Last Friday JCI had its very first Pallarenda Beach Trip of the semester. JCI organises this trip as a way for new international students to meet each other and to have a fun, relaxing day at the beach. The response was overwhelming with over 100 students turning up for the event.
Pallarenda is an idyllic seaside suburb somewhere in northeast Townsville. Students can chill out on the beach and work on their tan or take a dip in the sea. Walking north along the beach takes one to a quieter, more isolated beach; aptly named Shelly Beach because of the abundance of seashells that can be found in the sand there.
If the sand and sea aren’t your cup of tea, Pallarenda also offers scenic fort walks. A 20-minute walk brings you to the top of the knoll where you will get a panoramic view of Pallarenda. Be sure to peek your heads inside the old WWII battlements and read up on some interesting history that can be found on the signboards.
If you’re hungry or thirsty from your swim or walk, the staff of JCI have also brought along mouth-watering treats such as lamingtons, scones, chips, and refreshing, high quality water.
The staff of JCI also have a plethora of games and activities set up for students. Volleyball is always a crowd favourite, but plenty of fun was had with the buddy-walker races and human bingo as well. Prizes in the form of chocolates and pizza vouchers were given out but in my opinion, fun was the real winner that day.
A big shout-out to Alex and Tom and their team for organising this trip and showing us so much love! We can’t wait to see what they have planned for us next!