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Living Country, living culture

Stage 3 (Years 5-6), Geography, Bournda National Park


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Join us for Living Country, living culture – a Stage 3 Geography excursion in Bournda National Park. In this cross-curricular program, an Aboriginal guide will help students understand the importance of culture and caring for Country.

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This is an interactive excursion for young students, with sensory and hands-on activities.

Meeting at Hobart Beach campground, students can look forward to a fun day of learning about the culture and Country of the Yuin People, led by a local Aboriginal guide. They’ll find out about bush tucker and medicine, the role of women in Yuin culture, traditional weaving, art, music and dance, and how the Yuin People manage and protect Country.

Aboriginal people have been walking the earth for thousands of years. They continue to have a strong connection to country, and traditional practices and stories play an important part in modern life. Students will come away with an appreciation for the rich Aboriginal culture that exists in their region. They'll make fundamental links between traditional stories, land, Country and languages.

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Stage Stage 3 (Years 5-6)
Learning area Geography
Student outcomes

GE3-2. Explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments

GE3-3. Compares and contrasts influences on the management of places and environments

HT3-4. Describes and explains the struggles for rights and freedoms in Australia, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

ST3-5LW-T. Explains how food and fibre are produced sustainably in managed environments for health and nutrition


Students will:

  • Take a guided walk through the open forest, identify plants and explore the natural resources used by Aboriginal people for medicinal and bush tucker.
  • Understand methods and materials used within Aboriginal culture through fun learning activities. Including ochre and other bush materials to make traditional toys and art.
  • Understand the different roles within a traditional Aboriginal community through storytelling of family, culture and place.
  • Recognise that Aboriginal people are the first Australians and how the local environment is fundamental to life.
  • Find out how Yuin People describe the weather and the seasons
  • Hear stories to understand why this place is important to Yuin People, how it can be cared for and the connections that shared with the land, sea and animals.
  • Reflect on what may be learned by modern Australians from Aboriginal life

Excursion details


Monday to Friday, between 10am and 1pm, during school term.

Available on request, subject to staff availability.
1-2 hr
Easy. This is a guided walk with activities on unsealed bush tracks and in the campground shelter shed.

$360 per group of 25 students. $14 per extra student, up to maximum group of 30 students.

Meeting point
Hobart Beach campground shelter shed, Bournda National Park.
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Park info

  • in Bournda National Park in the South Coast region
  • Bournda National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to extreme weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. This park uses a self-registration fee collection system, please bring correct change.

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