Illalong News

  • 17th July, 2017

Days 3 and 4 of Winton Camp

Day 3 Winton Blog

Students were up early this morning, in preparation for the journey to Longreach. After breakfast and packing their bags and stretchers onto the buses, the Year 6 cohort headed for Barcaldine to eat lunch and to visit the Tree of Knowledge. After spending time at the imposing ghost gum in the town's main street, the group headed to the Australian Workers Heritage Centre. Here the students shared the stories of the railway workers and blacksmiths, the farmers, nurses and teachers who shaped the nation.

In the afternoon, students continued their journey to Longreach. On arrival at the Longreach Tourist Caravan Park, tents were quickly assembled in preparation for a two-night stay. After showers, students once more boarded the buses to go to the Outback Stockman's Show and an evening meal. They thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment performance - using live animals, music and audience participation - to tell the story of real life stockmen and women.

Watch this video of students singing Click Go the Shears https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-r4DJO9F_3E.

Day 4 Winton Blog

It was a beautiful start to the day here at Longreach Tourist Caravan Park. As soon as students were up and had their breakfast, they headed out to the Longreach School of Distance Education (LSODE). The LSODE caters for the education of isolated students in an area about twice the size of Victoria. The Year 6 cohort was given a guided tour of the school, led by the Principal, Des Deighton.

After morning tea on the grounds within the school, everyone headed to the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame. After watching a film about the 'Stockman of Australia', students explored the Centre's five themed galleries displaying the history behind some of Australia's greatest and bravest explorers, stock workers, pastoralists and Aborigines. After returning to the campsite for lunch, students spent the afternoon at the Qantas Founders' Museum and Boeing 747. The Qantas Founders' Museum is the only place in the world where you can tour two fully equipped passenger jet aircraft. The ex-Qantas 747-200 VH-EBQ is permanently located at the Museum and is open for guided tours which all students thoroughly enjoyed.

In the evening students gave their first concert of the Winton Camp to the residents and guests of the Longreach Tourist Caravan Park. After each performance inside the Woolshed, the large audience gave the students a rapturous applause. The concert was a great success and everyone returned to the camp extremely happy and excited. After supper, everyone went to bed for a well-deserved rest.


Andrew Sole - Head of Outdoor Education


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