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Bush tucker in Bongil Bongil National Park

Stage 3 (Years 5-6), Geography, Bongil Bongil National Park


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Share the bush secrets of the traditional Gumbaynggirr People in Bush tucker – a Stage 3 (Years 5-6) excursion in Bongil Bongil National Park. Aboriginal guides will reveal their special connection to Country and their secrets for health, wellness and survival.

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With help from your traditional guide, Bonville Creek will reveal its ‘supermarket’, ‘pharmacy’ and ‘hardware store', places that have been serving the wise Gumbaynggirr People for millenia. 

Students are introduced to the seasonal connection the custodians have with this land. They’ll learn how their deep connection to Country has informed the cultural landscape management practices of the region. 

This excursion supports the K-10 geography syllabus and its topic; Factors that Shape Places.

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

Stage Stage 3 (Years 5-6)
Learning area Geography
Student outcomes

GE3-1. Describes the diverse features and characteristics of places and environments

GE3-2. Explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments

GE3-3. Compares and contrasts influences on the management of places and environments

GE3-4. Acquires, processes 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, water, plants 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


$305 per group (includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. Maximum 2 groups.

Meeting point
Bongil picnic area, 15 minutes south of Coffs Harbour via Williams Road.
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