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Living Country, living culture

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), History, Katoomba area

Overview

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Join us for Living Country, living culture – a Stage 2 (Years 3-4) history excursion in and around Katoomba. This excursion is designed to support the Community Remembrance and Aboriginal Histories and Cultures K-10 syllabus.

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Students will learn how Aboriginal people have a strong connection to their environment, known as connection to Country. 

Our NPWS Aboriginal guide will demonstrate a range of Aboriginal artefacts and explain their use. We'll explore the bush environment and discuss how specific plants were used for medicine and bush tucker. Students will take part in fun, hands-on activities.  

They'll leave with an appreciation of Aboriginal culture in this region. 

This excursion is staged at several key areas in Blue Mountains National Park. Choose from:

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

Stage Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
Key learning area History
Student outcomes

HT2-2. Describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time

HT2-3. Describes people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects

Objectives

Students will:

  • Identify customs, practices, languages and traditions of Aboriginal people  
  • Examine a range of Aboriginal artefacts 
  • Understand the different roles within a traditional Aboriginal community 
  • Discuss why Aboriginal people value the environment and learn about their connection to Country
  • Listen to Aboriginal stories of family, culture and place, and learn the cultural significance of these stories 
  • Explore how Aboriginal people have managed the land sustainably over millennia 
  • Understand ways of caring for special sites in Aboriginal culture 

Excursion details

When

Monday to Friday during school term

Availability
Guided. Available on request.
Where
Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park
Duration
2-2.5 hr
Grading
Medium. Wentworth Falls track, Three Sisters walk and Red Hands Cave walking track are medium grade. An easy grade option is available at Fairfax Heritage track.
Price

$295 for a group of 20 students. GST included. For groups of more than 20 students, additional park staff are required and additional fees will apply.

Accessibility
Hard
Meeting point
  • Three Sisters: Lilianfels Park, outside the coach drop-off zone on Echo Point Road, Katoomba
  • Wentworth Falls: Wentworth Falls picnic area at the end of Falls Road, Wentworth Falls
  • Fairfax Heritage walking track: Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath
  • Red Hands Cave walking track: Red Hands Cave carpark located at the end of Red Hands fire trail
Equipment
provided
Yes
Booking
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.
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Perrys Lookdown drive, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin