While studying in Melbourne as part of the WMU-Cooley Down Under Study Abroad program, students and faculty managed to find the time to travel outside of Melbourne to see all the wonderful sights this beautiful land had to offer. Australia is almost as large, geographically, as the United States, but has only about 6.5 percent of the number of people. Program participants were able to visit many beautiful places with vast, open, unsettled spaces of all sorts in between.
The experience was spectacular and the Aussie destinations outside of Melbourne were amazing. If you ever get the opportunity to visit Australia, here are some places we recommend you visit:
- The Great Ocean Road, with its cliff-top views of the Southern Ocean and the giant rock formations known as the Twelve Apostles
- Tasmania, full of mountains, oceans, beaches, rain forest, and history
- Phillip Island, to see the little penguins on parade
- The Great Barrier Reef, to dive and see the under-water wonders
- Sydney, with its stunning sea-side sophistocated charms
- The Grampian mountains, full of rugged bush walks, gorgeous views, Koori culture and kangaroos and wallabies in the wild
- Adelaide, a beautiful old mining city on the ocean in the heart of the Barossa Valley wine region
You also must visit all the towns along the way, such as Mount Gambier, with its Victorian architecture, and the many vineyards you can find off the highway!
WMU-Cooley Law School Professor Kimberly E. O’Leary is directing the law school’s foreign study program in New Zealand and Australia. She and her students are sharing their experiences throughout the Hilary 2016 semester.