School excursion

Aboriginal stories

Stage 1 (Years 1-2), History, Tumut area in Kosciuszko National Park

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Aboriginal stories is a school excursion in Kosciuszko National Park for Stage 1 (Years 1-2) students, focusing on History. 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)
Learning area History
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

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


Students will:

  • participate in music activities 
  • make and use paints from natural ochres
  • collect bush materials to make traditional toys
  • explore gender-appropriate artefacts and displays

Excursion details


Weekdays all year

Available on request. Subject to staff availability.
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
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All the practical information you need to know about Aboriginal stories.

Program outline

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)
  • Conclusion

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    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.

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    Safety messages

    Pre activity briefing: participants will be briefed at the start of the activity/day.

    Safety equipment: NPWS staff carry radios and first aid kits, hold current first aid certificates and are aware of emergency procedures.

    Staff accreditation: NPWS staff have current Senior First Aid accreditation. They are experienced in working with groups of students in the natural environment and have excellent knowledge of the specific areas they are visiting including potential hazards. NPWS is committed to a Child Safe and Friendly Environment. Our staff have been screened for child-related employment and have completed a Working with Children Check.

    Emergencies: NPWS staff are trained to deal with emergencies and emergency procedures are in place. Ongoing supervision of a student following first aid treatment will be the responsibility of the visiting school.

    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.