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Living Country living culture

Stage 1 (Years 1-2), HSIE, Mimosa Rocks National Park


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Join us for Living Country, living culture – a Stage 1 HSIE excursion in Mimosa Rocks National Park. An Aboriginal guide will help students understand the importance of culture and caring for Country.

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This is an interactive excursion for young students, with sensory and hands-on activities.

Meeting at Gillards campground, students can look forward to a fun day of learning about the culture and Country of the Yuin People, led by a local Aboriginal guide. They’ll find out about bush tucker and medicine, the role of women in Yuin culture, traditional weaving, art, music and dance, and how the Yuin People manage and protect Country.

Aboriginal people have been walking the earth for thousands of years. They continue to have a strong connection to country, and traditional practices and stories play an important part in modern life. Students will come away with an appreciation of the rich Aboriginal culture that exists in their region. They'll make fundamental links between traditional stories, land, Country and languages.

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Stage Stage 1 (Years 1-2)
Learning area HSIE
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

HT1-3. Describes the effects of changing technology on people's lives over time

HT1-4. Demonstrates skills of historical inquiry and communication

ST1-5LW-T. Identifies how plants and animals are used for food and fibre products

ST1-10ES-S. Recognises observable changes occurring in the sky and on the land and identifies Earth’s resources

ST1-2DP-T. Uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity


Students will:

  • Recognise that Aboriginal people are the first Australians
  • Investigate the connections that the Yuin People have to the land, sea and animals of this place
  • Hear stories to understand why this place is important to Yuin People and how it can be cared for
  • Find out how Yuin People describe the weather and the seasons
  • Engage with local Aboriginal culture through fun learning activities
  • Use paints from natural ochres
  • Collect bush materials to make traditional toys
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions of a local Aboriginal guide
  • 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. Excursions only.
  • 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
  • Walk through the open forest and identify plants and other resources used by Aboriginal people. Excursions only.
  • Understand methods and materials used in Aboriginal art
  • Reflect on what may be learned by modern Australians from Aboriginal life.

Excursion details


Monday to Friday, between 10am and 1pm, during school term.

Guided. Available on request, subject to staff availability.
1-2 hr
Easy. This is a guided walk with activities on unsealed bush tracks.

$350 per group of 25 students. $14 per extra student, up to maximum group of 30 students.

No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Gillards campground picnic area, Mimosa Rocks National Park.
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