Fall 2017 Events for Far North Queensland

Amanda "Gizmo" Lanham Student Liason Officer

Date

June 6, 2017

Fall Events for Far North Queensland

We have some amazing co-curricular activities planned for the upcoming 2017 Fall semester! Take a look below to see just what is on offer in Far North Queensland this Fall.

Some informal catch ups can occur during semester so make sure you sign up to the Arcadia Australia North Queensland local facebook group for any extra events and updates.

Townsville GET PSYCHED TO BIKE! 

ACTIVE AUSTRALIA, LOCAL AUSTRALIA

Hire a bike and spend an afternoon getting to know your local area - the Ross River - by pedal power. A favourite area of the locals at sunset and the best way to work off that Tim Tam addiction! Gizmo will show you the best spots to hang out, feed turtles, play volleyball or chill by the pool. Not to be missed! This event is free if you have your own bike (I would recommend getting one for your semester in Townsville).

BREAKFAST EXTRAVAGANZA - TOWNSVILLE CITY

LOCAL AUSTRALIA, MULTI-CULTURAL AUSTRALIA, Australian Cuisine

FREE Welcome Breakfast at Odyssey – easily the best place to get breakie anywhere in Townsville with omelettes as big as your head and fluffy delicious pancakes which melt in your mouth – did I mention the fresh fruit smoothies too? Walking tour of the Strand and the local art gallery afterwards with your local guide, Gizmo, followed by a wander through the local Cotters Markets to find unique tropical fruits, stuffed cane toads, and crocodile belts.

Cairns welcome - CITY Cuisine

LOCAL AUSTRALIA, MULTI-CULTURAL AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN CUISINE

Free welcome dinner in Cairns city exploring the amazing esplanade and fantastic array of cultural foods to eat - we can even explore the night markets afterwards to see how many weird and wonderful things we can find.

Cairns wednesday Afternoon Go Sailing (Wags)

ACTIVE AUSTRALIA, LOCAL AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES

Come and learn to sail with a local crew and get to know some Cairns Aussies – this is run by Cairns Yacht club. We can’t 100% guarantee you’ll get on a boat but usually there is plenty of space. It’s truly a magical afternoon watching the amazing yachts sailing around the bay and learning how to navigate the waters of Cairns. 

BYRON BAY LEARN TO SURF WEEKEND

LOCAL AUSTRALIA/ ACTIVE AUSTRALIA / AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES

If you've always wanted to see the incredible Northern New South Wales coast and the Easternmost Point of Australia then a quick flight up to the Gold Coast is for you!

  • 2 x Transfers to and from the Gold Coast Airport
  • 2 nights accommodation at Byron Bay's premier surf hostel
  • All meals included.
  • 2 x Surf Sufaris (suitable for all abilities all equipment included)
  • Entry into the Semi Pro Cup (Fun surf contest: categories include most improved surfer, longest wave, surfer of the weekend, best wipeout and most improved surfer.
  • 1 x guided lighthouse tour
  • Free beach games to use
  • 15 % discount on all hire at our surf hire shop includes bikes, surfboards, snorkel gear
  • Opportunity to book additional activities such as Kayaking with Whales and Dolphins (extra costs incurred)
  • Free surf photos for each individual to take away and we also do a group video edit of the whole Weekend.

This is an amazing trip and well worth looking for a cheap flight up to the amazing Gold Coast - why not make it a long weekend and explore the beaches too!

Please note: you will need to purchase your own flight to the Gold Coast Airport at your own expense.

WULGURUKABA PLANT TRAIL, PICNIC AND WATERFALLS -  townsville

ACTIVE AUSTRALIA, SPIRITUAL AUSTRALIA, INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA, LOCAL AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES

Road trip to explore the northern beaches and learn about the native trees and plants used by the aboriginal people through the Wulgurukaba plant trail. Then we’ll head off to picnic at a crystal clear river with a beautiful waterfall and play on the rock slides.

Cairns WATERFALLS and Granite Gorge Nature Park

ACTIVE AUSTRALIA, SPIRITUAL AUSTRALIA, INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA, LOCAL AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES

Road trip to explore the area west of Cairns - there's massive termite mounds, Emerald Creek Ice Creamery and also a visit to Granite Gorge Nature park where we hand feed wallabies, look for turtles and experience the gorge walk just before sunset! 

Undara weekend Excursion - CAIRNs and townsville

ACTIVE AUSTRALIA, SPIRITUAL AUSTRALIA, INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA, LOCAL AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES

Road trip to explore the area west South West Cairns - there's impressive waterfalls, wide open spaces, huge volcanic lava tubes and heaps of Australian wildlife to meet. We stay overnight, glamping it up and enjoying smores by the campfire while listening to local guides tell us stories of the area. This excursion is open to Townsville students but they will need to make their own way to Cairns. 

KAYAK THE ROSS RIVER - townsville

ACTIVE AUSTRALIA, LOCAL AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES

Stunningly beautiful Ross River Kayak tour at sunset with a local guide with plenty of knowledge of the local flora and fauna. This one was a real highlight last semester and we floated happily among giant lotus fields which looked like a scene from Alice in Wonderland!

HIKE CASTLE HILL - townsville

ACTIVE AUSTRALIA, SPIRITUAL AUSTRALIA, LOCAL AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES

If you haven’t yet heard about it – every local in Townsville’s done the goat track or the Cudtheringa track up Castle Hill – it’s one not to be missed! It even got 3 Puff’s out of 5 on the puffometer (this is a real term according to “thegoTownsville”. Join Gizmo on an afternoon hike on one or two of the 15 different tracks up this iconic rock and visit the local watering hole afterwards for the best gelato in Townsville – Juliettes: it’s practically an institution!

SAILING ON THE BAY - Townsville

ACTIVE AUSTRALIA, LOCAL AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES

Come and learn to sail with a local crew and get to know some Townsville Aussies – this is run by Townsville Yacht club. Arcadia can’t guarantee you’ll get on a boat but usually there is plenty of space. It’s truly a magical evening watching the sunset from the boat and learning how to navigate the waters of Magnetic Island Bay. Bucket list TICK!

MISSION BEACH EXCURSION - Cairns and townsville

ACTIVE AUSTRALIA, SPIRITUAL AUSTRALIA, INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES

Road trip up to Mission Beach where the tropical rainforest meets the reef for a weekend of good food, great company, kayaking and picnics with billy tea and damper. We will be hiking in cassowary country, creating our own adventures and engaging in aboriginal cultural activities. There will be crystal clear waterholes to explore, spectacular lookouts and beach time to chill and we also visit Dunk Island. Did I mention it’s FREE?!

FINAL NIGHT DINNER - Townsville

LOCAL AUSTRALIA, Australian Cuisine

Celebrate with a FREE group dinner on Townsville’s “eat” street – Palmer’s Street. We’ll share stories from the semester, decide who ate the most Tim Tams and who spent the most time getting Juliettes and eating it in the group study rooms of the library.

FINAL NIGHT DINNER - Cairns

LOCAL AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN CUISINE

Celebrate with a FREE group dinner at Trinity Beach where we can sample amazing Italian cuisine by the seaside and share adventures and stories from your semester abroad.