Monash Day Out
Australian wildlife experience
Registrations now open
Join hundreds of new international students from all Australian Monash campuses as we visit Healesville Sanctuary in the beautiful Yarra Ranges. Discover many Australian native animals in their natural habitat, be entertained by the renowned Spirits of the Sky free-flight bird show and enjoy a relaxing scenic bushwalk in a national park with plenty of opportunities to grab the perfect photo.
This full day tour includes a friendly tour guide who will share stories of Australian unique and unusual native wildlife, meet new friends, bus transport, lunch, snacks, sightseeing and entry into the sanctuary.
This trip has limited capacity so registrations are essential.
Who can attend
This trip is open to all new international students starting at Monash University in semester one 2019 only.
Date and location
Saturday 9 March, 2019
Healesville Sanctuary is located on Badger Creek Road in Healesville, just a short one-hour journey from the Melbourne CBD.
The special price of $80 (normally $120) includes:
- transport from campus to Yarra Valley and back
- general entry into Healesville Sanctuary
- keeper talk opportunities; hear about the many different shapes and sizes of fascinating Aussie animals, including the famous koala and kangaroo species
- lunch is provided
- entry into the iconic Spirits of the Sky (free flight bird show)
- scenic drive aboard a coach
- souvenir shopping opportunities
- scenic national park bushwalk and photo opportunities
- a friendly informative tour guide
- opportunities to meet like-minded people and make new friends.
Registration and payment
After you've completed the online registration form, you'll be directed to the tour operators' secure online payment form to secure your booking.
Registration will close at 9am on Monday 4 March (unless sold out prior).
Confirmation and itinerary
You'll receive confirmation of your booking immediately after payment has been received.
You'll receive a detailed itinerary two days before the trip which will confirm meeting time, pick up location, your guide's name, an emergency contact and allocated bus number for your trip.
This tour will generally run from 10am to 6pm (times will vary depending on which campus you opt to be picked up and dropped off at).
For operational reasons, bus swaps strictly will not be allowed.
What to bring
Check the weather conditions closer to the day and dress appropriately. We recommend that you bring comfortable ‘sun-smart’ clothes
You should bring:
- light coat (if needed for cool weather)
- sunscreen and insect repellent
- appropriate footwear (no high heels).
Lunch is provided, however it is a long day so we highly recommend that you bring your own morning and afternoon tea (some light snacks), as well as drinking water. You may also want to bring some spending money as there will be opportunities for you to purchase snacks and souvenirs.
Don’t forget your camera as there will be lots of photo opportunities throughout the day.
Monash University has engaged the services of external agency Bunyip Tours to plan and carry out this trip. 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 with the booking operator. No ticket transfers will be allowed after registrations have closed.
Take a look at this short video of the semester one 2018 trip, and see what some of our students thought about their experience:
Please note that the footage appearing in this video was taken at various locations on the Mornington Peninsula. These locations are not included in our 2019 trip.