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Dont you just love the word "holiday"? Combine it with the word "summer", its just perfect! Summer holiday is that special time of the year, which you would just love to last longer, if not forever. The difficult part is to decide how you are going to spend it, considering the wide options you can choose from.

I want to enjoy the sun - a step away from home

You dont have to go far to enjoy the sun in Australia. You can take a stroll to the beach or if you prefer something more exciting - learn how to surf, swim, sail or scuba-dive! A visit to the local park is also an excellent way to enjoy the great weather. In addition, there are many free music and outdoor film festivals, or you can go browsing around outdoor markets for the summer bargains.

I want to see Australia - experience different landscapes

Australia is an adventure playground with the beautiful various landscapes: mountains, beaches, deserts and bush. No wonder the country has been named as one of the worlds most popular tourist destinations.

Popular activities and destinations during Summer include:

  • Surfing at Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
  • Bush walking in Blue Mountains and learn about the wildlife
  • Discover the magnificent marine life at The Great Barrier Reef
  • Outback adventures at Ayers Rock or the Kakadu National Park

Want to know more? Check out the useful links for travel on ACICs wesbite , to see where you can go. Also, If you are in a tight budget, why not try camping?

While you are out there enjoying yourself, be alert and keep safe. Stick together with your friends and make sure you and your friends know where each other are.

I miss my mum's homemade cooking - going home

If you are homesick, some travel agencies offer discounts on air ticket for students just dont forget to bring your Student ID. Book plenty of time ahead to make sure you get a seat, as December-January is the peak season.

I am flat broke - get a summer job

Finding a summer job will not only help you pay the bills but you can also get invaluable work experience. Contact the company you would like to work for and start as a trainee there it can help you to decide which area you would like to specialise in later on. Or if you just need some extra cash, look up the vacancies from newspaper and internet. Volunteer work is also a good way to spend some of your summer holiday.

Now, it is up to you how to make this holiday as fun as possible. Just remember to enjoy yourself and take this chance to re-charge for the next semester.