If you are looking for a weekend away from Sydney, the Sunshine Coast could be the place for you.
If you are looking for a weekend away from Sydney, you may have thought about Brisbane or Byron Bay, but Australians know that one of the most beautiful places to visit is the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Located above Brisbane, it will take around an hour and a half by plane from Sydney. Hire a car once you arrive (don’t forget to get an International Drivers Licence, if you don’t have a local driving you around) and get out to see the amazing sites that this area has to offer.
Australia Zoo is located on Steve Irwin Way, in Beerwah. If you are based on the Sunshine Coast, then you will need to head south by car. (They do have shuttle buses that can transport you to and from the zoo though, if needed). Here you will find Australia’s most loved and most feared animals. You have the opportunity to come up close and personal to Crocodiles, Lizards, Tasmanian Devils, Dingoes, Koalas, Kangaroos, Snakes and a lot more. It is highly recommended that you allow a whole day to visit the zoo. There are many interactive shows and a lot of walking around to do. To see everything you will want to, factor in breaks to eat and relax. There are facilities to buy food, however you can bring your own food and drinks with you, if you would like. Check out their website for more information.
Noosa can provide an array of different activities, so that you will be busy the whole time that you are there. It is perfect for international students to see Australia at its best. For some shopping with an Australian edge, head to Hastings Street. You could also try learning how to surf, go fishing, spot some whales or go scuba diving. Of course relaxing in the Aussie sunshine, is also a wonderful option.
These markets have been around since 1979. They are the biggest art and craft market in Australia, featuring more than 600 stalls, with 1.6 million visitors each year. The focus on stallholders is on handmade products and you are sure to find something to buy with so much choice. There is also live music and plenty of food on offer, to make it a great day out.
Glass House Mountains
The Glass House Mountain peaks are a distinctive landmark in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Craggy peaks tower over a scenic patchwork of pine plantations, bushland and cultivated fields. The Glasshouse Mountains are listed on the Queensland and National Heritage Register. Go to the Beerburrum State Forest to catch scenic views. You can also explore the area via one of the many walking tracks. The Glass House Mountains are spiritually significant to Aboriginal Traditional Owners, with many ceremonial sites still protected today.
SELC offers courses in English, Business, Fitness and Early Childhood Education and Care studies, in the heart of the Sydney CBD and Bondi Junction. We encourage students to live the full Australian experience, while they are here studying with us. If you would like information on any of our courses, don’t hesitate to contact us or have a look at the SELC website.