On a weekend of the school holidays 8 Afghan women and their very excited children loaded a bus with food and luggage and headed to Norval camp in Halls Gap.
The camp was part of a Leadership program the women have been participating in and it was a great opportunity to discover another part of Victoria and learn about the local Indigenous culture.
The enthusiastic group of 30 walked to the Brambuk cultural centre where they heard the Gariwerd (Grampian Mountains) creation story and practiced dot painting. Then it was off on a lovely walk to Venus Baths where shoes and socks came off and both mums and children were seen scaling the rock wall for photo opportunities.
After ice-creams and a play in the park the group wandered back to camp to cook a huge chicken curry and to light a camp fire ready for toasting marshmallows.
Sunday morning was a slower pace spent enjoying the kangaroos and birds around the camp, looking at local maps and planning the possibility of future trips, before heading back to Geelong to start the new school term with an adventure to share.