Sydney Must-See’s

Sydney is undoubtedly one of the most iconic destinations in Australia. There are popular tourist spots that everyone automatically goes to see, but I wanted to fill you in on some lesser-known ones! First, I’ll cover the basics.

Famous Places in/around Sydney

The Sydney Harbour is packed to the brim with people from all over the world, and beholds the beauty of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

You may have heard about the Sydney Bridge Climb, which is a pretty cool opportunity… BUT it will set you back a whopping $250 AUD for even the cheapest option. We all know our student budgets aren’t that flexible. So I’ll let you in on a pro tip: the Pylon Lookout.

Walk to almost the middle of the bridge, climb a few flights of stairs, and you’ll reach the Pylon Lookout! For only $10 AUD (saving you $200+!!!) with a student ID, you can have this AMAZING view of the bridge and city! That’s my kind of deal.

Hyde Park and the Royal Botanic Garden are other popular spots to check out that are definitely worth your time. The nice part is you can easily walk from each location!

Bondi Beach is an illustrious feature of Sydney. A short bus ride from the city will bring you to this dazzling town, where you can visit the famous Bondi Icebergs Club and soak up the sun. The Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk is 6 km round trip and provides breathtaking views of the ocean and beaches. There is a nice cafe with delicious food in Tamarama where you can eat at a table right on the sand.

Spots in Sydney More Under the Radar

Observatory Hill Park is nestled right in the center of Sydney and holds panoramic views of the city, river, and bridge. It was noticeably less crowded than most of the other places I went this day, and I personally really enjoyed the relative peace and quiet. If you’re lucky, you might catch part an outdoor wedding being held!

The touristy coastal destination other than Bondi is typically Manly Beach. Take the path less traveled and go to Watson’s Bay instead! You can jump on a ferry right in the Harbour to get there, which provides a unique perspective of the city from the river. Once you reach Watson’s Bay, check out the skyline in the distance before walking through the park to get to the Federation Cliff Walk. There are awesome views and photo opportunities of the coast along the walk. After you’re done, head straight to Doyle’s on the Beach for some fish n chips!

International Student Interview: Vu Truong

Vu on Adelaide Street in Brisbane city

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s your name?

  • Vu Truong

Where are you from?

  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

How many years have you worked before you came to Australia for study?

  • I graduated from 1998 and have worked for more than 15 years.

Why did you decide to come to Australia?

  • Because studying overseas is my dream. I choose Australia as I have family here.

What’s your favourite  place in Brisbane?

  • Brisbane CBD. I love the busy life, convenience, shopping places and work opportunities offered in CBD area.

Why did you choose to study business at QUT?

  • After comparing several universities, I find the accountancy faculty is better at QUT. Some people told me that the course here is more practical too.

Any tips for finding an internship?

  1. Focus on study first and get a good score; it will impress the employer
  2. Create an impressive resume which can reflect about yourself

Any tips for making friends?

  • Being friendly, attending classes and helping others as much as possible.

Exchange student interview: Juyeon Suh

Photo: Exchange student, Juyeon Suh from South Korea. Image taken at QUT Gardens Point Campus.

  • What university are you studying?

Ewha Womans University in South Korea.

  • How long was your exchange at QUT?

About 5 months.

  • What course were you studying at QUT?

My major is journalism. I took four classes at QUT. Three of them were about journalism and one of them was Australia Geography.

  • What do you learn from the exchange experience at QUT?

Australia is one of the most multi-cultural places in the world. A multi-cultural society is made up of people from various backgrounds and ethnicities. I could make friends of all different races and learn from them. It was really interesting to share each culture. By doing so, I became more open-minded. After studying in Australia, my perspective and thoughts are broadened.

Photo: Exchange student, Juyeon Suh. Image taken at Kangaroo Point Cliff.

  • What is the main difference do you find between QUT and your university?

