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Living Country, living culture: Aboriginal discovery

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), HSIE, Katoomba area


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Living Country, living culture is a Stage 2 (Years 3-4) school excursion in Blue Mountains National Park, focusing on HSIE. Understand and appreciate traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture with Aboriginal Discovery rangers.

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Learn how the environment is important to Aboriginal people through an artefact presentation, bushtucker and bush medicine walks and/or dance.

For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers

Stage Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
Key learning area HSIE
Student outcomes

GE2-1. Examines features and characteristics of places and environments

GE2-2. Describes the ways people, places and environments interact

HT2-2. Describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time

HT2-3. Describes people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects


Students will:

  • Learn about traditional and contemporary culture with Aboriginal rangers
  • Understand the roles of men and women
  • Identify customs, practices, languages and traditions of Aboriginal people
  • Discuss why Aboriginal people value the environment and find out about their connection to Country
  • Explore how Aboriginal people have managed the land sustainably
  • Learn about the significance of Dreamtime stories to Aboriginal people
  • Understand ways of caring for sites

Excursion details


Monday to Friday during school term

Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park
2-2.5 hr
Medium. The Round Walk is a short 680m walk with some stairs and a short descent and ascent. The Furber Steps is a 1km step descent returning via the Scenic Railway or Cableway (at additional cost). Discovery Ranger guided bush walk and activities on uneven surfaces in the bushland environment and at lookouts.

$295 per group for up to 20 students (plus the cost of a one-way Scenic Railway or Cableway ticket if applicable). Additional Park staff will be required for groups of over 20 students at extra cost. Prices include GST.

Meeting point
Staged at several key areas in the Blue Mountains, you can choose your preferred location from either Wentworth Falls, the Three Sisters at Echo Point, or the NPWS Heritage Centre at Blackheath.
If you would like to organise a NPWS school excursion please get in touch with local staff or use the 'Enquire' link for the online form.
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Perrys Lookdown drive, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin