Location: Townsville

Still fresh and new on the Australian continent, today we got to witness biogeography first hand as we got familiar with the common Australian wildlife. We spent the morning at the Billabong Sanctuary, an area just south of Townsville where one can wander around and interact with native wildlife. We saw cassowaries, kangaroos, wallabies, and crocodiles, and after months of talking and dreaming about it, George finally got to hold a wombat and a koala. Back in Townsville in the afternoon, some went to the museum of northern Queensland while others checked out the town, hiked Castle hill, or came back to the boat for some studying. After dinner, we had a night out and enjoyed the Olympics on large screens.