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Australia

Nature and architecture in a world Down Under

In Sydney, Australia, we enjoyed hospitality from host school MLC, an independent day school in the vibrant and culturally diverse Burwood suburb. There, we took full advantage of Sydney’s rich cultural opportunities and fantastic architecture, touring the Sydney Opera House and taking in a production of Carmen, visiting multiple museums and cultural centers, and even climbing the famed Sydney Harbor Bridge. The city’s proximity to the Blue Mountains, rainforests, and beaches allowed ample opportunities for studying the interplay of culture and biology in one of the most geographically diverse nations in the world.

During this term we undertook a multi-stage adventure that began with a rainforest hike through an ancient volcano crater. Led by a zoologist and nature photographer, we learned how to identify native bird and reptile species. Trekking further into the jungle, we stayed overnight with an indigenous highland tribe known as the Yidinji. They taught us their traditional methods for preparing food and herbal medicines, telling stories and creating rock art, playing didgeridoo, and of course throwing boomerangs. We even went hunting for fish, mud crabs, and mussels in a mangrove swamp. The grand finale was a SCUBA dive in the Great Barrier Reef, where we spoke with a marine biologist about evolution and the challenges posed by global climate change.

Activities

Sydney Harbor Bridge climb
•Indigenous rainforest tour
•Scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Sanctuary
•Hyde Park Barracks Museum
Blue Mountains climbing trip
•Performed in Chinese New Year parade
•Exploring Sydney’s aquatic ecosystem
Australian Theater For Young People Workshop
•Museum of Sydney exhibit on the struggle for Aboriginal rights
•Australian Observatory/Planetarium
•Sydney Opera House Tour and attended the opera “Carmen”
•Manly Beach bicycle tour
•Australian Museum
•Kayaking with Ironman Guy Leech
•EastSail adventure on the Sydney Harbor

Australia Through Our Eyes

View a term’s worth of our best student and staff writing, videos, and photos from Down Under.

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