Day 8: Crocodile Jumping and Class
This morning we drove to a place called Crocodile Jumping, which was a boat ride where some trained professionals used bait to get a crocodiles to jump alongside the boat while educating us on the species. Crocodiles are extremely dangerous and are actually a hugely patrolled danger to humans. We were told by one of the tour guides about how her nephew was eating about a crocodile and how dangerous they truly are. We were also told a story about a huge crocodile that would tip over boats and that it was later discovered that the engine noises from the boat’s is what irritated the crocodile to the point of attacking the boats. We also got to hold snakes at the attraction, which was pretty cool.
After going to Crocodile Jump, we moved to our new campsite, which was on a farm that was pretty awesome. There were horses, pony’s, and around a hundred wallabies roaming around. They were super cool to watch, especially the wallabies because it is so interesting to see how they hop around unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
Our tour guide/driver this entire time has also been super cool! His name is Mark and he is one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met. He has taught us a ton about everything ranging from pulling over and picking some local flowers then showing us they were edible to talking to me about Australian politics. Again I love learning about the difference in culture and I am increasingly becoming fond of the Australian lifestyle and would love the idea of living here in the future. Maybe one day I will live here, but either way this trip has been extremely educational and fun!
Day 9: Waterfalls, Swimming, and Lichfield National Park
This morning/afternoon we went to Lichfield National Park, which is like a smaller version of Kakadu National Park but just as beautiful. We also went to a three different waterfalls and swam in their ‘swimming holes’, which was really fun, especially at the first one where we climbed up the cliff side and dove about 20 feet down into the deep water below.
We ended the day with some class where we learned about bioenergy technology. It was really interesting even if it doesn’t directly link to my major, which is another thing I really love about this course.
Once again, I would like to add some more phrases and things I have learned in Australia:
-Before I forgot to mention the whole driving on the other side of the road thing, which is really interesting especially because of the different in left and right turns
-Yellow lights are actually called amber or orange lights, which kind of makes more sense
-Gas (like for cars) is actually called petrol
-Make sure you bring sunglasses everywhere because the sunlight is super bright here!
Day 10: On to Melbourne
Today we flew to Melbourne, which took about 4 hours. We proceeded to check into our hostel then ate dinner at a Korean restaurant and had a really fun chilling night. One thing that I have liked on this trip is both trying to really get to know people while also not forming a click and hanging out with the same people all the time. I also love taking a night off from going out to clubs or bars and instead just talking to people and learning about all the people from all these different places. It’s been a long day because of the traveling so I will go to bed early and invest in some sleep.
Day 11: Discovering Melbourne
Today, we woke up early to go on a tour of the city. Melbourne really is a cool city with its numerous art museums, really vibrant alleys filled with restaurants and shops, and marveling architecture that is extremely abundant. After the tour, some friends and I wandered around town, including the Melbourne Convention Center, which was an extremely large and interesting building.
I have always been a huge fan of architecture and the convention center along with a bunch of other buildings around town really made me appreciate this city. Melbourne seems extremely cool, so I’m excited to see how Sydney matches up.