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Aboriginal People and Places

Aboriginal People and Places

Geography: Features of Places, People and Places

History: The Past in the Present


The national parks and reserves of northern Sydney are very important local places with a rich history.
During the day, the students will explore one of these places to help understand their importance, how we care for them and why Aboriginal sites are important. 

Program Locations

Bobbin Head

Muogamarra Nature Reserve, Cowan (Terms 2 and 3 only)

West Head

Inquiry questions

What are the features of, and activities in, this place?

How can we care for places like this?

How are people connected to this place?

What aspects of the past can you see today?

What do they tell us? 

Learning Activities

Aboriginal History Talk

The students are introduced to a variety of foods and resources from the Australian bush, of which many are used today in contemporary food preparation. The talk will also discuss bush resources with a focus on how Aboriginal People made and used weapons and tools using natural materials.

At West Head, this will be presented by Uncle Laurie Bimson, Guringai man and descendant of Bungaree, leader of the Guringai tribe at the time of European arrival.

Bush Resource Walk

During the bush walk, the students will have an opportunity to learn about the traditional use of plants and other natural materials that provided tools, medicine and food to the local Aboriginal Peoples.

Traditional Sites Visit

The students will have an opportunity to visit and learn about several important cultural and historical sites that are hidden inside our local area. This includes visiting an Aboriginal engraving site to understand their importance and how they can provide an insight into the traditional lives of the Aboriginal peoples of this area.

Stencil Art

Students will create a local Aboriginal stencil artwork after learning about traditional techniques.

Sample Timetable

NOTE: Variations to timetable based on specific location

Time Classes A, B Classes C, D
10.00am Acknowledgement of Country, Welcome, Overview of the day
10.10am Morning Tea
10.30am Aboriginal History Talk

Bush Resource Talk

Traditional sites visit


Bush Resource Talk

Traditional sites visit

Aboriginal History Talk
12.30pm Stencil Art
1.00pm Lunch
1.30pm Bushwalk
2.00pm Conclusion and depart

Teacher Information

Download the program flyer

Excursion locations

Bobbin Head

Muogamarra Nature Reserve

West Head

Bus access map

Map for access to venue will be sent with the confirmation

Please ensure you print a copy and provide to the bus driver on the morning of the excursion.


2023 DoE $15 per student - GST free

2023 Non-gov school cost $25 per student - GST free, minimum charge $575 per class. 

NOTE:  National Parks entry is $1.10 per student in addition

Risk Assessments

Bobbin Head

Muogamarra Nature Reserve  

West Head


Social Stories

Bobbin Head


West Head

Supporting Resources

Student activities

Guided learning support program

What to bring

Backpack, medication, low-waste food, water bottle, sunblock, raincoat, hat, sturdy shoes, mask.

Students wear sports uniform.

Adverse weather
On days where the weather is unsuitable (see risk assessment), a Gibberagong staff member will contact the organising teacher to discuss alternative arrangments.
Medical notifications
Notify Gibberagong EEC by completing and returning the medical form before the excursion. This form will be sent out upon confirmation of booking.

Syllabus outcomes and content

Geography K-10 Syllabus 


A student:

> describes features of places and the connections people have with places GE1-1

identifies ways in which people interact with and care for places GE1-2 

> communicates geographical information and uses geographical tools for inquiry GE1-3 


Features of places


  • investigate features of places and how they can be cared for, for example: (ACHGK005)    

    - description of the natural and human features of places

    - discussion of the natural features of places identified in Aboriginal Dreaming stories and/or Legends of the Torres Strait

    - consideration of how a place can be cared for

Local and global connections


  • investigate connections that people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, have to local and global places, for example: (ACHGK010, ACHGK011, ACHGK012)

    -  discussion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' connections with land, sea and animals of their place


History K-10 Syllabus 

The Past in the Present


A student:

> describes and describes significant people, events, places and sites in the local community over time HT1-2


The history of a significant person, building, site or part of the natural environment in the local community and what it reveals about the past(ACHHK044)


  • brainstorm what aspects of the past can be seen in the local area

  • identify a significant person, building, site or part of the natural environment in the local community and discuss what they reveal about the past and why they are considered important

  • investigate an aspect of local history

The importance today of an historical site of cultural or spiritual significance; for example, a community building, a landmark, a war memorial(ACHHK045)


  • identify an historical site or sites in the local community. Discuss their significance, why these sites have survived and the importance of preserving them


Geography K-10 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2015

History K-10 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2012