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Aquarium and Snorkel Snorkel! – Day 8

Thursday, June 4, 2009

In the bright in early morning, we boarded our comfortable coach to Townsville where we would soon visit the Great Barrier Reef. We had a quite long trip from Cairns to Townsville, so I added a quick nap while on the bus in my schedule. When we arrived to Townsville, we passed many growing sugarcanes and trees. It was only a matter of time before I reached the ReefHQ. Once we reached the educational aquarium we were greeted by some of the main staff. Even a person that can dive in lightning speed, and knows almost everything to know about fish…. Dangerous Duncan! Duncan had a quick into for us, and soon we entered the pool to practice snorkel techniques. We learned the basics (breathing through the tube underwater), and some more difficult ones (duck diving). I wasn’t completely successful with the duck diving part, but I figured that I could just avoid diving on the reef. We went to a different Mercure location, and had our sleep there. However, we were too excited to go on the reef. So, I didn’t get much sleep!


Vol-Tan-O! - Created on Day 7

Check out our new product created by Mrs. McGuire and myself! And product design by Sophie!

More pictures coming soon!

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Uluru Exploration, Flight into Cairns, and Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure – Day 6

Monday, June 1, 2009

We woke early in the morning to get ready for the big day ahead of us. We went off to witness the sunset on the amazing rock, Uluru. After the beautiful photography moment, we further explored Uluru. We had a close up look at a watering hole, an old cover for the Aboriginal women and children, and even places where we could touch the rock itself. We were then dropped off at the resort shopping center where we bought our lunches. After we ate our delicious lunch, we were headed to the airport to reach Cairns, a humid and hot region where were very happy to feel sunshine on our backs and have warmth on our skin. After a quick trip to the Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure, we learned all about crocodiles and their difference between alligators. I even got a chance to interview the people that showed us all about crocs and other native Australian species. Their names where David and Bo, and we asked them many questions. The video will be uploaded soon. We had a delicious dinner and a ride to our new hotel, Mercure.

Uluru - Day 5

My Cheesy Uluru Poems

Red sand beneath us,

Six hours on a bus.

Contrast of blue, green, and red

Uluru is so beautiful, so I could never go to bed.

Clouds cover; colored gray

Red rock, The end of May

Exploring the of Uluru

There is nothing better I could ever do.

Oorammina Bush Camp - Day Four

After our three hour flight to Alice Springs, we arrived. We loaded up onto our new coach; however we had to switch to four wheel drive because the rain was so bad. After we loaded onto our new ride, we ran over huge puddles of mucky, muddy rain water. The mud even splashed all against the side of the van! After a nice drive, we arrived at the Ooraminna Bush Camp where we were welcomed by almost all the staff. We then were supplied with lunch, which was burgers and pasta. Soon we embarked to learn how to set up a swag by hilarious Sally. I was very surprised that I could even finish one swag with help from Shea. Next we headed to the whip cracking session, where we learned how to create a sonic boom with our whips. Indiana Jones would beat me any day, I couldn’t even crack it once! I even nicked my hand trying! But my hand has almost healed by the time you are reading this. Soon after, we ate dinner where I tried my first bit of vegemite (which wasn’t that great) and headed to the swags to get some sleep. And surprisingly, they were quite comfortable! However, now stars to sleep under, it was to clouded! We woke up the next morning to some toast, and we were headed to Uluru… only a six hour drive away.

Healesville Sanctuary - Day Three

Sunday, May 31, 2009

"Give me a home among the gum trees..."

We started off with the unofficial anthem of Australia, and we were off to Healesville Sanctuary. As soon as we arrived at the sanctuary, we walked around for a quick walk to see the emus and koalas. After a quick photo op, we journeyed off to a room where we learned all about the sugar glider. The sugar glider weighs about 80 grams and is a bit smaller than a squirrel glider. Its main predators are snakes and owls. We also learned about snakes, we now know that they get thier energy from outside sources. Also, snakes have a slower metabolism and they are known as cold blooded animals. After we visited those animals, we visited some of the many nocturnal animals in Australia. We even fed some of them; they ate right out of our hands! After, we went to the animal hospital located on the sanctuary. We watched an autoposy of a kangaroo, and I could hardly stand the stench of the rotting kangaroo flesh (I'm sorry if that paints a picture in your head). The bowels were extracted from the body, and we learned that kangaroos have the same number of heart chambers as humans. Next, we rushed to the amazing bird show where we saw a barking owl, black breasted buzzard, and even the huge wedged tail eagle. They flew right over our heads, and a gust of wind brushed our faces. Background noises were filled with little children's shrieks of excitement. After the bird show we went straight to lunch, to the bus, and back to the hotel.

The Otway Fly -Day Two

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Today we visited the amazing Otway Fly where we learned all about the rainforest. We even planted the largest tree native to Australia, the Mountain Ash. We also planted the million year tree called Myrtle Beach. The Myrtle Beach tree fed the dinosaurs, so planting one myself made me connect to the time of the dinosaurs. We traveled a small part of the rainforest mostly by elevated platforms that connected to each other all throughout a section of the forest. Next our guide, Peter, showed us to a near creek where he gathered some fresh water for us all to drink. Surprisingly enough, the water was extremely clear and fresh. It was even better than bottled water! Next, we made an uphill journey back to the main building. After we arrived at the main building, we had a quick bathroom break. We boarded the bus and we headed to the hotel to freshen up. Next, we went to the Amazing Melbourne 360 degree view restaurant and we viewed the amazing night cityscape. We were finished eating, so we started the drive back to the hotel to get ready to make a new blog posting, and have a great night of sleep.

Essential Programs Details

Duration 14 days
When May 25th - June 7th, 2009
Focus Marine Biology
Aboriginal Culture