On Monday the 15th of August we had a breathtaking excursion to the Botanical gardens and then we had an awesome walk through Federation square!
When we got off the bus at the Botanical Gardens, we put down our bags and started to eat our play lunch. Then we picked up our bags and walked past some banana trees, but the bananas were not ready yet. We left our bags under a shelter, and walked down to a tree where there were two Rosella’s up in the branches. They were so brightly coloured! Then we went into a clearing and we did a smoking ceremony with a man named Ben.
During the smoking ceremony, everyone got a Eucalyptus leaf that they had to throw on the fire. There were also Wattle flowers burning on the fire. We learned that the smoking ceremony was a way of celebrating and welcoming in the Aboriginal time. Then we went with a lady who took us to learn about how the Indigenous Australians used flowers to make medicine and food.
Then we got a piece of string and we twisted it in a special way to make it stronger like how the Indigenous Australians did so that they could make beautiful baskets to hold all their supplies and weapons. We then saw one of the leftover parts of the Yarra River and went over to an area where we saw some things like Aboriginal eel traps, weapons and a possum skin cloak.
Then we went to where our bags were and took our bags to a big clearing where we ate lunch. After lunch we took another bus to Federation Square and we met a man who told us all about how the Yarra River used to be like a big swimming pool for the Indigenous kids and was used to catch fish and eel. The man showed us a tree where he had made a carving of a shield that could be cut off the tree without hurting it. He also told us that the aquarium used to be a waterfall that people blew up.
Next we went inside and we were showed Aboriginal weapons, boomerangs, axes and lots of possum skin cloaks. Then we got on the bus and went back to school. The excursion was really fun and I learnt a lot about Australian history!