Attractions with amazing views!

Queensland has so much to offer and during the weekends or holidays, I enjoy travelling around for one day trip with friends. It has many destinations that offer spectacular views. These are some of the places that I have visited and really enjoyed these amazing views.

  1. Mt. Coot-tha

12141770_10207606312134240_6809641052529123596_n

Mt. Coot-tha offers a breath taking view of Brisbane CBD. If you are interested in bush walking, you could actually explore Mt. Coot-tha Forest. My friends and I drove to Gap Creek Road, Mt. Coot-tha and we hiked from Mt. Coot-tha Forest to Mt. Coot-tha Lookout. The hike took more than an one hour but it was worth it as the view is amazing during the day. After that, we hiked down to JC Slaughter and had picnic there! There are picnic tables and BBQ pits at the picnic area! I will definitely visit Mt. Coot-tha again and this time for the night view.

2. Glasshouse Mountains Lookout Circuit

12928288_10154113395183566_1805884492845184830_n12923333_10154113394958566_206179169088470753_n

These are some pictures taken from the lookout. I really like the mountains view from the lookout point as it is so beautiful that it seems like a drawing! It was surreal lookout view that my friends and I stayed around an hour enjoying the view! On the way to Glasshouse Mountain, you will enjoy a scenic drive of pine forests on both your left and ride sides! There is a cafe nearby or you can enjoy BBQ as pits are provided. I love how most of the attractions here in Queensland are equipped with BBQ pits. Visitors can spend their day chilling and have good food at the same time!

3. Montville, Sunshine Coast

13461107_10153707354652379_531672241_o (1)

13441991_10153707406682379_759820739_o

13453269_10153707380987379_1087844731_o

Montville is a small town in Sunshine Coast and the drive to this town has such amazing view. I really like the town as it is unusual and has many quaint buildings and houses. There are restaurants and small shops that sell artistic and quirky crafts. It is worth a visit to this small yet unique town.

 

 

 

 

 

The beginning of great adventures

Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 1.50.31 PM

Source: Darwin

Australia is an enormous country; the entire Europe could fit in it!

Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 1.55.28 PM

Source: Great Ocean Road

Being an international student assumes that you are already eager for travelling and discovering.

Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 1.56.58 PM

Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 1.57.29 PM 1

Source: The Great Barrier Reef

Many places are “must see” location on this Island. Such as Uluru, the great ocean road, the Great Barrier Reef and many more especially if you decide to go road trip with a camper van. A lot of youth uses this mode of travelling, as it is really cheap and super fun!!!

Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 12.57.15 PM

I am of on those people you could call a Globetrotter, I just love travelling!

Australia is a great middle point for places you would not even think of going to or would not have the possibility when you live in Europe.

Everything is nearby and the flights are really cheap.

Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 1.49.46 PM

Source: Indonesia, Gili Trawanga

I went everywhere in South East Asia (Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam).

Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 2.04.36 PM

Source: Vietnam

You cannot miss that opportunity; there are some many things to see, learn and so many new cultures to discover! Australia is just a great location and as a westerner it is such a culture shock to visit these Asian countries, I have my best memories during my adventures around Australian and Australian neighborhood.

Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 2.18.29 PM

Source: Laos

Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 1.59.01 PM

Source: Vietnam

I also took some time of in New Zealand, I did travel around Australia a little bit. Australia offers amazing beaches and incredible empty landscapes, great when you need to escape from the uni stress and from the city.

Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 1.44.06 PM

Source: New Zealand, Lake Tekapo

So come and take every time off to visit and see new horizons!

Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 2.00.00 PM

Source: Vietnam

International alumni chapters

As the committee member of the Malaysian Student Association, I have the opportunity to attend the welcome reception for international alumni chapter leaders and student association-alumni chapter discussions.

DSC02501

This is the first time QUT had the opportunity to bring the wonderful alumni volunteers back to Brisbane to reconnect with the university and this is also the good chance for student representatives to express their ideas on how the alumni chapters can help students and graduates with their personal and professional aspirations.

QUT Alumni and Development Office works regularly with the overseas chapters to provide events and activities for the alumni in-country and they are keen to explore how they can do more to support students.

I got the chance to socialise with the student representatives from other student association through these events.

DSC02493And also had a very good chit-chat session with the alumni from Malaysia, Dr Siti and Dennis.

DSC02503

These events also provide me the information about the activities happening at each international alumni chapter.

DSC02498

Thanks QUT Alumni and Development Office for holding such an insightful event! And also the nice food!

DSC02492

Don’t forget to join the alumni chapter at your country after you graduate from QUT. It is a good opportunity to build up your social circle and also maintain the connection with QUT!

International student interview: Beatrice Khaseke Andera

How long have you been here in Brisbane?

About one and a half year. I came here in January, 2015 as an Australian Awards Scholar.

Where are you from?

Kenya

What course do you study?

I am doing my Masters of Public Health with a specialization in Epidemiology and Research Methods.

Why did you choose QUT?

I was looking for a Masters in Epidemiology and Research Methods. And QUT was one of the prestigious institutes offering it. So, here I am!

