Melbourne Fall '16 Events

Amanda "Gizmo" Lanham Student Liason Officer

Date

July 31, 2016

Fall Events for Melbourne Students

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

Welcome Dinner at Donnini’s

Melbourne being a multicultural city has cuisines from around the world to offer you. Join
us for a meal on Lygon Street, known as Melbourne's’ Little Italy. Lygon Street is where Melbourne's famous cafe culture was born and is filled with cafes and restaurants waiting to be explored.

Ghost Tour

Ghost Tour in the Old Melbourne Gaol. With its dark history and stories of unexplainable presence from staff and visitors, this tour is compelling. The Old Melbourne Gaol is located in Melbourne city and operated between 1842 - 1929. The gaol was used to house petty thieves, the mentally ill and some of the colony’s most notorious criminals, such as Ned Kelly, who was famously executed there. Parts of the Gaol have been incorporated into RMIT University, while the rest is a museum where you can step back in time to see what life was like those who were confined to those walls. This Ghost Tour will be a fun introduction to this modern city and its history.

Horse Riding through the Outback

Ride a horse through the Australian outback to witness Australian wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies, wombats and echidnas in their natural habitat. This three-hour ride requires no experience and will take you from open plains through to the State Forest of Mt. Disappointment. Despite the name of this mountain, this horseback tour will not disappoint and is a fun and unique way to see parts of the countryside you would not normally be exposed to.

Grampians Excursion

The Grampians National Park is a mountainous reserve rising out of flat agricultural land located in the west of Victoria. The Grampians are difficult to access unless you have your own transportation. This is an opportunity to experience something of the Australian “wilderness”. We will stay in Halls Gap, a small town on the edge of the mountains, famous for its almost tame kangaroos.

We will start this weekend at the Brambuk Centre where you will learn about the culture of the traditional owners of the land, the Gariwerd, the Djab Wurrung and the Jardwidjarli. You will learn how to throw a boomerang, learn about aboriginal art and paint your own boomerang. This form of exposure to indigenous culture is not available in Melbourne, and learning something about the ancient culture of this land is something all students enjoy.

We will follow this by spending the rest of the afternoon exploring the Grampians, travelling to Mackenzie Falls, a spectacular waterfall. This is a very popular spot and the walk to the falls is not difficult.

The following morning we will go rock climbing and abseiling on Hollow Mountain, were a team of experienced guides will show you all the ropes! The difficulty of the climb varies, with something for everyone to try. We will follow this by going on a hike on Hollow Mountain to get a panoramic view of the Grampians: a perfect profile picture opportunity before we make our way back to the bus and head to Melbourne.

Yarra Valley - Wine Tasting

The Yarra Valley is the name given to the region surrounding the Yarra River that originates 90kms east of Melbourne’s Central Business District area. It’s famous for its scenic wineries, set against a backdrop of mountains. Spending the day in this beautiful wine region is a great way to explore the countryside and learn about the importance of wine making in Australia. We will visit two wineries where there is an opportunity to taste Australian wine, cheese and chocolate.

Moonlight Kayaking

Kayaking on the Yarra River is a spectacular way to experience the lights of Melbourne from a unique water level perspective. Melbourne’s Yarra River is an excellent location for new paddlers to experience kayaking for the first time, or for experienced kayakers to enjoy a stunning paddle through Melbourne’s scenic waterways. You will use a fleet of fibreglass Sea Bear sea kayaks, which are extremely stable and easy to operate. No kayaking experience is needed to enjoy the tour and you will be accompanied by experienced tour guides.

Farewell Dinner

Venue to be advised


Australia Wide Excursions

Byron Bay Learn to Surf Weekend

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

Included:

  • 2 x Transfers to and from Campus or the Airport (Gold Coast/Brisbane)
  • 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 medals and trophies for the winning teams and individual prizes for most improved surfer, longest wave, surfer of the weekend, best Wipeout and most improved surfer.
  • Semi Pro Cup awards ceremony
  • 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!