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For study abroad and exchange students, once you have been offered a place to study at Deakin University, you will receive an email where you can apply to take part in the Beach Welcome Program.
Booking deadline: You must complete this online form by Friday 30 December 2013 in order to secure your place on the Beach Welcome program.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org ( +61 3 9244 5016) at the Study Abroad and Exchange Office.
From pickup points in Melbourne and Geelong, we travel by bus to picturesque Lorne, located on the famous Great Ocean Road to spend 3 days making new friends, settling into Australian life and learning about the culture. Surrounded by the rising cliffs and bush of the Otway ranges, Lorne has a cosmopolitan feel, with sidewalk cafes, walking tracks, beautiful waterfalls, and great surf. From our base on the shores of Loutit Bay you will be introduced to various aspects of Australian culture, including guided hikes, surfing lessons, workshop sessions on successful integration, and information on travelling in Australia.
On Wednesday 26 February you will return by bus to your campus of study. The compulsory registration and formal enrolment sessions are held on campus on Thursday 27 February and Friday 28 February 2014.
There are no formal occasions on this trip, so casual is the key.
During February & March - Coastal Victoria can be warm and sunny. The average maximum temperature in February is 24 degrees Celsius (75F), however nights can get colder, so bring warm clothes. If we're lucky we will have lots of sunshine, in terms of packing bring clothes for warm weather, and any activities that you are choosing to participate in:
During June & July - Coastal Victoria can be cool and sometimes wet. The average maximum temperature in July is 10 degrees Celsius (50F). If we're lucky we will have sunshine, in terms of packing bring clothes for cooler weather, and any activities that you are choosing to participate in:
Burwood Campus students
Pick up from Melbourne Campus at Burwood, Entrance 3, Elgar Road
Geelong Waterfront Campus students
Pick up from Geelong Waterfront Campus, Brougham Street bus stop at rear of campus
Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds students
Please go to the Waurn Ponds campus bus stop opposite KD Stewart Centre.
Warrnambool Campus students
You will be contacted directly with specific information about your arrangements.
The exact itinerary will be finalised closer to the time of the trip, though you can expect a hike into a temperate rainforest, sightseeing along the Great Ocean Road, surfing lessons, and games to help you break the ice with your fellow adventurers and to get to know other students who will be studying at your campus.
In the evenings, expect to dine on Australian tucker, that is food at local restaurants in Lorne, mingle with locals at the town's watering holes while soaking up the surf coast lifestyle.
You will also have the chance to take part in some optional activities.
There are a range of optional activities that students can choose to participate in during the day.
Learn how to surf
While not as big as Aussie rules football in Victoria, surfing remains an important part of Aussie culture.
Learn to surf on one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia, and be part of a select group of wave-riders.
For students studying at the Geelong and Warrnambool campuses, enjoy a headstart to experiencing local culture, as both regions are big on surfing. In fact, it is not unusual for some locals to head into class wearing only board shorts and sandy feet.
Enjoy the peace and serenity of the surroundings while letting your body unwind after the travelling from the other side of the world. Take part in an Iyengar yoga session organised by the renowned Surf Coast Yoga School.
Join an experienced guide and discover the hidden attractions of the Australian bush! Learn more about local flora and fauna while stretching your legs on a two-hour hike that brings you up close and personal with Lorne's natural beauty.
All aspects of the program, including the optional activities, are subject to weather conditions and availability.