School excursion

Lake Mungo and Culpra Milli immersion

Stage 5 (Years 9-10), Aboriginal Studies, Mungo National Park

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Overview

Students make meaningful connections with remote Aboriginal Australia in this Stage 5 Red Earth Aboriginal Studies excursion. They travel to Mungo National Park for a 6 or 7-day immersion experience.

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This excursion is also relevant to Earth and environmental science, Geography and History learning areas. 

During the first half of the immersion, students learn about the rich culture of the Barkindji land at Culpra Milli, on the banks of the Murray River. Activities include maintaining ancient fish traps, swimming and sharing stories around the campfire. Students make connections and develop an understanding of modern life in remote Indigenous communities.

The latter half of the immersion takes students to Mungo National Park, where they're hosted by Traditional Owners and Aboriginal rangers. The spiritual and cultural significance of Lake Mungo is explained through modern and ancient stories, and students will explore the park with rangers.

This is the front lines of reconciliation, returning students to their school with a deep understanding of the myriad ways in which Australia's history has affected modern life for Aboriginal people, and the importance of the connection between culture, language, people and Country.

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

Stage Stage 5 (Years 9-10)
Learning area Aboriginal Studies
Student outcomes

AST5-2. Explains ways in which Aboriginal Peoples maintain their identity

AST5-3. Describes the dynamic nature of Aboriginal cultures.

AST5-4. Explains adaptations in, and the changing nature of, Aboriginal cultural expression across time and location

Objectives

Students will:

  • Camp at 2 historically important sites with Traditional Owners: Lake Mungo in Mungo National Park and Culpra Milli
  • Explore the stories, history and traditions of the Barkindji and Mutthi Mutthi Peoples
  • Learn about the scientific practices that led to important discoveries and conservation at Lake Mungo
  • Take part in crafting traditional artefacts such as clapsticks or Mungo canoes
  • Understand the spiritual, cultural and historical significance of locations around Mungo National Park and Culpra Milli

Excursion details

When

March to October, 6 or 7-day programs. Contact Red Earth for more details.

Grading
Easy
Price

$1,950 to $2,050 per student, all inclusive.

Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Your group will be picked up from and returned to your school or another location of your choice. All transport included in the cost.
Equipment
provided
Yes
Booking
If you would like to organise a school excursion please use the 'Enquire' link or email or call Red Earth.
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Info for teachers

All the practical information you need to know about Lake Mungo and Culpra Milli immersion .

Program outline

  • Staying on Country with Traditional Owners and their families
  • Hearing dreamtime stories around the campfire under a blanket of stars.
  • Hiking through Mungo National Park with Aboriginal rangers and seeing the fossil record come to life.
  • Discovering the historical, cultural and spiritual significance of Lake Mungo through ancient and modern Aboriginal perspectives.
  • Exploring the stories and traditions of First Nations Peoples – past, present and emerging.

Getting there and parking

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    This is a door-to-door immersion and all transport is provided from your school.

    What to bring

    A complete packing list will be provided once your booking is confirmed.

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    Safety messages

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

    Safety equipment: Red Earth staff carry first aid kits, satellite phones, EPIRBs (emergency position indicating radio beacons), hold current First Aid certificates and are aware of emergency procedures.

    Staff accreditation: Red Earth staff have current Remote Area First Aid accreditation and 4WD vehicle driving and recovery certification. 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 of potential hazards. Red Earth 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: Red Earth staff are trained to deal with emergencies, and emergency procedures are in place. Emergency response protocols and procedures will be detailed and discussed with travelling school staff before the immersion takes place.

    Risk assessment and risk benefits

    A comprehensive risk assessment will be made available after confirmation of your booking.

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - no wheelchair access