CityHopper: Free Ferry Service in Brisbane

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.


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Hangout at Fortitude Valley

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

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!

ISAQ Welcoming Party

ISAQ (Indonesian Student Association of QUT) is an association for Indonesian students who study at QUT. ISAQ is also open to all other QUT students who have interests with Indonesia. This association holds events regularly.

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What’s Your QUT Story? #QUTLife

About this time last year, I saw a campaign somewhere on the QUT website calling for voluntary QUT digital leaders. The main job that QUT digital leaders need to do is to share their own QUT life with the wider QUT online community through a hashtag: #QUTLife.

As I like writing blogs and taking pictures, I submitted my application in the form of a video and was very lucky to be part of the 5 digital leaders. Each of us are from different faculties and we formed great friendship in the past one year.

We attended some QUT flagship events together such as QUT Business Ball, Mental Health Week, Global Cafe and so on. I was also pushed to communicate with more QUT students as this is part of my job to listen to their thinking and share their story as well as mine.

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Attending workshop together

Attending business ball as digital leaders

Recruiting campaign for the new year

Now on retrospect, I can see my footprint in different corners of QUT and as the new year will begin soon, I’d like to encourage my fellow international students to apply to be one of the new QUT Digital Leaders (click for application). It will be a wonderful opportunity to let the QUT community hear what you think as an international student and share your story with others!


Behind QUT Navigate Conference

QUT Navigate Conference is a student-run conference focuses on global employability. I’m very lucky to be one of the student helpers for this conference. Today I’ll share with you what I learnt from this conference planning experience.

  • Teamwork makes things easier

The whole student team is consisted of 4 students studying different majors. One is good at budgeting while the other is good at designing. Also we have a student who has great relationship with industry due to her active involvement in student clubs. As a result of that, we were assigned to tasks that we are good at and started planning the conference with right away.

The whole conference planning team with our MC Marvin Fox

  • Realising my weakness and work on it

At the later stage of the conference preparation, I was asked to manage the volunteer team on the day of the conference. However, as I didn’t really have any people management experience before, I was quite anxious and didn’t perform a great job on the day. During the debriefing meeting afterwards, I realised that when assigning jobs to volunteers, I didn’t make sure that each volunteer has enough job to do. Thus on the day of the conference, some volunteers were not sure what their job is or had finished their tasks but not sure what to do next. I’ll try my best to work on my people management skills in the future as I know that’s what I need to improve.

Facilitator Lisa Lee

The conference turned out to be a success based on students’ feedback. This could not be achieved without the hard work of everyone behind the scene. I’m sure it will be even better next year!

Australia’s largest Oktoberfest!


Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival and it has been originally started in Munich, Bavaria, Germany since 1810. After many decades, this festival becomes more and more popular and now there are several cities all around the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations. For example, Oktoberfest Brisbane is Australia’s largest Oktoberfest and I would like to share some interesting experience about this event today.

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What is the special points of Oktoberfest?

There are more than 40,000 people participate in this event every year. People can have cultural experience of Oktoberfest Tent, singing, clapping, dance with popular Bavarian Oktoberfest Band, relax in the Munich Biergarten, and chat with friends here. Also, there are many entertainment facilities outside that family and kids can enjoy together. The most famous point of the event is that it is the great place where you can have delicious food, tasty beer, wine, and other drinks. When you drink your alcohol, you can also see the performances of traditional dancers, bell-ringers, leg-slappers and yodellers.

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Is it Australia?

The most interesting thing for me was that most of the culture-seeking enthusiasts were all dressed in traditional German clothes and so engaged in this event. When I just came in the event area, I was even wondering if I was still in Australia or not. However, this is why I love this festival, the fantastic atmosphere, well-design performances, excellent food and drinks are all unforgettable for me. Moreover, just like Ekka, the event is held at Brisbane Showgrounds that is closed to city and QUT and it is so convenient for students to experience it.

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Do you have any interesting experience that you want to share about Oktoberfest with others? Please feel free to leave any comment below and don’t forget to follow this QUT blog continuously! 🙂


Enjoy Holiday in Noosa!

20151221_123813Sometimes we would just have some conversations about our lives in Brisbane with friends or family. When you come up with Brisbane tourism, “Gold Coast” and “Sunshine Coast” may be the first two traveling destinations that pop up on your mind.

Noosa is exactly the northernmost area of Sunshine Coast that includes various shopping malls, special restaurants, creative markets, and even one Australia national park, Noosa National Park. Moreover, you can also rent numerous beach equipment such as kayaks, surfboards, umbrellas and so on here to enjoy the relaxing time without bringing too much stuff yourself. Compare to other beaches of Brisbane, a higher percentage of tourists traveling here is Australian but not international people. Therefore, if you are an international student like me, you can also try to experience the Australian holiday styles in this spectacular tourism attraction!

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This day, I went to “Noosa Main Beach” with my friends. Follow this name, you can easily understand it is the main beach in Noosa which is the most popular spot in this area.

