With so many breathtaking sights to discover and enjoy, Australia always has something to offer for every international student wishing to make the most of their learning experience in the land “down under”.
Keep in mind that the best learning often takes place outside the classroom. So whether you want to immerse yourself in the local scene, relax on the sandy shores, or explore the city’s nightlife, don’t overlook these top five Australian destinations.
Taking up most of the continent, the Australian Outback offers an unrivalled opportunity for nature-lovers to explore the great outdoors. While you may find most of the locals living on the coastline, the Outback only has 10% of the entire population, making it the perfect home to a wide variety of animal and plant species. So if you love the wildlife and the outdoors, the Australian Outback has you covered.
Great Barrier Reef
Away from the hot deserts of Australia, take a plunge into the cool waters of Queensland. If you get the chance, go snorkeling or scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. Considered as one of most precious treasures in Australia (and even the world), the Great Barrier Reef is filled with a wide variety of marine life, home to roughly 3000 reef structures and coral cays – making it the world’s largest coral reef system!
If you’re still up for more adventure, head to Fraser Island. This world-heritage wonder is located just off the coast between Bundaberg and Brisbane. With over 120 kilometers of crystal clear beaches, Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world. With its inland fresh water creeks and lakes and glorious rainforests filled with diverse kinds of animals and plants, it’s no surprise that the island is a must-visit for both international students and tourists alike.
Blue Mountains National Park
Located in New South Wales, the Blue Mountains National Park offers day trips popular with many international students. Famous for its Three Sisters, a rock formation that goes 900 meters above the Jamison Valley, this protected park has stunningly beautiful views that can take your breath away. If mountain climbing, trekking or hiking is something you enjoy, rest assured the National Park has some valleys, sandstone rock formations and even waterfalls you can explore.
Exploring nature may not be everyone’s cup of tea, so why not hop into Sydney’s social scene by exploring The Rocks. Close to the city centre and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks is known to have some of Australia’s oldest buildings. As you take a walk downtown, you can find centuries-old buildings and streets made of cobblestones as well as souvenir shops and themed pubs.
For things you need to consider before studying in Australia, speak to one of our student support services.