UNESCO and aboriginal sites

Trip Start Jun 20, 2011
Trip End Jul 09, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Friday, July 8, 2011

Today, July 8, was our final full day in Australia, but still another fantastic day! We drove along a windy mountain to where we boarded a skyrail cable car in Barron Gorge National Park. These rainforests became listed by UNESCO in 1988. The skyrail cableway was so unique because it provided miraculous views from above looking down on the canopy of the rainforest. Not only that but every direction I looked was a breath taking panoramic view of rolling rainforest along the mountains. After the 7.5 km ride, we disembarked for a lunch picnic.

     Next we visited the Tjapukai, an aboriginal tribe. First they performed with their didgeridoo. Next the students had an opportunity to throw spears and boomerangs. Following that, five aboriginal men entertained us with traditional song and dance. After that we learned about their weapons and medicine before making the inevitable visit to the gift shop.

     In the evening we had our last group dinner. We visited a local restaurant that served traditional food. I had kangaroo and for dessert some pavlova. Back at the hotel we had our own Oscars show with the presentation of humorous awards. The students stayed up late but I did my bet to go to bed before 10PM.

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