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Essentials: 5 Places you must visit in Australia

Learn where you MUST visit in Australia while studying there, including the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands...


With bustling cities and quiet towns, to unbelievable rainforests and huge deserts, Australia has some incredible places for you to visit. It can be very hard choosing where to go, but if you have chance to do some travelling as an international student, there are some places not to be missed.


The Great Barrier Reef

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site and visible from space, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s biggest single structure made by living things. Located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, the reef is one of the world’s most popular attractions. Home to some incredible sea life, this is an absolute must-do activity when in Australia. Whether you want to snorkel, try your hand at diving or simply sit on a boat and take in the amazing view, you’ll quickly see why the Great Barrier Reef is one of the most incredible natural spots in the world.


The Whitsunday Islands

The Whitsunday Islands off the central coast of Queensland are some of the most beautiful and picturesque islands in the world. The amazing Whitehaven Beach boasts the whitest sands and clearest waters, which you won't want to leave. You can visit the islands on a day trip, or if you’d prefer, you can stay on a boat for a couple of days and explore the beautiful areas around the islands. Make sure you enjoy some of the great seafood too!


Fraser Island

If you are looking for a little adventure, Fraser Island is a great spot. Accessible only by boat, Fraser Island is located along the southern coast of Queensland. This World Heritage Site is home to the beautiful Lake McKenzie. Go to Indian Head if you want a great spot for whale watching. Because it's all preserved, you can't actually walk on the island (only on the beach and designated camping spots due to the wild dingoes roaming around). However you can take a 4x4 tour of the island though, though it's a bit of a bumpy ride!


Bondi Beach

You might have heard of Bondi Beach in Sydney, but did you know that this is actually IN the city? It’s located alongside Sydney’s famous coastal walk, with a huge bay; you can sit at the top of the grassy hill or move further down onto the sand if you’ve remembered your sandals and beachwear on the day. Bondi Beach became an Australian Natural Heritage site in 2008 (and we’re not surprised). With gentler currents for swimming and surfing, this beautiful beach is also great for sunbathing and just relaxing with friends.


Uluru a.k.a Ayers Rock

Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is an incredible sandstone rock formation (and yes, another listed World Heritage Site). Visitors to the region camp out in the outback for a awe-inspiring night above the stars (which shine clearly and unobstructed in the sky here) and even motorbike through the region – it’s quite the ride! You should know that certain areas of the rock are not allowed to be photographed due to traditional beliefs of the Anangu, the Aboriginal people of the area and you can’t attempt to climb it anymore. The area around the rock formation is home to ancient paintings, waterholes and rock caves. If you’re planning to make a journey out to Uluru, make sure you’re with a guide and that you’ve packed all the supplies you’re going to need, including water, matches, first aid kit etc.


There is so much to see and do in Australia that it is difficult to decide where to go first; but as an international student you will find you have plenty of fantastic opportunities to go and explore as much of the country as you can.


Now that you’re inspired to head down under, begin your journey to studying in Australia.


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Paul Ellett is the editor for Hotcourses Abroad. His role is to plan, produce and share editorial, videos, infographics, eBooks and any other content to inform prospective and current international students about their study abroad experience. When he's not thinking about student visas in Sweden and application deadlines, Paul is an avid fan of comedy podcasts and Nicolas Cage films.


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