Although the length of Main Beach may not be as long as other beaches in Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, it still looks wide and magnificent. Also, there are so many water activities and multi-functional shopping areas to enhance Noosa’s tourism value. Not only the amazing view and atmosphere but also quality safety means all tourists can enjoy the trip and holiday here

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If you like water activities, you can also go fishing, snorkelling, diving, surfing, kayaking, canoeing and so on near this area. Sometimes you would see some Australians just bring their own boats and spend whole day to enjoy the wonderful views and atmosphere of Noosa. Also, you can discover your own personal attractions freely. Some tourists would choose to go diving near Ex-HMAS Brisbane as well. The markets for shopping lovers just locates next to Main Beach and the designs of buildings and streets are quite beautiful and consistent that you will never want to move your eyes from these picturesque surroundings. In summary, it is the place that can satisfy every generation of people who have different hobbies and I will strongly recommend it to my QUT friends as well!

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Finally, if you would like to read more details or acquire more information about Noosa, my blog article may be a good choice for you: Click Here

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Interview with QUT international student, Garen Merhanian

Garen Mehranian



Where are you from?


How old are you?

23 years old

How long have you been in Brisbane for?

Almost 2 years

How did you find out about QUT?

My relative recommended me to study at QUT if I were to go to Brisbane

What course are you studying?

Masters in Business, majoring in Strategic Advertising

Now that you are part of the QUT campus, what do you like most about the university?

The fact that Botanic Garden is just a step away from university

What are your expectations once you graduate?

Get a job in marketing and advertising

What do you like most in Brisbane?

The fusion of city and nature.


My experiences with resume writing workshop, career mentor scheme, and real world placement program

At QUT, there are many different types of services provided by different departments to help students strive for success during the entire learning journey.

Today I am going to share my experiences with some services I have used before. I have attended resume writing workshop and involved in Career Mentor Scheme and Real World Placement Program which were organised by QUT Career Hub. QUT Career Hub also provides many other support services to students, for example interview preparation, LinkedIn workshop, tips for finding jobs in Brisbane exclusively for international students etc.

I highly recommend resume writing workshop for those who are planning to look for jobs, no matter whether is it just a casual job during your study or a full time job after you graduate. The speaker will go through some tips to make your resume stand out from the crowds. You can also bring your resume to the workshop if you already have one to share with other students or ask for the advice from the speaker. Another good service I like is QUT Career Hub, which also provides resume feedback through email. If your timetable is conflicts with the workshop, you still can send your resume through the email and get the professional advice in time.

Career Mentor Scheme is another excellent program provided by QUT Career Hub. You will have to send in your application at the beginning of the semester and attend the Career Mentor Scheme Orientation. After that, QUT Career Hub will try their best to match you up with a mentor in the industry. You will receive a confirmation email if you are successfully matched up with a mentor and also the invitation to the career mentor scheme launch function. I am glad that I have a mentor now through this scheme. My mentor provided me the information regarding our industry and shared with me his working journey. I feel lucky to have a mentor along my master journey at QUT. I can easily seek the answers for my queries regarding to the study, work and industry from now on.

Real World Placement Program’s aim is to offer students a Real World experience so we can apply the theory we learnt during the lessons into practice within real organisations. The workshop guided us step-by-step in the process of preparing yourself for the placement. In the handbook given at the beginning of the workshop, it includes some useful tips for interview, handy templates for the cover letter and resume and others. It is definitely a helpful workshop for those who are planning for the placement.


My kind of international student life at QUT

Time flies. I still can remember how hard it was leaving back then but I think the exposure and the experiences I got from here so far are worth for the leaving.


I am passionate in photography. When I have some leisure time from study, I walk around Brisbane city and suburbs to chill and take some photos. The picture above is a peek view of the night scenery in Brisbane city from Kangaroo Point Cliff. If you are the one into sightseeing, I believe Brisbane definitely will satisfy you from amazing city landscape to breathtaking natural view. The picture below is the view taken from Mount Coot-tha lookout point.

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In term of safety at Brisbane, it gives me a sense of security even though I am staying late outside. I always see security guard walking around the campus to ensure the safety of every student. Besides, QUT provides night shuttle service to send students who stay nearby the school home. I benefited from this service a lot because I usually stay in the school ’til late for assignments during the semester. The safety at the region outside of campus is also good as well.

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The biggest challenge for me at Brisbane is English communication. My primary language is Mandarin. At the initial period I came to Brisbane, I have many times in the situation of not understanding what are the people saying, sometimes also feel lost in the lectures. However, people here are nice and there are many free English communication workshops happening in the school. Besides, there are many international students at QUT who are also facing the same difficulty as you. We are all learning together during the journey so you will not be alone.

Brisbane lifestyle is more laid back compared to my previous living environment. The business hour here is much shorter too. I like the healthy lifestyle of the people living here as I always can see people exercising at the park in the early morning or in the evening. I also enjoy the slow pace here which give people a less stressed environment.

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I enjoy doing lots of travelling. So whenever there are holidays, I will plan to travel to somewhere. I have travelled to Gold Coast, Cairns, Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle and many other places around Brisbane. I gain different types of exposures from every trip and I am looking forward to exploring many other wonderful places in Australia soon.

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