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Essentials: Top 5 things to do in Australia

What do you HAVE to do in Australia while studying there? Read our guide to the 5 things that should be on your To Do list...

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Australia is known as being the ultimate destination for travellers looking for an extraordinary adventure. Exotic climate, enthralling wildlife, chilled lifestyle... Australia has everything! So what should be on your To Do list when you arrive for your studies? Here are 5 suggestions...


Hold something you’re scared of

Even if you consider yourself brave, Australia will have something which you’ve never encountered before. The country has some breathtaking (and skin-crawling) wildlife including species which you’ve only seen in nature shows and pictures on the internet (and those which you couldn’t even imagine exist). Whether snakes, spiders, crocodiles or even something fluffier like a koala bear.... Australia is home to a lot of different species! Think you can handle the heat of studying in Australia? Check out these exciting courses on offer. There are several zoos, tours and walkabouts if you want to get close to something different. You’ll definitely grab a good profile photo! If your interest in animals goes beyond selfies, you might be interested to know that The University of Queensland is one of the best institutions in the country for Zoology. Check out their courses now!


Learn to surf

While you don’t have to be a pro, you should try it at least once. Australia is considered one of the ultimate global destinations for surfers, with gorgeous beaches and clear seas. Some of the most popular include Crescent Head, New South Wales and Snapper Rocks, Queensland. And don’t worry too much about shark attacks which you might have read about; just take care and read any warnings or rules that are erected. Hopefully you’ll be stood up on the board after just a few attempts! One of the most famous surf beaches in Australia is Bondi Beach. It’s located in Sydney, which is also home to some world class universities. Check out the University of Sydney and Western Sydney University.

Visit a local brewery

You might think that Australians only drink Fosters beer because of all the very stereotypical TV ads which depict them enjoying it, but you’d be wrong. Fosters isn’t actually that popular in Australia itself – it’s just one of those brands which has become popular abroad and has become synonymous with the typical Australian. Instead go to a brewery to really unearth the best home-grown ales which Australia has to offer; try the Little Creatures Brewery in Perth for a tour and tasting sessions. Meanwhile Adelaide is known as the wine capital of Australia. You might also be surprised to find that cafe culture is big in cities like Melbourne. The University of Melbourne has one of the most culturally diverse campuses in the country. Find out more about the university here.


See the Penguin Parade

Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. How cute, right? See these tiny penguins arrive on the beach at sunset each day as they head to their burrows. The “Parade” takes place on Summerland Beach at the Nature Park on Phillip Island (just 90 mins away from Melbourne, which might surprise some who wouldn’t expect to see penguins in Australia of all places). Just remember to wear something warm as it can get chilly. If, like the penguins, you prefer the colder weather, you might want to consider studying in Tasmania. The University of Tasmania has a lot of quality courses on offer. Check them out here!



Learn to love the outdoors

If you’re someone who prefers to stay indoors at home, watching movies and playing video games, then learn to change! Australia has too much to offer to ignore it all! Daintree Rainforest, the Kimberley coast in the north, the various national parks and beaches....the list goes on. If you want to get in shape or improve your fitness & health, Australia is the perfect place to kick-start a new chapter of your life. You can start taking long walks or cycling to get around (the weather is ideal for it); take up new sports and activities like cricket, Australian Rules Football or surfing (above); and incorporate more seafood into your diet, freshly caught from the ocean.


Now that you’re inspired to head down under, begin your journey to studying in Australia and check out all the courses on offer here. 


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