A Trip to The World of Avocados

Hi guys, it’s Ha and today I will share with you guys one of my favourite volunteering experiences in Brisbane – a trip to Blackbutt Avocado Festival with QUT Big Lift a few months ago.

On a beautiful Friday afternoon in September, we hopped on a bus to go to Blackbutt, leaving our busy university lives behind. This was the first time I’ve ever been on a trip with a group of brand new friends since I came to Australia, so it was very special and exciting for me. Here are some highlights of the trip:

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Are you ready? O-Week at QUT

After a 36 hour flight from Europe to Australia, would you rather go to uni or stay at your home sleeping all day? I went to uni because it was the O-Week (Orientation week). Yes, QUT’s O – Week, the week where you meet your friends again and make new friends.

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Queensland international students steer the ‘Leader’ship

For the second time, the Queensland International Student Leaders’ Forum was held on 15th and 16th October in Brisbane. More than 120 Queensland international student leaders from different leadership backgrounds brought multicultural diversity to the forum. Student leaders carrying different titles at institutional levels all over Queensland added value to the insightful discussions at the forum. Queensland International Student Leaders’ Forum is an annual event organised by the Study Queensland with the involvement of the Queensland International Student Advisory panel (QISAP) and Council of International Students in Australia (CISA).

Study Queensland is the State Government organisation dedicated to welcoming, valuing, supporting and growing international students. The study clusters across Queensland including Study Brisbane, Study Gold Coast, Study Cairns, Study Townsville and Study Sunshine Coast also contributed towards the successful delivery of a productive leadership forum.

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A heated week of Canberra’s Winter

As we all know Canberra gets bitterly cold during the winter months. Last August, I experienced brisk cold and unusual heat with a bit of surprise. Canberra is less humid than other Australian coastal cities. Many people who live in Canberra are not originally from Canberra, having usually moved there to take up employment with the Australian Government. I define Canberra as the ‘Diplomatic City of Australia’ as it opens doors for the national level diplomatic relations. Read more

17 Australian gifts you can take back home for your near & dear

Now, I know you will be thinking that I can walk up to the souvenir shop in Queen Street Mall and buy gifts from there. But let me tell you mate, Australia has so much more than just koala keyrings and fridge magnets.

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A Diwali away from home

Deepawali aka Diwali is a festival of lights and symbolizes good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. Its globally celebrated by those who identify themselves as Hindu, Sikh, Jain or simply put Indians. The overall message of Diwali is the victory of good over evil. Diwali is a festival and holiday central to my life for cultural reasons. And, this is my third Diwali away from home.

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Sugar fix, anyone?

Hello pretty people! Today, I am going share something very sweet with you all.

Guess what? I went to all things sweet pop-up museum called ‘Sugar Republic’ in Brisbane. And, it made me realize that the inner child within you is ageless… I actually came across the exhibition as a Facebook event and it looked something like this.

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QUT Surfers: One of the best clubs at QUT!

After recently returning from my third surfing weekend trip in Byron Bay organised by QUT surfers, I can confidently say that the QUT Surfers club is my favorite club at QUT! If you haven’t heard, QUT Surfers is a relatively new club at QUT that aims to bring together both new and advanced surfers, organize weekend or day surfing trips and lessons, or just to socialize, chill at the beach and meet other cool people. No prior surfing experience is required to join the club so it is a great way to get out there and learn from the best. If being in the water isn’t your thing, the club is still a fantastic way to meet really cool people.

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Straddie Story

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 :]

Watch the Stradbroke video