Hiking at Mount Tibrogargan

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Mount Tibrogargan is one of the many mountains in the Glass House Mountains National Park. It is famous not only due to its steep cliffs, but also the resemblance to a gorilla. That’s also the reason why some people call it Mount Gorilla.

I went there with friends on a weekend by car. It’s about one hour drive from Brisbane city area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We got off at the car park and took the summit trail. One lesson we learnt from that day is: don’t bring too much things with you while you hike. Before we head off, we went to the supermarket to buy some food and carried the woolies bag all the way to the mountain top. It turned out to be very inconvenient.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a 30-minute hike, we arrived the cliff. It was actually recommended for experienced climbers only due to the steepness. You can see from the picture that the way to the top of the mountain is almost vertical to the horizon.

I was a bit terrified at the beginning because I haven’t done any proper training before. But my friends helped  me and I managed to climb up successfully.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you don’t have any rock climbing experience and none of your friends do either, It is not recommended for you to climb up because it can be quite challenging and difficult.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After climbing up the cliff, there is actually still a long way to go. But I didn’t continue because I’m a little terrified and didn’t have confidence that I would climb up safely. I thought it would be safer to stay at where I am and enjoy the current view.

When I get more experienced, I will try the track to the mountain top one day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really enjoyed this all-green view and will sure come back to conquer more mountains in the Glass House Mountains area.

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.

CityHopper

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QUT Airport Reception

Did you know if you are a new international student at QUT you can use QUT Airport Reception service for free? It is one of many services that International Student Services (ISS) provides to international students at QUT. In this post I am going to share my experience of using QUT Airport Reception when I arrived in Brisbane for the first time.

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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.

Attending global cafe

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!

 

QUT Gardens Point Campus

I do not always go to Garden Point Campus because my course is based at Kelvin Grove Campus. So I am actually not very familiar with Garden Point Campus. Today I walked around the campus before my evening jog along Brisbane river and found how beautiful and convenient the campus is.

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Library is the place that I am more familiar with at Gardens Point Campus. It is located in the centre of the campus.

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Right outside of the library, there are dispensers and microwaves. It is so convenient when students are mugging for exams in the library.

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During the exams period, the opening hours is extended until 2am. Another cool thing of the library is we are allowed to have our lunch or dinner inside the building. So students can stay in the library for the whole day to study efficiently.

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Beside the library, there is a zone for you to chillax with friends whenever you want to have a short break from the study.

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I got help for my assignments at the library helpdesk before. The staffs are helpful and approachable! Besides, there is also IT helpdesk which the place that you can seek some IT help!

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Lockers are provided in the campus for students to use as well.

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There are many emergency poles in the campus. You can easily seek assistance in the campus if you have any security concerns.

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Copiers and Network Printers corner at Law library.

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Computer zone at Law Library. Other than the computer zones in the library, there are also many computer labs in the campus. Some of them are accessible for 24 hours.

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It is really good that kitchen facilities are provided in the library!

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Applying to be the member of Healthstream then you can enjoy the swimming pool and gym facilities in the campus.

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I enjoy walking around the bookshop. There are many interesting stuffs inside! I like the QUT merchandise too!

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Near to the bookshop & café, there are botanic bar and food court.

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Students can always approach the friendly staff in the student centre to seek for assistance.

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Pharmacy, restaurant and the corner store in the campus.

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Following photos are some amazing spaces in Gardens Point Campus.

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Following photos are beautiful infrastructures in Gardens Point Campus.

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After walking around some parts of Gardens Point Campus, I crossed Goodwill bridge to South Bank to start my evening run along Brisbane River.

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Rest on the grass in the halfway of running.

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Hope this post helps you to know more about our campus:) Other than that, there are still many other amazing facilities and spaces in QUT campus! Come to explore it yourself 🙂

 

Enjoy the Ekka day!

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Ekka’s gates close at night daily

Do you know what is the largest event in Queensland?

The answer is Ekka! If you are in Brisbane in August, you would absolutely see lots of advertisements of Ekka, the super famous annual agricultural show of Queensland. There are more than 400,000 visitors attending this event every year. Ekka’s formal name is Royal Queensland Show which was called the Brisbane Exhibition originally. The purpose of this event is to showcase Queensland culture, produce, resources and initiatives by award ceremonies, exhibits, educational demonstrations, performances and so on. Next, I am going to share some experience and information about this amazing event.

