I have recently taken a trip with People to People to Australia. My trip lasted 19 days and extended all the way from Sydney up to Carnes. I do not have enough room in only 600 words to detail everything that we did. So, I am going to highlight those experiences that impressed me most. I hope others will want to visit these places, and will consider taking a trip with People to People. Based on my experiences in the Australia delegation, I have already registered for next year’s trip.
We started in Sydney. We landed there on June 16th and went straight from the airport to the cricket grounds. We learned about the history of cricket and its play in Australian culture. From there, we went to the Sydney Opera House. I thought this was really cool because it is one of the wonders of the world. The next day we went sky walking, toured the harbor, and went to an opal mine before leaving Sydney.
Several days later, we went to Tangalooma Resort off the coast of Brisbane. To get to the resort, we rode on a ferry boat. The Island was absolutely beautiful. We got to feed wild dolphins the first night and even though it was cold, it was beyond worth it. The next day, we got to go snorkeling on a ship wreck and then spend the rest of the day learning about all the wildlife around Tangalooma. We also went sand tobogganing on the Island. I was scared at first, but it was a great experience. Tangalooma was one of the best experiences of the trip. Based on what I experienced there, and what I learned, I am considering marine biology and environmental conservation as career paths.
Another experience that will stay with me forever was visiting the Billabong animal sanctuary. The first thing we noticed was that the kangaroos walking around were friendly and I actually got to pet one. Next we got to feed a crocodile and learn a little more about them. Then we got to hold another crocodile, or a python. Finally, we got to learn about Koala’s and Wombats and actually got to hold them! Ever since I was little, I have thought about being a veterinarian. So, spending time with animals, and learning about them was a wonderful opportunity for me. Anyone who visits Australia should visit the sanctuary.
The next thing I want to talk about is snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef. This was such an amazing experience for me. We took an hour and a half long boat ride to the Great Barrier Reef. After arriving, we took a tour around the reefs in a glass bottom boat. This gave us the chance to see the different kinds of coral and fish through the boat. Next we got the chance to snorkel around in a roped off area. That was absolutely beautiful. The final thing I did that day was take a snorkeling tour around the part of the reef called the “Dog’s Paw”. This took about an hour and we got to see thousands of different fish and learn about the other marine life as well. That was probably one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. I encourage anyone who gets a chance to go to the Great Barrier Reef.
The last day of the trip we got to take the skyline through the rainforest and learn about the Aboriginal culture. We also went shopping in the fabulous night market in Carnes. I would recommend this trip to anyone.
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