Naracoorte visits

Trip Start Feb 25, 2011
Trip End Mar 29, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Thursday, March 10, 2011

Today we started the morning at the Sheep's Back Museum, learning all about the history of sheep shearing. The museum is actually housed in a stone flour mill that was built in the 1860's. Outside of the museum, there was a shed that had a robotic shearing machine on display.

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.
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artjwiii on

Team Aussie, what a blast you're having! Some of the things you are experiencing are pretty awesome. How cute is that picture with the blonde holding that cute baby brush tail poosum. I'm having a hard time deciding which is cuter...ya right, I have to pick my Rachel!

Now the sheep shearing experience is also something I'm not used to over here in the US. I sure have never seen such a thing and isn't it something how some things don't change from how they did it along time ago?Unfortunately sheep wool isn't like it used to be, but glad to see this is still going on. Rachel I hope you were able to spend some time shearing sheep. All I can do is count them while I try to sleep, It's not too baaaad!! :-)

Rachel, I bet you loved the rehabilitation facility to see all the animals native to the land there. I'm so glad you're having this great adventure!

What an experience Team Aussie, keep it going.

I love you Rachel!

Ruby Lucas on

Ok Everyone the above comment just proves Art is crazy without his Rach, lol, we're all glad to see the postings and I enjoy seeing all the pics. I know you are all having a wonderful time. Take care Team Aussie!

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