Fall 2017 Events for Melbourne

Amanda "Gizmo" Lanham Student Liason Officer


June 6, 2017

Fall Events for Melbourne Students

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 Melbourne this Fall.

As well as the formal events listed below we also hold regular coffee catch ups, dessert bar evenings and local activities. So make sure you sign up to the Arcadia Australia Melbourne - Local facebook group for any extra events and updates.

Welcome Dinner

Local Australia, Multi-cultural Australia

Join your fellow students for a welcome dinner where you can relax and unwind with some of your new house mates and the staff members who will be your point-of-call for the semester. The welcome dinner is usually held in a local restaurant and showcases the multicultural dining establishments that Melbourne has to offer.  It allows you the opportunity to explore the local area with an experienced staff member.

Grampians Excursion


Ever wanted to get out and about in the bush lands of Australia?  We’ve got you covered. The Grampians National Park is a mountain reserve located in the western regions of Victoria, where you can experience the countryside whilst taking in stunning views and engaging in the traditions and customs of indigenous Australians.

We will be staying at the town of Halls Gap, which is famous for its near-tame Kangaroos.

The weekend will start 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 also be taught how to properly throw a boomerang, the significance and history of aboriginal art and you will have the opportunity to paint your own boomerang.

This will be followed by exploring the stunning Mackenzie Falls, a local waterfall and then explore the Grampians National Park so that you can experience the unique fauna and flora that makes Australia famous.

The following morning will be spent rock climbing and abseiling on Hollow Mountain. For this activity we will have professionals who will guide us and show us the ropes so that no matter what your proficiency level is, we can all have fun whilst being safe.

The final component of this trip will be a guided tour of J Ward Prison Museum.

J Ward was an Australian prison used to house the criminally insane, located in Ararat, Victoria, Australia. The tour will show case some of the art created by the prisoners, as well as detailing the history of the facility after which we will head back to St. Kilda.

This trip is an excellent way to experience some of the historic and culturally significant aspects of Victoria and one that should not be missed.



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.

Immigration Museum


Australia is a country of great diversity and as such, has a very rich and varied history from the early settlers to immigrants from nearly every nation. Come along on this free excursion with an audio guide app to experience some of the rich cultural history regarding the immigrant experience in Australia. The museum has a collection of rare items, recreations, firsthand accounts from immigrants and their descendants, as well as interactive displays which can vary from experiencing the journeys of the individuals migrating to how racial tensions affected their daily lives.

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 and also for those more experienced to enjoy a stunning paddle through Melbourne’s scenic waterways. You will use a fleet of fiberglass Sea Bear sea kayaks which are extremely stable and easy to operate. No kayaking experience is needed to enjoy the tour and experienced tour guides will accompany you.

Horse Riding


Ride a horse through the Australian outback to witness Australian wildlife like 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.

Farewell Dinner

Local Australia, Australian cuisine

Sad that the experience is nearly over? Don’t be! Celebrate the end of Semester with a free dinner where you can swap stories and discuss your experience about what you hope to achieve when you return home. This event will allow you to reflect on what you have achieved and give you a chance to catch up and compare your adventures with the other students.