Nannup Valley Resort was our third accommodation throughout our travels. While in the area we went four-wheeling. On the way to our next location we stopped at Wave Rock and Kojonup.

Nannup Valley Resort

We stayed at Nannup Valley Resort for two nights. This is a small resort with four cabins similar to the one above that housed eight people. There were also three small chalets where the teachers stayed. While in Nannup Valley we went four-wheeling on the sand dunes with our magnificent guides, Terry and Ant Old. Below are some of our pictures.

 

Out here, there is a beach for everyone, if there is merely one other car in sight, the beach is to crowded and you keep on driving.

It is hard to tell in this picture, but this is us going down a steep hill in the four-wheeler.

Group One. There were only two trucks, so we had to split into two groups, this is the first group that went. Poor Pete, he was the only boy in this group.

The men. Joey and Joe were the only other two boys on the trip along with our bus driver Dave and Ant, one of the four-wheeling drivers.

And here are the rest of the girls that went in the second group.

Not only were the cliffs fun to drive off of, they were also really fun to jump off of!

These sand dunes stretched for miles. At one point in time, they were underwater and served as the coast line of Australia. Now, they are several miles away from the ocean.

Survivor: Australia style. While some lay out on the dirt road, others played Survivor to see who could stand on the log the longest. This was definitely a challenge, because the flies were HORRIBLE!

Ever lie out on a dirt road in the middle of Australia?

Since there were only two cars, and 32 of us, we had to wait our turn.

Wave Rock

Wave rock was formed under the earth's surface from molten lava, and eventually hardened to be a large granite rock formation shaped like a wave. Slowly, as the earth's surface began to erode, the wave appeared. For a long period of time the wave was a natural waterfall when it rained. Since it was a natural waterhole, it was used as a meeting place for the Aboriginal people. The wave became a very important and sacred location for the Aboriginal people. The history of the Aboriginal people in this area stops in the early 1800's because this is when they fled and a curse was placed upon the entire area.

The wave is 15 meters high and 110 meters long.
This is the view from the top of the wave out into the vast open lands of Australia.

This is Hippos Yawn. This was a women's spot for the Aboriginal people.

This is one of the carved out rocks that lie around Wave Rock. Inside are red hand prints that indicated boundaries for various Aboriginal tribes.

Some of the girls in front of the wave.

Our wonderful professors.

 

*Click on our class picture for a bigger view

The Kodja Place
Kojonup

This museum was the winner of the Western Australia Museum of the Year in 2003. The building is architecturally designed to look like an axe and inform people of all races about the historical importance of Noongar and Wadjela cultures and the town. Here, you learn of the hardships of the Aboriginal people and their struggle through the reconciliation process.

Nearby to the museum is the meeting place for several Aboriginal tribes. It is said that the settlers massacred the Aboriginal people who were here having a meeting one night. The building of the museum and the accepting of the Aboriginal culture has helped some Aboriginal decedents to accept the reconciliation process taking place but it does not rid them of the pain their ancestors endured.

 

 

 

 

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