washing activities (rotation 6)

11:50am - Tour of old kitchen (rotation 7)

12:10pm - Morse Code activity (rotation 8)

12:30pm - Depart Royal Bull's Head Inn

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Additional Adult Pricing

  • Adults accompanying students at the ratio of 1 adult per 6 children are free of charge
  • Extra adults are $5 per person

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The Australian Curriculum for History

Dive into Local History with Royal Bull's Head Inn, Drayton!

At the Royal Bull's Head Inn, Drayton, students will embark on a fascinating journey through their local history. They'll explore, recognise, and gain an appreciation for the past by delving into historical remnants and contemplating the importance of preservation.

Our content offers a platform for students to cultivate their historical understanding through age-appropriate key concepts such as continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy, and significance. These concepts are examined within the historical context of the Royal Bull’s Head Inn, Drayton, providing a foundation for historical inquiries.

Our educational content is structured around two interconnected strands: Historical Knowledge and Understanding, and Historical Skills. It aligns with key inquiry questions that facilitate a deeper understanding of the past.

For more detailed information and resources, you can download our "Year 2: The Past in the Present" document. This document includes relevant general capabilities (GC), cross-curriculum properties (CCP), and links to other learning areas (OLA). Start your historical journey with us!


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