Gone Bush

4-day intensive block at Albury-Wodonga campus plus online component

Dates for intensive: Thursday 2nd April – Sunday 5th April 2020

Delivered in collaboration with the iconic Man From Snowy River Bush Festival, this exciting subject focuses on the role the bush has played in constructing Australian identity. Gone Bush examines Aboriginal experience, women on the land, memoir, migration, bush mythology and rural heritage through film, literature and field trips.

Students participate in a four-day field trip based at La Trobe's Albury Wodonga (AW) campus.

Students attend the Festival and experience first-hand how bush identity is being constructed and shaped in modern Australia. Gone Bush also includes visits to the famous Ettamogah Pub and Bonegilla Migrant Camp as well as film screenings and exclusive workshops.

This subject’s unique cross-disciplinary approach gives it flexible appeal to students from any learning background.

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When and Where

Online semester 1 subject plus 4-day intensive Thursday 2nd April – Sunday 5th April 2020. Students participate in a four-day field trip based at La Trobe's Albury Wodonga (AW) campus

Subject curriculum

Bush myths have played an important role in the construction and maintenance of Australian identity, despite the prominence of urban centres in the colonisation of Australia. Students examine how and why the Australian bush has been associated with mythic and authentic white Australian identities. These identities were defined against the city and overlooked Aboriginal people. Australian rurality is examined as a set of experiences and ideas produced, distributed and consumed in the bush and beyond. Students participate in a four-day field trip based at La Trobe's Albury Wodonga (AW) campus. The field trip includes site visits to the "Man from Snowy River Bush Festival" at Corryong and other local sites that link to the subject focus on rural culture and rural sustainability. This field trip incurs ticket, transport, accommodation, food, and group bus travel costs to site venues.  The School of Humanities and Social Sciences subsidies reduced ticket and bus costs as much as possible.

Assessment requirements:

  • 1000 word Gone Bush field trip journal (25%) - A four day residential period in Albury-Wodonga will enable site visits in the region and intensive face to face classes, including discussion of field trip journal.
  • 2000 word research essay (50%)
  • 1000 word equivalent online blog and discussion  (25%)

Intended Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of at least one period or culture of the past.
  2. Identify and reflect critically upon the knowledge and skills developed in their study of history.
  3. Construct an evidence-based argument or narrative in audio, digital, oral, visual or written form.
  4. Identify and interpret a wide variety of primary and secondary materials.
  5. Examine historical issues by undertaking research according to the methodological and ethical conventions of the discipline.
  6. Analyse historical evidence, scholarship and changing representations of the past.
  7. Identify and reflect critically upon the knowledge and skills developed in their study of history.

Full curriculum information

Subject schedule (draft)

Note: the following schedule is a draft and subject to change. Please check again soon.

Thursday 2nd April 2020




Welcome and introduction to HUS3GBP – Room TBC-  AW campus


Bus leaves AW campus for Aboriginal cultural visit and BYO picnic lunch


Visit Aboriginal cultural site, guest speaker and lunch


Bus leaves cultural site, travel to guest speaker venue


Guest speaker- venue TBA


Tutorial group activities - Dr Jennifer Jones


Walk to dinner venue


Bus travel back to AW campus


Friday 3rd April 2020




Meet for bus to Man from Snowy River Bush Festival, Corryong
(Pick up point 1: QEII Square, bus rank Dean St, Albury)


Meet for bus to Man from Snowy River Bush Festival, Corryong

(Pick up point 2: TAFE bus Shelter, McKoy St, Wodonga)


Man From Snowy River Re-enactment


Meet bus for Corryong- Lunch


Tour of Man from Snowy River Museum, Corryong


Meet for bus to Bonegilla Migrant Centre


Tour of Bonegilla Migrant Centre


Bus to Ettamogah Pub via Hume Weir


Leave Ettamogah Pub


Bus back to Albury-Wodonga. Optional dinner in Albury, own transport arrangements to accommodation required



Saturday 4th April 2020




Meet for bus to Corryong @ QEII square


Meet for bus to Corryong
(TAFE Bus Shelter - McKoy St, Wodonga)


Murray Two Power Station tour, Khancoban


Man From Snowy River Festival and Rodeo


MFSRBF workshop at the Festival administration rooms

9.00 pm

Bus back to Albury-Wodonga



Sunday 5th April 2020




Essay Workshop LTU AW campus


Guest Speaker


Poetry Competition and subject debrief


Subject end


15 credit points.

Gone Bush can be formally credited towards a major in History. Students may negotiate approval for similar credit towards English and Sociology majors with the relevant department.

Cost and bookings

Current domestic La Trobe University students may take Gone Bush as a Commonwealth-supported elective subject. International and exchange students are also welcome to enrol.

There are various ticket and transport costs associated with this subject, the costs of which are partially subsidised by La Trobe University. A student ticket payment of $130 is payable by the end of Week 1 (Friday 6th March 2020). A payment link will be provided to students via their student email in early 2020.

Students are responsible for their own additional expenses such as travel to and from the Albury-Wodonga Campus, accommodation and meals. This additional expense is estimated to be around $400, depending on accommodation and transport choices.


Participants from outside Albury-Wodonga will need to arrange accommodation at their own cost.

There are a number of accommodation options close to the Albury-Wodonga campus including-

La Trobe On Campus Accommodation

Big 4 Borderland Holiday Park which offers powered and unpowered camping as well as cabins

Belvoir Village Motel and Apartments. Please quote “La Trobe Gone Bush” at the time of booking to take advantage of a La Trobe University student discount (subject to availability).

Getting there

By car: The Albury-Wodonga Campus is a 325 km (3.5 hour) drive from Melbourne along the Hume Highway.

By train: V-line trains run regularly between Melbourne and Albury with a line change in Seymour. For further information phone 1800 800 007.

By air: There are daily flights between Melbourne and Albury airport with Rex


Subject Coordinator: Jennifer Jones

For subject specific questions, please email Jennifer Jones.