Rachel in Australia

Rachel is a junior majoring in management science in Lyle School of Engineering, with a minor in business administration in Cox School of Business. During spring 2013, she is studying in Perth with SMU-in-Australia and is looking forward to exploring the country.

Perth Roundup

It is the end of my semester at Curtin University. I haven’t updated my blog in a while, but a lot has happened. I was able to go on a trip to The Outback with a group on campus called Curtin Volunteers.  Five of us flew to Laverton, Western Australia, and spent 5 days volunteering in the community. In the morning we helped shelve books at the new library for the elementary school and in the afternoon we helped out at the youth center. During our free time we were able to explore The Outback a bit and go to a few look-out points.  We were also able to see a few of the closed mining sites with a local [...]

2013-07-09T22:32:42+00:00 July 8th, 2013|Rachel in Australia|

Sightseeing in Sydney

Last week we had another week off of school so I took a trip to Sydney with two friends. Thursday was a holiday called ANZAC Day; it is the equivalent of Memorial Day in the United States. There was a huge parade in the city, only a block away from our hotel. Sydney is a bigger city than Perth, and I enjoyed being right downtown. While in Sydney we did all the tourist activities. We climbed the Harbour Bridge, toured the Sydney Opera House, hiked in the Blue Mountains and enjoyed Bondi Beach for a day. The Bridge climb was my favorite part; it took three hours to climb and we took plenty of breaks. It is 440 ft high [...]

2013-05-08T21:51:10+00:00 May 3rd, 2013|Rachel in Australia|

Exploring Bali

A lot has happened since my last blog. I went on a weekend trip to Swan Valley, which is well known in Western Australia for great wineries.  We stopped at a few wineries, and in the afternoon we went to Caversham Wildlife Park. Caversham was the highlight of the trip.  I was able to feed a kangaroo and see lots of other animals like koalas and dingoes.   For the Easter holiday Curtin gives everyone Good Friday off and no classes the following week. So, I took my time off to go on a nine-day trip to Bali, Indonesia, with two other Americans. The trip was fantastic! We stayed for six days in Kuta and another three in Ubud. While in [...]

2013-04-15T22:45:28+00:00 April 15th, 2013|Rachel in Australia|

Trip to the Valley of the Giants

This weekend I went on a trip to Albany. My advisor had it all planned out, and we went to many nice tourist spots. My favorite by far was the Tree Top Walk in The Valley of the Giants in Denmark, Australia. The Tree Top Walk lets you get great views of the forest while walking on a boardwalk that is 120 feet in the air. That height is nothing compared to the red tingle tree that can grow up to 230 feet. This boardwalk was made for tourists to walk on to protect the delicate roots of this tree. I was pretty excited to visit this tourist destination after reading about it in Bill Bryson’s book In a Sunburned [...]

2013-03-19T19:00:40+00:00 March 19th, 2013|Rachel in Australia|

Getting settled in Australia

Rachel is a junior majoring in management science in the Lyle School of Engineering, with a minor in business administration in the Cox School of Business. During spring 2013, she is studying in Perth with SMU-in-Australia and is looking forward to exploring the country.

2013-03-04T16:16:06+00:00 March 4th, 2013|Rachel in Australia|