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Eureka Moments

Eureka Moments
Pan for gold, explore an old underground mine and learn about Australia’s gold rush history at this in-depth 5-day camp for Year 5 and 6 HSIE (Human Society and Its Environment) students at Lake Burrendong Sport and Recreation Centre. 
Situated between Orange and Dubbo, the Centre is the perfect base for students wanting to explore this significant aspect of Australian identity and heritage.

Who should attend?

This program is suited to primary students in Years 5 and 6 studying HSIE. 
At least one teacher per school group is required to attend (more may be required for larger groups). Teachers attend the program free-of-charge.

Program content

This comprehensive and integrated program includes a visit to History Hill at Hill End where students enjoy a guided tour through the museum, explore the history of gold mining in Australia and pan for gold. 
Students can also visit the Wellington Caves phosphate mine to experience how mines operated over 100 years ago. The phosphate mine has been restored to show what it would have been like to work in an underground mine. Students will see fossil bones of mega fauna and smaller animals dating back to the Pleistocene Period of 2 million years ago. 
Eureka Moments works towards a number of HSIE syllabus outcomes including:
CCS3.1  Significant events and people
Explains the significance of particular people, groups, places, actions and events in the past in developing Australian identities and heritage. 
ENS3.6  Relationships with places
Explains how various beliefs and practices influence the ways in which people interact with, change and value their environment.
The program can be tailored to also work towards: ST3-9ES, ST3-10LW, ST3-4WS and ST3-1VA.
Combining practice with theory, students increase their knowledge of Australian history and work towards the following learning outcomes: 
Learning outcome
Living conditions and lifestyle of the diggers on the gold fields
  • Damper cookout with billy tea
  • Bush dancing
  • Gold panning
  • Bush Olympics
Overcoming challenges and fears
  • Rock climbing
  • Initiatives
  • Orienteering
Appreciation of different cultures
  • Boomerangs
  • Traditional Indigenous games
Working together as a team for a common goal
  • Cookout
  • Initiatives
  • Bush dancing
  • Eureka Stockade – paint balloon combat
Finding creative solutions to problems
  • Initiatives
  • Banjo Patterson Orienteering Trail
  • Cookout 
  • Rock climbing
Importance of gold to the Central West
  • Gold panning and local knowledge
  • Gold trivia

Program duration

This program works best as a 5-day camp, however, please feel free to discuss your needs with the Centre to arrange a program to suit you and your students. 


This program is available at Lake Burrendong Sport and Recreation Centre.