Bush tucker in Bongil Bongil National Park
Stage 3 (Years 5-6), Geography, Bongil Bongil National Park
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)|
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
- Bongil Bongil National Park
$275 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.
- 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-3-geography-bush-tucker-bongil-bongil-national-park/local-alerts
- North Coast
- in Bongil Bongil National Park in the North Coast region
Bongil Bongil National Park is open from 7am to 8pm during daylight savings and 7am to 6pm rest of year.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about Bush tucker in Bongil Bongil National Park.
- Welcome, acknowledgement of Country and safety briefing
- Explore the riverside area next to Bonville Creek with your Aboriginal guide
- Examine the plants and animals that live and thrive here
- Learn how some of these plants and animals were used for food, medicine and tools
- Hear stories of how the Gumbaynggirr People valued and cared for their environment, seeing it as a source of life and nurture.
- Learn about the Gumbaynggirr connection to the seasons and how these considerations informed cultural land management practices
- Farewell and depart
Getting there and parking
Get driving directions
What to bring
Please wear long pants, closed, comfortable shoes and bring a hat and sunscreen. Be ready for all weather conditions with a jumper and raincoat. Remember to bring extra food and water, and any necessary medications. Please bring your belongings in a backpack rather than a plastic bag.
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
Bongil picnic area has medium accessibility grading and some assistance may be required to access the area.