School Programs

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The School Program provides hands on experience of past and present life in Australia. Through an enquiry approach children explore a range of sources used by our pioneers. Group activities include:

  • Working in a Pioneer Cottage. Children will experience butter making and see how food was cooked and preserved, view a treadle machine and other equipment used by our pioneers
  • Laundry methods – washing, starching, soap making, scrubbing boards, water carrying, ironing and mangling
  • Grading and packing fruit, chicken farming and egg packing.
  • Using hand operated agricultural tools
  • Coal mining practices
  • Indigenous art activities
  • Lesson in a bush school

Watch a clip of the School Activities

School Group Details

Number of Students: minimum 15; maximum 60

Duration of Visit: 10:00am – 1:00pm (3 hours approximately)

Cost per student: $6.60 (inc GST, accompanying adults free)

Children are divided into 6 groups and rotate through 6 varied activities, an adult with each group is appreciated but not essential

The School Program is designed for pupils from Year 1 to Year 6

Preschool groups and High Schools may arrange a separate program

During the pandemic safety features are observed –
all volunteers are double vaccinated; activities are mostly outside; regularly used surfaces are continually cleaned; each group uses sanitiser before a new activity

We recommend that the students eat morning tea on arrival. They are usually hungry and the sessions can then be run uninterrupted.

WHC Risk management Assessment 2023

Make a Booking

Water Carrying

Washing scrub


Washing Tub

Washing mangler