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Today group 2A and 2B (core 2) drove to Buchan to go caving. Our trip was an hour and a half from the campus. We had some morning tea and afterwards group 2A went to the Royal cave and 2B ventured to Wilsons cave. After 2B had gone we journeyed to the Royal cave and stepped into a wonderland. The Royal cave looked beautiful with its crystallised stalagmites and stalactites. We saw evidence of the river that had over millions of years eroded the cave to what it is today. We learnt how the water had seeped through extracting minerals as it went eventually dripping into the cave crystallising over years. I thought the Royal cave was an amazing experience and I would recommend it for everybody!

Next we had lunch with 2B and swapped caves. We drove 20 minutes to meet Dave a local Parks ranger who would guide us. We put on our caving gear and followed Dave into the entrance of the cave. Some areas were hard to squeeze through while others were a breathtaking chamber. I personally found it a physical challenge squeezing and manoeuver through the tight spaces which gave me all the more satisfaction. We faced tight squeezes such as the letterbox because you had to slide down belly first through a 35cm gap. Some of the students entered that cave with a fear of claustrophobia when they exited it was gone. It was inspiring to face your fears and have confidence within yourself. When our group got out of the cave we all had a good sense of achievement and satisfaction. I loved every second of that cave and I would go back again if I could.

Thomas - Mallacoota P-12


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