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5 Cheap Study Breaks For Students In The Tropics

If you’ve managed to score a placement at one of North Queensland’s universities, lucky you, you’re studying in paradise!

With the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest on your doorstep it’s a wonder you get any work done at all. When it all gets a little less crazy and you’re able to wriggle out from your pile of text books, here’s 5 things you should do on your uni break.

Top 5 things to do in North Queensland on your uni break:

1. REMEMBER THAT SWEET TUNE BY TLC ‘DON’T GO CHASING WATERFALLS’? WELL WE SAY THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE – CHASE THOSE WATERFALLS! CRYSTAL CASCADES IS THE PERFECT SPOT FOR A REFRESHING DIP.

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2. TRADE IN YOUR USUAL FOUR WALL CLASSROOM FOR THE GREAT BARRIER REEF AND LEARN TO SCUBA DIVE! IF IT’S NOT ON YOUR AUSSIE BUCKET LIST – IT TOTALLY SHOULD BE! 

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3. IF YOUR UNI BREAK RESOLUTION IS TO GET FIT AND FABULOUS THEN THE RED ARROW WALK IN CAIRNS WILL HAVE YOU DRIPPING IN SWEAT AND FEELING AWESOME IN UNDER AN HOUR! TIME TO GET PHYSICAL AND PUMP THOSE ENDORPHINS.

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4. ROAD TRIIIPPPPP! WHETHER YOU HEAD NORTH OR SOUTH, NORTH QUEENSLAND IS FULL OF SECRET SPOTS TO EXPLORE, JUST WATCH OUT FOR THOSE CASSOWARY’S CROSSING THE ROAD!

 

5. SUFFERING THOSE CAFFEINE WITHDRAWALS? A TRIP TO THE COFFEE AND TEA PLANTATIONS ON THE ATHERTON TABLELANDS WILL SATISFY YOUR CRAVINGS AND ENSURE YOU KEEP YOUR BUZZ GOING ALL DAY.

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Nearby Hostels

    Cairns Central YHA
    From $20 per night
    Cairns Central YHA
    With the Great Barrier Reef on your door step, this centrally located hostel is the perfect base to explore Tropical North Queensland, offering a tranquil outdoor pool area, communal kitchen, large common areas and air conditioned rooms.
    Port Douglas YHA
    From $27 per night
    Port Douglas YHA
    Winner of the 2014 and 2015 Best YHA in Queensland, YHA Port Douglas is more like a travelers resort. Luxurious private and share rooms and just a 5 minute walk to the beach.
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