Central Australia Trip

On Thursday April 1st, forty one students and four teachers departed Sydney airport on their two week excursion around Central Australia. We arrived in humid Darwin where we stayed for three nights. Here we visited Crocodylus Park, a Coral Ecosystem and Litchfield National Park where we spent time swimming in the water holes. At the camping ground some students and teachers took advantage of the jet ski and water skiing facilities.

 

On Easter Sunday we travelled to Kakadu National Park. Here we enjoyed a large swimming pool at the Jabiru camping ground, the Yellow Waters cruise, and some interesting games of mafia. Departing Kakadu, we made our way to the city of Katherine where we cruised along the Katherine Gorge and cooled off in a water hole. From here we travelled to Mataranka thermal pools for a swim before commencing our first overnight journey, to Alice Springs. On day seven we woke up in Alice Springs, where we visited Simpson’s Gap and Alice Springs Desert Park. After visiting the Royal Flying Doctor Service (thank goodness for them!) we spent some time in town stocking up on essentials such as zappos and purchasing some souvenirs, and then later that night we enjoyed ‘The Sound of Starlight’ theatre, a contemporary didgeridoo performance. After a fantastic night’s sleep in bunk beds and air-conditioned rooms we woke to discover our bus was broken down and therefore all plans for that day were cancelled. Instead we spent the day in town and at the camp ground swimming, playing basketball, using the games room, jumping on the giant pillow and ending the day with a gender bender ‘disco’. On our way to Kings Creek Station we visited Dinky the singing Dingo, then arrived at camp with a few students falling ill and a brand new bus. The teachers went quad biking while the students hung around, swimming, covering themselves in red dirt and playing guitar. That night we were lucky to sleep under the Milky Way, spotting numerous shooting stars. Following breakfast we walked along the rim of the Kings Canyon and then made our way to Yulara where we first laid eyes on Uluru. After a night of rain we went to the Olgas where we walked the 7.4km ‘Valley of the Winds’ walk. That afternoon we went to Uluru and although we were unable to climb it, instead we walked around the base and then drove to ‘Sunset Strip’ to take photos. On day twelve we travelled into South Australia to the opal mining town, Coober Pedy. First stop was the hospital to drop off Tom, who was diagnosed with appendicitis and later flown to Port Augusta by the RFDS.  Here we went on a town tour, and spent the night in an underground bunkhouse. The next night we stayed at Port Augusta so we could pick Mrs Babic up from the hospital. We left here to commence our return to the Shire, stopping at Broken Hill to learn about its mining history.

Although the final hours of the trip weren’t the most pleasant, everyone would agree in saying the Central Australia trip was a fantastic experience, made possible by Mrs Babic, Mrs Marrum, Mrs Ledgerwood and Mr Kennedy.

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