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Questions for February-June (Study Abroad Trip)« on: February 19 2008 08:02:00 »
Hey guys, I am planning a study abroad trip to Oz next year from February through June. I was hoping you guys would be able to give me some advice on the areas I have to pick from. The most important feature I'm looking for is surf and culture. I am not into clubbing but am into chilling, kicking back with a beer, surfing, having a good time.
I live in the states (Florida) and have surfed here for a while. I know I could pick pretty much any coast line in OZ and have goof surf and culture, but I wanted some local input and advice on what I should expect. I haven't nailed down any of the locations for positive yet, I want to see what you had to offer.
Sydney - Univ. of Macquarie
Perth - Edith Cowen Univ. (in Perth or Bunbury)
Melbourne - Deakin Univ.
Tasmania - Univ. of Tasmania (Hobart, Launceston, or Burnie)
Thanks in advance!
RE: Questions for February-June (Study Abroad Trip)« Reply #1 on: February 20 2008 09:02:00 »
With Autumn kicking in be a good time to in the southern states but having said that go west my boy go west.
RE: Questions for February-June (Study Abroad Trip)« Reply #3 on: February 24 2008 11:02:00 »
I am not a local, but i was in Australia for one month and it was an amazing time. I had one week surfing trip from Sydney to Bayron Bay. I totally fell in love with Bayron Bay, nice surfing conditions, mostly all year around, warm water, hardly any shark attacks and mostly sandy beaches. Friendly people, lots of surfing schools and nice vibe and rainforests nearby.
RE: Questions for February-June (Study Abroad Trip)« Reply #4 on: February 24 2008 22:02:00 »
If you're in Sydney for a while, then pay a visit to as many breaks as possible. There is great diversity in all of them. North Narrabeen, Long Reef and Turrimetta are nice consistent spots, while Deadmans, Shark Island and Ours are the more dangerous, bigger spots. Enjoy the trip!
RE: Questions for February-June (Study Abroad Trip)« Reply #5 on: March 15 2008 20:03:00 »
which of these places would be the most consistant
RE: Questions for February-June (Study Abroad Trip)« Reply #6 on: March 24 2008 23:03:00 »
In response to the question "which of these is most consistent?", I would have to say North Narra in Sydney, although the best spot changes from day to day depending on the swell and wind direction/size. As far as Aussie culture, Manly is fantastic, and I still love going down there just for the atmosphere.
Elsewhere, Perth has no surf thanks to Rottnest Island, you'd have to go to the nearby Margaret river area. Melbourne isn't much better, but nearby Bells Beach is arguably the best spot in Oz. Tassie is also pretty average, but there's one big wave spot called Shipsterns Bluff. If you can go to Brisbane, do so as the gold coast area is surfer heaven.