Aboriginal Experience

History / Geography

Syllabus Outcomes GEe-1 | HTe-1

Transport Walking Grade Excursion & Incursion



About Aboriginal Experience

Immerse your students in one of the world’s oldest surviving cultures on this special in-depth incursion which will bring them face-to-face with Aboriginal history, society and practices. Take them back thousands of years through observing Aboriginal tools, weapons and archaeological artefacts, learning about what makes places special to different people, how we can look after these places and how stories of the past are told and shared. On this action-packed day, the experienced Gumaraa Rangers will teach your students about bush tucker, let them try their hand at boomerang throwing, and even partake in a traditional Ochre Ceremony. Teachers and students alike will leave in awe of the richness of Aboriginal culture and awash in knowledge about the original custodians of this land.

Syllabus Outcomes Addressed

GEe-1 identifies places and develops an understanding of the importance of places to people
HTe-1 communicates stories of their own family heritage and the heritage of others



Full Day Incursion (5 Hours) 9:30am – 2:30pm

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

What's Included

Completed Risk Assessment

Syllabus Content Focus

Key inquiry questions answered:

  • What makes a place special?
  • How can we look after the places we live in?
  • What stories do other people tell about the past?
  • How can stories of the past be told and shared?

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 rangers 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)


The day kicks off with a meet and greet with our knowledgeable Aboriginal Gumaraa Rangers, before enjoying an interactive and engaging presentation. Students will be drawn into an open discussion about Aboriginal Australians, and gain an appreciation for the ancestral culture that has occupied this land for over 40,000 years. They’ll hear stories from the Dreamtime, hear firsthand stories about living on traditional lands, and see, feel and touch Aboriginal artefacts to learn how Indigenous Australians engage with their culture and lands. They’ll be challenged to think critically about the impact that the arrival of colonial settlers had on Aboriginal lifestyles and livelihoods. This insightful and authentic introductory presentation is sure to bolster a strong sense of empathy and connection with students’ home and lifestyle.

ACTIVITY 1: Traditional Ochre Ceremony
Students will begin their understanding of Aboriginal traditions by taking part in an Ochre ceremony, where they’ll paint their faces with natural ochre as a sign of initiation and welcome to Indigenous practices and lands.

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! 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.


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. (Minimum charge of x35 students).

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