Reasons to visit a CSU campus town these holidays

Summer is here once again and with it comes the wonderful opportunity of travel and adventure. Charles Sturt University (CSU) has many campuses that are spread across different towns, each offering their own unique experience for the adventurous student. Here is a list of things to do to spice up your summer explorations.

Bathurst

Cave diving is an extremely exhilarating experience. Abercrombie Caves are about an hour drive from Bathurst, and are home to majestic marble formations that allow the light to dance across the cavernous walls.  Underground concerts, weddings and Christmas carols are held on a stage that was built by goldminers more than a century ago as a platform for dances. Swimming holes dot around the surrounding area and are perfect for the mid-summer swim.

Wagga Wagga

One of the main attractions in Wagga Wagga for uni students is the Wagga Beach, which, despite being hundreds of kilometres inland, boasts a beachfront, small waves and a fantastic BBQ area. Wagga Wagga is also home to Lake Albert of which a cycling and walking path runs around to offer a scenic exercise trail.

Albury-Wodonga

Takeaway pizza is certainly amazing, however it doesn’t compare to a homemade pizza cooked in a wood fired oven. This is one of the many things Albury-Wodonga has to offer and it’s well worth a visit. The ovens are fired every second Sunday for free and are attended by an Oven Coordinator to make sure your dinner won’t burn and your pizza is as mind-blowing as pizza can be. You’ll find this hidden treasure in Hovell Tree Park, so take a cool retreat from the sun in the undercover area and treat yourself to quality wood-fired pizza.

Orange

If you’re looking for an adventure, Orange is the place to go. Borenore Caves Reserve is an undertaking not to be missed. The district was once inhabited by Aboriginal groups from the Wiradjuri tribe. Make sure you bring boots and a torch so you can experience the caves in full. Federal Falls is another popular destination, with a walking track that passes through forests and gigantic rock faces on its way down to the falls. Visiting after rain is ideal to experience maximum waterfall potential.

Dubbo

One of the more obvious attractions at Dubbo is the Taronga Western Plains Zoo which is home to hundreds of animals from all over the world including meerkats, hippopotamus’ and giraffes. The zoo is located five to six hours from Sydney, Canberra and Newcastle, offering fantastic opportunities to stop at wineries, historic villages, pubs, and many other locations that offer up fantastic selfie backdrops.

Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie is an incredibly popular tourist destination and houses one of CSU’s newest campuses. Access to amazing beaches and coastal rainforests is one of its main attractions as the warm climate provides a great escape and offers a chance to make the most of your holidays (not to mention tanning potential).