Trip Start Feb 25, 2011
24Trip End Mar 29, 2011
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After viewing the history of sheep shearing, we were taken to a farm to witness it first hand. Scott sheared the sheep by hand in about two and a half minutes, which was pretty amazing. He did inform us that the industry has changed, so the sheep's wool is actually worth less than the meat they sell them for.
We were then led to the MiniJumbuk factory, where the end result was shown. We saw the factory floor, and where they made the quilts and blankets from the wool
The next stop was to the Bourne's Bird Museum (taxidermist) that had a collection of over 700 Australian native birds, along with a few mammals. After that we went to Bool Lagoon, for a nice picnic lunch. We then walked along the boardwalk to the watchtower to see the local wildlife.
Luckily, we were able to squeeze in a visit to a local rehabilitation center for the local wildlife. There we saw wallabies, a baby brush tailed possum, wombat, cockatoos, kangaroos, and an emu.
Later in the evening there was a social that took place at Murray & Julie's home.
It was a wonderful evening to take a chance to relax and socialize with the different host families and local Rotarians.