Emily Dwyer (American):
"In the 6 shorts weeks I was in Bunbury, I have learned more about myself than I ever thought possible. Traits I enhanced were a sense of self-reliancy, an understanding of frugality, and how to have cultural empathy.
What I did not expect was how culturally aware this trip has made me; I have encountered all types of people from all parts of the world, all with different reasons as to why they were in WA. It was a beautiful opportunity to be able to have become more internationally aware and connected. Bunbury feels like a second home.
SERIOUSLY, Annette was an absolute dream. She helped me when I decided to make a change in my program and stay in Bunbury, and was very good with making the necessary adjustments.
It was an amazing experience for me. I learned so much and will take so much away from it. All the people involved were amazing to work with. Our first day in Perth we made contact with Annette who was very helpful and gave us lots of good info on Perth and places to check out. She brought us to the induction at the Centre and we were made to feel welcome there.
Keira Rowsome (British):
"I just wanted to say a huge thank you for helping me arrange my project in Perth. I had such an amazing time and left with an unforgettable experience ... I'm already planning my return to Australia after I finish University! Thank you again!"
TRAVEL AND ARRIVAL ARRANGEMENTS:
Unless you've made different arrangements, you'll fly into Perth airport (Perth is the capital city of Western Australia) and make your way from the airport to a city backpackers which we have pre-booked for you. There you'll stay for one night to give you time to catch your breath and relax after your flight.
The following day you'll be met by our Australia Manager and given an orientation. After the orientation you will be taken to the Esplanade bus station, located in the Central Business District, where you will be transferred onto a South West coach. The drive down to your project location takes 2-3 hours, mostly along the coastal road and you'll be driving through some beautiful land- and seascapes. When you arrive, a staff member from the Backpackers will meet you at the bus station and take you back to the hostel.
PROJECT LOCATION - SOUTH WEST COAST: This programme is located in the stunning south west coast in Bunbury, the third largest city in Western Australia. The city is small but a major commercial centre in Western Australia and acts as a hub to the local area about 2½ hrs drive south of Perth. Described as the real Australia. It lies on a spectacular peninsular surrounded by blue waters of the Indian Ocean, a bay and an inlet. A vibrant port city with a strong maritime history, the area is renowned for its quality lifestyle and unique blend of nature, and top quality facilities.
The area's other features include mangroves, rare basaltic rock and nearby Tuart Forest. A colourful "cappuccino strip" of sidewalk cafes and a variety of waterside dining options offer numerous opportunities to taste the wonders of the local produce. The award-winning restaurants and historic pubs ensure the atmosphere hums! The city is surrounded by forests, national parks, waterways, historic towns and hundreds of vineyards, not to mention the incredible coast-line.
CLIMATE: The area has a Mediterranean climate with warm to hot summers and cool winters. Rainfall is during winter but the weather is rather pleasant for the rest of the year. In summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 28°C with an average minimum temperature of 14°C. In winter (June to August), it's 19°C with an average minimum of 9°C.
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