Eye candy found Down Under
By Cena Pope
May 25, 2006 | Searching for the perfect summer get-a-way?
Whether you're looking forward to relaxing on the beach,
getting in touch with nature or finding the latest fashion,
accommodate your every need.
Australia is most well known for its Outback, as you
discover the breath taking red rock structures that
cover Australia's interior. You won't want to miss seeing
Uluru, better known as Ayers Rock, standing 348 meters
high. This rock is a landmark mystery for adventures
everywhere. While you're there, be sure to travel just
a half hour south to Kata Tjuta, The Olgas, meaning
many heads. The Olgas is a cluster of 36 red stone shaped
monoliths. The tallest of which, Mount Olga, is 546
History buff, Paul Crech said visitors should be happy
to know the outback is some of the oldest terrain on
earth, dating back over 600 million years. In fact,
the Western Australia Shield, a series of plateaus,
dates back 1,500 million years. Kimberley, located in
the northeast, is known as Australia's last frontier
and it's just waiting to be explored.
"I think it would be incredible to explore such ancient
lands," said Crech, a senior majoring in history.
If it's wildlife
you are looking for, than Kangaroo Island is the place
to be. On this unique island you can get up close and
personal with an abundance of native wildlife including
kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, possums, sea lions, penguins,
and much more.
"I want to hold a koala," said AnnMarie Pratt, a junior
majoring in public relations. "They look so soft and
For city-goers, Australia has plenty to offer. Some
of the more populated cities, Melbourne and Sydney,
are sunny, sexy, sophisticated cities of style. Visitors
explore the architecture of the Sydney Opera House or
shop the stores for cutting edge fashion. The cities
are also known for their world-class art venues. It
won't take long to find out Australia's cities are oozing
The country is also one of the most incredible dive
sites. Along the coast of Queensland is 2,000 meters
of Great Barrier Reef, home to one of the most diverse
plant and animal ecosystems on earth.
Kat DuHadway, a senior graduating in marine biology,
said she thinks the diving is great there, whether your
a beginner or you‚re a diving fanatic because you'll
be swimming with whale sharks, turtles, dolphins, and
other colorful marine wildlife.
"I've dived in Thailand and it's beautiful. I can imagine
Australia is amazing too," DuHadway said.
Don't forget to visit Australia's 894,000 hectares
of wetlands. The city of Cairns is a gateway to wetlands,
waterfalls, gorges, forests, and grasslands. It's spectacular
scenery and rugged terrain offers an endless amount
If all this sounds well, good and fun but a little
out of the budget, consider a student
tour. While earning college credit you can spend 22
days abroad. You can personalize you trip but most trips
include airfare, accommodations, meals, and a tour director.
If this still sounds a little pricey, apply for a scholarship.
With all the amazing sights Australia has to offer,
what are you waiting for? Get your summer plans in action
and visit Australia today.