Rachel is a Study Melbourne Ambassador. Study Melbourne has 15 international student and alumni ambassadors for 2019. During their time as ambassadors, they regularly share insights and experiences to help international students have a great experience while studying here in Victoria. 

By Rachel Nguyen

Excitement everywhere and new experiences at every corner - cool arcades and laneways, great coffee and diverse cuisine, amazing arts and culture, stunning landscapes. As an international student, you have so many opportunities to travel across Victoria. I love travelling and exploring all of the iconic tourist destinations in Victoria. It can be said that you can visit the majority of these destinations by using public transport. However, it might be a great idea to have a road trip with your friends, which allows you to save more time and effort.

Wander Melbourne arcades and laneways

One of my favorite things to do in Melbourne CBD is to explore the hidden laneways which feature amazing street art in Melbourne. There is so much artwork that you could easily get lost amongst those alleyways, which are full of the graffiti. This is how you get to know the city best.

Market time

One of the most iconic markets in Melbourne is Queen Victoria Market, which has been operating since 1878. The market offers a variety of Australian-made products including fresh and dairy products in open air sheds and shops. If you live in the CBD and would love to get some great deals, it would be a great idea to go shopping. The market is open everyday except for Mondays and Wednesdays and is totally worth checking out.

Rachel at Queen Victoria Market

Bored with the Melbourne CBD? Let’s get out of the city

Dandenong Ranges

If you are a fan of scenic attractions, the Dandenong Ranges might be your next choice. You will be amazed at the magnificent gardens of the Ranges while listening out for the elusive lyrebirds in spring. Even though there is a bus service bringing you up to SkyHigh Mount Dandenong, I highly recommend visiting this place by car as the drive is more beautiful with winding roads and stunning forest.

Brighton Beach bathing boxes

I have to say Brighton Bathing Boxes are one of the most photographed spots in Melbourne. Most people including locals and internationals come here for colorful photos with 82 distinctive multi-coloured beach huts. If you do not have a car, don’t worry! Brighton Beach is so easy to get to by public transport. It took only one hour from Flinders Street Station, on the Sandringham line, to arrive at the iconic coastline of Melbourne. I was lucky enough to see the sunset by the beach, which was incredible!

Arthurs Seat Eagle

If you are after something extraordinary to do at the weekend, book a ticket with Arthurs Seat Eagle. This offers you a seat in gondola cabin to travel between the Base Station to Summit Station at the top of Arthurs Seat. You will have a bird’s eye view across the bay to the city skyline.

Go fruit picking!

Have you ever imagined becoming a fruit picker and pick your own strawberries, cherries, apples, peaches, nectarines? If the answer is ‘No’, go and try it! Enjoy a weekend day out soaking up the fresh air while you pick the fresh, delicious fruit and taste their flavours right at the farm. I am sure that you will have a great time with your friends!

international student picking strawberries

Mt Buller

If you come to Melbourne from a tropical country like me, who have only seen snow in movies or books, you will be excited at experiencing the magic of snow first hand. Mt Buller is the closest ski resort to Melbourne in Victoria, which offers a great number of activities including skiing and snowboarding. Challenge yourself to learn how to ski with skiing lessons for beginners or just sit and play with snow by creating your very first snowman and taking lots of pictures with him!

Rachel at Mt Buller

The Grampians

If you are into diverse natural landscape and iconic wildlife, go explore The Grampians. There are so many things that you can do at the Grampians: explore Victoria’s largest waterfalls called Mackenzie Falls or go hiking at the well-known lookout platform called Boroka Lookout. I had a chance to experience a very Aussie way of travelling: hired a Caravan and stayed at the camping area at night and enjoyed early morning listening to birds’ song.

About the author

Outgoing and friendly, Rachel has a passion for volunteering and loves organising events and meeting new people. She believes Melbourne is the best place to live as an international student and is excited to make stronger connections with the international student community. Meet the 2019 Study Melbourne Student Ambassadors.

Rachel Nguyen