Although Ewha Womans University provides students some discussion courses, the number of classes is too limited. Also, there are so many students in each class that students cannot have enough time to express their views. On the contrary, QUT has lots of discussion courses and the number of students in a class is small compared to mine. I was happy to express my opinion during the classes actively.

  • Any tips for the prospective exchange students?

I really recommend you to visit lots of places while studying abroad. Australia is really huge and has many different types of weather. It has many different environments inside. For me, Australia was a really great choice. I traveled lots of parts in Australia such as Alice Springs, Cairns, Melbourne, Sydney and so on. Each part has different feel and its own attraction. In addition, Australia has various kinds of animals, which are hard to find in other countries. I saw many kinds of kangaroos. There are also many koalas in Australia, it is easy for people to see them. Many of my Korean friends envy me that I could see them. QUT International Student Service also provides school trips for international students with resonable prices. I recommend you to check mails from QUT International Student Service.

Photo: Exchange student, Juyeon Suh. Image taken at Alice Springs.

International Student Interview: Yu-kai Chuang

Yukai with Brisbane Lord Mayor at International Student Friendship Ceremony

What’s your name?

  • Yu-kai Chuang

Where are you from?

  • Tainan, Taiwan

How long have you been in Australia?

  • Nearly two years

Why do you choose to study at QUT?

  • Because the weather in Brisbane is good, not as cold as Melbourne. And there are lot of things to do here compared with Perth and Darwin.

What do you do in your leisure time?

  • I usually go to shops for grocery and try new recipes. (me:you must be good at cooking)

What’s your favourite place on campus?

  • Level 4 in P block because there are sofas to take a nap.

What do you want to say to the incoming QUT students?

  • Enjoy your time before starting university because there will be lots of assignment coming soon, but it’s rewarding!

Cultural Exchange Trip at Japan

I was so lucky to grab the last spot to participate in the University life in Japan (Oceania) programme 2016 in December which hosted by Sonoda Women’s University.

Image: Sonoda Women’s University.

This is one of the best trips in my life so far. I kind of having some Japanese culture contact since young through anime and entertainment. I have been longing to travel to Japan for a long time. I was extremely excited for the long awaited trip when I received the email from David regarding to my successful application!

On the first day of the programme, David (the person in charge) fetched us from Kansai airport to our hotel at Amagasaki. The coach journey from Kansai airport to Hanshin Amagasaki station was so enjoyable due to the excellent scenery and introduction given by David along the way. David brought us to tour around Amagasaki and introduced us some places near our hotel. I can feel the kind hospitality of Japanese from the very first day of the trip. I feel like the living expenses at Japan is similar to Brisbane. However, I was so spoilt with the various options of food and products. On the other side, the size of the accommodation is much smaller if compared to Brisbane. Regarding to the transportation, the train lines there are very confusing so do bring a map with you in case you get lost. The buses are always on time so do arrive early at the bus stop if you can’t take the risk to miss the bus.

Image: The bus and train station near to our hotel.

Sonoda Women’s University doesn’t offer as many courses as QUT so the size of the campus is also much smaller compared to QUT. We don’t have the chance to explore the student accommodation because we were arranged to stay in the hotel nearby the campus during the program.

Image: The student accommodation of Sonoda Women’s University.

I always have the interest to learn Japanese language. I have the chance to learn some basic Japanese language during the cultural exchange programme at Sonoda Women’s University. Even though there is communication problem, however Fujiwara sensei tried her best to make the class become an interesting one for us. Now I am so proud of myself because I am able to introduce myself in Japanese language. The another class I enjoyed a lot is the Japanese crafts. We learnt to make some beautiful Japanese crafts and got to bring it home as well. We got the opportunity to be clad in two types of Kimono and also being introduced about Shinto and tea ceremony. It was an interesting experience indeed to learn about Japanese culture this way. I also got the chance to handmade ichigo daifuku (strawberry mochi) and savoured it after that. It tastes so yummy and I am craving for it now.

