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Raft Building 

(Also included as part of Survivor Activities)

As an individual activity or as part of the 'Water survivor' activity, students simulate the experience of building a raft to travel down the waterway to safety. Building a raft is a simple concept but not such an easy skill to master. Raft building requires higher order thinking, detailed planning, advanced knots/lashings, and above all, teamwork. Conducted in the safety of the patrolled Barcaldine aquatic centre, a clear clean pool will simulate a river environment while capped PVC piping substitutes for natural materials. After construction it’s time to put our raft building skills to the ultimate test, by outsmarting, outbuilding, and outracing your classmates. This is the ideal clean and safe way to master the skills of raft building so you can get out alive.

Time: 2 – 2 ½ hours.

Catching Crawchies

Students will learn about the habits and habitats of crawchies in the artesian channel tudents will have the opportunity to take part in one of the Outback's favourite activities, 'Crachie Catching'. Cherax Destructor, native to the area, as well as the invasive Cherax Quadricarinatus will be the targets.

In a survival situation you probably don't have your equipment on hand, so how will you catch the critters so you can enjoy a delicous and nutritios feed?

Students will learn about the habits and habitats of crawchies in the artesian channel country, along with an introduction to trapping. In their tribes students will then be challenged to build their own crawchie traps utilising the materials provided and put them to the test in the onsite artesian billabong at the Australian Workers' Heritage Centre.

Time: 2 - 3 hours.



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Last reviewed 21 January 2020
Last updated 21 January 2020