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Giidany Miirlarl: A special site

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Geography, Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve


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An NPWS Aboriginal guide will lead students on a cultural journey on Muttonbird Island in this Stage 2 Geography excursion. Students will learn about Giidany Miirlarl, meaning ‘moon sacred place’ in local Gumbaynggirr language.

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Students will journey through time with their own Gumbaynggirr guide. Through Dreamtime stories, the guide will explain the traditional use of the island’s muttonbird rookery as an important food source.

Together we’ll explore the deep Gumbaynggirr connection to Country and to the plants, wildlife and birds that call this island home.

Students will examine geographical concepts of place, environment and interconnection, along with sustainable land management.

This excursion is designed to support the Geography syllabus’ 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, sea 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


By arrangement.

Guided. Available on request.

$260 per group (includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. For groups over 30 conditions apply.

Meeting point
The outdoor learning centre, located at the base of Muttonbird Island.
No. Equipment not required.
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