I have undertaken different volunteering programs over the past few years, mostly something local in my home country, Indonesia. I’ve been teaching voluntarily in the capital city down in the rural areas, building a better community at villages, guiding less fortunate children through motivating activities and programs, and so forth. It has always been a thrill to do so, to be a part of a change even so little. After all those years, at the beginning of 2018 I thought to myself “this is my last year of campus. I’m not going to have a long holiday anymore for at least several years- I gotta work.
Yeay! Some of us are graduating!
QUT provided the international graduating students with a workshop on the last week of September 2018. For those of you who missed it, here are some information provided in the two-hour session. It’s so simple!
The prominent getaway destination for Brisbane people; North Stradbroke. One of the most beautiful landscapes I’ve seen is on this huge island. Although I only had the chance to explore the northern coast of this island, it already gave me the best view. Queensland really does offer you irreplaceable moments in life.
It’s amazingly sooo easy to go to this paradise from Brisbane. Just take the train to Cleveland (an hour more less train ride), and go to the pier to take the ferry. Everything is on google and this official website https://stradbrokeisland.com/ . They have student prices for the ferry too 😀 and within the island they have shuttle buses that take you here and there.
The video might explain well how the island is really good for a day or even two days getaway; however you like it. I’m actually planning on going camping there before I graduate uni. Whoever is keen feel free to comment down below :]
Cedar Creek Falls in the Mount Tamborine area
We hired an eight seater van and just spent the day road tripping down south. We wanted to trek but time wasn’t enough to bring us to Springbrook National Park, so we decided to go here instead, where the track was very easy.
Honestly, I don’t think my previous Lady Elliot Island post clearly explains how dramatic the island was; so I made a video for you to see at least 30% of what the island has to offer. Enjoy!
One time experience to Great Barrier Reef makes you come back for more. Just a month after going to Cairns, Lady Elliot Island was my next destination. It was an easy planning, I only needed the website ladyelliotisland.com, along with the saved up money (because yes, Lady Elliot Island wasn’t cheap at all….) and it got me through real easy.
So this is how you get to Lady Elliot Island; you pay individually even though you arrive in a group. The price includes; transportation to and from the island, food (breakfast and dinner), free snorkeling around the island, accommodation, and much more. Extra activities are also provided, one which I took of course; diving!!
Lady Elliot, homes of Mantas.
This is how the island looked like.
This clear water! You just go 2 meters off the coast to meet a turtle, and several more meters to meet a blue spotted ray and reef sharks.
More on specific camera settings on flickr.com/photos/pcsyafira.
Lady Elliot Island: Most definitely best destination I’ve been to in Australia yet.
Pricilia Clarissa Syafira
Who says Melbourne is the most livable city in the world? I think Brisbane is! Seriously, I mostly love the fact that Brisbane is located in Queensland; where the adventure is. Brisbane is just a couple of hours away by plane to the beautiful North Tropical Queensland. The best thing I can find about Australia so far. Tell me I’m exaggerating- but please do follow @tropicalnorthqueensland and @gbrmarinepark on Instagram, and go there quick to prove me wrong.
What almost shocked me the most about living in Australia are the artists that keep on coming back to see their fans down here. Even if they have to travel from the other parts of the world! Specific artists that I adore don’t come much to my home country, Indonesia (maybe the fan power isn’t enough or my country wasn’t ready to have them around lol), which makes me beyond amused coming down here- Brisbane- and I find it so easy to go to gigs.