Red centre adventure

A group of Year 9/10 students from St James Catholic College recently embarked on an incredible journey to Central Australia. The students accompanied by Mrs Foale and Ms Lawless ventured into the desert to experience some of Australia’s most magnificent sights. The trip began with visits to the Royal Flying Doctors Service and School of the Air. The students were able to gain an understanding of how valuable these services are to Northern Territory communities.

The journey continued on to Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park which included a camel ride as well as the opportunity to view traditional Indigenous artworks. While at Uluru the students also visited the Cultural Centre and learnt about Tjukurpa (Aboriginal Law/Religion). After watching the sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta it was then time for a 7km hike through the magnificent Valley of the Winds. Following this the students visited Curtin Springs Cattle Station to get a close look at a typical working cattle station.

The students took a guided walk to see the towering walls, crevices and plateaus of Watarrka (Kings Canyon). Visited the Amphitheatre, Lost City and the tranquil Garden of Eden. Permanent Camp was Glen Helen, nearby the stunning waterhole that the Traditional Owners of this land believe is home to an ancient and powerful Rainbow Serpent. The group also spent time exploring the mighty West MacDonnell Ranges where everyone kept their eyes peeled for Perentie lizards lazing along the banks and also took a swim in the rock holes.

The students crossed the famous Hugh River Stock Route with their destination the inspirational Oak Valley Aboriginal Community. The students then spent time with the Traditional Owners exploring the land, trying their hand at Boomerang throwing, and viewing ancient rock art paintings and carvings. This amazing journey provided students with a deep understanding of Aboriginal culture, history and outback living.