Chisholm Central Australia Trip 2017
Saturday 16th – Sunday 23rd September
What an amazing camp, a real cultural experience, everyone making strong bonds.
Saturday morning, we are all very tired, it was five o’clock, but we were all looking forward to what we knew would be a great camp ahead. The weather was cold, but we knew that soon we would be soaring into the 40s heat and keen to be escaping Melbourne's drizzly skies.
The camp was off to a great start, as we were all extremely happy after a quick Maccas run in Bendigo! The camp had really got under way, as we had arrived in historic town of Burra, the first significant stop of our camp. Here, we experienced sleeping in the first form of housing provided for miners in Australia. We visited an 1850’s brewery cellar featured in the production of Wolf Creek, a rather frightening experience... to say the least.
Next day we awoke early to see a bright red sunrise up and we started on our journey to Cooper Pedy. Along the way stopping at the historical rocket launching site of Woomera. After a long road trip we arrived at Cooper Pedy where we experienced living underground and visited a working opal mine. We had certainly experienced the real way of living in Cooper Pedy.
Next stop Alice Springs, but not before we enjoyed a stop at a Camel Farm for an exhilarating riding experience. Alice Springs offers many great activities such visiting a Wildlife Park, Flying Doctors Service and School of the Air. We were all thrilled by a Reptile presentation, the highlight being having a Python sliver over our many bodies!! On the road again, we travelled to Kings Canyon to camp and hike through breath taking, red stained gorges. Everyone was ecstatic, as we had finally hit our first rock pool, which may not seem overly significant but it was a real relief to all of us, as the weather was becoming stifling hot.
Finally, we had arrived at the highlight of our trip, where the sand was red and the sun beat down harshly upon us... Central Australia! Uluru was a sight to behold. It was truly beautiful, the contrast of the red sand and the green trees surrounding, bought pleasure to our eyes. We trekked our way around Uluru, passing through beautiful indigenous artworks on the rock faces. Whilst we walked, our guide gave us a marvelous insight into the enriching stories from the indigenous aboriginals that once lived at this very rock.
The experience was like no other, a great camp with an amazing Chisholm team.
Thanks to a cooperative effort and hard work of the students and staff for making the Chisholm Central
Australia Trip of 2017 so enjoyable!
Oshan Wijeratne and Jessica Strah