How do you find QUT?

A real university for the real world, indeed. I love the diversity, the student support, and the career oriented lectures and assignments.

What do you enjoy the most here?

The warmth of the people! The staff is very friendly and helpful. I love the modern infrastructure  particularly the library, the security around campus, and the state-of-art facilities.

Your attire is beautiful. Can you tell me more about it?

It’s our traditional wear. Today (28 May) we are celebrating African Day and I love to celebrate my culture and my country.

Beatrice

Image: QUT International student, Beatrice Khaseke Andera

How to survive the semester

blog1

Hello, it’s Week 5! Time flies as it seems like the semester just started. Students are getting busy and being occupied by assignments and presentations. Students’ workloads are getting heavier as in few weeks time, they will be facing mid-semester assessments. Here are some tips on how to survive the hectic semester!

blog4

  • START ATTENDING ALL YOUR LECTURES AND TUTORIALS. Don’t have full dependency on online recording and skip lectures. I find attending lectures to be more effective than listening to the recording. In the lecture hall, students would have the opportunity to present their questions or ask for clarification immediately if there is any confusion. Tutorial is equally important because tutor will discuss about the topic taught in lecture in detail. Some tutorials will have participation marks. Therefore, don’t skip any classes!

blog2

  • ASK FOR HELP. Getting lost in the middle of the semester? Do not understand what’s happening during tutorial? Do not wait until the end of the semester, right before finals to solve your problems! Contact your tutor or lecturer via email or look for them during consultation. They will be there to answer all your questions!

blog3

  • STAY HEALTHY! It’s important to have a healthy body and mind to ensure high productivity and good academic performance!  Despite the busy week, students should ensure they have enough sleep and do not skip meals! Exercise is important as well. Another tip: QUT Healthstream’s pool is available for students and entrance fees is cheaper on Tuesday 11a.m. – 12p.m. ($2, usual rate will be $5)

blog5

Hang in there, mid-semester break is coming soon!! Even though prioritising time for studies is important, students should not be too hard on themselves and should make some time off to have fun.

My Sunshine Coast adventure!

Having left to my home country right as semester 1 ended, I returned to Oz just three days before classes started. Inevitably I had to move into a new house (which I’m still adjusting to, by the way) and unpacking (and packing, frankly) was a nightmare, which I kept pushing away due to my persistent laziness.

Exactly a day after I arrived my new housemates decided to pull me in tow to an impromptu trip up to the Sunshine Coast, nevermind I had barely just arrived two minutes ago. So I reluctantly tagged along.

Funny thing is I’ve been in Australia and Brisbane for a little over 6 months now and had never visited a single one of the wonderful beaches in Queensland, which, when said to an Australian, I deduce is an absolutely atrocious thing to do. So make sure you visit the beautiful, famous beaches in Queensland within weeks, because I assure you, you wont be disappointed!

Sunshine Coast was a real stunner, and to top it off, the temperature was 28 degrees Celsius and there were not many people on the beach. Gold Coast and Noosa are next on my list and I can’t wait to share them with you!

 

20160723_141257  20160723_140958

13619998_1755417678064209_1068638750399020919_n

20160723_16470920160723_141559

 

20160723_141317

 

Come into the wild!!!!

Yes, if you are wondering about the Australian dangerousnd unexpected wildlife come and see it for yourself!

Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 12.56.49 PM

Articles you will read about the wild animals living in Australia do not lie!

There are enormous animals, sometimes deadly dangerous…

Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 12.54.27 PM

If you travel around the country and go up North, you should pay attention to the signs warning about crocodiles. I went to Darwin and I did see a few; they can attain 6 meters long and weight 200 kilos. And if you decide to camp in an area where there is a risk to come across one, sleep in the car…

Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 12.55.03 PM

OK, I am not going to scare you just yet!!! Just warn you, the wildlife in Australia is different and it is good to be aware of it! There are snakes, crocodiles and spiders but there are also koalas, kangaroos, parrots, dolphins and so on!

 Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 1.22.06 PM

To make you feel better, if you are not the adventurous person and prefer to stay in cities then there is no worry to have regarding these wild and dangerous animals, there are mainly where the population density is low.

Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 12.58.42 PMScreen Shot 2016-08-14 at 1.21.11 PM

Connecting the dots

My main campus is Kelvin Grove and I do visit Gardens Point for workshops or meetings. Luckily, QUT offers a shuttle bus service between the two campuses in Brisbane. So the other day, I was at the Gardens Point shuttle bus stop and saw the ‘Angry Birds’ movie poster. Seeing the tagline ‘why so angry?’, I smiled. It was such a cute poster. But then I went, wait a minute, I know this from somewhere. Ah! The image of my favourite villain, Joker, came into my mind and the ever crazy dialogue, ‘why so serious?’.

