Aboriginal Experience at I-Fly

History / Geography

Syllabus Outcomes GE2-2 | GE2-3 | HT2-1 | HT2-2 | HT2-4

Transport Walking Grade Excursion & Incursion

$20.00

All parents and teachers can attend for no additional cost.

+GST. As this program is an educational service, all GST charged can be reimbursed in its entirety by the Government. This price excludes transport. (Minimum charge of x35 students).

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About Aboriginal Experience at I-Fly

On this special in-depth excursion with our Aboriginal Gumaraa Rangers, students will learn about traditional Aboriginal customs high above the treetops at Illawarra I-Fly. They’ll discuss and identify the special relationships Aboriginal people have with their land, while exploring the importance of the ancestral territory on which they stand. Students will enjoy an interactive day filled with exciting activities such as boomerang-throwing, string-making and participating in a traditional ochre and smoke ceremony. In this excursion, students will learn about Australia before, during and after European settlement, examining the Aboriginal way of life and discovering the traditional customs that were practiced for thousands of years – such as what they traded, what they ate, the languages they spoke, and how settlement changed one of the world’s oldest surviving cultures forever.

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Syllabus Outcomes Addressed

GE2-2 describes the ways people, places and environments interact
GE2-3 examines differing perceptions about the management of places and environments
HT2-1 identifies celebrations and commemorations of significance in Australia and the world
HT2-2 describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time
HT2-4 describes and explains effects of British colonisation in Australia

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Arrive/Depart

Full Day Excursion (4 Hours) 10am – 2pm

Time allocation for excursions can be tailored and adjusted to suit your individual school timetable and scheduling.

Transport

Leave it all with us! Whilst you are welcome to organise your own transport to and from our adventures, alternatively you can book with our Ranger Jamie buses or coaches. Ask us for a transport quote and we can take care of everything!

Please note, all coaches include seatbelts for students however, buses do not.

What's Included

Completed Risk Assessment

Syllabus Content Focus

Key inquiry questions answered:

  • How do people’s perceptions about places influence their views about the protection of places?
  • How do different views about the environment influence approaches to sustainability?
  • How can people use places and environments more sustainably?
  • Who lived here first and how do we know?
  • What is the nature of the contribution made by different groups and individuals in the community?
  • What was life like for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples before the arrival of the Europeans?
  • What was the nature and consequence of contact between Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and early traders, explorers and settlers?

Day Outline

Arrival / Morning Tea / Toilet Break
(approx. 20 minutes)
Introductory Presentation The day kicks off with a meet and greet with the enthusiastic Gumaraa ranger before enjoying an interactive and engaging presentation.
(approx. 25 minutes)
Grouping: Students are divided into their groups of approximately x 30 students and are allocated a Gumaraa ranger for each activity.
Activity 1 Students participate in each activity for approximately 30 minutes.
Activity 2 Students participate in each activity for approximately 30 minutes.
Lunch / Toilet Break
(approx. 25 minutes)
Activity 3 Students participate in each activity for approximately 30 minutes.
Activity 4 Students participate in each activity for approximately 30 minutes.
Wrap Up / Conclusion / Toilet Break
(approx. 20 minutes)

Activities

INTRODUCTION
The day kicks off with an exciting and engaging presentation, focussing on the importance of different places to people and living things, why people need to protect places, features of different places, how humans can protect places and human connections to places.

ACTIVITY 1: Bushwalk
Students will be taken on a bushwalk unlike any other, high in the treetops at Illawarra I-Fly! They’ll get a bird’s eye view of our gorgeous native bushland, and be able to get up close and personal with the flora and fauna that can be found at this level.

ACTIVITY 2: Dancing
Students will get to partake in traditional and ceremonial dances, which play an important role in the spirituality of indigenous Australian tribes. One of the major purposes was to tell stories that were passed through the generations, they would be about the land, animals, dreamtime and Aboriginal people. Stories from ancestors on first contacts.

ACTIVITY 3: Bush plants and medicines
Students will learn how different plants are used as remedies for common illnesses, and how this traditional knowledge has been passed down for generations. They may even be surprised to discover how western medicine has incorporated and adapted Aboriginal medicine and techniques! On an exciting bush walk, they’ll find out how to search for and identify “bush tucker” – plants used as food sources, and gain an in-depth understanding of the sacred relationship between the Australian continent and Indigenous Australians.

ACTIVITY 4: Artefacts
Students will be shown how to use real traditional artefacts such as boomerangs, spears, shields, dillybags and many other items, and discover how these items were used by Aboriginal Australians for occupations such as hunting, warfare, food preparation and making music or art. They’ll get to try their hand at boomerang and spear throwing, too! Boomerangs are made from a branch or root of a tree or bush, usually found in the mangroves, it’s carved into shape, moistened, bent and shaped and then smoothed and greased. Boomerangs are dangerous weapons and very important in Aboriginal culture.

Locations

Illawarra

  • Illawarra Fly Treetops

View the Google Map below for marked locations.

$20.00

All parents and teachers can attend for no additional cost.

+GST. As this program is an educational service, all GST charged can be reimbursed in its entirety by the Government. This price excludes transport. (Minimum charge of x35 students).

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Please note this will be an additional cost to the excursion price and a seperate quote will be provided to you.

Please note this is a tentative booking. After your booking request is submitted, we will be in touch via email to confirm the requested date and arrange the final details for the booking.

Title Address Description
Illawarra Fly Treetops
182 Knights Hill Rd, Knights Hill NSW 2577, Australia