Have you ever wondered where to walk around and relax in Brisbane? Or do you want to hold an outdoor event in Brisbane? Or maybe you want to do volunteering work in a parkland environment in Brisbane? Well, Roma Street Parkland is the answer!
Where are you from?
- Hong Kong
How long have you been in Brisbane?
- It has been 1.5 years.
What course are you studying?
- Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics
How do you find being a part of QUT?
- As an international student at QUT, I have a lot of opportunities to engage in the real world environment and Australian community. Besides, I got the multi-cultural experiences from real world placement program, QUT global exchange program and East West activities. On top of that, I find the course I am doing now is good and it is more practical than the other universities as well. I am happy to have the opportunities to practice my cooking skills and doing experiment every week.
What do you like to do during your leisure time?
- Travelling and reading
What is your favorite quote?
- Be perseverant.
I like to take photographs of sunset because it is beautiful. If you like to see or take photographs of the sunset as well, probably can think about these few places around Brisbane that I am going to introduce you.
- Wellington Point is a suburb of Redland City, about 22km south-east of Brisbane. It is the good place to catch sunset!
The photo was taken at the bottom of the bridge before the sunset.
The following four photos were taken from the sun was about to set until almost set. I am so astonished by the changes in the colour of the sky at that golden hour for photography!
I think it is a good idea to include people in the sunset photographs as well.
The photo was taken above of the bridge after the sunset. Isn’t it amazing? The sky became pinkish colour after the sunset.
- Redcliffe is a residential suburb of the Brisbane metropolitan area located within Moreton Bay Region LGA in the north-east of the Redcliffe peninsula, approximately 28 kilometres north-north-east of the Brisbane CBD. It is good to choose to go there on a Sunday morning so then you can also explore the market there.
You can find fresh produce, arts and crafts and many other things there.
There are also goats in the market!
The following few photos are the beautiful sunset at Redcliffe.
The sky turns into pinkish colour after the sunset at there too.
- Shorncliffe pier is a historic pier which situated near Saint Patrick’s College and lower Moora Park. It takes around 35 minutes to travel from Brisbane city.
People say here is the good place for meditation.
- Kangaroo Point Cliffs are heritage-listed cliffs located at Kangaroo Point just across the Brisbane River from the Brisbane CBD in Queensland, Australia.
The last few photos were the beautiful sunset with the view of Brisbane city.
Times passes too quickly! It’s week 9! Good thing the students have a long weekend due to the public holiday. During the break, a few of my friends and I head to Gold Coast for a getaway to de-stress from the assignments and mid semester examinations. It was a short holiday, but enough to take my mind off studies and just relax and find rest.
It’s great that Gold Coast is just an hour drive away. It is also easily accessible and convenient even though you do not have a car. You can easily get to Gold Coast by train!
The beaches there are really beautiful. These pictures are taken when we went to Broadbeach. The weather was great. It was sunny and the weather is not too cold though winter is coming. Walking along the beach with such a beautiful view and the sound of waves crashing could help you to escape stress.
One of my favorite activities in Australia – catching the amazing sunset.Despite the busy assignment period, it is good to be away from studies and just chill. Manage your time wisely so you can have time for both fun and studies.
Here are some tips and advice from QUT on time management: https://www.library.qut.edu.au/study/planning/timemanagement.jsp
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a sanctuary located in Currumbin, a coastal suburb in the Gold Coast region of Queensland, Australia. It has an area with 27 hectares of lush bushland to walk through. In this vast sanctuary we can meet various Australian native animals such as kangaroo, koala, wombat, dingo, emu, and many more. The sanctuary itself is open from 8.00am – 5.00pm daily.
I got the chance to visit the sanctuary during the Gold Coast Orientation Trip with QUT on 25 February 2017. It was my first time to see many Australian native animals. I spent my time there wandering around the sanctuary to see those animals.
I also watched some shows and attractions when I was there.
I had the chance to touch a kangaroo for the first time ever in my life in this sanctuary.
All in all, it was a great and unique experience for me to visit such place because I could meet many indigenous Australian animals. The shows and attractions were also interesting. I hope I could visit this sanctuary again in the future.
I’ve flown by myself many times before, but I had never flown to a new country to travel completely solo. Much to my parents’ dismay back in the US, I challenged myself to step a little outside my comfort zone and take a trip alone to Queenstown, New Zealand for a week.
I know it sounds extremely intimidating to take on a brand new country all alone, but I promise, there are endless benefits of doing so. When I arrived in Queenstown, the only plans I had set were my hostel for the week, and bungy jumping on my first day. I wanted to leave my plans open so that when I was presented with new opportunities, I had a flexible schedule to decide what I wanted to do. Not booking my week was the best choice I made- I met tons of new people and discovered awesome new places. Making friends that happened to have cars and/or boats allowed me to travel with great company without having to spend the extra money for transport. If I had flown to Queenstown with a friend, they may have wanted to go different places than me, do different activities than me, and eat different things than me. Since I was by myself, I was able to make decisions based off what would make me happy. If I wanted to wake up early and fit in a day full of activities, I didn’t have to worry about another person being willing to do the same. If I wanted a day to relax and read by the lake, I didn’t have anyone to object. I felt an independence and freedom in New Zealand that I have never felt before because I truly had complete control over everything that I did. It was a relief to not worry about meeting other people’s wants or needs. Being disconnected from the rest of the world because most of the places didn’t have wifi was also a major factor of my fulfilling experience during the trip.
