... we learnt about the history, geography, geology and culture of our beautiful country, and gained an insight into how people have and continue to survive in this land.
On Tuesday 8 October we departed on our journey into the heart of Australia. We started with the long bus ride to Adelaide, where we got to know our crew and walked the shores of the West Beach. Rising early on day two, we followed the ocean to where it meets the Red Centre at Port Augusta, before heading inland to explore Coober Pedy, where we learnt about opal mining and experienced sleeping in underground dug-outs. On day three we arrived at Uluru/Kata Tjuta!
Many visitors at Uluru intended to climb the rock before its closure on 26 October, however we respected the wishes of the Anangu people and completed the base walk instead. The base walk was just as challenging, but with the bonus of waterholes, rock art and information about Dreamtime stories. We also experienced the spectacular views of the Valley of the Winds walk at Kata Tjuta.
Kings Canyon was our next destination, and, with its sheer cliffs and stunning views, the rim walk was a highlight for many in our group. Prior to reaching our final destination in Alice Springs, we also made the much anticipated stop at the Camel Farm.
Arriving in Alice Springs, we visited the Desert Park, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the Pioneer Women's Museum and Old Gaol, Standley Chasm, the town pool and the Telegraph Station. At the caravan park, we had a surprise impromptu concert with Australian singer, Isaiah Firebrace and enjoyed his rendition of Beyoncé's Halo, sung in unison with our girls.
Throughout our journey, we learnt about the history, geography, geology and culture of our beautiful country, and gained an insight into how people have and continue to survive in this land. We also learnt a lot about ourselves and formed strong bonds, with the girls and staff showing amazing support for one another. This was another fantastic trip to be remembered.
Ms Julie Hoskins
Co-ordinator of Community Service and Student Exchanges