I spent the first part of 2008 studying abroad in Wollongong, Australia. Before I made Wollongong my home, however, I spent some time exploring Cairns, Australia. While SCUBA diving and snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef was the highlight of the trip, I also loved visiting RainForeStation.
RainForeStation – Cairns, Australia
There are a ton of great activities at RainForeStation. We started our tour with a 45 minute ride through the rainforest in army ducks.
Our driver pointed out different types of birds, animals, and plants native to the forests in that area.
Finally, we ended with a Pamagirri Aboriginal “experience”. The experience included lessons on boomerang throwing, didgeridoo playing, dancing, and spear throwing. I failed at all of the above.
“Experiences” like this always make me feel a bit awkward. While I love the opportunity to learn about new cultures, the performance aspect of the experience left me with only a superficial understanding of the Pamagirri culture. That being said, it was very interesting to learn more about one of the oldest Aboriginal cultures from individuals belonging to that culture.