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.
In my life up till early 2017 I have ever been in several countries. Those countries are Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, China, Japan, Hong Kong and Indonesia (my home country). It was exciting to travel to those countries. But guess what? All of them are Asian countries which more or less have similarity in terms of the cultures, foods, and so on. I did not have the chance to travel outside Asia before.
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.
Last semester, I applied for several short term exchange programs overseas. It turns out that going abroad is less difficult than I thought because a lot of the programs are easy to get into and QUT provides great support along the way.
I applied for 5 programs last year and was admitted to 3 of them. Due to the timeframe of the programs, I picked two of them to attend this winter. After exchanging in Japan, I was off to Germany for another three weeks. I can say it was one of the best decisions that I have ever made in my university life.
To me, Europe is a completely unfamiliar continent and German is another completely different and hard language. But I’m glad I stepped outside my comfort zone and spent 3 weeks learning German language.
This winter program consists of four parts: German language class, business seminar (you can choose between business seminar and culture seminar), photography workshop ( other workshops on offer are cooking and dancing) and excursions.
Overall the program is really hectic and we have things to do almost everyday.
My first impression of Germany is: it is so cold! I was very unprepared when I landed in Frankfurt and was shaking all the way to the hotel.
You know what? The university education in Germany is for free. Besides, there are government food subsidy to students as well. So if you eat at school canteen, it usually only costs three or four Euro.
Besides studying, the highlight of this trip is of course different fieldtrips! We went to Berlin for the whole weekend, exploring the art and history of east and west German. Then we toured these two little towns called Nuremberg and Wurzberg with castles and ancient cathedrals. At our last day, we headed to a ski resort called Rhon for sliding.
Most of the program participants are from Australia and America. For some of them who are from Brisbane and California, they have never seen snow before. Thus sliding made them really really excited.
I want to say thank you to all the people I met in this journey who made it an amazing experience for all. I’m sure some of us will meet each other somewhere in the world sooner or later. Danke!
It has been almost one year and six month since I came to Brisbane. My original plan was to come back to my home town after I graduate from QUT as my program lasts only for two years. My plan changed as I was offered a short term course in Japan to study Japanese language and culture. The flight time between Japan and Shanghai is only 2 hours, so I decided to visit my family when the program in Japan ended.
Here I am, lying on the couch at my cozy flat where I spent most of my teenager life and writing blogs.
I went to visit my grandparents and they made very delicious food for me. I also met my childhood friends and we watched a very artistic movie about Shanghai after our dinner.
Coming back home after such a long time away makes me feel both both excited and nostalgic.
I feel happy being able to meet my family friends, eat Shanghainese food and walk through the streets that I’m familiar with.
On the other hand, I miss how Aussie people interact with each other. China, as one of the Asian countries, has more conservative culture compared with Australia. Thus people rarely say Good Morning or smile to each other on the street.
Anyway, I feel very lucky to be able to go overseas and study in another country. I’m also very proud of my home town and cherish the place where I come from.
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.
Library is the place that I am more familiar with at Gardens Point Campus. It is located in the centre of the campus.
Right outside of the library, there are dispensers and microwaves. It is so convenient when students are mugging for exams in the library.
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.
Beside the library, there is a zone for you to chillax with friends whenever you want to have a short break from the study.
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!
Lockers are provided in the campus for students to use as well.
There are many emergency poles in the campus. You can easily seek assistance in the campus if you have any security concerns.
Copiers and Network Printers corner at Law library.
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.
It is really good that kitchen facilities are provided in the library!
Applying to be the member of Healthstream then you can enjoy the swimming pool and gym facilities in the campus.
I enjoy walking around the bookshop. There are many interesting stuffs inside! I like the QUT merchandise too!
Near to the bookshop & café, there are botanic bar and food court.
Students can always approach the friendly staff in the student centre to seek for assistance.
Pharmacy, restaurant and the corner store in the campus.
Following photos are some amazing spaces in Gardens Point Campus.
Following photos are beautiful infrastructures in Gardens Point Campus.
After walking around some parts of Gardens Point Campus, I crossed Goodwill bridge to South Bank to start my evening run along Brisbane River.
Rest on the grass in the halfway of running.
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 🙂
Hey guys! Riverfire is an annualQUT S fireworks show, to wrap up the end of the Brisbane Festival.
To secure good spots for the spectacular fireworks show, my friends and I went to South Bank around 3. We thought we were early, but when we arrived the place is already quite packed and busy. Many people are already there camping to get the best view of the fireworks. As you can see in the picture, some came prepared with tents!
We had like five hours before the start of the fireworks show. We came prepared with board games and snacks! The five hours actually passed really quickly!
There are a few aircraft performance before the commencement of Riverfire.
The show lasted around 15 to 20 minutes. Even though it is my second time watching the Riverfire, the firework show still amazed me and I really enjoyed it. The night sky is filled with pretty and colourful fireworks. The long wait paid off as we managed to get a good spot with awesome view!
Such a beautiful night. Don’t miss out this event next year! 🙂
Can’t imagine it has been almost 8 months since I am away from home. Missing my family and friends and craving for the food too much!
As the cultural diversity of Brisbane, there are always many cultural festivals happening throughout the year. This weekends Citra Malaysia cultural festival was happening in the centre of Brisbane city. Citra Malaysia is an one day festival which serves to expose and promote Malaysian Culture in Queensland.
