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Bush tucker in Bongil Bongil

Stage 4 (Years 7-8), Geography, Bongil Bongil National Park


School excursions in NSW national parks

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Share the bush secrets of the traditional Gumbaynggirr People in Bush tucker – a Stage 4 (Years 7-8) 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 will be 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. 

Students will use key inquiry questions to explore and discuss environmental change and management. They’ll consider these practices through the lens of sustainability, evolving their geographical fieldwork skills and knowledge beyond the classroom.  

This excursion supports the K-10 geography syllabus topic of Environmental Change and Management.

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

Stage Stage 4 (Years 7-8)
Learning area Geography
Student outcomes

4.5. Identifies the meaning, purpose and context of historical sources.

4.8. Describes the interrelationships between people and environments.


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 
  • Discuss land management practices from the past and present 
  • Examine the concept of sustainability and how it is evidenced and supported in this precious local environment 
  • Engage with local Aboriginal culture through engaging learning activities
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions of a local Gumbaynggirr Person

Excursion details

Bongil Bongil National Park in North Coast

$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.
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