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    USU Day Trips Semester 1 2024

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    USU Day Trips Semester 1

    Welcome to Sydney! Explore your new home with our fun sightseeing tours at USU Day Trips. The tours are the perfect chance for students to learn more about the city and make new friends along the way. 

    This semester, we're running weekly Day Trips to various highlights, from a Blue Mountains Tour to a visit to the theatre 🔥

    The semester 1 Trips are below:

    23 Feb7:30am - 5:30pmPrivate Tour of the Blue Mountains + Scenic World + Sydney Zoo
    1 Mar9:20am-4pmTreetops Adventure Western Sydney
    8 Mar8:40am-4pmTaronga Zoo 
    15 Mar10am-1pm Aboriginal Harbour Heritage Tour
    22 Mar1:15pm-4pmAustralian Museum: Ramses Exhibit
    12 Apr6pm-9pmHoyts Movie Night: Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
    19 Apr6pm-11pm& Juliet at Sydney Lyric Theatre
    26 Apr5:40pm-9pmThe Rocks Ghost Tour
    3 May11:15am-4pmCockatoo Island Tour
    10 May12pm-3pmChinese Garden of Friendship Tour
    17 May7am-5pmRoyal National Park Hike
    24 May12:15pm-4pmWhale Watching Cruise

    All tours have a $20 refundable fee - if you attend the tour you will be refunded the $20

    23 Feb: Private Tour of the Blue Mountains + Scenic World + Sydney Zoo!

    Slip away from the hustle and bustle of the city and discover the beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains. Indulge in the area's best vantage points with amazing vistas, stunning waterfalls, dramatic sandstone escarpments and valleys with lush, temperate rainforest home to many native species of flora and fauna. with the added advantage of visiting Scenic World AND Sydney Zoo (where you get to feed some jumpy kangaroos!)

    The trip will begin on Hermann's Lawns at 7:30am (we know its early 😴 but there is so much to see!)
    You will board a tour bus which will take you to all the venues.
    Please remember to bring comfortable shoes. You can bring your lunch or purchase it on the way.
    You will return to Hermann's Lawns at 5:30pm (pending traffic)

    1 Mar: Treetops Adventure Western Sydney

    Come join us as we walk through the sky in this exciting treetop adventure rope course! Spend 2.5 hours amongst the trees with your dedicated instructors, having fun on all the different ropes courses the park has to offer.

    The trip will begin outside Hermann's Lawns at 9:20am, you will board a bus to the Treetops Adventure Park. 
    Please remember to wear comfortable shoes and clothes as you will be doing a lot of climbing! And bring any food or snacks with you.
    You will return to Hermann's Lawns by bus at 4pm (pending traffic)

    PLEASE NOTE: You are required to sign a waiver prior to this trip. Upon sign up, you will receive an email with your waiver to complete, please do this prior to the trip. If you are under 18 years of age, you need a parent or guardian to sign the waiver for you. 

    8 Mar: Visit Taronga Zoo

    Come see all the incredible animals that are housed at Taronga Zoo, and join a workshop led by Taronga's animal experts to learn about Australian wildlife!

    The trip will begin outside Hermanns Lawns at 9am, you will board a bus to take you to Taronga Zoo.
    Please remember to bring comfortable shoes, you may purchase snacks inside.
    You will return to Hermanns Lawns by bus at 3pm (pending traffic)

    15 Mar: Aboriginal Harbour Heritage Walk

    Be touched by the most ancient human culture on earth on a 60-minute leisurely walkabout with an Aboriginal guide in Sydney's Botanic Gardens, and journey through the culture and land of Aboriginal People.

    The trip will begin outside Hermann's Lawns at 10am, you will board a bus to take you to the Botanic Gardens.
    Please remember to bring comfortable shoes and bring any food or snacks with you.
    You will return to Hermann's Lawns by bus at 1pm (pending traffic)

    22 Mar: Australian Musuem - Ramses Exhibition

    Transport yourself back 3,300 years, across the sands of the Sahara Desert where you reach the heartbeat of Ancient Egypt ruled by the most celebrated pharaoh in the country's storied history. Experience one of the greatest collections of its kind in this Australian-first exhibition, Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs

    The trip will begin at the Holme Building at 1:15pm. 

    12 Apr: Hoyts Movie Night

    Come along and enjoy a fantastic movie night, including popcorn and a drink and some Ghostbusters!... what more could you want! 👻

    In Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, the Spengler family returns to where it all started – the iconic New York City firehouse – to team up with the original Ghostbusters.

