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spring break destinations for students

College and university students all over the world look forward to Spring Break for the chance to take some time away from school and unwind. There are places across the globe that draw crowds of college kids during this time of year. Students in Australia have plenty of options to choose from, whether they’re looking to party or to relax. Here are best five places in Australia to spend Spring Break this year, and any year.

Whitsunday Islands

This collection of 74 islands is between Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef and is an ideal choice for anyone who wants to spend Spring Break on the beach. While many of the islands are uninhabited, the ones with the most allure boast white sandy beaches, beautiful rainforests and idyllic hiking trails. Those secluded beaches are perfect for sunbathing, having a few cocktails and getting active in the water with friends. Friendly towns are dotted throughout the islands and offer places to eat, hotels for your stay and other exciting things to pass the time. Of course, you can also camp on some of the islands if that’s more your speed.


Spring Break in Sydney is an experience no student will ever forget. Bondi, a suburb of Sydney draws many surfers during a break from classes and is an iconic part of the bigger city that boasts bohemian cafes and some of the best surfing that Australia has to offer. The Bondi Icebergs Club Pool is also close by and is billed as one of the most photographed places on Instagram. There’s also plenty of people watching and there are plenty of parties to attend. Of course, being in Sydney is a chance to visit its world-famous landmarks and attractions. Take the opportunity to tick off Darling Harbour and the Bridge, the Opera House, The Rocks, Barangaroo Reserve, Taronga Zoo, Hyde Park and Chinatown on your bucket list. Instagram photo opps abound.

Gold Coast

Gold Coast has recently exploded in popularity as one of the hottest Spring Break destinations in Australia. Why? Because the place already has a great reputation for knowing how to throw a party and with the loads of people flocking there every year, there’s sure to be a good time going on. Being one of Australia’s hottest nightlife destinations, you know Gold Coast has a lot to offer. When you’re not partying, spend some time lounging on the beaches or head to the wildlife sanctuary for an up-close encounter with koalas and kangaroos.


This resort beach town is a huge draw for Spring Breakers. Besides the endless beaches where you can sunbathe, swim or sip a cocktail, there are tons of other things to keep you entertained. Try a sunset camel ride or explore the dinosaur tracks nearby. The historic Chinatown in Broome is a great place to experience oyster farming and an abundance of mouth-watering food. Cable Beach is a white sandy stretch of land that is flat and perfect for all Spring Break festivities. Roebuck Bay is where you’ll want to go for food and crafts, bird watching and relaxing. Bowling, golf, football and an open-air cinema are also here for the taking. Broome truly has something for everyone during Spring Break.

Great Ocean Road

A road trip more to your liking this year? The Great Ocean Road is the place to cruise and is billed as one of the world’s most scenic drives. Not only can you see the 12 Apostles landmark and feast your eyes on wildlife galore, but there are multiple places to pull over and take a break to catch some waves on your surfboard. Along the way, there are many galleries, museums and restaurants to add to your Spring Break itinerary. A stop at Tower Hill is a must for seeing koalas, emus and kangaroos. Seaside villages each offer something special, from people watching to food and wine you won’t find anywhere else. Must see places along the way also include The Great Ocean Walk, Bells Beach, the Australian National Surfing Museum, Brae and the Otways.

Australia is packed with little treasures and places that will make for a memorable Spring Break. If you want the traditional party, head to one of the larger cities. If you prefer a mellow, laid back break, a road trip or beach vacation is sure to meet your wants and needs. Of course, you don’t have to wait for Spring Break to experience any of these places. They tend to be less crowded during the off season and are always a great way to spend a holiday outside of term time.