During the day, there were a series of activities and performances line up. In the morning, participants formed into different groups to participate in Explorace within Brisbane city. The participants have different tasks to achieve at the game stations. The group that completes all the tasks with the shortest duration will be the winner.
Photo: Participants played the traditional game of Malaysia.
Photo: Participants introduced Malaysia to local.
Photo: The winner group of Explorace.
In the afternoon, the performances started at the stage outside of Queen Street Mall. The first performance was kick started by Lion Dance performance which represents the race of Chinese in Malaysia.
The following photos are Lion Dance performance.
The following photos are singing and dance performances.
Photo: Audiences were invited to go on stage to learn the dance.
The following photos are some of the Malaysia’s cultural activities for the audiences on the day.
Photo: Malaysia map with the tourist spots and authentic food indicated.
Photo: Goodies bag with small snacks inside. It recalls my childhood memories!
Homesick can be tough for international students. This cultural festival makes me feel like Brisbane is home away from home!
I am definitely not a sporty type of people before I came abroad to study at QUT. Hiking or bush walking are never my things for recreational activities back then.
Brisbane and Gold Coast are the wonderful places for hikers because there are many amazing hiking trails surrounding for people to explore. I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to join a few hiking day trips organized by my friends to occupy the holidays. I am totally falling in love with hiking since then.
Springbrook Mountain is the first mountain I climbed with my friends. It is about 45 minutes from Gold Coast – in the hinterland. The hiking trail is not that tough so I would recommend for beginner hikers.
Photo: Starting point of the hiking trail.
Photo: The view from one of the lookout point at Springbrook Mountain.
Photo: Some place to tour around along the way.
Photo: Spectacular waterfall view along the hiking trail.
Photo: I can still feel the serenity there from looking at the photo.
Killarney Glen waterhole is famous and popular because the waterhole is in a heart-shaped. It is also located at Gold Coast Hinterland. The uphill is pretty steep on the way back from the water hole to the car park so be prepared it will be a slightly tough and tiring trail. However, it doesn’t take long time to walk so don’t get frightened off!
Photo: You can jump into the water hole if you are adventurous enough! However please be cautious for doing that because the safety concern is raised recently.
Photo: Other than waterhole, you can also jump into the creek beside the waterhole to swim.
Photo: Alternatively, you can choose to walk along the rocky path. Warning: It is a tough path! However it is good for foot massage!
Mount Warning is the most adventurous and tiring hiking trail I have experienced so far because it is not just walking up the hill. You really have to climb up the hill! I recommend to train the fitness a bit first before hiking this mountain. It is a mountain in the Tweed Range in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, was formed from a volcanic plug of the now-gone Tweed Volcano.
Photo: Sunset in winter is earlier so plan your day well before start the hike. Don’t forget to pack some energy food with you!
Photo: The breathtaking view from the peak.
Photo: Dangerous action by a dude.
Mount Mitchell is located in the Main Range which is about 100 kilometres west of Brisbane and immediately south of Cunninghams Gap. It is a twin-peaked volcanic mountain with an elevation above sea level of 1,168 metres.
The difficulty level is not high for hikers but the view is also breathtaking.
Nature is astonishing. Can’t wait for more hiking and bush walking trips to come in the future!
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Always wanted to learn how to surf? Or just want an excuse to visit beautful Byron Bay in New South Wales?
QUT Surfers, one of our many QUT sporting clubs, offers learn to surf lessons, surf movie nights, and much more. It’s a great way to meet new people who share a sense of adventure!
Brisbane, a safe place to study
For those of you who are new to Brisbane you will soon find it becomes your home away from home!
Brisbane is a safe city, but like anywhere in the world it’s good to know who to contact if you need help. The Study Brisbane website has provided some useful information around staying safe in Brisbane.
East West at QUT
QUT runs an exciting East West Program which promotes cultural diversity and intercultural communication among our students. It’s a great way to catch up with fellow QUT students over fun activities like cooking classes, language conversation classes, East West Eats food trails, and much more!
We are hungry already!
Our friends at Insider Guides have published some great tips for international students wanting to record their Aussie adventures! Including creating your own hashtag for all your photos and posts.
This way, when you head home you can easily reflect on your experiences at QUT and in Brisbane.
Get language support
If you’re new to Brisbane and QUT, you may want to brush up on your English language skills. The team at QUT’s Academic Language and Learning Services are here to help. Book in individually or as a group with one of our Language and Learning Educators. You can also attend workshops to help with assessments and studying.
Experience Moreton Island!
When you are in Brisbane it’s a great excuse to visit beatutiful Moreton Island! Take a ferry from Brisbane and be surrounded by white sand, stunning blue ocean, and better yet, dolphins! You can even experience feeding the dolphins at sunset. Pretty cool, huh.
Study English at QUT
Our QUT International College (QUTIC) is here to help you, offering English language and academic pathway programs for international students.
Check out the QUTIC brochure to find out more about our programs!
Get creative at QUT!
QUT’s world-class Creative Industries Faculty encourages the fusion of technology and creativity. The recent CreateX event is just one of many fantastic opportunities to immerse yourself in the creative culture.
Until next time, have an awesome week!
The QUT Team
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