When in Australia, don’t forget to explore!
Meet OzTREKK’s Australian medical schools admissions officer—Amanda Rollich. Amanda has actually spent four and a half years living in Northern Beaches, Sydney, so she’s fully koalafied to give you some interesting travel ideas for when you’re Down Under! Take it away, Amanda!
Studying in Australia is a giant adventure and it’s important that, aside from your textbook adventure, you also prioritize fun away from #unilife!
We know that escaping the library and distancing your brain from the demands of say, a medical program, can seem difficult; however, it is vital for your wellness, stress level and overall happiness to do so. Students must remember to fill their “experience buckets” while in Australia!
You don’t have to go far and it need not be expensive!
Getting out on the weekend to explore a new suburb, or taking a short flight to a new location during breaks will certainly offer invaluable experiences you’ll be able to bring home, and maybe even into your classroom!
There are quite reasonably priced day tours that depart from most central business districts (CBD), or for the non-Oz folk “downtown!” For example, Melbourne students can hop on tour from the CBD to view the 12 Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge. As well, Sydneysiders should definitely head out to the Blue Mountains just a few hours west of the campus. Hit up a friend with a car and plan a Saturday away from the books! We know you’re on a budget, so pack a lunch and share the cost of gas. 🙂
Remember, you’ve travelled so far and don’t want to regret not meeting an Aussie bff, attempting to surf, seeing Steve Irwin’s legacy at the Australian Zoo or heading out on a couple of local bushwalks.
An idea may be to add a different experience goal to your calendar each month and tick them off! It could be as simple as “this month I must try a meat pie,” to visiting a new beach every few months. The ideas really are endless. Absorb it all and you’ll come home not only on your exciting new career path, but with heaps of memories that will make you smile for years to come.