Bush tucker in Bongil Bongil
Stage 4 (Years 7-8), Geography, Bongil Bongil National Park
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)|
4.5. Identifies the meaning, purpose and context of historical sources.
4.8. Describes the interrelationships between people and environments.
- 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-4-geography-bush-tucker-bongil-bongil-national-park/local-alerts
- School excursion inquiries - North Coast
- 02 6657 5935
- in Bongil Bongil National Park in the North Coast region
Bongil Bongil National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about Bush tucker in Bongil Bongil.
- 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
- Discuss environmental change and management practice, and the concept of sustainability as it relates to this local environment
- 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.
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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.