Australia Course Description

Australia: The Land Down Under will focus on subjects from the continental geology to Aboriginal culture of eastern and central Australia. The course will also study the ecology of the Australian rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

Australia is the world's largest island, smallest continent, and sixth largest country. We will visit three principal regions centering on Sydney in the southeast, Uluru (Ayres Rock) in the central region, and Cairns in the northeast. We will travel by air between these three destinations. From Sydney we will explore the city and the Blue Mountains to the west - Katoomba, the Three Sisters, and Jenolan Caves. At Uluru we will explore the Outback, including the formations of Uluru, Kata Tijuta (also known as the Olgas), Kings Canyon (in Watarrka National Park), and visit an Aboriginal cultural center including a Dot Painting Workshop led by local Aboriginal people. Our last days will be spent in Cairns on the northwest coast where we will visit the Great Barrier Reef (diving and snorkeling), hike through the 190,000 year old Undara lava tubes, explore the local rainforest via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and visit the Tiapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center and Village for cultural immersion.

The course counts for 2 units of elective geology credit.

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