How to Study Abroad in Sydney, Australia
“G’day, mate!” When I hear these two words, I automatically think of Australia. If you are like me and these words inspire you to want to study abroad in this country, I have two more words for you: Sydney, Australia.
Sydney was first established in 1788 as a British penal colony. Today, the city is home to 4.6 million people and the University of Sydney, the oldest university in the country. The city is also a cultural hub, hosting many social and cultural festivals and events throughout the year. There are also many museums and art galleries in Sydney, such as the Museum of Sydney, the White Rabbit Gallery, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
So have you decied that you want to study abroad in Sydney? Here are some of the things we at EDUinReview think you should do to get the most out of your study abroad experience in this city.
1. Take a ride on the Manly Ferry. Sydney is surrounded by the Sydney Harbour, which is a perfect place to take a cruise on the Manly Ferry. By taking this ferry, you will get excellent views of the city, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Opera House as you leave the city. The trip takes about 30 minutes to get from Sydney to Manly. Once in Manly, you can spend some time in the city. I recommend satisfying your sweet tooth at the Max Brenner Chocolate Bar. This is a good activity to do with your family when they come visit you in Sydney.
2. Save up for a ticket to the Open Air Cinema. This cinema is quite expensive, but it is worth the price. Here you can watch a movie in an open-air cinema, with a backdrop of the city skyline, the Opera House, and the Harbour Bridge. There is also a colony of fruit bats that live near by and you can often see them flying overhead during the movie. The Open Air Cinema is only open during the summer. You should book your tickets well in advance because this venue sells out quickly and it can be hard to get a ticket.
3. Explore the Sydney Harbour Islands. These six islands are a great place to spend a day outdoors in Sydney. You can take a guided tour of the islands to learn about the Aboriginal and colonial history of Sydney, go kayaking, or even camp-out overnight. There are several ferries and water taxis each day that will take you from the mainland over to the islands and plenty of restaurants on the islands where you can get lunch. Personally, I prefer taking a picnic, which is cheaper and allows you to eat right on the beach with your friends.
4. Indulge your inner coin-collector. Sydney is home to the first British Currency Mint to be built outside of Britain. The former factory has been converted into a Mint museum and features coins from the earliest eras of production. You can also learn about the newest technology that is being used to make coins today. After you have learned all you want about coins, enjoy a drink and a pastry at the Mint Café or buy a souvenir at the gift shop.
5. Go rollerblading. Rollerblading is a very popular pastime in Sydney and is a great way to get in some exercise without having to pay for a gym membership. There are several great locations in the city to go rollerblading and you can see some great views of the beaches and harbors while you are rollerblading. Centennial Park is a great place to go rollerblading and there is also a skate park at Bondi Beach. Just remember to wear a helmet and kneepads so you don’t have to take a trip to the hospital afterwards!
Have you studied abroad in Sydney, Australia? Do you have any tips for other students who are planning on studying there? Share them with us in the comments section below.
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