Fall 2017 Events for the Gold Coast

Amanda "Gizmo" Lanham Student Liason Officer

Date

June 6, 2017

Fall Events for the Gold Coast

(Bond university students)

We have some excellent co-curricular activities planned for the Spring semester! Take a look at what's on offer within your program.

TIM TAM PICNIC BY THE LAKE

LOCAL AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN CUISINE

The best way to start your uni experience is with a picnic by the lake - meet Gizmo to start your semester with the best biccy's Australia can offer. Head to Robina by Bus to check out the shops and kit out your room for the semester. (Bring your GO card or buy your own bus ticket)

JELLERGAL WALKABOUT AND AUSSIE BBQ AT BURLEIGH HEADS

ACTIVE AUSTRALIA, SPIRITUAL AUSTRALIA, INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA, LOCAL AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES, MULTI-CULTURAL AUSTRALIA

 A traditional Aussie BBQ on the Burleigh foreshore is great way to end the day and a fantastic welcome to your new home.

Jellergal is the home to the traditional aboriginal owners of the land around Burleigh heads, this is an opportunity to learn about the Gold Coast and the land that was part of the traditional owners. We will hike through the small national park which is in the heart of the Gold Coast and contains a diverse range of habitats including rocky foreshores, eucalyptus forest, pandanus groves, tussock grasslands and mangroves. Traveling through the park via popular walking tracks, taking you towards the small summit and around the headland, you will have the chance to see whales migrating off the coast to warmer waters and the majestic sea eagles that patrol the water’s edge. The northern side of the park is home to one of Australia’s most famous surfing point breaks and watching the procession of wave riders is another favourite pass-time.

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.

MOUNT TAMBOURINE DAY TRIP

ACTIVE AUSTRALIA / AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES

Join in on a fun-filled day adventure road trip to Mount Tamborine, a hidden gem snookered in the Gold Coast hinterland. Think rain forest hikes, beautiful waterfalls, swimming in freshwater pools, beer tasting and gourmet cheeses, AND you get to see glow worms....

It really is a fabulous day out! Cost includes food, transport and all activities. Places are limited so get in quick! Some students from last year rated this as their favourite excursion while here in Oz so DON'T MISS OUT!!

STRADBROKE ISLAND WEEKEND EXCURSION

ACTIVE AUSTRALIA, SPIRITUAL AUSTRALIA, INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES

North Stradbroke Island, colloquially Straddie, is an island that lies within Moreton Bay, 30 kilometres (19 miles) southeast of Brisbane. Straddie is the second largest sand island in the world and gives many opportunities for recreation along its coast line and on its lakes. On this excursion you will have the opportunity to learn from the Quandamooka people, the traditional owners of the land. You will learn about “bush tucker”, the food which the Quandamooka are able to gather from the country. You will learn a traditional dance, how to throw a boomerang, and something of the culture of the Aboriginal people in this part of Australia. You will spend some time in a kayak exploring the coast and keeping an eye out for stingrays, turtles and fish which are abundant here. We’ll have some fun sand-boarding and surfing as well as going to some scenic spots.

MIAMI MARKETTA MIDWEEK FEAST

AUSTRALIAN CUISINE, LOCAL AUSTRALIA, MULTI-CULTURAL AUSTRALIA

Miami Marketta is an amazing food festival every weekend but they run a special mid week feast on a Wednesday! Grab a group of mates and head on down to try the delicious food from around the world.

BURLEIGH HEADS HIKE

ACTIVE AUSTRALIA

This small national park in the heart of the Gold Coast contains a diverse range of habitats including rocky foreshores, eucalyptus forest, pandanus groves, tussock grasslands and mangroves. You will explore the park via popular walking tracks, which take you towards the small summit and around the headland. You will have the chance to see Australian flora and fauna including the majestic sea eagles that patrol the water’s edge. The northern side of the park is home to one of Australia’s most famous surfing point breaks and watching the procession of wave riders is an excellent way to end the day.

SNORKEL COOK ISLAND

ACTIVE AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES

Always wanted to see what lies beneath? Here's your opportunity to see the underwater life with a snorkel trip to Cook Island on the Southern end of the Gold Coast. Cook Island is home to so many different fish, corals and a huge population of turtles so take the opportunity to get to know your underwater neighbours.

Hiking Lamington Nation Park

ACTIVE AUSTRALIA

It’s one of the Gold Coast best places to exlore rainforests, waterfalls and lookouts – there isn’t public transport out here so jump on board this amazing day trip and we can checkout all the best places to get back to nature and experience the wonders of the tree tops and walkways of the wilderness.

WHAT’S SUP AT CURRUMBIN

ACTIVE AUSTRALIA

Try your hand at stand up paddle boarding in Currumbin Creek, not only can you see if you can keep your balance, you can also see a huge array of sea life including stingrays, water birds and hopefully not too many wet and bedraggled classmates.

HORSE RIDING IN THE GOLD COAST HINTERLAND

ACTIVE AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES

Join Gizmo on a trip out to the hinterland to learn about bush tucker, try some billy tea and damper, experience the country through the ears of a horse and listening to the bird life on the bush walking trails and even have a swim in the local waterholes. Limited numbers so get in quick! Minimum of 4 students

FINAL NIGHT FAREWELL DINNER

LoCAL AUSTRALIA

Celebrate with a FREE group dinner. We’ll share stories from the semester, decide who ate the most Tim Tams and who spent the most time at the beach and who had the best travel stories.

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