A law student’s guide to must-see spots in eastern Australia
Yes, reading case files and attending mooting competitions are must-do activities for law students, but what should you do when you find yourself in Queensland, New South Wales, or Victoria and you’re looking for a bit of fun?
Bond University law student, Ali, has some suggestions!
A beachside town in the state of New South Wales, Byron Bay is one of Ali’s favourite destinations. It’s about a 1-hour drive south of Gold Coast and is home to just under 10,000 permanent residents. But it’s small population doesn’t mean it’s not an exciting spot to be! Byron Bay’s several beaches make it a popular spot for tourists too, drawing backpackers, surfers, and cyclists who are ready to enjoy the fresh ocean air.
Don’t forget to stop by the Cape Byron Light. As a functioning lighthouse for over 100 years old, it’s a true piece of history in the area and home to a whale research centre. There are also several festivals throughout the year in and around Byron Bay, so whether you’re into music, fashion, film, or sports, there is sure to be something for you!
Great Ocean Road
Craggy cliffs, sprawling beaches, incredible wildlife and nature. How many students can say that they’ve driven one of the world’s most scenic coastal roads? The road is 400 kilometers long from the town of Torquay to Nelson and trust us when we say that you won’t want to rush the trip.
Bells Beach has world-famous waves, Port Fairy is a quaint fishing village, and the one-of-a-kind 12 Apostles rock formations are hotspots along the way. If you’re a nature-buff, enjoy rainforests, rivers, volcanoes, and rugged cliffs. There are even treetop walks and zipline tours for the thrill-seekers. We haven’t forgotten the foodies either. Say hello to berry farms, fresh seafood, and vineyards.
Melbourne is nothing short of dynamic metropolis with vibrant neighbourhoods and lush green space. For those who appreciate a fine cup of joe, Melbourne is considered by some to have the best coffee in the world. Laneways and street art make for a nice stroll, and from there take in sports, museums, gardens, and markets. You can even take a trip out to St Kilda to see a gorgeous beach, a famous Victorian lighthouse, and penguins!
Surfing… anywhere in Australia
You can’t truly experience Australia until you take out a surfboard and ride the waves. All along the eastern coast of Australia you’ll find beaches that offer some of the world’s best waves, and plenty of places that offer surfing lessons. In New South Wales, check out Crescent Head for break points that bring rides up to 200 metres (650 feet) or Treachery Beach for rides well away from the hustle and bustle of city life. North of Gold Coast you’ll find Noosa Heads, which has tranquil waters that cater to all abilities.
Don’t want to travel quite so far from Gold Coast? Just hope over to the aptly named suburb of Surfers Paradise to catch a few waves after class.