School excursion

Walk the Walls of China

Stage 3 (Years 5-6), HSIE, Mungo National Park

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Overview

Wander the sands of time with an Aboriginal Discovery ranger in Mungo National Park on this Stage 3 (Years 5-6) excursion focused on HSIE. See the ancient dry lake bed and walk the Walls of China with a representative of the Paakantji, Ngyiampaa or Mutthi Mutthi tribal groups whose connection with the land reaches back 40,000 years.

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Hear the story of the remarkable archaeological finds like Mungo Woman (the world’s oldest human cremation), Mungo Man, and human footprints dating back to the last ice age tell an incredible story about the long history of Australian Aboriginal people.

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

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

HT3-1. Describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia

HT3-2. Describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time

HT3-5. Applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication

Objectives Students will:
  • Explore the ancient landscape of the Ngyiampaa, Mutthi Mutthi and Paakantyi/Barkindji people
  • Find evidence of past occupation of the land
  • Listen to Dreamtime stories 
  • Observe archaeological evidence in the landscape and preserved in the visitor centre* 
  • Learn about some practices, customs and traditions that illustrate Aboriginal life and identity

*Note: Mungo Woman and Mungo Man are not available for viewing.

Excursion details

When

Weekdays during school term. Evening tours and add-on activities available by arrangement.

Availability
Guided. Available on request.
Where
Mungo Visitor Centre, Mungo National Park
Duration
3hrs
Grading
Easy. Guided walk with a Discovery Ranger. Activities on bush tracks and in the Visitor Centre amphitheatre.
Price

$450 per group (includes GST) for groups of between 15 to 25 students. Conditions apply for groups over 25.

Accessibility
Medium
Meeting point
Mungo Visitor Centre
Booking
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Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

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Info for teachers

All the practical information you need to know about Walk the Walls of China.

Program outline

Activities and displays may be varied seasonally or to suit desired learning outcomes.

  • Introduction and welcome to Country
  • Visit the centre and archaelogical displays and trackways
  • Recess
  • Travel across the ancient lake bed
  • Guided walk on the Walls of China
  • Farewell

Getting there and parking

Mungo Visitor Centre is in the south western precinct of Mungo National Park.

To get there:

  • From Sturt Highway, take Silver City Highway south of Mildura.
  • Turn right into Arumpo Road and follow to the end
  • Turn left into Balranald Road
  • Take the first right into Mailbox Road and continue to the visitor centre

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only

Parking

Parking is available at Mungo Visitor Centre.

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).  Please note: It’s a good idea to wear long pants. Prepare for all weather conditions with a jumper and raincoat.

Facilities

Amenities

Drinking water

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Pre activity briefing: participants will be briefed at the start of the activity/day.

Safety equipment: NPWS staff carry radios and first aid kits, hold current first aid certificates and are aware of emergency procedures.

Staff accreditation: NPWS staff have current Senior First Aid accreditation. They are experienced in working with groups of students in the natural environment and have excellent knowledge of the specific areas they are visiting including potential hazards. NPWS is committed to a Child Safe and Friendly Environment. Our staff have been screened for child-related employment and have completed a Working with Children Check.

Emergencies: NPWS staff are trained to deal with emergencies and emergency procedures are in place. Ongoing supervision of a student following first aid treatment will be the responsibility of the visiting school.

Risk assessment

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.

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

Some areas are not wheelchair accessible. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.