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.
Part 2: The Bright Side
Well, I did not expect my second part would take that long to come up with (interrupted by my assignments haha) but yeah, here I go again!
Hi guys, it’s Ha and this is the second chapter of my student life in Brisbane. This part will be all about the fun stuff I’m doing as an international student and what I really enjoy.
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.
I’ve been in Australia for 2 years now, and I’ve travelled to the main states such as Victoria and Sydney. During the semester break, I had the opportunity to visit Australia’s hidden destination – Tasmania. Also known as “Tassie”, it is located south of the Australian mainland.
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.
As global citizens, an indispensable part of our life-journey is the universal experience which comes along with the excitement of exploring and being exposed to the world. Study Abroad/Exchange Programs offer a suite of benefits and outcomes for students interested in exploring the world beyond their tabloids and boundaries to embark on an international adventure. Being an exchange student has been one of the prestigious rewarding opportunities that you will have the good fortune of experiencing.
As a university for the real world, QUT puts a premium on learning overseas. Thus, QUT International Student Mobility offers a wide range of programmes including Semester Exchange Programmes, Short Term Programmes, Study Tours, Work Integrated Learning Programmes, Research Internships, etc.
Being an engineering student, I will be able to expand and branch out my academic knowledge in various academic disciplines. These programmes offer a significant opportunity to gain practical experiences and expose yourself to real-world applications. These programmes nourish your previous academic knowledge and support your degree at QUT.
Going on an exchange to a different country cultivates a sense of wonder and curiosity to explore the new environment. It would be an enlivening opportunity to meet and build social networks with the people from around the world. Accompanying a new geographical location, you will be gifted with unforgettable experiences, life-long friends and a wealth of learning about the world around yourself.
As a QUT Exchange, you will be able to
- improve personal flexibility, encompassing an ability to reach compromise, focus and succeed through challenging times.
- expand awareness and adoption of alternative, multi-faceted approaches to learning, analytical and problem-solving skills.
- enhance your interest in global issues as well as a broader general knowledge with cross-cultural understanding.
Thanks to QUT International Student Mobility, I was privileged to go global on several exchange programmes including South Korea, Germany, Japan, etc. I highly encourage you to apply for these amazing exchange programmes on QUT Global portal and get yourself on a flight to somewhere you dreamt of.
During my winter break this year, I was invited by my best friend and her family to travel across the South-Eastern border of Australia with them. Our journey started with a flight to Melbourne, and road trips to Shepparton, Furner, Mount Gambier and Adelaide, and flight back from Adelaide to Brisbane.
The trip was an immersive experience as we stayed on farms owned by family friends, and I played with lots of baby lambs, had freshly laid eggs for breakfast and also had a bonfire night in the freezing weather.
My best friend surprised me with a trip to the Blue Lake, Tantanoola caves and the possum caves in Mount Gambier.
On the way to Adelaide from Furner, we also came across the famous giant lobster, and absolutely had to take a picture of it!
All in all, this trip inspired me to aim to travel more across Australia and explore the less famous towns and cities and discover more of Australia’s stunning landscape and natural formations.
Once in a year, the Royal Queensland Show (EKKA) is here in Brisbane again!!! This iconic show brings the city and the country together and showcases the best of Queensland in ten days. Before heading to EKKA yourself, you can now follow my steps and gain a unique insight about EKKA from me!
1.Fashion Parade & Art
Never been to a fashion show before? Now it’s your turn to enjoy the show at Ekka like a celebrity. Here you can see the works of Queensland’s top designers and have your photos taken with gorgeous models after the fashion show. As far as I know, this fashion show has been a must-see for EKKA since 1980. Additionally, the Creative Arts and Crafts competition shows you the most talented creations in Queensland and you can see creations ranging from embroidery, beading to leatherwork.
2. Animals & Agriculture
Australia’s cute creatures can be more than koala and kangaroos, and you will realize this in the animal nursery. A tour of the animal nursery in EKKA, you can literately embrace with any cute little animals! After washing your hands, you can directly enter the playground and enjoy your time with small animals such as cows, sheep, and little pigs!
In the ten days of the EKKA Carnival, competitions ranging from paintings, beauty contests for cakes to the largest vegetables will take place all the time. Among them, I am really impressed by the wood-chopping competition. It is definitely one of the best matches with the Ekka’s theme–“Bring the country to the city”. The wood-chopping area is always crowded with the audience who is keen to see the axes and flying sawdust.
3. Food & Drinks
The only thing I should say in this section is to walk around and eat as much as you can! EKKA is definitely a heaven for the foodies, where you can enjoy the delicious cuisines made by the freshest ingredients in Queensland. No matter you are a fan of the traditional Aussie food or you are super willing to try something new, EKKA gives you everything. I would just recommend a few here, the iconic EKKA strawberry sundae, Hot Dog, King-size churros, twisted potatoes, and chips loaded with meat and source!!!
4. DIYs & Photo Time
Do you want some lovely souvenirs from EKKA? You can actually do it yourself!!! Try to make yourself a crown decorated with blooming flowers or bring your friends and families some tulip made by a piece of paper!
5. Night Shows & Fireworks
Spending your night time at EKKA will be a perfect end to your EKKA experience. EKKA offers more than fireworks and it gives you a performance of Australian culture. I can name a few that you should never miss out: Wheel Standing monster car competition, Wild Colonial Wagon Chase and the Fireworks-Spectacular are the most eye-catching parts at the night. Fireworks are perfectly combined with performances and the superb equestrian skills make you cannot stop cheering. P.S., all of these are so much better to see with your own eyes since photos just cannot express how fantastic they are !!!
One more thing you should always do: Just remember to stop for a while and have a look at the EKKA rides at night, they are just amazing!!!
No matter what inspires you to come to EKKA, I can guarantee that EKKA will definitely fill you up with happiness and excitement and gives you the energy to reawaken your inner strength and your love for life! So remember to have your own EKKA experience this August and have tons of fun!!!
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!