On Friday 3 May, Deakin students were lucky enough to experience the trip of a lifetime! Setting out from Port Fairy Wharf, students were en route to Lady Julia Percy Island to explore what team leader Nathan Sykes calls “a local treasure”. Students couldn’t pull their eyes away from the marine life, which included both dolphins and seals.
To get a picture of this amazing trip, we asked Nathan a few questions.
What did you do on the trip?
The trip was a sight-seeing tour to Lady Julia Percy Island but along the way (on the ferry), we were visited by dolphins as we took in the views of the scenic coastline. It was amazing!
Once we reached the island the ‘blow hole’ was a hit with students, blowing water high up into the air. We stopped around in a sheltered bay of the island for morning tea and were visited by many of the island’s residents; 30,000 Australian fur seals! Once finished at the island we returned to Port Fairy where students enjoyed fish n’ chips by Port Fairy Wharf before returning to campus.
What was the best part of the trip?
The best part of the trip was seeing hundreds of seals come right up to the boat.
Did you find the trip and overall positive experience?
I believe most students really enjoyed the trip and it was very surprising to see nobody get seasick!
Why do you think it’s important for students to get involved with student life?
I think it is very important for students to get involved with student life particularly within their local community. The trip offered an opportunity for students to visit a hidden treasure which many locals have yet to experience.
How did this experience develop your leadership skills?
It enabled me to lead a group of students which I normally may not be involved with.
What do you love most about DUSA?
DUSA creates a community within the university that wouldn’t exist without it. It allows students from difference courses and facilities to meet who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to.
If you’re experiencing a bit of FOMO after reading this then don’t worry because DUSA has exciting trips all year round! Keep an eye on our website so you can grab tickets to the next big event.