Image: The group photo with the professor and staffs of International Students Department at Sonoda Women’s University on the first day of the programme.

Image: Having fun during Japanese craft class.

Image: Our very first Kimono experience.

Image: Having been introduced about Shinto by the priest and trying on the red and white kimono.

Image: Ichigo daifuku aka strawberry mochi making lesson conducted by the students.

The two highlights of the short-term program are the visit to primary and junior high school and the homestay at Ojiro. I am so impressed by the friendliness and discipline been cultivated in Japanese since the young age. I had so much fun while spending time with the adorable and polite students. During the homestay at Ojiro, we were so lucky to see the snow. My first snow in life was so beautiful and I will forever remember it in heart. I have been assigned to homestay at a sensei family consists of grandmother, father, mother and two little girls. My host father is a vice-principal of a primary school and my host mother is a primary school teacher at Ojiro. My two little host sisters are studying at their high school and junior high school separately. My host father tried his best to communicate with me in English and introduced me Japanese culture in English as well even though he is not familiar with the language. I got to know more about ‘yukigassen’ (snowball fighting) from him as he is one of the judge for the game. I had wonderful time spending with the family and also the visit to the primary and junior high school at Ojiro. I will definitely plan my visit to Ojiro again whenever there is a chance.

Image: The drama performance by junior high school students.

Image: My host family at Ojiro.

Image: The scenery outside of the house of my host family.

Even though the program schedule is quite packed, we still have the time to do some travelling.

The following photos are the scenery where we managed to arrange the time to travel to.

Photo: Osaka Shinsaibashi.

Image: View taken from Tsutenkaku Tower.

Image: Street view at Kyoto.

Image: Kobe Port Tower.

I am grateful for being one of the members for this cultural exchange programme. This trip gave me so many wonderful cultural exchange experiences. I cherish the rapport relationship we forged among the members and also with the host family. Big thanks to Sonoda Women’s University and the host family for hosting us so well at Japan. And also thanks QUT Global for giving us such a good opportunity to have this type of experience during our university journey. It made this trip possible for me with the bursary provided by QUT.

Image: The group photo taken at our farewell party.

I collaged some small clips during the trip into a video, here is the link for you if you are interested to know more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wptNWklDOKs&feature=youtu.be

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International Student Interview: Atsuki Sakata

Atsuki studying in QUT Gardens Point library for his assignment

What’s your name?

  • Atsuki Sakata

Where are you from?

  • Nara, Japan.

What do you study?

  • Master of Professional Accounting

Why do you choose to study at QUT?

  • Because the weather in Brisbane is good. The reputation of QUT Business School is good too. The campus is located in the city which is very convenient.

Why do you choose to come back to university after working for 8 years?

  • I want to take a break from work. I realised that I need more knowledge to be a professional. And I like Australia! Before coming here, I’ve been to Melbourne, Perth and Sydney in Australia, they are really good cities with kind people.

What’s your favorite place in Brisbane?

  • South Bank. I like just watching the water flowing in the river and the scenery makes me feel relaxed.

What do you want to say to those who are planning to come to study at QUT?

  • Don’t just study, explore more of the city.

International student interview: Riley Jia Xin Lim

Image: QUT international student, Riley Jia Xin Lim. Image taken at Southbank, Brisbane.

Where are you from?

  • Malaysia

How long have you been in Brisbane?

  • Since June 2015

What course are you studying?

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Film, Television and New Media Production

How do you find being a part of QUT?

  • It’s great to be immersed in the multicultural atmosphere in QUT and also Brisbane which offers a lot of opportunities for international students to experience different cultural events organised by different clubs around the campus.

What do you like to do during your leisure time?

  • Watching movies, TV series and gaming.

What is your favorite quote?

  • You never try, you never know.

International student interview: Jodie Chu

Image: QUT International student, Jodie Chu. Taken at Japan during the short term mobility program by QUT Global.

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.

Chasing the sunset

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.