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Aboriginal culture excursions: Stage 3

These experiences are great ways for Stage 3 students to learn about the culture of local Aboriginal people and their connection to Country. Aboriginal rangers share their knowledge of food, tools, medicine and other resources, and the ways Aboriginal people have cared for Country over millennia. Students reflect on the impact of European settlement on Aboriginal people. These excursions support learning outcomes for the HSIE Geography and History syllabuses, Science and Technology and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures priority.

Uncle Mark Flanders, Aboriginal NPWS Discovery ranger, at Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve. Photo: Rob Cleary/Seen Australia
WilderQuest activity, Blue Gum Hills Regional Park. Photo: Shani Milgate/OEH

Aboriginal culture

Aboriginal culture is a Stage 3 (Years 5-6) HSIE school excursion, exploring the beautiful natural and built environments of Blue Gum Hills Regional Park. Through first-hand experiences, you'll learn about the culture of the Awabakal People - how they lived, what resources they used and the significance of the land and Dreamtime stories.

Stage
Stage 3 (Years 5-6)
KLA
HSIE
When

Weekdays all year.

Where
Blue Gum Hills Regional Park in North Coast
Aboriginal Discovery rangers, Blue Waterholes campground, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer

Aboriginal identity

Aboriginal identity is a school excursion for Stage 3 (Years 5-6) students in Kosciuszko National Park which focuses on HSIE. Many images and icons associated with Australia come from the identity, culture and life of Aboriginal people - like the boomerang, didgeridoo, art, music and bush tucker.

Stage
Stage 3 (Years 5-6)
KLA
HSIE
When
Weekdays all year.
Where
Tumut area in Snowy Mountains
Bush tucker. Photo: The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust/Jaime Plaza

Bush tucker

Bush tucker is a Stage 3 (Years 5-6) school excursion in Bongil Bongil National Park which focuses on HSIE. Join our Aboriginal Discovery rangers for an easy walk along the forested banks of Bonville Creek, to investigate the rich diversity of plants and animals in this park.

Stage
Stage 3 (Years 5-6)
KLA
HSIE
Where
Bongil Bongil National Park in North Coast
Students sitting on the grass, listening to an Arakwal Aboriginal guide on a school excursion to Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: David Young/OEH

Dolphin Dreaming

Dolphin Dreaming is a Stage 3 (Years 5-6) school excursion in Cape Byron State Conservation Area, focusing on HSIE Geography outcomes. Through story, dance and creative expression, Arakwal Aboriginal guides present the life and culture of Byron Bay's Aboriginal people.

Stage
Stage 3 (Years 5-6)
KLA
HSIE
When

Weekdays during school terms

Where
Cape Byron State Conservation Area in North Coast
Aboriginal Discovery ranger, Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve. Photo: Rob Cleary/Seen Australia

Giidany Miirlarl: A special site

Giidany Miirlarl a special site is a school excursion in Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve for Stage 3 (Years 5-6) students focusing on science and technology. Aboriginal Discovery rangers will introduce students to the cultural significance of Giidany Miirlarl (moon sacred place) to the Gumbaynggirr People, and the fascinating life-cycle of the wedge-tailed shearwaters (muttonbirds).

Stage
Stage 3 (Years 5-6)
KLA
Science and Technology
Where
Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve in North Coast
People on the Mallee Stop walk. Photo: Boris Hlavica

Walk the Walls of China

Wander the sands of time with an Aboriginal Discovery ranger in Mungo National Park on this Stage 3 (Years 5-6) excursion focused on HSIE. See the ancient dry lake bed and walk the Walls of China with a representative of the Paakantji, Ngyiampaa or Mutthi Mutthi tribal groups whose connection with the land reaches back 40,000 years.

Stage
Stage 3 (Years 5-6)
KLA
HSIE
When

Weekdays during school term. Evening tours and add-on activities available by arrangement.

Where
Mungo National Park in Murray-Riverina
View of the marina, Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve. Photo: Rob Cleary