Tag: Australia

Day Trip: Phillip Island

My friends and I took a day trip out to Phillip Island. I don’t think there is any form of public transportation to get there, so you definitely need a car. The drive takes about 1.5 hours, which makes it nice for a day trip. Since I was scared of driving on the other side ...

Ordering Beer in Australia

  Something that struck me while ordering beer on tap at a bar is the confusing names given to different beer glass sizes. I remember having a really confusing and embarrassing interaction with a bartender the first time I tried to order. According to www.australianbeers.com, every state in Australia has different monikers for the right ...

Quintessentially Australian Foods

This week I asked some of my Australian friends to answer the question, “What are 5 quintessentially Australian snacks/foods?” This is what they came up with: Lauren- Vegemite, Shapes BBQ, sausage rolls, pies, fairy bread Charles- Le Snak, Shapes, Vegemite, Roll Ups, Tim Tams, Meat Pies, Lamingtons Shane- Vegemite, Tim Tams, Musk Sticks, Twisties, Meat ...

Things to Do in Melbourne

After spending about 5 months in Melbourne, here are some things that I recommend doing!  Shopping  Queen Victoria Market The Queen Victoria Market is a great place do go to eat and buy produce or Australian souvenirs. It’s a huge tourist spot, but many locals also frequent the market for its cheap produce. The market ...

Hiking in the Dandenongs

This past weekend I went on a hike at Dandenong Ranges National Park. The Dandenong Ranges National Park is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city or university life. There are also picnic grounds and barbeques located at the base of the park. I went on the 1000 Steps Kokoda ...

Australia’s Respect for Indigenous Matters

A couple weeks ago, there was a mandatory general meeting on the first day of Orientation Week for study abroad/exchange students. It was scheduled bright and early at 10:00 am and was the first time I was exposed to other students who were studying abroad. Before the informational meeting started, global relations coordinator Elise Gumm ...

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Week 1 – Classes

Classes at Swinburne University commenced this week. You could definitely feel the presence of the excitement and lively buzz from Orientation week carry over. Clubs and other societies still had their tents lined up and were trying to recruit new members. A stage set up for O-week where a variety of people performed and made ...

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Orientation Week and Housing

Hello from Australia! After almost a fully day of traveling, which included a 16-hour plane ride from Los Angeles to Brisbane, followed by a 3-hour layover, and finally another 3-hour plane ride from Brisbane to Melbourne, I really thought I would never be able to say that. Australia isn’t called the land down under for ...