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Aboriginal culture: Ash Island

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), HSIE, Hunter Wetlands National Park


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Aboriginal culture is a school excursion for Stage 2 (Years 3-4) HSIE students exploring the beautiful natural and built environments of Ash Island, part of Hunter Wetlands National Park. Through first-hand experiences learn about the culture of the Awabakal People, how they lived, what resources they used and the significance of the land and Dreamtime stories.

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Hunter Wetlands National Park is an internationally significant (Ramsar-listed) wetland consisting of Kooragang and Shortland wetlands and a wildlife corridor connecting Ironbark Creek, the Hunter River and Ash Island. Extremely popular with birdwatchers the park is home to over 100 bird species and 45 species of international migratory birds, and is a welcome refuge in times of drought.

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

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

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

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

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


Students will:

  • discuss and determine the Aboriginal boundaries of the local community
  • discuss the significance of hills, trees, rivers etc
  • observe the remnant native vegetation of the local community
  • identify animal and plant life that may have provided food and discuss its preparation
  • discuss water quality in the local creeks or streams
  • discuss and compare changes and continuities in the lives of Aboriginal people in the local community
  • listen to Aboriginal stories.

Excursion details


Weekdays all year.

Hunter Wetlands National Park
Medium. Guided activities in a suburban national park, on formed and uneven bush walking tracks, and on a grassed picnic area.

$380 per group (includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. For groups over 30 conditions apply.

Meeting point
Ash Island Schoolhouse carpark, Ash Island.
No. All equipment is provided.
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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