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Living Country, living culture

Stage 1 (Years 1-2), Geography, Katoomba area

Overview

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Join us for Living Country, living culture – a Stage 1 (Years 1-2) geography excursion in and around Katoomba. Our Aboriginal guide will take students on a journey through traditional and contemporary culture.

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Students will learn how Aboriginal people have a strong connection to their environment, known as connection to Country.

Together we'll examine Aboriginal artefacts and learn of their uses. We'll explore the bush environment and discuss how specific plants were used for medicine and bush tucker. Students will take part in fun, hands-on activities such as ochre blending.

They'll leave with an appreciation of Aboriginal culture in this region.

This excursion is staged at several key areas in the Blue Mountains. Choose from:

This excursion is designed to support the Features of Places unit from the K-10 syllabus.

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

Stage Stage 1 (Years 1-2)
Key learning area Geography
Student outcomes

GE1-1. Describes features of places and the connections people have with places

GE1-2. Identifies ways in which people interact with and care for places

GE1-3. Communicates geographical information and uses geographical tools for inquiry

Objectives

Students will:

  • Learn about traditional and contemporary culture with an NPWS Aboriginal guide
  • Examine a range of Aboriginal artefacts
  • Understand the different roles within a traditional Aboriginal community
  • Take a guided walk and explore natural resources, including traditional ochre for paint, and other bush materials.
  • Listen to Aboriginal stories of family, culture and place.
  • Learn how Aboriginal people relate to the local environment around them, and why this is so fundamental to life. 
  • Learn about Aboriginal spiritual life 

Excursion details

When

Monday to Friday during school term

Availability
Guided. Available on request.
Where
Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park
Duration
2-2.5 hr
Grading
Medium. Wentworth Falls track, Three Sisters walk and Red Hands Cave walking track are medium grade. An easy grade option is available at Fairfax Heritage walking track.
Price

$295 for a group of 20 students. GST included. For groups of more than 20 students, additional park staff are required and additional fees will apply.

Accessibility
Hard
Meeting point
  • Three Sisters walk: Lilianfels Park, outside the coach drop-off zone on Echo Point Road, Katoomba.
  • Wentworth Falls track: Wentworth Falls picnic area at the end of Falls Road, Wentworth Falls.
  • Fairfax Heritage walking track: Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath.
  • Red Hands Cave walking track: Red Hands Cave carpark located at the end of Red Hands fire trail
Equipment
provided
Yes
Booking
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