Outdoor Life and Landscape
Australians value their leisure time and take advantage of the great sunny climate by spending a lot of time outside having barbeques with friends, bushwalking, camping or going to the beach
There are plenty of beaches and mountains, but there are also a lot of unique places that you can check out while in Australia.
Here are some of the more popular places for international students and visitors to explore.
The Gold Coast
If you are studying in Queensland, one place to check out is the Gold Coast’s beaches. The 21 beaches cover over 35 miles of Queensland’s coastline. Some of the beaches are great for relaxing; others have awesome waves to learn to surf on. No matter which beach you go to, if you like the beach, you’re going to love visiting the Gold Coast.
The Australian Outback
When you think of Australia, you probably think of rolling grasslands and amazing animals that reside in the Australian Outback. The outback is amazing, and many driving and hiking tours go through this part of the country.
The Victorian (or Australian) Alps
The Victorian Alps are an outdoorsman’s dream. If you like to hike, bike or even fish, you can do it all here. In the winter, the Victorian Alps are a great place to ski as well. These are located a short drive from Melbourne, and there are plenty of places for you to stay if you decide to take a weekend in the mountains.
The Great Barrier Reef
This is probably the one thing that every tourist will tell you that you have to see before you leave Australia. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef and an amazingly popular tourist attraction. You can do almost any aquatic activity in the Great Barrier Reef. So if you want to scuba dive, surf, snorkel, or fish, you can do it here.
It’s also amazingly beautiful, so you better bring your camera too.
Like many university students studying in Australia, you will find that you will have a lot of free time on your hands and you can use this time to get to join a cultural group from your own country of origin.
Joining groups associated with your home community can be a good way of finding support in Australia, making new friends, learning more about yourself. There are many ways you can join a community group, for instance where you live they have groups formed already, or in your institutions, you can join a club or social activities, you can even create a group yourself and post up ads for anyone interested.
Nightlife in Australia is quite happening, going by the number of parties, shows and events that are a regular feature over here. Indeed, if you are looking to let your hair down and rock the whole night, Australia is certainly a great place to be in.
Some of the best parties and events in the world happen in Australia and people are more than ready to travel to Australia and have their share of entertainment. And most universities in Australia have their bar that you can have a drink at and many different other associations that you may find interesting and allows you to make new friends
Below is a list of bars for you to explore
Ivy is a place every student fancies, for this bar belts out great tunes and party vibes are always kicking throughout the week
Palmer and Co is a massive space but due to its popularity, it is always packed, hence we suggest you arrive early if you like to sit, enjoy your drink and talk. The bar has a vintage theme and stays true to it throughout.
Hustle and Flow, one of the first of its kind Hip Hop bar, is loved by every student. Belting out all latest Hip Hop tunes to get you going and the interiors also to match the theme.
Hennessy Rooftop Bar is hidden on the top of Adelaide’s hottest Hotels. You shall find a classy and sophisticated feel to this bar.
Baddog Bar - The vibes of the bar is sort of grunge meets cool. You won’t find any Appletinis or Cosmos here. Instead, look out for their rugged selection instead Four Pillars Gin Gunpowder Proof Negronis or Death’s Door Martinis.
Laneway IV’s bar management constantly is redecorating the bar to compliment the season. The transition is so quick that you shall walk out the previous night and the next day walk into a different theme altogether. Now it's no mean feat to revamp so quickly.
QUT Garden’s Point-Botanic Bar operates 6 days a week and opens from 10:30 am until wee hours of the night. Grab a drink with your classmates mid-week if you may please. Also, you shall find regular dance nights at the bar with free classes, so grab a partner and join in!
Fat Louie’s a place with a vibrant cultural twist. Imagine singing with your friends to English, Japanese, Korean or Chinese tunes. You can also play a game of pool with your friends here. Their drinks menu here is student-friendly and easy on the pocket and the same goes for the food menu as well.
Stock Exchange Hotel has a great rooftop terrace and a bar that hosts live music on mostly all nights, you will have a DJ on Sundays. Thursday night is for students with beer and fried chicken, so do not miss it.
Australia is also known for shopping and buying great items. shopping in Australia is an experience every shopping aficionado will love to remember with delight for life. Major towns and capital cities have shopping facilities such as supermarkets, convenience stores, markets, department stores (such as Myer and David Jones), discount stores (such as Target, Big W and Kmart), chain retailers and small luxury boutiques.
The hours of the malls in metropolitan areas usually run from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm seven days a week, with late night shopping until 9:00 pm on Thursday and Fridays, so enjoy those days and go out late to shop once your schoolwork is done. Some supermarkets open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which is great if you ever just need to go grab something for dinner or you forgot an item. However, keep in mind most large chain supermarkets, like Coles and Woolworths, are open until about 10 pm every day, still giving you enough time to go get anything you need.
Australia is a country that has always been known for its love for sports. Sport is a big passion for many Australians, especially home-grown Australian Rules Football (AFL), cricket, rugby and tennis. Joining a sporting club is a great way to make friends.
Sports are a huge part of the culture in Australia. Even before Australia became a British colony, people were playing all kinds of sports. Because of all of the excitement associated with sports in Australia, sports ended up growing into part of Australia’s national identity.
Be it any time of the year, you are sure to find a sporting event happening somewhere in Australia. The sporting events in Australia are well distributed all through the year, thus giving the sports-loving Australians something to look forward to at every point of the year.
There are a variety of different sports leagues in Australia today.
Here are a few of the professional leagues that you may encounter in Australia
· Australian rules football (Australian Football League)
· Rugby (National Rugby League)
· Super Rugby (Australian Rugby Union)
· Soccer (A-League und W-League)
· Netball (ANZ)
· Basketball (National Basketball League and Women’s National Basketball League)
· Baseball (Australian Baseball League)
Amateur sports leagues are also very popular. The university that you attend will likely have a variety of sports teams that you can join and play in.
Attending sports events is also an incredibly popular pastime in Australia. Throughout a season, some of these sports (especially Australian Rules football, soccer, and rugby) will get upwards of a million spectators.
Winter sports in Australia are also very popular. They include skiing, snowboarding, biathlon, short track speed skating, figure skating and ice hockey. The popular water sports in Australia are sailing, swimming, spearfishing, surfing and amateur fishing.
Among sporting events in Australia, golf tournaments also draw an enthusiastic response from the entire populace. Other sports in Australia include baseball, hockey, horse racing, tennis, softball, cycling, basketball and lacrosse among others. Australians also love to attend motorsport rallies that draw some of the biggest names on the racing circuit.