Living Country living culture
Stage 1 (Years 1-2), HSIE, Mimosa Rocks National Park
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.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 1 (Years 1-2)|
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
Monday to Friday, between 10am and 1pm, during school term.
- Guided. Available on request, subject to staff availability.
- Gillards campground
- 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.
- 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-living-country-living-culture-mimosa-rocks-national-park/local-alerts
- School excursion inquiries - Far South Coast
- 02 6495 5000
- in Mimosa Rocks National Park in the South Coast region
Mimosa Rocks National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about Living Country living culture.
- Welcome and introductions, acknowledgement and safety talk
- Weaving activity
- Bush food, cultural interpretation walk
- Storytelling, music and dance
- Ochre face-painting
- Wrap up
Getting there and parking
Gillards campground is in the southern part of Mimosa Rocks National Park.
To get there:
- Turn off the Tathra-Bermagui road onto Gillards Road, about 5km south of Tanja and 9km north of Tathra.
- Follow signs to the campground.
- Unsealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
Parking is available.
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.
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.