A group of teachers, students and parents from Paradise High School went to a trip to Australia from 21st September to 27th September. The trip covered three cities of Australia; Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.
We took off on 21st of September from Jackson International Airport, Port Moresby to Melbourne by transiting in Sydney. The first day in Melbourne, we took a tour to our sister school “Sirius College”. We walked around the school campus and saw various facilities being offered at school. It was great to meet an ex-PHS student there, Erobes Amaiu who is currently studying grade 12 in Sirius College. Then we had our breakfast with the Principal and some administrators of the school. Then we went for sight-seeing the city till night. We first went to the Melbourne Observation wheel to have an overlook of Melbourne City. We had fun in the Theme Park with enjoyable rides and that has become one of our most unforgettable experiences. Then, we went to the State Library, Botanic Garden and Eureka Skydeck 88 and walked around Melbourne central. And of course, shopping at Dockland Shopping Center was not missed out and most of us had our lunch in the shopping center. We visited one of the girls’ dormitories of Sirius College. We were hosted by a Turkish family for a delicious barbeque party for our dinner. We ended our day and went to the guest house where we stayed.
The next day started with a yumilicious breakfast in a Turkish family’s home. The 2nd day program was full with the educational stuff. We explored the Planetarium and Science Works. It was filled with interesting ideas and activities. Then we took off for Aquarium and observed the different sea animals. Watching penguins was the best part in the Aquarium. We had our lunch in a cafeteria. In the late afternoon, we went to the University of Melbourne. We were guided by a university student and he explained us about the education, facilities and study opportunities for foreign students in the university. After all these educational places, we went to watch a 3D movie in IMAX Theater. As shopping should not be missed out, we were taken to DFO outlet shopping center. Then in the breezy evening, we walked around Williamstown Coast.
The next day, we flew to Sydney and went to Opera House. We spent some time in Botanical gardens and afterwards, we took a ferryboat tour to Watson Bay and enjoyed the view of most symbolic place of Sydney, Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Then we had our lunch in the Westfield shopping center and enjoyed the view of Sydney from Sydney Tower. We also watched an exciting 4D show. Then we headed for shopping to Hay Market. We had our dinner in a restaurant and went to Big W to complete our final shopping.
The 2nd day in Sydney started with a tour to our sister school “Amity College” and had breakfast at school. Our program for the 2nd day was full of nature. We went to the Featherdale Wildlife Park. Our amazing experience to the wildlife park was added by the touch of Kangaroos and Koalas. We headed to another mesmerizing nature “Blue Mountain”.  We spent time there till evening visiting different paths and lookouts. The favorite part of Blue Mountain was the Scenic Railway we took which is the world steepest railway.  We were invited to have dinner by a Turkish family in their house. The host was the ophthalmologist who visited PNG three times for the community services (eye checkup) organized by PHS. We felt very warm to have dinner with a person who has been to PNG. And I believe it must be the same feeling for him.
We had our breakfast the next day and then the second last day of the trip was spent in Canberra. We went to the War Memorial, reflected our history. We then took off to Parliament House after having lunch in a restaurant. We enjoyed the view of Canberra City from the lookout. We drove back to Sydney and had our dinner with a Turkish Family in their home. We ended the night early for catching the flight next day back to Port Moresby.
The trip was full of fun and there were quiet a number of enjoyable moments.
Mrs. Shama CHAW (Accountant)