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Lake Mungo and Culpra Milli immersion

Stage 5 (Years 9-10), Aboriginal Studies, Mungo National Park

Overview

School excursions in NSW national parks

We are currently taking bookings for school excursions. Not all excursions are being delivered as per the usual program due to rules outlined by NSW Health. Alternative learning options with NPWS include online digital resources or incursions delivered at your school. Please contact your National Parks education contact or the relevant local park office for more information.

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Students make meaningful connections with remote Aboriginal Australia in this Stage 5 Red Earth Aboriginal Studies excursion. They travel to Mungo National Park for a 6 or 7-day immersion experience.

Read more about Lake Mungo and Culpra Milli immersion

This excursion is also relevant to Earth and environmental science, Geography and History learning areas. 

During the first half of the immersion, students learn about the rich culture of the Barkindji land at Culpra Milli, on the banks of the Murray River. Activities include maintaining ancient fish traps, swimming and sharing stories around the campfire. Students make connections and develop an understanding of modern life in remote Indigenous communities.

The latter half of the immersion takes students to Mungo National Park, where they're hosted by Traditional Owners and Aboriginal rangers. The spiritual and cultural significance of Lake Mungo is explained through modern and ancient stories, and students will explore the park with rangers.

This is the front lines of reconciliation, returning students to their school with a deep understanding of the myriad ways in which Australia's history has affected modern life for Aboriginal people, and the importance of the connection between culture, language, people and Country.

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

Stage Stage 5 (Years 9-10)
Learning area Aboriginal Studies
Student outcomes

5.2. Explains ways in which Aboriginal Peoples maintain their identity.

5.3. Describes the dynamic nature of Aboriginal cultures.

5.4. Explains adaptations in, and the changing nature of, Aboriginal cultural expression across time and location.

Objectives

Students will:

  • Camp at 2 historically important sites with Traditional Owners: Lake Mungo in Mungo National Park and Culpra Milli
  • Explore the stories, history and traditions of the Barkindji and Mutthi Mutthi Peoples
  • Learn about the scientific practices that led to important discoveries and conservation at Lake Mungo
  • Take part in crafting traditional artefacts such as clapsticks or Mungo canoes
  • Understand the spiritual, cultural and historical significance of locations around Mungo National Park and Culpra Milli

Excursion details

When

March to October, 6 or 7-day programs. Contact Red Earth for more details.

Where
Mungo National Park
Grading
Easy
Price

$1,950 to $2,050 per student, all inclusive.

Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Your group will be picked up from and returned to your school or another location of your choice. All transport included in the cost.
Equipment
provided
Yes
Booking
If you would like to organise a school excursion please use the 'Enquire' link or email or call Red Earth.
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Park info

  • in Mungo National Park in the Murray-Riverina region
  • Mungo National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees: 

    $8 per vehicle per day. Fees are payable through self-registration envelopes outside Mungo Visitor Centre. Different fees apply for commercial tour operators and vehicles with 8 seats or more.

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