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When and where is this event?
Ekka is held at the Brisbane Exhibition Ground near Bowen Hill train station and it usually starts on the first Friday in August and continues for 10 days.

What are the attractions of this event?
First, you can spend a whole day here! There are a sideshow alley, animal parades, numerous typical fair snacks, food and beverage vendors that sell Fairy floss, Pluto pups, burgers, hot chips and so on, and lots of entertainment performances such as nightly firework shows and exciting facilities.

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Have you ever heard about showbags?
It is also an integral part of Ekka experience. Showbags are sold in the Showbag Pavilion and they usually contain food or novelty items which are all tested to follow the safety standards. There are hundreds of different showbags available for visitors to buy and enjoy various kinds of products. Consumers can easily have discounted prices if they buy the showbags.

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Finally, if you would like to experience the event online, my video may be a good choice for you: Click Here
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Adventure in Springbrook National Park!

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How can you miss national parks when you are traveling in Australia?

Springbrook National Park locates in approximate 80 km south of Brisbane and it is part of the Shield Volcano Group of the UNESCO World Heritage – listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. This national park is well known by amazing views such as waterfalls and abundant natural environments. “Glow Worms” is one of the main characteristic of this area. Tourists traveling here usually visit four main sections, including “Springbrook section”, “Natural Bridge section”, “Mount Cougal section”, and “Numinbah section”.

Moreover, there are five main lookouts that are established in these sections, including “Wunburra Lookout”, “Best of All Lookout”, “Canyon Lookout”, “Hardy’s Lookout”, and “Purling Brook Falls Lookout”.

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This day, I went to the “Springbrook section” with my QUT friends and we visited two lookouts that are “Best of All Lookout” and “Purling Brook Falls Lookout”. The reason for choosing here as our destination is that it is relatively an easy place for people to arrive by driving. Also, the difficulty of hiking tracks is not really high and the view is yet spectacular and amazing. Therefore, not only us but also other tourists love to visit here. Next, I am going to share some travel experience to all readers!

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The first lookout point

Purling Brook Falls” is our destination and the total length of tracks is approximate 4 km. There are many stairs and clear walking paths in the route, so I personally think it is not really hard for tourists and we spent around 2 hours to finish it in a relaxed manner. Also, there are three to four lookout points for visitors to enjoy the views.

You can just arrive at the first lookout within 2 minutes after you enter the track. Actually every lookout of this section surrounds Purling Brook Falls and the route is from the top to the bottom and back again for tourists to enjoy the different view from different viewpoints.

20160722_110952WOW!!! It is the base of “Purling Brook Falls”, our destination, with the rainbow view and the falls’ height is more than 100 metres! It was a little hard to express my feelings and emotions in languages at that time, but I am so sure it is definitely extraordinary and beautiful!

There is a small suspension bridge next to the base of waterfall and it means you will walk on the final part of the track after passing through it. It is time to go back to the top! The photo of waterfall below is the final image of waterfall shot at the last lookout point. It was totally different view but still spectacular.

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Next, we went to “Best of All Lookout” for seeing the view of south east area of Queensland, Australia. It was a funny name for me before I visited here because it sounds “overconfident”, but the view is quite amazing and unforgettable after I saw it and you can even see the “Byron Bay”.

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The panorama of Best of All Lookout

20160722_110835After visiting Best of All Lookout, we just finished our one-day trip and went back to Brisbane city. There are too many awesome national parks in Australia waiting for our exploring. If I visit other Australia’s national parks in the future, I will continuously write down my experience in this blog. Thanks for your reading!

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

Also, please feel free to leave your comments below and follow this QUT blog continuously! Enjoy it! 🙂

 

Battle of the Campuses.

“Which is better? Gardens Point Campus or Kelvin Grove Campus?”

Every year, I would come across meeting freshman students, either asking me “what’s the difference between both Gardens Point (GP) Campus or Kelvin Grove (KG) Campus?” or “THERE’S ANOTHER CAMPUS?!?!”.

Let me break it down to you guys the difference between both and lets see which do you think is more awesome:

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Hakuna Matata.

I finally got to go see the Lion King show with other fellow blogger Iman and it was awesome! I mean, after watching the show for the fourth time. Yes, the fourth time. Well, long story short. I accidentally watched the show when I was in Disneyland Paris in French, English and French again. And now, in English again.. well back to the story. Read more

Lost in Translation: An American Frist Hand Experience

One of the reasons I decided to study in Australia was because the official language here is English . Considering that my first language is English, everything should work out great. Well, that is what I thought. Read more