Wednesday 31 March
Hi Michelle, this week we were in Lightning Ridge. On Monday we went on an Opal Tour. The Opal Tour took us to some fossicking grounds and we found some….OPAL. We also went in Steve’s mine, where we learned that the shorter you are the easier your job is! This is because the opal is only 1 metre below the sandstone and any excess depth is just so you can fit in! He has been mining for 25 years and the last time he found something valuable was 5 years ago.
On the way to the next campsite (in Nindigully) we went to an emu egg carving exhibition. The emu eggs had a light inside them that showed all the carvings really well.
In Nindigully we caught 11 yabbies and my first fish of the trip, it was too small to eat.
We are now going to Stradbroke Island.
Until next week, bye from Jake.
Friday 25th March
This week was an awesome week because as you can see at the bottom of the page we went to Taronga Western Plains Zoo. This was fun because we saw lots and lots and lots of cool animals such as elephants, zebras, lions, rhinos, dingos, dwarf buffalos, water buffalos, turtles, koalas, kangaroos, wallabys, giraffes and siamang apes.
We also went to a really, really big skate park which had an artificial skatepark and a big, curvy, wormy bowl with a big full pipe with a closed capsule end. It is the first one of it’s kind in Australia.
Monday 21st March 2011
Hello, we’re in the Grampians this week. Yesterday we went to Hollow Mountain. And we…. HAD TO WALK UP IT!!! It was 1.2 kms of ‘cliff edge…. Rock scrambling’. We were very, VERY tired at the end of the walk.
The day before that we went on an Aboriginal bush tucker tour and I enjoyed that because we learned about what the Aboriginals would have eaten in the area.
We are now out of the Grampians and were on the Campaspe River.
Today we caught our first five yabbies which is kind of an up because we lost our other net, well, it got stolen.
Thursday 10th March
Hi on Tuesday we went on a river cruise down the Gordon River. The river cruise was great because firstly you were on the boat that set the world record for “the most water skiers at a time” (on one boat). Secondly, we got a fantastic, all you can eat lunch, some things you could have were smoked salmon, salad, ham and much, much more. And finally we had two guided walks (very fun J)
The day after that we went to Cradle Mountain where we dis two or three bush walks. The longest on was meant to take 1 and a half hours but we did it in under an hour!! They were extremely fun although they were long.
And today we’re in Stanley and this is where I learned to surf!!
Friday 25th February
Yo, it’s me here, we’re at Coles Bay, still in Tasmania.
Yesterday we went on a walk to Wineglass Bay and it wasn’t just a walk it was a WALK and by WALK I mean a one and a half hour walk from here to there and another one and a half hour walk back. But it was worth it because at the end we got a yummy ice cream.
Once we got back we watched a movie and then went fishing but this wasn’t just fishing because Indi caught her first fish, “YAY”. We also saw a stingray and he was huge!! Turns out that the stingray was called George and he’s been here for more than six years.
4th February 2011
First stop is … CANBERRA.
This place is awesome, it’s got (Questacon logo) ,Australian Institute of Sport and cockington green (mini gardens).
So first stop is Questacon.
The most fun thing was the FREE FALL it’s a 6.7 meter vert-slide with a 1meter drop before you hit the slide this drop takes what feels like1millisecond and you have to wear overalls.
The scariest thing was the Guillotine because it looked like a giant knife dropping on top of you but it’s just air.
The coolest thing is the earthquake room we were sitting in a normal house. Then the news comes on with an earthquake warning and the TV goes all fuzzy and the earthquake hits and the ground starts shaking. Then the wall splits apart and now it’s over. This earthquake was 5.1on the Richter-scale.
And we came home with a tasty treat, some space ice cream we tried it for dessert that evening. It was so GROSS but I have officially eaten space food!
Next stop is the Australian Institute of Sport where we got a tour of the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) and when we went to the basket ball courts dad scored a three pointer from the pro line and our tour guide was a high jumper. And guess which is taller a basketball player or a volleyball player? The answer is a volleyball player.