Stage 1 (Years 1-2), HSIE, Tumut area in Kosciuszko National Park
Aboriginal stories is a school excursion in Kosciuszko National Park for Stage 1 (Years 1-2) students, focusing on HSIE. Wiradjuri, Wolgalu and Ngunawal People, along with the NPWS Aboriginal Discovery program, deliver experiences to build understanding and appreciation for their culture.
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Sensory and hands-on activities encourage students to explore and learn by doing. They'll make fundamental links between Dreaming stories, land and country, and languages.
Aboriginal people have been walking the earth for thousands of years. They continue to have a strong connection to country. Traditional practices, Dreaming stories and spiritual beliefs play an important part in modern life.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 1 (Years 1-2)|
|Key learning area||HSIE|
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
HT1-1. Communicates an understanding of change and continuity in family life using appropriate historical terms
HT1-2. Identifies and describes significant people, events, places and sites in the local community over time
Weekdays all year
- Available on request. Subject to staff availability.
- Tumut area in Kosciuszko National Park
- 3-5 hr
- Easy. Discovery ranger-guided walk and activities on bush tracks and in the amphitheatre
$275 per group for a half day (3 hours), $375 per group for a full day (5 hours). Prices include GST. Maximum 25 students per group. For groups over 25 conditions apply.
- Meeting point
- Birrimal Waga Amphitheatre, Sydney Street, Tumut
- 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.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/education/stage-1-hsie-aboriginal-stories-tumut-kosciuszko-national-park/local-alerts
- Tumut Region Visitor Centre
- 9am to 5pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
- 02 6947 7025
- The Old Butter Factory, 5 Adelong Road, Tumut NSW 2720
- in the Tumut area of Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
The Tumut area is open all year but some roads and trails may close due to weather conditions or park management issues.
No park entry fees apply in the Tumut area. See vehicle entry fees for other areas in Kosciuszko National Park.Buy annual pass.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about Aboriginal stories.
Activities: Toy making, games using stories and bush toys, painting with ochre and music
Demonstrations: String making, boomerang and spear, didgeridoo, food and shelter, artefacts display
Activities and displays for your program may be varied seasonally or to suit desired learning outcomes.
- Half day (3 hrs)
- Introduction, story and cultural map (30 mins)
- Activity 1: music (30 mins)
- Activity 2: ochre painting/toy making (45 mins)
- Recess (30 mins)
- Hands on artefacts display (45 mins)
Getting there and parking
What to bring
Please wear long pants, closed comfortable shoes and bring a hat and sunscreen. Be ready for all weather conditions with a jumper and raincoat. Bring your food, drinking water and any necessary medications.
It’s a good idea to pack your belongings in a backpack rather than a plastic bag. We have some curious birds who may try to break in and share your lunch with you.
Maps and downloads
Risk assessment and risk benefits
Our rangers and guides have the technical skill and experience to assess the risks and the benefits of a variety of activities delivered as part of our learning programs.
We believe in including opportunities that allow students to learn and experience for themselves through exploration in the natural environment.
Please make your own risk assessment based on the information provided. Detailed potential risks and controls are provided for the site to assist teachers in risk management planning. Teachers and carers should be aware of, and consider the needs, abilities and medical conditions of students when visiting this site. The supervision of students remains the responsibility of the teacher. The school must ensure an adequate number of adult supervisors are present.
Disability access level - medium
Please let us know in advance if you’re bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.