Aboriginal customs and practices
Stage 2 (Years 3-4), HSIE, Tumut area in Kosciuszko National Park
Aboriginal customs and practices is a Stage 2 (Years 3-4) school excursion in Kosciuszko National Park which focuses on HSIE. Discover the secrets of the didgeridoo, use clapsticks and play along with a yidaki. Try your hand at tool or jewellery making, and learn about collecting and using materials from the environment.
Read more about Aboriginal customs and practices
On this excursion, students will discover how Aboriginal culture is held in the customs, practices and traditions of local Aboriginal people. Caring for others and caring for the environment are sometimes taught through stories and music.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 2 (Years 3-4)|
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
Guided. Available on request.
Subject to staff availability.
Aboriginal rangers from Kosciuszko National Park are also available to come to your school. Please phone (02) 9995 5142 for further details on in-school visits.
- Tumut area in Kosciuszko National Park
- 3-5 hr
- Easy. Discovery ranger guided walk and activities on bush tracks and in the amphitheatre.
$275 per group for a half day (3 hours), $375 per group for a full day (5 hours). Prices include GST. Maximum 25 students per group. For groups over 25 conditions apply.
- Meeting point
- Birrimal Waga Amphitheatre, Sydney Street, Tumut.
- 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.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/education/stage-2-hsie-aboriginal-customs-practices-tumut-kosciuszko-national-park/local-alerts
- in the Tumut area of Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
The Tumut area is open all year but some roads and trails may close due to weather conditions or park management issues.
No park entry fees apply in the Tumut area. See vehicle entry fees for other areas in Kosciuszko National Park.Buy annual pass.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about Aboriginal customs and practices.
Activities: string making, boomerang and spear throwing, didgeridoo and clapsticks, boomerang painting (additional cost), jewellery making.
Demonstrations: fire sticks, net making, dilly bags, traditional shelters, artefacts display.
Activities and displays for your program may be varied seasonally or to suit desired learning outcomes.
- Half day (3 hrs)
- Introduction - 30 mins
- Activity 1 – group activity - 45 mins
- Activity 2 – gender appropriate activity - 45 mins
- Recess - 30 mins
- Hands on Artefacts display - 45 mins
Getting there and parking
What to bring
Please wear fully enclosed shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, wet weather gear, and lunch which should be low waste with a refillable water bottle. Students should bring gear in a backpack or similar (not plastic bags).
Maps and downloads
Risk assessment and risk benefits
Our rangers and guides have the technical skill and experience to assess the risks and the benefits of a variety of activities delivered as part of our learning programs.
We believe in including opportunities that allow students to learn and experience for themselves through exploration in the natural environment.
Please make your own risk assessment based on the information provided. Detailed potential risks and controls are provided for the site to assist teachers in risk management planning. Teachers and carers should be aware of, and consider the needs, abilities and medical conditions of students when visiting this site. The supervision of students remains the responsibility of the teacher. The school must ensure an adequate number of adult supervisors are present.
Disability access level - medium
Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly