Monash Day Out

Australian wildlife and beach experience

Join other new international students from all Australian Monash campuses in a full day of activities. We will visit Moonlit Sanctuary, Chelsea Beach and the Frankston Waterfront on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. Students will have opportunity to see native Australian animals, including koalas and kangaroos, and experience an afternoon of of structured games with Surf Lifesaving Victoria on the beach.

This value packed day trip includes return bus transport to your nominated campus, entry to the sanctuary, animal feed so you can handfeed the kangaroos, sightseeing, structured beach activities and equipment, lunch, dinner and snacks.

There will be many opportunities to meet new friends, take some fun selfies and get insight from experienced student ambassadors about life in Australia and student life at Monash.

Who can attend

This trip is open to all new international students starting at Monash University in semester one 2020.

Date and location

Saturday 14 March 2020

The Mornington Peninsula is just over a one hour drive south of Melbourne from the CBD.


The special price of $65 (valued at $95) includes:

  • transport from campus to various stops on the Mornington Peninsula and back
  • general entry into the Moonlit Sanctuary and beach activities
  • up-close animal encounters with many different shapes and sizes of fascinating Aussie animals
  • a packed picnic lunch with dinner at Sofias Waterfront Bistro (ice cream and snacks also included)
  • a scenic drive aboard a luxury air-conditioned coach
  • souvenir shopping opportunities
  • a visit to the Frankston Waterfront to enjoy a scenic boardwalk along the pier and photo opportunities
  • friendly and informative student ambassadors to guide you
  • opportunities to meet like-minded people and make new friends.

Registration and payment

Registrations close at 9am Monday 9 March (unless sold out earlier).

Register now

Confirmation and itinerary

Tour duration: generally 10am to 8pm (times will vary depending on which campus you opt to be picked up and dropped off at)

You'll receive confirmation of your booking immediately after payment has been received. You'll also receive a detailed itinerary two days before the trip, which will confirm the meeting time, pick-up location, your bus leaders name, an emergency contact and your allocated bus number for your trip.

For operational reasons, bus swaps will strictly not be allowed.

Refund policy

Once we've received your booking and you have a confirmation email, the booking is non-refundable and no bus swaps will be allowed.

You may be able to transfer your booking to another Monash student if you're no longer able to attend, but all transfers must be registered before 9 March with International Student Engagement prior the event. No ticket transfers will be allowed after registrations have closed.

Before you go

Monash Day Out is the perfect opportunity to meet face to face with other new students at Monash. But you don’t have to wait until the day of the trip to start building a network of new friends – connect with other new students and student ambassadors on aMigo, Monash’s social media platform for new students.

Get connected with aMigo

What to bring

You'll need a change of clothes. We recommend that you dress in comfortable sun-smart clothes.  Check the weather conditions closer to the day and dress appropriately.

Swimwear is encouraged for swimming, but we're not overly strict on what you wear. Many people are more comfortable in a t-shirt and shorts. You can still wear headwear if preferred.

You should bring:

  • clothes for swimming/water activities (eg. bathers or swimsuit)
  • towel
  • sunscreen
  • insect repellent
  • hat
  • drinking water
  • bag for your wet clothes
  • a long-sleeved shirt or jacket in case of cool weather
  • flat, sensible shoes/sandals (definitely no high heels!).

A packed lunch and light snacks will be provided as well as dinner in a bistro.  We highly recommend you bring your own morning and afternoon tea, as well as drinking water because it is a long day.

You may also want to bring some spending money as there will be opportunities for you to purchase souvenirs.

Don’t forget your camera – there will be lots of Instagram worthy photo opportunities throughout the day.


Take a look at these short videos of the semester one 2019 trip to Healesville Sanctuary, and see what some of our students thought about their experience:

You can also see videos of Kiki's and Cailing Bai's visit to Healesville Sanctuary.

Please note that the footage appearing in these videos was taken at various locations in the Yarra Valley. These locations are not included in our semester one trip.