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Two FSN staff led a group of 42 students on a 5-day discovery trip to Perth WA. Visits to the gelato, chocolate, nougat and nuts factories, winery, honey farm and bakery gave them deeper insights into food processing as well as the QA and QC aspects of the local food industry.
From Sweets at a nougat factory
To Not-so-sweet at a bread factory
Chill out at a gelato factory
Students get real close with kangaroos at Caversham Wildlife Park
They were warmly received by the staff and students from the Food Science and Nutrition/ Dietetics programmes at Curtin University and given a campus tour. The faculty gave interesting talks on the nutritional challenges faced by Australians and the innovative food products they are trying to develop.
Students listen attentively to professors giving a talk about the health problems in Australia at Curtin
A student taking a short nap inside the sleeping pod in the library at Curtin
For many students, the 2-night stay at Orchard Glory Farm was the most memorable part of the trip. Immersing into the authentic Aussie country farm lifestyle and culture was really eye-opening and life-changing. Where else could they have, stunning views of the country side, feeding of sheep, horses and cows, hands-on wine bottling, fruit picking, nightly star-gazing and watching breath-taking sunrise in the southern atmosphere sky?
“This trip was truly magical and epic!” said Marzi.
Carianne, Wei Ting and Edna all appreciated the great bonding experience with course mates and new friendships forged.
“Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. I would definitely want to go back again and I hope future cohorts will continue to have this trip organised for them,” enthused Yun Ru.
A happy group photo of Marzi, Yun Ru, Edna, Wei Ting & Carrianne (from left to right), together with a scientist from Gravity Discovery Center, at the top of the Leaning Tower, 13-storey high above the ground