IMG_20160510_105914 200_s

And the first thought that crossed my mind was, ‘Well, good for you, if it had been three consecutive words, it would have been plagiarism’. And for a second I was surprised at myself. Damn, I am getting good at this. I had dropped out of my PhD in India because I thought I had to learn research skills and academic writing before I jumped into research.  We did not have TurnItIn (plagiarism software) when I was doing my studies in India around mid 2000 and the concept of plagiarism was fairly new to me. I remember being nervous about the plagiarism and academic writing when I joined QUT. There was constant support from the Faculty and Student Services regarding those skill development.  And after about 1.5 years at QUT, I guess I can safely say I have a fair grip on academic writing and research skills now.  Day-by-day nothing much changes, but when I look back so much has changed. And I am glad I chose to come here. I know I am one step closer to my goal of doing a PhD.

 

Joker Image Source

Enjoy the Ekka day!

20160810_180534

20160810_175702

Ekka’s gates close at night daily

Do you know what is the largest event in Queensland?

The answer is Ekka! If you are in Brisbane in August, you would absolutely see lots of advertisements of Ekka, the super famous annual agricultural show of Queensland. There are more than 400,000 visitors attending this event every year. Ekka’s formal name is Royal Queensland Show which was called the Brisbane Exhibition originally. The purpose of this event is to showcase Queensland culture, produce, resources and initiatives by award ceremonies, exhibits, educational demonstrations, performances and so on. Next, I am going to share some experience and information about this amazing event.

20160810_135040 20160810_141047

When and where is this event?
Ekka is held at the Brisbane Exhibition Ground near Bowen Hill train station and it usually starts on the first Friday in August and continues for 10 days.

What are the attractions of this event?
First, you can spend a whole day here! There are a sideshow alley, animal parades, numerous typical fair snacks, food and beverage vendors that sell Fairy floss, Pluto pups, burgers, hot chips and so on, and lots of entertainment performances such as nightly firework shows and exciting facilities.

20160810_151751_Richtone(HDR) 20160810_161944_Richtone(HDR)

Have you ever heard about showbags?
It is also an integral part of Ekka experience. Showbags are sold in the Showbag Pavilion and they usually contain food or novelty items which are all tested to follow the safety standards. There are hundreds of different showbags available for visitors to buy and enjoy various kinds of products. Consumers can easily have discounted prices if they buy the showbags.

20160810_173707 20160810_171152

Finally, if you would like to experience the event online, my video may be a good choice for you: Click Here
Also, please feel free to leave your comments below and follow this QUT blog continuously! Enjoy it! 🙂

Unforgettable trip in Byron Bay & Point Danger!

20160722_061345Many students studying at QUT may choose “Gold Coast” or “Sunshine Coast” to be their travel destinations when they stay in Queensland, Australia. However, there is still a classic attraction named “Byron Bay” which is the easternmost area of Australia near two big cities, Brisbane and Gold Coast. You can see the lighthouse, national park, or even a beach which was elected as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This day, I went to Byron Bay with my QUT friends for experiencing the first sunrise of Australia and also visited the border which name is “Point Danger” between New South Wales and Queensland. Next, just enjoy the article and this trip together!

20160722_062508

20160722_065812

Cape Byron Lighthouse is the easternmost lighthouse of Australia and the amazing place to see the sunrise. Although the opening time of the lane to the lighthouse is 8:00, you can still enter this area by walking. Many tourists or magazines would call here as the place where you MUST visit in Australia because of its amazing view and special location that supplies the travel meaning or achievements for people. It is quite easy to understand that people always like somewhere which is the most remarkable to be their travel destination.

20160722_062624

 

We departed from Brisbane at 4:00 and spent around 2 hours to Byron Bay. We checked the sunrise time was 6:30 at that day, but we still saw some beautiful colours above horizon after we arrived.

Next, of course, we moved to the lighthouse. Although it was just around 6:00, there were many people already waiting here for the sunrise. What a popular attraction!

 

20160722_064759 20160722_064937

Finally, we saw the sunrise successfully and I just can’t describe my feelings or emotions completely. It was so great for me and gave me lots of energy and power honestly. I just felt that I am so lucky to study in Australia. Then, we finished our trip by taking a picture with lighthouse.

Next, we went to “Point Danger”, the border between New South Wales and Queensland, Australia, before backed to Brisbane. The most famous landmark of Point Danger is “Point Danger Light”, also known as “Captain Cook Memorial Light”. It commemorates the bicentennial of Captain Cook’s first voyage to east coast of Australia in the 18 century. Besides these historical meanings, it is also a great spot for people to go surfing, enjoy the view, or have a food to spend holidays.

20160722_083944 20160722_083522

There are some lookout points at the park next to the beach where you can see the magnificent view and enjoy the amazing atmosphere. I have been in Australian for several months and I know there are numerous gorgeous coasts or beaches in this country. However, I am still not tired of these beautiful views but try to explore more fresh and surprising spots in Australia enthusiastically.

20160722_084016 20160722_082029

20160722_08171220160722_085120

 

Finally, if you would like to read more details or acquire more information about Byron Bay or Point Danger, my blog article may be a good choice for you: Click Here

Also, please feel free to leave your comments below and follow this QUT blog continuously! Enjoy it! 🙂

1469191115685