Study Abroad in Perth & Fiji: Cultural Excursions

Optional South West Adventure (2 days) ($250)

Day 1
Departing early from Murdoch, we make our way down south via the Forrest Highway. Our first stop is the beautiful seaside town of Busselton, home to the famous 1800metre long Busselton Jetty (the longest timber piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere). Here you have the chance to take a train ride out to the end of the jetty and experience the Underwater Observatory (optional). For those not game to descend 8 metres below sea level, a walk on the jetty or a swim in the crystal waters of Geographe Bay are options.

Departing Busselton, we head further south to Dunsborough and the spectacular waters of Meelup Beach. Here we have time for a swim or to explore the rocks surrounding the beach. Lunch will be under the trees over looking the picturesque bay.

After lunch, we take a scenic route around Eagle Bay exploring Cape Naturaliste and its lighthouse, before heading towards Yallingup and the breathtaking Canal Rocks. This afternoon sees us partake in some wine tasting at a local winery, before sampling a refreshing ale at a local brewery. We will then briefly stop in Dunsborough to stock up on supplies before heading to our campsite for dinner.

Day 2
Day 2 sees us start off with an adventure! First stop, Ngilgi Caves, where you will enjoy a guided tour of the underground caves (entry fee included). We then make our way south along the famous Caves Road towards the surfing town of Margaret River, stopping at the beautiful holiday town of Gracetown for a quick swim (weather permitting).

Our lunch stop at Eagles Heritage Raptor Park (entry fee included) gives you a chance to interact with some of the most spectacular birds of prey, home to the largest collection of Eagles, Hawks, Falcons and Owls in Australia. After lunch, we take in anther local winery before heading down to the famous Prevelly Beach where the Margaret River Pro Surfing tournament is held each year. Time to wander through the township of Margaret River before we start heading back towards Perth.

Our journey home, sees us take in some of the wonderful local produce, including sampling some local cheeses, chocolates and even some candy! With our bellies full we sadly depart the south west, aiming to arrive back at Murdoch at approximately 7 – 8pm.

Cost Includes:

  • transportation and guides
  • 4 meals
  • camping fees
  • all national park entry fees
  • entry and semi guided tour of Ngilgi Caves
  • entrance fee into Eagles Heritage Raptor Park
  • additional touring as per itinerary.

There is also:

  • Optional tour of Busselton Jetty Underwater Experience $29.50 per person
  • Optional entry onto Busselton Jetty $2.50 per person, www.busseltonjetty.com.au

Itinerary is a guideline only and will depend on weather conditions.

Optional North West Outback Trip (10 days)  ($855)

The North West Excursion will be the highlight for many of you who decide to come to experience our Study Abroad program. A fun filled bus trip to the rugged North West of Western Australia. You will cover close to 4,000 kms [2,500 miles] across plains of wild flowers and the vast outcrop that is outback Australia. This country, called the Pilbara, is rugged, hot and dusty yet will mesmerise you with its beauty and splendour.

World Heritage-listed Monkey Mia
Monkey Mia, Shark Bay is World Heritage listed and is one of only 12 places in the world to have satisfied all that is required for the honour. The main attraction here is the dolphins which swim close to the shore to greet you, hoping to be fed. Along with the dolphins live other marine life such as the Dugongs, called the ‘Mermaids of the Sea’, turtles and giant rays.

Ningaloo Reef Marine Park
You will also have the opportunity to snorkel in our most well known marine park, the Ningaloo Reef, which is also a World Heritage site. Home to as many as 500 species of tropical fish and 200 species of coral, it is 260km in length and runs alongside white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. The reef is also home to the migratory ‘gentle giants’ of the sea, the Whale Sharks, as well as the Humpback Whales which cruise just beyond the reef during the months of July, October and November.

Karijini National Park
The highlight of the excursion is Karijini National Park. Hidden amongst Western Australia’s mining towns, this area is untouched and pristine in beauty. Very remote in location, you will get a sense of being in the middle of nowhere and at the same time, feel like staying forever. While taking your breath away with the splendour of gorges, flora and fauna, it will also give you the opportunity to swim in sparkling freshwater pools that have to be seen to be believed. The hikes and trails through the gorges are challenging as well as breathtaking, with magnificent scenery, Aboriginal drawings and various species of wildlife. These rocky gorges are billions of years old and you will marvel as you stare at the formation of these gorges.

This amazing experience only happens twice per semester during the study breaks of each semester for 10 days.

Cost includes:

  • Transportation
  • Professional guides
  • 3 meals per day
  • Camping fees
  • All national park fees
  • Additional touring as per itinerary

There is also:

  • While in Monkey Mia there is an optional catamaran boat cruise to Pearl Farm, where you can take part in dugong and dolphin watching. The cruise costs $60.

Note: These trips are organized by Murdoch University. Students sign up and pay as of the second week of the semester. Prices may increase subject to inflation.

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