Melbourne Spring '17 Events

Amanda "Gizmo" Lanham Student Liason Officer

Date

November 16, 2016

Spring Events for Melbourne Students

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

WELCOME DINNER AT DONNINI’S

LOCAL AUSTRALIA, MULTI-CULTURAL AUSTRALIA

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.

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 Safaris (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!

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

GRAMPIANS EXCURSION

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

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.

HORSE RIDING THROUGH THE OUTBACK

Active Australia / Australian Landscapes

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.

MOONLIGHT KAYAKING

ACTIVE AUSTRALIA, LOCAL AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES

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

LOCAL AUSTRALIA

Celebrate with a FREE group dinner at The Banff.  We’ll share stories from the semester, decide who ate the most Tim Tams and who spent the most time trying to learn the “Aussie” accent.