Happy Campers

  • I would have to say that helping the community and the Aboriginal kids with their learning really put the cherry on the top of my amazing time here. I learned a lot about myself on this trip, about my limits. I l came into this camp saying no regrets, I took everything I could out of this trip and by doing this, I'm able to find out who I am and what I like. (Case, Wesley College 2014) 

  • I liked it when we slept outside in our swags and we looked at the sky and count the stars. (Bob, Wesley College 2014) 

  • The best part of this tour for me was the experience of sleeping outside. I enjoyed it because it was very different for me and out of my comfort zone.   (Gabrielle, Wesley College 2014.) 

  • I like being to see, do and learnig things that I wouldn't be able to as just a tourist or coming here for a holiday.I like how we got to go to school with kids (local) and doing some community time because it fel good we were giving something back. Coming to this camp has really made me think differently about the Aboriginals, because I have been able to learn abvout their culture and some of their sacred places, as well able to get to know some of them. (Emily, Wesley College 2014.)

  • During this trip we learned a lot of things like the history of this land, the sotries of Uluru, Kata Tjuta and the original language people use. I also learned some easy words in Aboriginal language. (Roena, Wesley College 2014) 

  • The activities I highly liked were experiencing and helping out in the local Lilla School with Christine (the teacher), the camel rides and sleeping outside, especially in swags. I also like learning some of the language. I've also learned how to do dot painting with meaning, not just dots everywhere like I thought! (Lucy, Wesley College 2014) 

  • Everything at Lilla was amazing, especially spending time with the kids from Lilla, because we got to learn about their different lifestyles. (Scarlett, Wesley College 2014)

  • I really like having the chance to help the Lilla community. I think that the volunteering what really fin and a really good way to get to know the community with you are staying with better. (Kate, Wesley College 2014) 

  • I learned a lot of things about Aboriginal culture during my trip to Central Aus. I learned about the language, what foods they ate, how they communicated through symbols, how they live their lifestyles and the differences and similarities between them and us.  I loved waking up surrounded by my new found friends in the swags. (AJ, Wesley College 2014) 

  • I really enjoyed sleeping outside, because I have never done it before and falling asleep looking at the stars was a great feeling. I was really excited and intrigued by the customs and culture of our Aboriginal brothers and sisters. The trip has been a life changing and memory making trip.  This trip has been a really good trip in terms of educational value. It has broadened my understanding and respect for our Aboriginal brothers and sisters. Thanks Reg and Nigel for a great trip. (Lachie, Wesley College 2014)

  • Uluru was very exciting going to a place that we have only hear or seen pictures about. Even just seeing the kids at Lilla was a fantastic experience for the whole group to see how they lived. I think that everyone would agree that is has been a trip of a lifetime. I found it interesting on how the rocks were formed all those hundreds of years ago. (Jack, Wesley College 2014)

  • I really enjoyed helping the (aboriginal) children with their reading and writing.  I learned so much on this trip from other languages, to indigenous stories, to what a camel eats. It was so different to go from Melbourne to Lilla in just a few days. It is something I will never forget.  (Maddy, Wesley College 2014)

  • Hi Reg - Thank you hugely for your positive influence of the young men and women of Geelong College, as you have read [from the thank you card] they have been transformed over the last 7 days. Hope to see you later in the year ! (Jane, Teacher, Geelong College 2014)

  • Cheers for everything you have done for us over the last couple of days Reginald. You are truly a top bloke and your cooking is undescribably awesome ! YUMMO mate ! (Grant, Geelong College 2014)

  • Dear Reg, I'd like to say a huge thank you for this amazing trip. It was a life changing experience for me, and one I'll never forget. Your cooking is so Yummo and my mother won't be able to live up to the expectation of this past week. 
    I look forward to see you and you're purple bus down in G-hole some time zoo. Thank you so much Reg, I'll be back. (Laura, Geelong College 2014)

  • Thanks for the amazing tours, it was an awesome experience. Your dinners were Yummo ! You're a great bloke and hope you're proud of what you have done for all of us. I had a Yummo time because of you. Thanks Reg ! (Morgan, Geelong College 2014)

  • Thank you solo much Reg. You are now classed as my brother from another mother. Keep it real! (Max, Geelong College 2014)

  • Thank you is not good enough for all that you've done! You're an amazing cook and have taught us some extraordinary things about the land and the culture among this country. Thanks for the memories ! (Molly, Geelong College 2014)

  • I have just experienced one of the best weeks of my life, surprisingly on camp! Our group saw Uluru and Kata Tjuta and explored around them learning about their cultural importance. We then moved on to Lilla remote aboriginal community. We as a group had the task of painting the unused school and clearing surrounding land in the hope that the school can be opened next year to educate both children and adults in the community. It was very rewarding doing something for people in need. We also visited Kings Canyon – an awesome part of Australia, which was physically challenging. Lastly we partook in cultural activities with the locals such as dot painting, searching for bush tucker etc. I wouldn’t change anything about the camp and I think it has changed my perspective on life. (Sophie)