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Mystery of the bush banquet

Stage 3 (Years 5-6), HSIE, Thredbo-Perisher area


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Mystery of the bush banquet is a Stage 3 (Years 5-6) school excursion in Kosciuszko National Park, focusing on HSIE as a KLA. Students will get a partly coded invitation to a bush banquet, and participate in activities and games to understand how energy flows through food chains. Each activity gives you a clue to crack the coded message on the invitation.

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HSIE: Global Environments

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

Stage Stage 3 (Years 5-6)
Key learning area HSIE
Student outcomes

ENS3.5. Demonstrates an understanding of the interconnectedness between Australia and global environments and how individuals and groups can act in an ecologically responsible manner.

ENS3.6. Explains how various beliefs and practices influence the ways in which people interact with, change and value their environment.


Students will:

  • Discuss rules and minimal impact codes of behaviour relating to national parks
  • Collect, sort and count living things found in the forest
  • Organise living things into food chains
  • Observe the forest environment using the senses.

Excursion details


Weekdays October to May.

Guided. Available on request.
Kosciuszko Education Centre, Thredbo-Perisher area
Easy. Short walk on and off tracks (4km return). Environmental games are in a picnic area.

$300 per group for up to 25 students (includes GST). For groups over 25 conditions apply.

Meeting point
Kosciuszko Education Centre.
Yes. All environmental games equipment is provided.
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Park info

  • in the Thredbo-Perisher area of Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
  • The Thredbo-Perisher area is open all year, but some roads and trails may close due to weather conditions or park management issues. Kosciuszko Road is closed between Perisher and Charlotte Pass in winter (June to October long weekends).
  • Park entry fees apply on Alpine Way and Kosciuszko Road

    Winter (June to October long weekends): $29 per vehicle per day (24hrs from purchase); motorcycles $12; bus passengers $11.45 per adult, $3.60 per child per day. Find out more about the winter entry surcharge.

    Rest of Year: $17 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $7; bus passengers $6.60 per adult, $2.20 per child per day.

    Passes: Day passes, multi-day passes and annual All Parks Pass available from NPWS visitor centres, local agents and operating vehicle entry stations. Read our Annual Pass FAQs for information. Short Breaks Pass: $68 for 5 days park entry at price of 4 days (not valid winter). Eligible pensioners can apply for a complementary NPWS concession pass, to get free park entry. Download the exemption form (154KB doc).

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Maps and downloads

Pipers Creek trail, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer