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School excursion

Living Country, living culture

Stage 1 (Years 1-2), History, Bournda National Park

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Info for teachers

Everything you need to know about Living Country, living culture.

Program outline

  • Welcome and introductions, acknowledgement and safety talk
  • Weaving activity
  • Bush food, cultural interpretation walk
  • Storytelling, music and dance
  • Ochre face-painting
  • Wrap up

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. And remember to bring food and any necessary medications.

Please bring your belongings in a backpack rather than a plastic bag.

Getting there and parking

Hobart Beach campground is in the Wallagoot Lake precinct of Bournda National Park. To get there:

  • Drive 14km north of Merimbula on the Sapphire Coast Drive
  • Take the Bournda Road turnoff
  • Follow this road to the end, then turn left. The shelter shed is on the left.

Road quality

  • There is a 40km speed limit on the long access road, which has sealed and unsealed sections.
  • Take care as you drive - the road to the campground can rough at times.

  • Mixture of sealed and unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather


Parking is available. Please park in the designated areas.

Maps and downloads

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 - hard

Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty. Please let us know in advanced if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.

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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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