Jun 28, 2012

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Hannah’s All Expenses Paid Trip to Australia

Student365 recently launched a competition to find an amazing student travel writer to send on an all expenses paid trip to Australia. The winner was Hannah Bryan – who impressed them with her article about climbing Mount Everest.

Here Hannah tells us about her trip and what she got up to. You can read her full article in the Autumn issue of Fresh Direction – keep them peeled. Keep your eyes on Student365’s Competition page for more great opportunities like this.

There are places in the world that automatically spark excitement when you think of them, for me, that has always been Australia. So winning a competition to go out there was a dream come true!

I couldn’t wait to get stuck in, and what better way than to go straight from the airport to the beach for a surf lesson. Apparently it’s a great way to cure jetlag; surfing in Australia…who am I to argue?! We hit Manly beach, the ideal place if you’re staying in Sydney as the ferry over gives you first class views of the legendary bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Manly Surf School give you the real surf experience, and even if you suffer some epic wipe-outs like me, they make it their mission to ensure you catch at least one wave.

I made it my goal to go from beach to chic that night, to hit Sydney’s number 1 backpacker bar; Scubar. It was Brazilian night then, but with everything from crab racing to karaoke, there is something to entice everyone. Being right next door to Sydney Central YHA, you don’t have far to stumble home either!

One of the activities I was most excited about was definitely diving in the Great Barrier Reef. The reef is amazing; seriously, internet photos do not do it justice! I stayed in Cairns Central YHA located near the marina. It’s here where you can book to go diving with various tour operators.

After a day’s diving, why not get wild at the Woolshed. A word of warning though, after their 5 drinks for $10 deal, dancing on the tables becomes compulsory- I should know!

The Blue Mountains are the perfect chill out spot.. I watched my first ever sunrise here, and the views are truly breath-taking, definitely worth the 6am start. There’s still room for adventure though, why not try abseiling with High ‘N’ Wild. It’s such an adrenaline rush, but you also get the stunning panoramic views of the Katoomba valley.

So, whether you’re taking on the reef, or exploring on bushwalks, just make sure you do one thing… visit Oz!

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