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Bush tucker in Bongil Bongil National Park

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Geography, Bongil Bongil National Park


School excursions in NSW national parks

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Our Aboriginal guide will share bush tucker secrets in this Stage 2 (Years 3-4) geography excursion in Bongil Bongil National Park. An easy stroll along Bonville Creek will reveal this area’s naturally occurring ‘supermarket’, ‘pharmacy’ and ‘hardware store’.

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Through fascinating riverside exploration, students are introduced to the stories and culture of the Gumbaynggirr People. They’ll learn about the deep spiritual and seasonal connections the Gumbaynggirr People have with Country. 

Concepts of sustainable land management will be discussed as students come to understand Aboriginal concepts of connection and place.  

Together we’ll explore how natural medicines informed the basis for traditional cultural landscape management practices we see today. 

This excursion is designed to support the K-10 syllabus’ The Earth’s Environment topic.

For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers

Stage Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
Learning area Geography
Student outcomes

GE2-1. Examines features and characteristics of places and environments

GE2-2. Describes the ways people, places and environments interact

GE2-3. Examines differing perceptions about the management of places and environments

GE2-4. Acquires and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry


Students will:

  • Recognise that Aboriginal people are the first Australians
  • Investigate the connections that the Gumbaynggirr People have to the land, water, and the plants and animals of this place.
  • Hear stories to understand why this place is important to Gumbaynggirr People and how it can be cared for
  • Find out how Gumbaynggirr People describe the weather and the seasons 
  • Locate the places they know to create a sense of place within Gumbaynggirr Country 
  • Engage with local Aboriginal culture through fun learning activities 
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions of a local Gumbaynggirr person

Excursion details

Guided. Available on request.
Bongil picnic area, Bongil Bongil National Park

$275 per group (includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. Maximum 2 groups.

Meeting point
Bongil picnic area, 15 minutes south of Coffs Harbour via Williams Road.
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