A beautiful view of the world-famous Sydney Opera House taken from a ferry ride around the harbor. The Opera House took more 14 years to build and now hosts plays, operas and more. Students saw a play called “The Illusionists” on their visit to the landmark.
Over the fall 3-Week term, Amber Chenoweth, assistant professor of psychology, and Doug Brattebo, associate professor of political science, led a group of 19 Hiram College students to the “land down under” where students immersed themselves in multiple aspects of Australian life. The course, “Invading Oz,” gave students an opportunity to examine political, social and environmental invasions.
The Australian War Memorial was a touching experience for many students. Learning that Australia fought by the United States’ side in every war, many students opted to buy a poppy to place next to the name of a fallen solider.
One of the highlights of the trip for many students was the visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Students had a great time talking to birds, trying to get the dingos to come out of hiding, holding koalas and spending hours playing with, feeding and taking pictures of kangaroos.
Students traveled all along the Eastern coast visiting cities like Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns. They also explored the Great Barrier Reef and multiple rain forests and met Aboriginals at the Tent Embassy in Canberra, giving them an opportunity to explore the impact of invasions from multiple viewpoints.
Students stopped by this natural wonder, called “The Twelve Apostles,” at sunset while embarking on a three-day Great Ocean Road tour.
While on one of many hikes through Australia’s scenic landscapes and rain forests, students found a waterfall which provided a refreshing dip after a long day in the hot sun.
Throughout the trip, students also had many opportunities to experience other aspects of Australian life. Excursions such as climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge, a ferry ride across the Sydney Harbor to the Taronga Zoo, a visit to streets full of international cuisine and local vendors, a play at the Sydney Opera House and deep sea fishing rounded out the trip.
Many students enjoyed taking pictures inside the gigantic Cathedral Fig tree. If it looks familiar, that’s probably because it served as inspiration for the movie “Avatar.”
Professor Brattebo and a small group of students woke up at 3:30 a.m. to be out on the water by 5 a.m. for an interesting adventure in deep sea fishing.