Adventure - Art - Culture - Juniors Abroad at George Fox

Australia

Faculty: Chris Koch
Meeting: Thursday, 6:30 - 9:00 PM

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As an island continent, Australia is somewhat isolated. Therefore, it must rely on technology and alliances to be connected with the rest of the world. Despite its British influence, relationship with the United States over the last 60 years, and close ties with New Zealand, Australia remains staunchly independent and “Australian.” This class will look briefly at the history of Australia as an example of how a nation can work with other countries to advance common goals while maintaining its own identity. This will be used as framework to discuss how other countries (e.g., US, Canada, Mexico) can work together toward mutually beneficial outcomes while respecting national and cultural differences.

The trip will highlight diversity of people and geography within Australia. Melbourne will highlight metropolitan Australia. We will visit the National Gallery of Victoria to view classic art and the Australian Centre for Moving Images to get a better look and Australian culture through film. We will spend the day on St. Kilda Beach where there is Luna Park (an amusement park) and Acland St., a popular gathering spot. Since Melbourne is sometimes considered the sporting capital, we will visit Tennis Australia, home of the Australian Open, and take in an Australian Rules football match. In Sidney we will explore the maritime nature of Australia. A visit to Philip Island will allow us to see penguins on the beach. We will see the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Harbor, and the iconic Opera House. We will also see the Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Art Gallery of New South Wales, and the Australian Maritime Museum. Of course, maritime means water and water means beaches. So, we travel from the Circular Que to Manly Beach and will travel form Bondi to Coogie Beach along the coastal walk. Before we leave Sydney we will watch a rugby match in the former Olympic stadium. From Sydney we will go to Gold Coast to play at Surfers’ Paradise. Australia Zoo, started by the Crocodile Hunter, is a trip up the coast. Finally, no trip to Australia would be complete without a snorkeling adventure along the Great Barrier Reef.

PRELIMINARY ITINERARY

Day 1 - Leave Portland for Melbourne

Day 2 - Melbourne
Melbourne Museum
Queen Victoria Market

Day 3 - Melbourne
St. Kilda Pier (Luna Park and Acland St.)

Day 4 - Melbourne
Tennis Australia
Australian Rules football match

Day 5 - Melbourne
National Gallery of Victoria
Australian Centre for Moving Images 

Day 6 - Philip Island

Day 7 - Travel Day

Day 8 - Sydney
Centre Tower/Sydney Harbor/Opera House/Royal Botanic Garden

Day 9 - Manly Beach 

Day 10 - Sydney
Hyde Park Barracks Museum
Australian National Maritime Museum

Day 11 - Bondi to Coogie Beach Coastal Walk

Day 12 - Sydney
Darling Harbor/Sydney Aquarium
Sydney Observatory

Day 13 - Sydney
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Rugby match  

Day 14 - Travel Day

Day 15 -  Gold Coast
Surfer’s Paradise

Day 16 -  Travel Day 

Day 17 - Brisbane
Australia Zoo

Day 18 - Travel Day

Day 19 - Cairn
Great Barrier Reef

Day 20 - Return to Portland