Schools

Educational School Programs

There’s no better way to learn than firsthand experience.

Sharing culture and knowledge is extremely important to Tim and the team at Girri Girra. If traditions are not passed on, they will not survive.

A school excursion onto the land is a learning experience that simply can’t be delivered in the classroom.

Walking among the trees or standing on the beach with the sand between their toes, students will understand why a connection to country is such an important part of traditional Australian culture.

Girri Girra’s education programs can be tailored to suit children of all ages, from pre-schoolers to high school seniors. His programs also cater to many Stage One, Two and Three History and Geography Learning Outcomes.

School Experiences

We offer a variety of options for schools:

On-Site Programs

The Girri Girra team will visit your school or classroom. Presentations can involve the entire student body, such as an Acknowledgement to Country, Smoking Ceremony or traditional dance. Or, they can be delivered to smaller groups through storytelling, history, and showcasing artefacts.

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Off-Site Excursions

Step outside the classroom and walk in the footsteps of Australia’s first people for a learning experience that simply can’t be delivered in the classroom.

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Camping

The ultimate experience, sleep-out in a remote area that very few people are lucky enough to discover! Enjoy a guided bush walk, viewing rock engravings and group activities during the day.

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Excursions

We offer specialised guided excursions for schools:

Wyrrabalong Coast Walk

Time: 1.5hrs

Distance: 1.4km from Crackneck Lookout to Bateau Bay Beach

Difficulty: Easy

Facilities: Bus parking, toilets

This excursion begins at stunning Crackneck Lookout with 180-degree views out to the Pacific Ocean, where we start with a traditional Aboriginal Acknowledgement of Country and we share with you our creation story. From there, you’ll be guided along the Coastal Walking track towards Bateau Bay, hearing ancient stories, participating in a Smoking Ceremony, learning about bush food, medicines, spirituality, totems and fire stick farming. Participants will gain a progressive connection to country and understanding of Aboriginal society and culture along the way.

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Wyrrabalong Redgum Trail

Time: 2.5hrs

Distance: 6km from Burrawang picnic area, off Wilfred Barnet Drive

Difficulty: Easy

Facilities: Bus parking

Begin your excursion with a traditional Aboriginal Acknowledgement of Country and sharing of our creation story before setting out along Redgum Trail. Your guide will share ancient knowledge as you gain a progressive understanding of Aboriginal society and culture through bush food, medicines, spirituality, totems and fire stick farming. You will have the opportunity to participate in a Smoking Ceremony to protect and cleanse the mind and body. You will hear language through story, song, and dance. Connect to this beautiful country and gain a rare insight into the oldest living culture on earth.

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Bulgandry Aboriginal Area & Staples Lookout

Time: 1.5hrs

Distance: 350m, from Staples Lookout

Difficulty: Easy

Facilities: Bus parking

Beginning at the magnificent Staples Lookout, witness a traditional Acknowledgement of Country and hear our creation story while you take in the views of Brisbane Water and Woy Woy Bay. Next, hop back on the bus for a short four-minute drive to the Bulgandry carpark. From here you’ll set out on a short walk to view ancient Aboriginal rock engravings and participate in a traditional smoking ceremony. Connect to this beautiful country as you learn about bush food, medicines, spirituality, totems and fire stick farming. Your guide will share stories and ancient knowledge that provide valuable insight into the oldest living culture on earth.

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