Overseas visitors get insight into Aussie life

Thursday 17 January, 2013

Five overseas students staying at Warrane over the Christmas break were treated to some memorable insights into Australian life during the 2012 Warrane post-Christmas road trip.

This year the crew, led by David Curran – Bursar of Warrane for almost 28 years – and Rob Assen, headed south on Boxing Day to see Australia’s “southernmost point”, Squeaky Beach on Wilson's Promontory near Melbourne.

The group included Andres Alarcon Galarza from Equador, Sergio Moya and Raimundo Correa Suazo from Chile, Satoshi Hanada from Japan and Shimon Endo from New Zealand. Going south they followed the Sydney-to-Melbourne Coastal Drive and returned via the Hume Highway.

Stops included Wollongong, Nowra, Lakes Entrance, Bega, Golden Beach, Sale, The Snowy Mountains, Mount Kosciusko National Park, Jindabyne and Canberra. Among the highlights were Mass at Sale Cathedral, swimming in the Jindabyne lakes and camping by a river in the Snowy Mountains.

“Camping in the Snowy was one of the most memorable things for me,” said Andres. “It was a beautiful spot and we had a great campfire. It was so beautiful we didn’t even mind the flies and mossies.”

Another thing Andres will remember is the injury he sustained at Lakes Entrance where he was stung by a bee while walking barefoot. Fortunately, it was the only injury of the trip.

In Canberra, the group managed to take part in the New Year’s celebrations, including fireworks in Civic Square, and dropped in to see former Warrane staff member Tio Faulkner at his Canberra home where they got a big surprise. . .

“One of the highlights of the whole trip came when we drove into Tio’s street,” Rob Assen said. “There was an invasion of kangaroos there unlike anything you have ever seen. We counted over two dozen – more than the total number we saw in the rest of the road trip. I think someone estimated that we only spotted about ten in the more than two thousand kilometres we covered.

“It was a memorable moment for our overseas guests – not something they will forget in a hurry.”

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