The Great Barrier Reef

Visiting or living in Sydney, Australia offers a lot of once-in-a-life-time opportunities. One of which is the opportunity to see the largest living thing on Earth, the Great Barrier Reef. Located in Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef attracts tourists, locals and study abroad students alike.

Many visitors go to the city of Cairns for a vacation weekend to scuba dive or snorkel in one of the world’s seven natural wonders. To get away from the touristy scene that the Great Barrier Reef attracts, make the 40-minute drive North to the town of Port Douglas. Although it is a laid-back pub town known for its resorts and beaches, it shouldn't be underestimated. Here you will have the opportunity to snorkel off the coast of Port Douglas as it is easy to get to both the Low Isles and the Outer Reef. You’ll be swimming with the tropical fish, turtles, sharks, coral and of course, Nemo.

For students traveling on a budget, these day trips are not the cheapest. There are hundreds of companies to choose from, all of which are around $240. To lower your expenses, be sure to check out the available hostels, and of course, the famous Gilligan’s in Cairns.