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)
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.
If you've always wanted to see the incredible Northern New South Wales coast and the Easternmost Point of Australia then don't miss your FREE excursion weekend! We will head down on a Friday afternoon to spend 2 nights in Byron Bay's premier surf hostel! All meals are included, we have 2 surf safari's planned and you even score entry into the semi pro cup a surf contents with categories for most improved surfer, longest wave, surfer of the weekend, best wipeout and most improved surfer. We will head out for a night time animal safari up the coastline to the famous lighthouse, there are free beach games to use and you can choose to add on (addition costs) a kayaking trip to see dolphins. Bond University free excursion weekend.
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!!
The Big One.... Make the most of your Study Break and join Arcadia staff on an epic adventure to parts of Queensland that bypass most study abroad students' radar. This is an epic road trip over ten days..... We will take you to the Outback, where you can see 4,000 year old Aboriginal rock art and hike in ancient canyons and learn about Indigenous culture. Then we will head to the Central Queensland coast to stay on an island of the Great Barrier Reef, where we can snorkel, sea kayak, hike the island trails, learn about turtles or laze about on one of the glorious tropical island beaches.
There is also opportunity for a surf lesson and stand up paddle-boarding. All transport, accommodation and most meals and activities included. There are limited places on this trip so get in quick!
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. Last time we saw heaps of sea turtles and one group even saw whales!
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.
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
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.