Studying Abroad: 5 Things Australia Has To Offer

Why study abroad? The answer is not simple because the experience varies from person to person. I will guarantee though that each person who shares their study abroad experience with you will rave about how amazing their trip was.

A Study Abroad Program offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for high school and college students. These trips allow students to take classes in a foreign country, possibly live with a host family, and discover new cultures.

After a few days or weeks of being in this brand new environment, you will suddenly find yourself blending into this new culture as opposed to feeling like an outsider. That’s half the fun! Soon you’ll be able to embrace the beauty of this new country.

There are several places that you can travel to in order to study abroad, but if your chosen destination is Australia here’s a list of the top five things you should be sure to check out while you’re in the land down under:

1. Great Barrier Reef

If you’re going to Australia, you have to make a stop at the world’s largest coral reef system that stretches over 344,400 square kilometers, that’s right, the Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef is located off the Pacific coast of Queensland, Australia. On your trip, you can go scuba diving, tour by boat, and enjoy fresh, delicious seafood on the coast and nearby islands.

In addition to a day of exploring the reef and a delectable seafood dinner, the Cairns area (located on the northeast coast of Australia in Queensland) offers a great international club scene.

Clouds of reef fish and corals, French frigate shoals, NWHI

2. Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park

This wildlife park allows you to visit several species of Aussie animals; kangaroos, emus, wallabies, koalas, and many other animals that move freely through the park area.

This Walkabout Wildlife Park offers ancient Aboriginal sites and ranger-guided walkabout tours. Unlike a zoo, you never know what type of animals you’ll expect to see in the Australian bush.

Other activities to enjoy at the Walkabout Wildlife Park include tours through the Dingo and Wombat camps, talks from rangers on bush tucker and bush medicine, holding koalas, and learning how to throw a boomerang.

Australia Walkabout Park

3. Sydney Opera House

While you’re not soaking in the sun and enjoying the wildlife of Australia, make your way to the Sydney Opera House for a various array of spectacular performances. This venue offers events for Opera, Theater, Tours, Talks, Dance, and various musical performances. During your study abroad program, this attraction could prove for a very unique way to learn more about art and culture within Australia.

Enjoy a nice dinner before the show! There are several restaurants and bars nearby or you can choose to dine at the Sydney Opera House.

Sydney Opera House

4. The Blue Mountains

The stunning Blue Mountains offer a breathtaking view filled with towering rock formations, clear blue waterfalls, and diverse wildlife. The best way to explore this natural beauty is to take part in one of the professionally guided day tours: Activity Tours.

This tour will lead you on a guided walk in the Blue Mountains National Park, across the Nepean River, and closes with a river cruise from the Parramatta River under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and then back to the Circular Quay.

blue mountains

5. Australia’s Sporting Events

Australia is the host to endless amounts of sporting events but if you’re going to be a spectator at any event in Australia, a rugby game is a must. Rugby is one of the most popular sports in Australia. In seven Rugby World Cups, the Australian Wallabies have won the World Cup on two separate occasions.

The most ideal game to watch would be a rivalry game between the Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks. I assure you that this game will be the farthest thing from boring!

rugby

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Stephanie Vlk

Stephanie Vlk

Stephanie Vlk is a junior at the University of Dayton pursuing a degree in communication with a concentration in electronic media as well as a minor in English. While not in class, Stephanie is involved in a service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, and a honors professional fraternity, Phi Beta Chi. Outside of academic and community activities, she enjoys dancing hip hop, reading, spending time with friends, and doing yoga.