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Lulu's Australia Adventure

Day 2

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Today, after waking up at 5:30, me and my 3 friends from school that I am rooming with, Elvira, Laura, and Sophie, went down to breakfast and enjoyed our first, although very early, breakfast at Hotel Ibis. After boarding the bus, we drove to the Otway Fly National Park. To get there, we drove along the Great Ocean Road. The Great Ocean Road is a magnificent road that runs along the shores of southern Australia. The road was build during World War I when Australian Veterans needed employment. We stopped in some sea-side towns and viewpoints. It was amazingly beautiful!!! Next we headed inland to Otway Fly. There, we had a chance to plant two kinds of trees that primarily grow in the Australian rainforest, the Mountain Ash tree and the Mortal Beach tree. The Mountain Ash tree is the 2nd tallest tree in the world, next to the California Redwoods. They grow up to 400 feet tall. The Mortal Beach tree fed dinosaurs thousands of years ago. Then our guide, Peter, took on us a tour throughout the rainforest. We learned about the different kinds of trees and how the Aboriginal people used the forest for resources. We also drank water from a stream. We hoped we would see platypus, but unfortunately we didn’t. The water from the stream tasted really fresh and yummy. The air in the rainforest smelled amazing because of all the trees around, unlike smoggy LA. Now we are headed off to dinner.


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Essential Programs Details

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