It has been a massive year for the Sero Institute team. Just a few months ago, we opened our brand-new Bayswater campus. Students at the campus are studying courses like the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support and the AE381-Hospitality Service Skillset.
We worked with Built Ink to turn a simple showroom into a state-of-art campus full of colour, light, and the latest equipment. You can see reflections of the building’s history in subtle features like its unique arched windows.
Another feature of the Bayswater campus is its classroom names. Instead of Room A, Room B, and Room C, the classrooms are named Karijini, Pemberton, and Rottnest.
What do these names mean? Today, we will explore the stories behind each of these classroom names.
The Karijini classroom and its rich, warm oranges is a reference to the Karijini National Park.
The park is Western Australia’s second-largest national park and will ‘take you on a journey through two billion years of the Earth’s natural history’.1 You can find the park in the Pilbara region of Western Australia on the Great Northern Highway, Karijini, Western Australia, 6751. It is about a two-hour drive from Newman.1
The park features cavernous gorges, cascading waterfalls, crystal-clear waterways, and ancient tunnels of marbled rock.1 There are plenty of great activities, including four-wheel driving, camping, canoeing/kayaking, rock climbing, swimming, walks, and hiking. 2
Here are a few highlights from Australia.com.
Swim in the freshwater pools
In the Dales Gorge on the eastern side of the park, you can find a beautiful spring-fed waterfall, Fortescue Falls. You can also swim at the nearby Fern Pool or take a two-hour hike to the Circular pool on the other end of the gorge.1
Stay at an Eco Retreat
A quick walk away from the Joffre Gorge is the Karijini Eco Retreat, owned by the local Gumala Aboriginal Corporation.1 It boasts a range of accommodation options, including camping sites and deluxe tents with full facilities. There is also an on-site open-air restaurant with a classic outback style.4
Visit Oxer Lookout
Oxer Lookout sits over the junction of four gorges: ‘Weano, Red, Hancock and Joffre. Many consider the view from Oxer Lookout to be one of the most spectacular sights in Western Australia; the vantage point offers a unique perspective of the area’s enormity and grandeur.’1,5
Karijini National Park is a beautiful place, and we are proud to name a classroom after it.
This room refers to the town of Pemberton, which is near the southern coast of Western Australia. The town features ‘towering Karri forests, rich agricultural lands and stunning Southern Ocean providing rich experiences and adventure options for every visitor. This Spring expect to see the forests veiled in a cascade of purple, white and yellow wildflowers.
The region features the famous Gloucester, Bicentennial and Diamond fire lookout trees, stunning waterfalls and diverse National Parks.’6
There’s plenty to do in Pemberton, such as mountain biking, fishing, canoeing, swimming, and taking a tour across the art galleries or wine region.
Pemberton is considered ‘without a doubt, (one of) the green jewels in Australia’s South West’6 and a fantastic choice for a Sero classroom name.
If you have been in Perth for longer than 3 days, you have probably heard of Rottnest Island (or Rotto, as it is also known). Just 19 kilometres from Perth, it was a clear choice for a classroom name.
The island is car-free, so you may want to hire a bicycle when you arrive.
Rotto boasts 63 beaches and 20 bays. The clear blue waters are perfect for diving, snorkelling, swimming, surfing, and relaxing.8
Other attractions include skydiving, whale watching, glass-bottom kayaking, tours by the local Noongar people, Segway tours, and private yacht cruises.
But one of the most iconic features of Rottnest island is its adorable quokkas. ‘The quokka is as curious and friendly as it is cute, so it’s very likely they’ll come up to you! Have your camera ready but be respectful and keep a safe distance so they feel comfortable enough to let you capture this special encounter.’8
Rottnest is full of beautiful nature and adorable animals, so it was a fantastic choice for a classroom name.
We have explored a quokka-filled island, an iconic town, and a natural wonder over two billion years in the making. Our team is proud to have such fantastic locations in Western Australia and decided to bring these places into the design of our new campus. The next time you are at the Bayswater campus and see these names written across the wall, you will know the stories behind the classrooms.