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Living Country, living culture

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


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Join us for Living Country, Living Culture – a Stage 2 (Years 3-4) History excursion in the Blue Mountains National Park. This excursion is designed to support the First Contact syllabus.

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This excursion includes a guided walk on Country, in the National Park, with first hand history, stories from local First Nations lore and culture with an Aboriginal guide.

You will spend time seeing, touching and learning about traditional tools and artefacts brought by your guide. Hear stories from local First Nations lore. Your guide will discuss the impact of European colonisation on the traditional practices and lives of Indigenous Australians. Explore together examples of contact – interactions and resistance. You can also learn about the ways that colonisation impacted the land itself, and how this impacted the culture and practices of Aboriginal people.

Choose your location, from Katoomba, Wentworth Falls, Blackheath or Glenbrook.

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

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

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

HT2-4. Describes and explains effects of British colonisation in Australia

HT2-5. Applies skills of historical inquiry and communication


Students will:

  • Identify customs, practices, languages and traditions of Aboriginal people and investigate the traditional way of life
  • Discuss why Aboriginal people value the environment, learn about their connection to Country and ways of caring for Country
  • Listen to Aboriginal stories of family, culture and place and examine Aboriginal artefacts
  • Hear Aboriginal perspectives on the European colonisation of Australia, and its impacts
  • Enjoy a walk on Country with interpretation from their guide.

Excursion details


Monday to Friday during school term

Guided. Available on request.
2hrs 30min
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.

Prices start from $395 incl GST per group (up to 20 students).

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
  • Other locations by request
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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