Overall, being on my own for a week was an amazing way for me to get in touch with myself. I had a lot of time to clear my head, reflect on things, and realize what is actually important to me. I was able to toss out a lot of my careless worries and concerns, and focus on the happiness that the little things in life bring me. I highly recommend taking a trip by yourself, whether it is to a new country, or even just a new state or town nearby- it will impact you in a very positive way.
I talked about the first day of my Sydney trip in the previous blog. This time I will share with you what I did in the second and third day.
- Day 2
My second day is composed of a whole day walk among Darling Harbour, Paddy’s Markets and NSW State Library. I also accidentally walked into a lot of other places on my way.
I came across this beautiful Chinese Garden right next to the Darling harbour. It brought me a sense of peace and there were a lot of tourists sitting on the rock and enjoy the blooming lotus.
You can also write down your wishes on the pink paper and hang it up. It was a pleasure to read the nice wishes of other people and be touched by their positiveness and kindness.
- Day 3
I was chatting with the girls living in the same room with me in the hostel the night before and we were talking about our plan for the next day. It turned our that they wanted to join me for the costal walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach.
We got up early on the day and took a bus to Bondi Beach. The weather was very good, sunny with a little breeze.
Luthyda, Layla and I were about to start our 3-hour hike.
Luthyda is from China and currently on her working holiday in Australia.
Layla is from Germany and about to leave Australia after working for one year to commence her midwifery course in Germany.
The view along the costal line is just amazing. You can see so many tourists or locals either enjoying the sunshine on the beach, surfing or working out.
If you are into nature, definitely check out the costal walk. If is refreshing, beautiful and free.
However, do remember to put on a lot of sunscreen. You can burn pretty bad after three hour in the sun. That’s the lesson I learnt.
My 3-day getaway to Sydney came to an end finally and I had to say farewell to the new friends I met there. Not sure whether we will come across in life ever again, but I guess this is the beauty of travelling alone. You will always meet new friends if you open yourself up. It is amazing to be friends with other people who are so different from you, yet share the same value with you.
I will come back to do the costal walk again in the future, definitely!
Did you know that there is a free ferry service in Brisbane? Yes, you can use a free ferry service, which name is CityHopper, if you want to travel along the Brisbane River for free. This is the only free inner-city ferry service in Brisbane. This ferry can be easily spotted by its red and white colour.
Fortitude Valley is my favourite hangout place with friends.
Fortitude Valley is a suburb near to Brisbane City. It takes only 10-15 minutes by bus to get there from Brisbane City. Fortitude Valley is also well known of its Chinatown Mall as it is a hub of exotic Chinese supermarkets and restaurants. Fortitude Valley is such a hip and interesting place. I have so much fun and surprises while exploring there every time.
During the weekends, there is a creative market happening.
Free chess can be played for fun if you are interested.
My favourite brownies shop at My Bakery Lane at Fortitude Valley.
I hope I can have a taste of all the flavours they have.
Once in a while, there may also have free music performance.
Recently I discovered Winn Lane at Fortitude Valley. Hearsay there is a shop selling tasty burger which is recommended to give it a try!
Some of the cool stores at Winn Lane, Fortitude Valley.
You can also spot many graffiti here and there while walking around Fortitude Valley.
James Street at Fortitude Valley is Brisbane’s foremost retail and lifestyle precinct. It features a mix of over 130 specialty shops, including a huge range of designer clothing and homewares stores, award-winning restaurants and cafes, art galleries and design havens. You can receive more information from http://www.jamesst.com.au/
My favourite store at James Street. Simply like everything in the store.
My favourite book shop at James Street. The shop also sells tasty Matcha food. Don’t miss it if you are Matcha lovers!
Always can’t resist the desserts and pastries!
I believe you will have a lot of fun and surprises as me while exploring Fortitude Valley!
Are you thinking about going for an exchange? If one-semester is too long or too expensive for you, maybe you can join a short-term exchange program for 2-4 weeks.
At the end of last year, I completed a short term exchange program in Japan for three weeks. It was an unforgettable experience for me where I met lots of friends and sharpened my Japanese language skills. As this program is so good and I hope more students can know about it, today I volunteered for 2017 QUT Exchange Fair.
This event was held in Kelvin Grove campus because the Young University Summit was happening in Gardens Point campus at the same time. The stalls were arranged according to different countries. There were more than 20 stalls at the event with exchange student representatives at each stall.
I was volunteering for the short-term exchange program stall. A lot of students showed up to ask about what short-term exchanges are and how could they participate. I noticed that many students are interested in Japan and UK.
I came across my friend Jodie when volunteering who attended the exchange program in Sonoda Women’s College with me together last year and she offered to help out at the stall. Thanks, Jodie!
We had a good time sharing with students our experience in Japan and encouraged them to apply either for academic study or professional development purpose.
If you are interested in going abroad to study for a short period, definitely go and check out this QUT website: https://qutvirtual2.qut.edu.au/ismms-core/outboundStp/listUpcoming
You can find the detailed information of each program, the application due date and program start date.
Good luck and have fun!