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Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Air Canada schedules year-round flights for Melbourne

Great news! Air Canada has upgraded its upcoming nonstop service between Vancouver and Melbourne from seasonal to year-round.

Air Canada schedules year-round flights for Melbourne

Air Canada has scheduled year-round flights for Melbourne

Seasonal flights to Melbourne from its Vancouver hub are scheduled four times a week during the peak summer holiday period between Dec. 1, 2017 and Feb. 4, 2018.

Air Canada will begin year-round flights on the route three times a week from June 1, 2018, with a morning departure from Melbourne and an overnight service out of Vancouver. The Star Alliance member airline already provides non-stop flights to Sydney and Brisbane.

While Qantas has operated seasonal flights between Sydney and Vancouver since January 2015, Air Canada is the only airline offering year-round nonstop flights from Australia to Canada.

Air Canada’s schedule for year-round Melbourne-Vancouver flights

  • AC38 Melbourne to Vancouver (Tuesday, Friday, Sunday), Departure at 09:40 – Arrival at 07:35.
  • AC37 Vancouver to Melbourne (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday), Departure 22:45 – Arrival 07:55+2


Get more predeparture tips! Contact us at info@oztrekk.com and find out more about studying in Australia!

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Predeparture preparation: getting ready to study in Australia

If you’ve applied to a physiotherapy program in Australia through OzTREKK, then you’ve met Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh!

Predeparture preparation: getting ready to study in Australia

Physio Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh

Krista’s prepared a blog for everyone getting ready to go to Australia with tips for your predeparture preparation. Take it away, Krista!

Whenever the weather starts to get colder here in Canada, something very special happens here in the OzTREKK office. Offers start to roll in, and we enter into Pre-Departure season. In other words, we start to help our students get ready to escape the cold and head to Australia.
While this is meant to be an exciting time, it can be very overwhelming for many, but OzTREKK wants you to know that we have you covered! Really and truly, there are no stupid questions in the predeparture phase and if you are thinking it, there is a really great chance that somebody else is thinking it, too! It’s sort of like turning to Google to answer your seemingly stupid question only to find that thousands of other people have wondered the very same thing (this does happen to you too, right?).

Whether you consider yourself a travelling expert or not, the majority of your anxiety likely comes from picking up your life, packing it in a suitcase and moving it across the world.

In light of this, I took the liberty of Googling some of the first things that would come to my mind in preparation for the long trek to Oz. I came across some really helpful tips and blogs that I think you will benefit from!

  1. How To Pack Your Life Into a Carry-on
  2. Booking an Airbnb for the First-Time User
  3. How To Survive a Long Haul Flight
  4. How To Dress Like a Local in Australia
  5. How To Pack a Suitcase in 30 Minutes
  6. How to Prepare for your Arrival with Google Maps
  7. How to Say Goodbye and Move Across the World
  8. Brush up on Australian Slang (because it won’t sound like English)
  9. Check out the Lonely Planet Website
Predeparture preparation: getting ready to study in Australia

Are you getting ready to study in Australia?

Once you have browsed through all of this, you will likely have additional questions that come to mind. Feel free to Google away, and if there is anything you are unsure about, please make sure that you check in with your OzTREKK Admissions Officer so that we can help you out!

Happy planning and packing!


What are you predeparture questions? Send them our way: info@oztrekk.com or call us at 1-866-698-7355. We’ll get you ready to study in Australia!

Friday, November 10th, 2017

How to prepare for your first flight to Australia!

Meet our Marketing Coordinator Lindsay Rodney. If you’ve ever been to an OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair or info session, you can bet Lindsay planned it! Here, Lindz talks about getting the most out of your very long flight to Australia!

How to prepare for your first flight to Australia!

Me on Brighton Beach, Melbourne, in front of one of the “bathing boxes”

When I first heard I was heading to Australia, my first thought was… well I can’t really say it here, but you can bet there were a lot of bad words that came to mind (in a good way).  I couldn’t believe that I was going to a country that I only dreamed of—and for work nonetheless.

My second thought was, “How long is the flight?” Travelling from Ottawa to Melbourne is quite a distance and then it sank in: I was going to have to endure  a 26+ hour journey with a  14+hour flight mixed in. I had no idea how people did it!

I’m not a person who’s scared of flying, In fact, I actually like it; however, sitting in a 2’ x 3’ area for more than 14 hours in one sitting was going to be a challenge. So I tried to prepare myself as much as possible, packing my carry-on with snacks, a book and my power cord and hoped for the best. However, after completing the journey, there were a few things I learned that could help a few of you.

 How to prepare for your first flight to Australia!

Get ready to watch!

Here are my top five tips to do when preparing for your first flight to Australia!

Download Netflix Series/Movies

This is a great opportunity to catch up on all those series your friends are talking about! You’re going to hibernate for 14 hours and come out on the other side knowing all there is to know about the Upside Down and Demogorgons.

 How to prepare for your first flight to Australia!

Take care of your feet so you don’t get “cankles”

Tip: Download the episodes in advance on Wi-Fi and delete them as you watch them; this will help make room for all those amazing pics you’re going to take. 🙂

 Get Compression/Travel Socks

When my mom asked me if I needed compression socks, I said “Mom I’m not 50. I’ll be fine!” Apparently I am 50, and I had “cankles” for about five days after I arrived in Melbourne.  When my feet finally returned to normal, I found the closest chemist (drug store) and bought a pair of travel socks for the flight home.

Tip: Don’t’ be a hero—get compression socks! Your feet will thank you!

 How to prepare for your first flight to Australia!

Stay hydrated

Bring a Water Bottle

Keep hydrated! I filled up my water bottle before I boarded the plane, and had the flight attendants fill it up when I needed it. It was helpful as then it also gave me an excuse to get up, stretch my legs and of course, go to the bathroom.

Tip: Staying hydrated will also help with “cankles” (related to #2)!

Don’t Wait to get Snacks

 How to prepare for your first flight to Australia!

Bring dry snacks you love

I flew from Ottawa to Vancouver, Vancouver to Brisbane, and then Brisbane to Melbourne, and when I left Ottawa I was really craving some BBQ crunchy coated peanuts and thought, it’s okay, I’ll get them in Vancouver. Nope! I searched everywhere for them and there were none in sight.

Tip: When you see a snack you want, get it because it won’t be at your next stop!

Bonus Tip: I suggest flying through Vancouver instead of the U.S. There are flights from Vancouver to Brisbane and from Vancouver to Sydney. This way you only have to go through customs once and you don’t risk getting delayed at LAX. 🙂

 How to prepare for your first flight to Australia!

Enjoy yourself!

Take Everything In!

This is going to be an experience you will remember for a lifetime. Don’t stress about the little details because when you’re sitting on the pier looking at the Sydney Opera House, the cankles will have been well worth it!

Tip: This is what it’s all about—enjoy this experience. You’ve made it!


I would love to see your tips and tricks to make your flight a little more bearable, use #oztrekk and share yours with us!