Living Country, living culture
Stage 3 (Years 5-6), Geography, Bournda National Park
Join us for Living Country, living culture – a Stage 3 Geography excursion in Bournda National Park. In this cross-curricular program, an Aboriginal guide will help students understand the importance of culture and caring for Country.
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This is an interactive excursion for young students, with sensory and hands-on activities.
Meeting at Hobart Beach campground, students can look forward to a fun day of learning about the culture and Country of the Yuin People, led by a local Aboriginal guide. They’ll find out about bush tucker and medicine, the role of women in Yuin culture, traditional weaving, art, music and dance, and how the Yuin People manage and protect Country.
Aboriginal people have been walking the earth for thousands of years. They continue to have a strong connection to country, and traditional practices and stories play an important part in modern life. Students will come away with an appreciation for the rich Aboriginal culture that exists in their region. They'll make fundamental links between traditional stories, land, Country and languages.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 3 (Years 5-6)|
GE3-2. Explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments
GE3-3. Compares and contrasts influences on the management of places and environments
HT3-4. Describes and explains the struggles for rights and freedoms in Australia, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
ST3-5LW-T. Explains how food and fibre are produced sustainably in managed environments for health and nutrition
Monday to Friday, between 10am and 1pm, during school term.
- Available on request, subject to staff availability.
- 1-2 hr
- Easy. This is a guided walk with activities on unsealed bush tracks and in the campground shelter shed.
$360 per group of 25 students. $14 per extra student, up to maximum group of 30 students.
- Meeting point
- Hobart Beach campground shelter shed, Bournda National Park.
- 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-hsie-living-country-living-culture-bournda-national-park/local-alerts
- in Bournda National Park in the South Coast region
Bournda National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to extreme weather or fire danger.
Park entry fees:
$8 per vehicle per day. This park uses a self-registration fee collection system, please bring correct change.Buy annual pass.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about Living Country, living culture.
- Welcome and introductions, acknowledgment and safety talk
- Weaving activity
- Bush food, cultural interpretation walk
- Storytelling, music and dance
- Ochre face-painting
- Wrap up
Getting there and parking
Hobart Beach campground is in the Wallagoot Lake precinct of Bournda National Park. To get there:
- Drive 14km north of Merimbula on the Sapphire Coast Drive
- Take the Bournda Road turnoff
- Follow this road to the end, then turn left. The shelter shed is on the left.
- There is a 40km speed limit on the long unsealed road.
- Check the weather before you set out as the road to Hobart Beach campground can become boggy when it rains.
- Unsealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
Parking is available. Please park in the designated areas.
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. And remember to bring food 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 - hard
Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty. Please let us know in advanced if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.