Students can visit some stunning locations and the major cities of this beautiful country, such as Melbourne or Sydney, or choose to camp in the outback and have a complete “get away from it all” holiday.
Melbourne is Australia’s sportiest city, so is perfect for anyone wanting a holiday that involves watching or playing cricket or any number of other sports such as Australia Rules Football or tennis. It’s also a city rich in history and has a pleasantly relaxing atmosphere. Visitors can travel around on Viennese-style trams and drink in the peaceful, bohemian atmosphere.
There is plenty to do for those wanting a senior class trip that involves culture or history. Guided tours of the city are well worth taking advantage of. They are relatively cheap and will offer a wealth of different sites to visit such as the Melbourne Old Gaol, where Ned Kelly was imprisoned and hanged in 1880, or one that takes in the vast array of food markets so you can sample and buy locally produced delicacies and treats.
Museums are well represented so you could plan a trip to the National Sports Museum in Yarra Park or a sobering and emotional visit to the Immigration Museum on Flinders Street, which traces Australia’s rich history through the eyes of migrants to the country.
The first things that spring to mind when Sydney is mentioned are the world-famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge. While these are most definitely worth a look, there are a great many other discoveries to be made in this wonderful city.
No trip to Sydney would be complete without a tour taking in the Blue Mountains. This is perfect for anyone who wants a true feeling of getting away from it all and communing with nature. There is so much to see and do here, from visiting Featherdale Wildlife Park, which provides the opportunity to see koalas and kangaroos in their natural habitat, to a trip to the Three Sisters rock formation at Katoomba. Guided tours of the Blue Mountains are easily accessible and offer the chance to walk in the area and also take in places such as Wentworth Waterfalls and Sublime Point, both of which are amazing beauty spots.
If a real step into the unknown for a taste of true outdoor life is required then an outback camping trip might be just the thing. The simple vastness and majesty of the area is something to truly be excited about.
There are many properly set up campsites and caravan parks throughout the country and it’s simply a matter of deciding where to go and researching the area thoroughly. It’s important to find somewhere that is properly equipped or has decent amenities nearby.
Being properly prepared is essential. A proper tent, folding chairs, a camping stove and functioning ice-box to keep food fresh are must-haves, as are fuel, fresh bottled water and a good, reliable torch. Also make sure you have a first-aid kit and plenty of insect repellent.
AUTHOR BIO: Adriana Frederick writes regularly on senior class trips and other student-travel matters for a range of websites and blogs. She has a particular interest in Australia, which is a country she has visited many times.