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Food in Australia - Stage 5

The many different cultural groups who have settled in Australia have led to our food becoming a fusion of ingredients and flavours. Students will engage with Food in Australia by investigating, preparing and tasting Aboriginal bush foods and discovering how the diet began to evolve when the first settlers farmed food on this land.

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Stage 5 Food Technology and Aboriginal Studies


Rathborne Lodge
The Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney


2 hours


Click here. Minimum charges apply. Discounts apply for full day programs!

Excursion key themes:

  • Traditional and contemporary methods of cooking and uses of native bush foods by Aboriginal people.
  • How traditional bush foods are incorporated into contemporary, modern cuisines
  • Food tasting 

Students will... 

  • Appreciate the timeline of food in Australia from Aboriginal culture, to First Farm, then numerous cultural groups who have settled here, to the reintroduction of indigenous ingredients into our cuisine to create ’bush foods’
  • Explore the different types of traditional foods eaten by Aboriginal people; the methods of collection and processing and how the traditional diet was influenced by location
  • Appreciate and value the wide variety of foods available in Australia now and the contributions from a range of cultures
  • Assist in the preparation of simple recipes that have been adapted to include native ingredients
  • Enjoy tasting recipes with ‘bush food’ additions.

Excellent excursion for students and relevant to their studies. Highly engaging and enjoyable. Many thanks.

Teacher, Casimir Catholic College

Food Technology

Justifies food choices by analysing the factors that influence eating habits
Selects and employs appropriate techniques and equipment for a variety of food-specific purposes
Plans, prepares, presents and evaluates food solutions for specific purposes
Examines the relationship between food, technology and society

Aboriginal Studies

Describes the factors that contribute to an Aboriginal person’s identity
Describes the dynamic nature of Aboriginal cultures

Sustainable Development Goals

Through our education programs we aim to 
•    ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning (SDG 4)
•    demonstrate actions that work towards making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG 11)
•    inform and empower students to preserve our forests and halt biodiversity loss (SDG 15)

Through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals we promote prosperity for the whole community, while protecting our planet for future generations.


We would like to acknowledge the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation within Sydney and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.