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Monday 18 April 2016 - Brisbane

Tour itinerary

2016 Premier's Anzac Prize group departing Brisbane Airport

Today the eight Premier's Anzac Prize winners from 2016 and two chaperones departed Brisbane for their historic journey to Gallipoli and the Western Front.

They will travel via Singapore to Istanbul, Turkey.

The group gathered yesterday for a farewell event at Treasury Hotel in Brisbane, where they met with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Education Minister Kate Jones and dignitaries. The Premier also took this opportunity to announce that applications for the 2017 Premier's Anzac Prize are now open.

The 2016 Anzac Prize students departed on their pilgrimage to Gallipoli and the Western Front.

While excited to be boarding the plane, they were even more excited to meet young superstar model Madeline Stuart at the airport, who was travelling on the same flight as the students.

Brisbane model Madeline has gained international fame recently for her efforts in changing the way people with disabilities are viewed. She recently walked the catwalk for New York Fashion Week.

Photos

Photos have been added to the gallery. They include photos of the students with the Premier and the Education Minister at Treasury Hotel, in Brisbane.

Student views

Anticipation of the journey

Written By Sophie Austin and Denya Hopkins

17 April 2016

Well... what an exciting first day we've had! After a few treacherous days, trying to fit our whole wardrobe into one suitcase - some succeeding more than others - the day had finally arrived. After arriving and checking in at the Rendezvous Hotel, we all made our way over to the Treasury Hotel for our pre-tour function. To our surprise, we were met with a very special guest: Premier Palaszczuk. We also got our 15 minutes of fame when the news crews filed in after her - with us all making an appearance on Channel 9 news. We faced even more cameras as we were all presented with our commemorative badges and certificates.

As the function progressed, many of us spoke with the other special guests who were in attendance. We also spent some valuable time talking to students from last year's tour - giving us lots of advice for our adventures to come. As Premier Palaszczuk and Minister Jones bid us farewell and wishing us all the best for our tour, some of us also had to sadly say goodbye to our parents for the last time for two and a half weeks.

After what felt like a long day, we were all keen to get settled into our rooms and get ready for dinner. By 6.30pm we were all well and truly ready for dinner. After dining at Nando's, we made a quick stop at the highly anticipated 'Mr Fitz' for dessert, only to face an extraordinary long line of equally eager 'Mr Fitz' customers. As we all sat down to eat our ice-cream, with Jonathan looking on with expressions of disgust, we were all aiming to get our money's worth by finishing the whole thing!

Tia came out as victor, being the only one to finish her ice-cream sandwich. The night ended with a bang as we were surprised with a fabulous display of fireworks as we crossed the Victoria Bridge on the way back to our hotel. After a long and tiresome day we were all keen for the comfort of our beds and fell asleep with eager anticipation about the journey we were about to embark on.

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