Monday morning felt like the delegation were at home with an early 7.30am start, meeting at the school, to depart on the Great Ocean Road trip for the next 2 days.
After jumping onto the bus they headed off for a 2 hour drive to arrive at The Otway. Here they had a guided eco-tour of the cool temperate rainforest, zip-lining through this delightful environment. This was an absolutely amazing experience for everyone. Morning tea was supplied followed by short 45 minute drive, arriving at The 12 Apostles, taking in the breathtaking view of the iconic rock formations. A few of the delegation braved a helicopter ride over the area and thoroughly enjoyed the flight and view of the amazing coastline from high above.
Another 45 minute drive had the delegation arrive at Loch Ard Gorge exploring the area, followed by a visit to London Bridge (a collapsed bridge along the coastline) and finally arriving at the accommodation for the evening for some much needed rest and dinner together.
Day 2 of the tour started with a visit to Gibson Steps and a walk down along the beach. Later in the day the delegation visited to Great Otway National Park, Koala spotting was on everyone agenda as the delegation walked through the Eucalyptus Forest. Feeding birds and having them land on students hands, arms and heads was a great photo opportunity.
At the end of the day the directors from Rip Curl delivered a presentation to the delegation and students were able to do some much anticipated shopping.
After a fantastic 2 day tour the delegation returned back to Hoppers Crossing Secondary College to a welcome home by their host families around 6.00pm. I’m sure they all had some much needed rest that night!
Kim Firkin – International Programs Coordinator