Welcome to part deux of WERE I’LL BE AT.
Yes, one of my excursions will take me to Carnarvon Gorge – much of which is located in Carnarvon National Park, approx. 400 mi. (8ish-hr. drive) from Brizzy. This is the Outback portion of my program. Let’s digress and address the elephant in the room:
Gorge – a narrow valley between hills or mountains, typically with steep rocky walls and a stream running through it (Oxford Dictionaries).
gorge = canyon
Carnarvon Gorge is approx. 19 mi. long and not the Outback you’re thinking of. You won’t find overpriced food or sand dunes here! Really, the Outback (or brush) refers to all AUS land outside city limits – mostly uninhabited. The gorge serves as an oasis to the brush.
Us students will be staying at Takarakka Bush Resort in safari tents.
At the gorge, we’ll be observing the diverse ecology & geological formations on various hikes. We’ll also be exposed to some Aboriginal history & culture. Along with observing an Aboriginal ceremony, our program leader, Dr. Kris Wilson, mentioned we’ll be given a trapping lesson (as in animal trapping – he didn’t sound overly enthused about this). Thanks to the extremely dark night conditions of the gorge, we’ll spend time not only observing nocturnal wildlife, but constellations & galaxies as well.
Our major goal of exploring environmental issues in AUS is to compare & contrast environmental beliefs & attitudes across cultures and the different ways of adapting to climate change. – Dr. Wilson