Morgane Louet from INSEEC Lyon in France studying at USC Sunshine Coast

IMG_1182Bonjour à tous! My name is Morgane and I am currently in my 3rd year at the BBA INSEEC in Bordeaux for a bachelor’s degree in International Business. I had the chance to brush up on this strange 3rd year. So, I decided to take a semester at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) in Australia.

The Sunshine Coast is a small paradise on earth. The university is located in the heart of a nature reserve, so it has become common practice to meet a few kangaroos on the way to school. Even if the setting to study is magnificent, I was looking forward to the mid-semester break to discover a little more about the Australian coast.

IMG_1322With 4 other friends, we embarked on the adventure and decided to organise a mini road-trip. Small problem, we remain students and had only small savings. That’s why I decided today to share with you our secrets for a…

… 6-day road trip ON BUDGET!

Day 1: We are on a bus at 7:30 am to Maroochydore airport to pick up the car we rented. After checking that everyone was on board, we drove towards Hervey Bay where we walked around on the beach. In the evening, we slept in a great backpacker in Agnes Water: Cool Bananas Backpackers.

IMG_1762Day 2: Wake up at dawn to start our journey to Rockhampton, a cute city far from the coast. We then set off on an adventure in the sublime Capricorn caves. A magical experience in a spectacular setting.

Day 3: We boarded a catamaran where we met up with a dozen of our friends who are also studying at USC. After two hours of sailing, we were able to admire the beauty of the Whitsundays Island seabed.

Day 4: Who said that holidays are for resting all day on a beach? Wake up at 4:30 am to watch the sunrise on Cape Hillsborough Beach. The highlight of the show, a dozen kangaroos at sunrise to magnify this extraordinary show.

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Day 5: It’s time to get closer to the Sunshine Coast. What could be better than a great hike to Mount Walsh. After a meeting with a snake on the path that led us to the top of the mountain, we were able to admire the view of the Australian countryside.

IMG_1319Day 6: Unfortunately, all good things come to an end. We spent this last day of vacation on the beautiful beach of Rainbow Beach. A detour not to be missed!

I hope these few photos will make you want to discover the beautiful landscapes of Queensland! If you have more questions and want some insider tips, feel free to contact me! @morganelouet

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