When my fellow classmates and I arrived at Lamington National Park we had no idea what was in store for us. We stepped off the bus and realized that we were no longer in the comforts of the city. The singing of birds and the dense forest looked promising for an adventure and an experience that would last a life time. Within the first 20 minutes, we spotted brush turkeys, skinks, and a carpet python. We were all excited to begin filming and start snapping pictures. A couple of groups hiked different trails hoping to catch amazing footage of Australia’s wildlife. We found beautiful waterfalls, pools of blue crayfish, creepy crawling funnel web spiders and more. Park rangers were very helpful in directing us towards monitor lizards and bower birds. As the sun set over the mountains, pademelons and possums roamed the grassy hills while koala bears slept high in the canopy.
We worked endless hours, and slowly but surely our documentaries began to come alive. The week is coming to an end and it’s almost time to say goodbye to Lamington. The experiences we gained living with the wildlife are definitely going to be remembered and shared. We, College of Idaho students, are treasuring our last moments in the rainforest as we look towards another adventure on Fraser Island.
Senior Biology Major