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Things to do in Western Australia in 2022 for international students

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Here is a guide to some of the things you should definitely pencil into your calendar, whether you're a student in in the Perth metropolitan area or one of our regional centres.

Perth metropolitan area

Enjoy food stalls and handcraft at Perth Makers Market and Twilight Market
Running one Sunday a month (except in winter), the Perth Makers Market in Heathcote hosts a variety of artisans and artists selling their handcrafted goods and materials. The bustling event boasts over 150 small or family run business stalls, including food stalls for a delicious lunch. Vendors sell handmade jewellery, fragrant candles, local fashion and more. The additional Twilight Market runs on four evenings in 2022, with music and a pop-up bar.

Experience the Ocean Film Festival
Explore the depths of the sea through the big screen at the Ocean Film Festival, which encourages viewers to respect, enjoy and protect our oceans. If you're based in Perth, you can check out the films from 27—30 April.

Explore arts and culture events at the Perth Cultural Centre
The Perth Cultural Centre is the city's heart of arts and culture. This vibrant and inclusive precinct houses outstanding facilities, including the Art Gallery of WA, WA Museum Boola Bardip, State Library of WA, The Blue Room, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) and the State Theatre Centre of WA. The WA Museum Boola Bardip features WA's scientific and cultural collections, while PICA holds the state's most prized contemporary artworks. 

Catch a ferry to Rottnest Island
Home to stunning landscapes and cuddly quokkas, Rottnest Island is a must see destination for Perth-based students. After a quick ferry ride, you'll find yourself in a natural wonderland, complete with cycle paths, parks, marine life and more. With activities including guided tours, fitness retreats and spa days available, you'll have no trouble entertaining yourself here. 

Bunbury regional area 

Market fun at the Really, Really Free Market
Leave your wallet at home for this fun community initiative on the third Saturday of every month, where, true to the name, you can find pre-loved treasures for free! Bring anything you no longer need (that's in good condition to share) and you may stumble upon your next favourite object in return. 

Explore the Dolphin Discovery Centre
Get up close and personal with some of WA's most beloved and fascinating sea creatures; dolphins! At the Dolphin Discovery Centre, you can enjoy a wide range of experiences including Dolphin Eco Cruises and Dolphin Swim Tours where you actually get in the water with these amazing animals! You can also explore the Interpretive Centre to learn more about aquatic environments and their histories. 

Visit nearby Busselton
A short 40-minute drive from Bunbury will lead you to the charming coastal town of Busselton. Here you'll find the iconic Busselton Jetty (the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere), idyllic beaches and an underwater observatory. You can see even more Busselton activities here.

Geraldton regional area

Enjoy The World of Musicals
The internationally renowned and loved revue, The World of Musicals, will grace the Geraldton stage on 11 April, blending popular show tunes, infectious energy and dance moves to create a show bursting with vitality. Tickets are discounted for students at AU$74.90. 

Celebrate all things seafood, culture and adventure at the Shore Leave Festival
Making an anticipated return in 2022, Geraldton's Shore Leave Festival (27 April–1 May) exhibits the town's finest produce and cuisine. Dedicated to the coastal lifestyle, the festival boasts an enticing range of free and ticketed events and workshops, such as guided museum tours, art installations and a fish market. The Helm bar is the festival's beating heart, acting as a central meeting place with workshops during the day and live music playing through the night. 

Visit Kalbarri
Less than two hours' drive from Geraldton is Kalbarri, a stunning town that's perfect for a day trip or a weekend getaway. Nature lovers will adore Kalbarri, which is home to the Kalbarri National Park, beautiful beaches and interesting wildlife. From fishing to whale-watching to swimming in the ocean, there's no shortage of fun activities to try. 

The list doesn't stop here – you can also keep up to date on events and activities for international students at Study Perth's student event page, which features a range of workshops, day trips and social activities.

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