Take a break…..

Congratulations to those who have finished semester 1, 2015. For all you others have this final week of exams and/or supplementary exams to come in July, you are almost there. It’s time to kick back, celebrate and then take a break before semester 2 starts late July. Some of you may be lucky enough to be flying overseas for a holiday soon, others may be returning home or traveling around different parts of Australia. For those of you who are looking to do something but you have no idea what why not have a look at Trip Advisers options for traveling in Australia for some inspiration.

If you are like a lot of students and money is more of a desire rather than something sitting in your bank account why not check out what Newcastle has to offer on a cheaper budget.  Trip Adviser has made a list of the top 50 things to do when in Newcastle. A lot of these activities are free like the Memorial Walk, Blackbutt Reserve (Although if you are taking the car you will need to pay for parking), and the Newcastle Museum. Whilst the museum offers a lot of kids activities during the school holidays they finish the holiday period a week earlier than you guys do so you might want to save this one for the last week. The museum has a range of exhibitions and at the moment they have a few areas celebrating 50 years of UON. I checked it out last week and was able to find three past alumni and staff members I recognised.

For those who have a little bit of money and want something fun, or funny to do you could go for a round or two of Supa Putt Golf. I went last week and it was a laugh not only seeing if I could beat my husband now but also listening to the 90’s music and checking out the old style games machines. If you have a family this activity might suit you, although be warned that six year olds have an amazing ability to get hole in 1’s! From the Putt Putt course you can see the refurbished Go Karts track next door – a little bit of fun for those young at heart.

If outdoors are more your style then head over for some canoeing at Hunter Wetlands, a bush walk at Blackbutt Reserve, or a bike ride along Fernleigh Track. Or if you own a wetsuit and a surfboard you might like to check out the waves a little more frequently than you have over the past few weeks. Or if indoor adventure is more your style try the Rock Climbing Wall at Pulse Climbing in Admastown.

Regardless of what you like doing just make sure you do plenty of it over the holidays. This is your time to rest, have fun and recharge in time for semester 2.


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  1. Kellie Cathcart

    Thank you for this great suggestion Rosemary! I will make sure to keep an eye on what’s happening in the local art galleries and add these recommendations to future posts as well.

  2. Rosemary Reynolds

    And as a BFA student I can recommend visiting a gallery or two! You never know what you will find. I was very moved by the work of Nathalie Hartog-Gautier where an aunties decline into dementia was described so beautifully. If you happen to be passing the university gallery and would like to support these two local artists (also Lesley Tilley, striking with a literary connection), they are on until July 11, wed-fri 10-5 (12-4 Sat). Otherwise the city galleries are impressive. If you can get to Maitland, it’s great for an outing with a recommended cafe!

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