Year 8 & 9s have just spent an amazing week in Central Australia, arriving in Alice Springs to be met by ‘Remote Tours’ guide Dahria.

In Alice Springs the class visited the Reptile Centre and had up close and personal interactions with snakes and lizards and a ‘trained’ crocodile!

They then went on to explore many sites along the Western McDonald Ranges and embraced the opportunity to swim in the waterholes. They visited the Ochre Pits and saw the ochre in the form of traditional artwork in the caves of Lilla and Uluru.

They slept under the stars in swags at the indigenous community of Lilla and immersed themselves in the world’s oldest living culture with welcome ceremonies, visits to sacred men’s and women’s sites, spear throwing, dot painting, cooking and eating kangaroo tail. At Lilla the class was lucky enough to visit the community school that has gone through various stages of being closed down and only going up to Year 7. This was an eye-opening experience for the students, allowing them to be grateful for their privilege of a Prep to Year 12 education. They shared some maths activities and played traditional Indigenous games.

The trip finished with a visit to Uluru and Kata Tjuta. It was a thought-provoking time to be at Uluru with the climb closing in 3 weeks, prompting some deep thinking within the class about the significance of the land to Australia’s Indigenous people and the importance of sacred sites.