Last week, Year 5 had the joy of travelling to Bathurst to develop our knowledge and understanding of our transdisciplinary theme ‘Where we are in Place and Time’. We left bright and early on Wednesday and made our way to Echo Point to view the Three Sisters. From there we made the short trip to Scenic World where we caught the steepest railway in the world down into the valley. We enjoyed a walk through the valley observing the varied flora and fauna and relics from the coal mining period before catching the Scenic Skyway back to the top of the valley. Jenolan Caves was our next stop where we enjoyed a tour through one of the magical caves. We were amazed by the natural formations and marvelled at how they had been created.It was then off to our accomodation in the Bathurst Goldfields. After a tasty dinner we enjoyed listening to Australian folksongs and participating in some bush dancing.
Day 2 focused around learning all about life on the goldfields. We saw how gold was extracted from the ground, panned to find our fortune and participated in a range of activities that taught us what it would have been like to live on the goldfields.Life would have been pretty tough. We then visited Heritage Park, enjoying learning about the sheep and cattle that are so important to our country. A tractor ride was another highlight.
On our last day, we enjoyed some indigenous painting and boomerang throwing. We then visited a historic courthouse at Little Hartley where we heard how convicts and other criminals were treated back in the middle 1800s. It would not have been pleasant to have been flogged.
It was a wonderful trip and we have many great memories. We reflected on how hard life would have been for the early pioneers. Do you think you would have liked to have experienced the thrill of the Goldrush? Why or why not?