German Students in Queensland 2016

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Dates of Comings & Goings 2016

German Group (DASH/SAGSE) arrives in Brisbane: Sunday 17. July 19.30pm Flight SQ245 from Singapore

Qld Tour: begins 31st July
6:15am Departure from Kelvin Grove State College bus stop, L’Estrange Tce., Kelvin Grove
Blacksoil pickup
approx. 7:00am
Toowoomba Approx. 8:15am)

Qld Tour returns: 10th August Late afternoon arrival (approx.5:30pm) at Kelvin Grove State College, L’Estrange Tce. bus stop.

Departure from Brisbane: Wednesday 24th August, Be at airport 11:30am Flight SQ 236 to Singapore, Departs at 14:30pm

DASH tour 2016

Carnarvon Gorge, Lava Tubes, Cairns Whitsundays & Hervey Bay

Day 1
31th  July 2016
  6:15am sharp  departure. We travel west via Toowoomba, Miles and Roma before  heading north to Carnarvon Gorge. We will arrive late in the afternoon at  Takarakka Resort. (Students will be required to bring a packed lunch from their host  parents to ensure a reasonable arrival time at Takarakka Resort).  Tents   D
Day 2
1st  August 2016
  Today  we will spend a full day walking in Carnarvon Gorge. On our walk we will  visit the Moss Garden, Ward’s Canyon, the Art Gallery and possibly Bulimba  Bluff. After this spectacular walk we return to camp for dinner and time  around the campfire.   Tents   BLD
Day 3
2nd August 2016
  An  early start today as we head into the Tropics through the Central Highlands  Coal area and the township of Emerald. We then travel through to the old Gold  Mining town of Charters Towers where we will stay tonight.  Tents   BLD
Day 4
3rd  August 2016
  This morning we continue north and travel to the  Undara Lava Tubes. On arrival we will set up camp and then do a tour this  afternoon to see these amazing Lava flows. Tonight we will have some time  around the campfire  Tents   BLD
Day 5   Thursday
4th  August 2016
  This morning we will travel through the Atherton Tablelands  where an amazing variety of crops are grown.   We will then visit the village of Kuranda before taking the Skyrail  down from Kuranda. Students will buy their lunch in Kuranda. We will then  travel to our accommodation and then travel into Cairns this evening for some  shopping.   Cabins   BD
Day 6
5th  August 2016
  This morning we will visit the Aboriginal Cultural  Centre, Tjapukai. Here we will learn about the Aboriginal history,  culture and view some Aboriginal dancing.  We then have a free afternoon in Cairns to do some shopping or have a swim at  the beautiful lagoon on the Cairns Esplanade. Students will buy their own dinner  today.  Cabins   BL
Day 7  Saturday
6th August
  This morning we will make our way to the Cairns Port  where we will board our boat to Green Island. While at Green Island we will  be able to snorkel, view the coral from a glass bottom boat and have some  time to look around the island.   Cabins   BLD
Day 8
7th August
  We  leave Cairns this morning and make our way south to Townsville and then on to  Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands.  Tents   BLD
Day 9
8th August
  We will travel on a Catamaran around the  magnificent Whitsundays. We will visit Whitehaven Beach, voted one of the top  10 beaches in the world. The day includes a buffet style lunch, snorkeling  and sailing amongst the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.   Tents   BLD
Day 10
9th  August 2016
  We depart early this morning and travel south via  Mackay and Rockhampton where we will cross the tropic of Capricorn. Our  destination is the beautiful Hervey Bay   Tents   BD
Day 11
10th  August 2016
  An exciting morning as we board a whale watch cruise  to find Humpback Whales. We will be in the pristine waters surrounded by  Fraser Island and Hervey Bay where humpback whales come to give birth to  their young. We will have lunch before our return trip to Brisbane late this  afternoon.

We will supply all the knives, forks, spoon, cups, plates, bowls and tea towels for the group. Students will need to bring a sleeping bag and the usual toiletries, clothes, sunscreen, repellent, torch, etc.
All  meals are supplied as stated.
This is a camping tour but there will be dorm accommodation in Cairns.


“My wonderful time in Australia!”

28 Sep , 2015

SAGSE German students 2aStudents from Germany experienced an unforgettable 6 weeks in Queensland: exploring the country, the language, the culture .. and having the time of their lives! Here’s one student’s story …

From Hessen to Queensland

SAGSE German students 3When 20 young German school students from the state of Hessen arrived in Brisbane as part of the Society for German-Australian Exchange (SAGSE Qld Inc) exchange program , little could they imagine what impact the six weeks with host families would have on them, and how their love of Australia would grow.

Staying with families in Brisbane, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Bundaberg and experiencing school and family life here was not all. They also enjoyed a fascinating journey as part of the exchange – an organised bus tour of the best of Queensland’s sights from Brisbane to Carnarvon Gorge to Cairns to whale watching at Hervey Bay and much more.

Here are the memories of one of these students …

Katja Hansen’s story – “My wonderful time in Australia”

These 6 weeks I spent flew by. It feels like yesterday that I arrived at the airport and saw my host family for the first time. Now it’s coming to an end, but when I look back it was a wonderful experience that I will never forget.

I saw so many different things in such a short time. We hiked through the national park (Carnarvon Gorge), snorkelled at the third most beautiful beach in the world (Whitehaven Beach), we went whale and dolphin watching, learned about the aboriginal culture and travelled with the Skyrail over the rainforest in Cairns. Each day was a surprise and no one knew what to expect.

SAGSE German students groupI also really enjoyed my time at school. There are so many differences between German and Australian schooling. In Germany: There are no school uniforms, the start and finish of school is different for every student, the teachers are not like friends and they are stricter and not so funny and we get marked on your involvement in class.

I’m very thankful for my host family for doing these amazing trips to Brisbane City, New South Wales, Eumundi Markets, to the Gold Coast and a lot more. I enjoyed every day with them and I couldn’t ask for a better one.

I’m very happy that I got to meet so many new people. Thanks to everyone who made my time unforgettable!

Katja Hansen aus Griesheim



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