Where to study abroad is a decision that needs careful evaluation. Australia is a favourite among international students not only because of its top notch universities, but also the amazing experiences that make student life down under unforgettable! While there are countless attractions, the ultimate Australian ‘Uni’ experience is incomplete without checking these off your bucket list:
1.DRIVING THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD
Driving down this breezy, winding road with its breathtaking view is on top of the list for international students studying in Australia. And it is worth all the raving reviews. The road not only presents the most spectacular views, but is also a popular filming location. From the little town of Torquay to the awe-inspiring 12 Apostles, the drive is a beautiful journey to enjoy with your best buds.
2. PARTY FROM DUSK TO DAWN ON THE EAST COAST
The part of Australia which houses most international universities is not far from its exuberant east coast. Visit the marine goldmine of Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy the urban, glamorous Gold Coast. Walk along the picturesque Bondi beach in New South Wales – a trail that is the pedestrian equivalent of the Great Ocean Road drive!
3. SURF THE ROCK WAVE
Imagine seeing a life size painting of a 14-metre high wave just about to crash. That’s what the Rock Wave near Perth looks like! A must visit prehistoric rock formation in colours of ecru, mud and chocolate brown that give it a wave-like appearance, is unlike anything you have ever seen!
4. DIVE THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
Another one of those everyone-has-heard-of places that’s just too good to miss. With prehistoric creatures still swimming about, it is the only living structure on Earth that is visible from outer space! The world’s largest and most spectacular coral reef, pronounced a World Heritage Site and labelled one of the seven natural wonders of the world by CNN, has earned enough ranks for you to plan a trip today!
5. FLOAT ABOVE THE SKIES IN CANBERRA
The best way to really see the national capital is from a balloon! Go hot air ballooning above this enchanting city and float over the magical panorama of Canberra’s amazing scenery. For forty five minutes to an hour, you experience complete serenity which you finish off with a celebratory glass of champagne upon landing.
6. CLIMB THE SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE
This one is again a classic and the thing with classics is that each time you revisit them, they give you the same thrill. The ultimate vantage point to take in the beauty of Sydney, including that of the inescapably famous Sydney Opera House, is on this bridge. Choose from the lengths of time you want to walk and create your very own customized experience.
7. CATCH AN ULURU SUNSET
The majestic monolith stands inside the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. A favourite among visitors and a sacred place to the aboriginals, this sandstone marvel started surfacing almost 550 million years ago. The perfect setting for your next #vacay photo!
8. DANCE WITH THE AURORA LIGHTS
We have seen much obsession on Instagram over the Northern Lights. If you are studying in Australia, lucky for you, you can have the same experience on the delightful island of Tasmania! Behold the Aurora Australis. A green, glowing curtain of light scattered across the sky, it is easily the best thing to strike off your bucket list while in South Australia.
9. DUNE BASHING ON FRASER ISLAND
Riding sand waves or sandboarding on the majestic dunes of the world’s largest sand island is a thrill like no other. Whether you’re cruising in a 4X4 or on a board making your own little trails along the endless expanse, this is the adrenalin rush you just cannot miss!
10. TREAT YOURSELF AT THE PENINSULA HOT SPRINGS
Go on a retreat with your friends at the Peninsula Hot Springs. Just a little outside Melbourne, is this magical little oasis of hot springs and natural saunas. Stew around and rid yourselves of examination and assignment pressures. Oh and don’t forget to finish the trip with a gourmet food and wine evening.
Anupama Kumar is a content writer based in Bangalore, India. She writes blogs, stories, articles and social media content and has a passion for helping people and connecting with them through her writing. A professional writer by day and a creative one by night, her own stories, musings, quotes and poems inspired by her travels are also published on various platforms.
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