Top Weekend Trips in Australia


Sarah Cirelli is a student at the University of Tampa and an ISA Featured Blogger. She studied abroad with ISA in Sydney, Australia

Timetables. The minute every study abroad student receives their school schedules, they begin coordinating trips with roommates and friends. For me, trying to get long weekends wasn’t a possibility, but I still managed to get Wednesdays off and travel in my spare time.

The University of Sydney Quadrangle

To anyone studying in Australia, I recommend these few places for their diverse ecosystems and captivating scenery.

If you find yourself in NSW and are looking for a relaxing day, I recommend checking out the four mile Bondi to Coogee walk with stunning views of the coastline or exploring Manly Beach and the surrounding shops.

One of the many look-out points on the Bondi to Coogee walk
Friday afternoon hangouts at Manly Beach

Take a guided trip up to the Blue Mountains and explore the aboriginal tale of the three sisters who were turned into stone by their father in order to protect them from harm but lost the magic bone to change them back. The three sisters remain as stone within the mountains, attracting tourists each year.

The Blue Mountains appear blue due to the vast amount of Eucalyptus trees

Have you ever dreamt of seeing the whitest sand in the world? Well look no further… take a drive south of Sydney to Jervis Bay where the Guinness Book of World Records declared there to be the world’s whitest sand. You might even come across some kangaroo hopping around throughout your adventures.


If you find yourself in Victoria, you without a doubt should sign up or rent a car to drive the Great Ocean Road. The Twelve Apostles and The Wreck at Port Campbell National Park are just a few of the mesmerizing sites that make the five-hour drive worth your while.

Just a few of the 12 Apostles

Last but not least, Queensland is a must.  If you are looking to immerse yourself in the surfer lifestyle, you should stay in Byron Bay. You can take surf lessons or stroll up to the local lighthouse for an unbeatable sunrise.

Byron Bay Lighthouse at 6:30am

You also can’t forget about the Great Barrier Reef. It’s the largest reef in the world extending 2,300km-long with an ecosystem comprising of over 600 types of hard and soft coral. Although the reef continues to be in danger, life is still flourishing beneath the surface. You can scuba dive and snorkel amongst hundreds species of fish and six different types of turtles.

The Great Barrier Reef- Fin, Noggin’, Dude.

If you stay in the Cairns area, be sure to check out the nearby waterfalls. You can reneact the Herbal Essence commercials and flip your hair in Milla Milla Falls.

Australia has an abundance of opportunities. Whether you like the outback, the ocean, or the mountains, there’s something for you. Spend your time here wisely and explore as much as you can because “twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” ~ Mark Twain.

The world awaits…discover it.

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