    The trip will begin at the Hoyts Cinema Broadway at 6pm.

    19 Apr: & Juliet at Lyric Theatre

    Come experience the magic that is the musical "& Juliet" in it's first ever showing in Sydney!

    The Emmy®-winning writer from Schitt’s Creek flips the script on Shakespeare in this hilarious and poignant story of self-discovery and second chances.

    The trip will begin at the Hermann's Lawns at 6pm, you will board a bus to take you to Lyric Theatre 

    26 Apr: The Rocks Ghost Tour

    Come and see the underground, spooky side of Sydney's history... with ghosts and ghouls and the macabre side of Australia's history you'll be in for fun and fright! 👻

    The trip will begin at the Holme Building at 5:40pm.

    3 May: Cockatoo Island Tour

    Explore the lower island, including the cathedral-like Turbine Shop, convict-built Fitzroy Dock and towering Powerhouse chimney. 

    Along the way, your lovely guide will share stories and anecdotes that paint a vivid picture of the island throughout the ages.

    The trip will begin at the Holme Building at 11:15am.


    10 May: Chinese Garden of Friendship Tour

    Travel with us amongst the beautiful greenery at the Chinese Garden of Friendship! 🌺

    Nestled between Darling Quarter and Darling Square, the gardens were modelled after ancient private Chinese gardens from the 5th Century.

    Enjoy a gentle stroll with us through the stunning green landscape, stop for a bite to eat or a sip of tea and just take some time to relax and meet some lovely new people!

    The trip will begin outside Holme Building at 12pm (The location has changed due to weather. Please check your email for updates. )

    17 May: Royal National Park Hike

    Strap on your walking shoes and get ready for this magical hike that takes you right through national parklands to Wattamolla beach!

    Including lunch and a cosy bus ride to and from the hike, you don't want to miss this! 👀

    The trip will begin at the Hermann's Lawns at 7:10 am, you will board a bus to take you to the national park.

    24 May: Whale Watching Cruise

    Climb onboard Captain Cook Cruises to experience the magic of whale watching in Sydney!

    Enjoy this relaxing cruise, see some whales and make some friends along the way! 🐳

    The trip will begin at the Holme Building at 12:15pm.

    Frequently asked questions:

    What is USU Day Trips? 

    USU Day Trips is an event series for USYD international and domestic students to make new friends and explore all the best parts of Sydney. In semester 1, we're running weekly Day Trips to various highlights, from an Aboriginal Cultural Tour to a movie night at Hoyts, and so much more!

    Who can join Day Trips?

    Day Trips are open to all USU Members. If you aren’t a member yet, make sure you sign up today so you can come along and enjoy all the fun. The best part is, it's free for all USYD students! Sign up for USU membership here.

    What are the Covid-19 safety requirements? 

    Day Trips attendees are required to follow all of the University's Covid Safety Precautions, any Covid Safety requirements issued by NSW Health.  This may include but are not limited to wearing masks on public transport and checking in via the Health QR. 

    What if I don’t receive my confirmation email? 

    Please email us if you don't receive confirmation of your registration. 

    What happens if it's bad weather?

    Most of the USU's Day Trips will go on regardless of the weather, so make sure you pack appropriately! Make sure you have water and a hat if it's sunny, and an umbrella if it's raining. If the weather is too severe for the Day Trip to go on as scheduled, you will be notified via email and offered a refund or a change of date option. 

    Tickets are sold out. What do I do now?

    Please email us if you'd like to join the waitlist, and we'll contact you as soon as a spot opens. But don't worry if you miss out on this Day Trip, the next one is just around the corner!

    Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims and Assumption of Risk:

    By participating in this event, I agree to the terms and conditions:
    1. Participants are responsible for their own behaviour and any resulting consequences. The University of Sydney Union shall not be liable for any loss, damage, or theft of personal belongings or any injury to the individual or others resulting from the event. Furthermore you agree to abide by the terms and conditions of this event.
    2. All attendees must adhere to all COVID-19 safety requirements, including but not limited, to wearing a mask on ALL public transport.
    3. I consent to being contacted by the USU via email about upcoming events and activities. I can opt out of these communications at any time.
    4. I consent to being photographed by USU during the event for future promotion content on USU socials and communication channels.

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