Riverside at the Gardens – Sunday market

Having lived in Brisbane for a little over a year, one of it’s many little quirks I’ve found are it’s abundance of fairs and markets. You can find plenty of them right in the city and in the suburbs around the city.

I recently discovered the Sunday market that happens at Riverside at the Gardens, every Sunday of the month and decided to hop down there to relax during my mid-semester break. It’s located at the Botanical Gardens entrance right down Alice Street. (Pro-tip: if you find yourself at uni on a Sunday want to get out of uni for a rash shopping trip or to grab a bite, just walk down Alice street to this market. You’ll love yourself for it. Promise.)

My first experience at this market happened to the special Easter edition of the market, as it was happening on Easter Sunday, so there were some fun competition, an egg hunt and a raffle draw also happening.

There were not many vendors, but there were a generous variety of things on sale: sweet/savoury cuisine from different parts of the world, clothes, handmade jewellery, wooden crafts, soaps/bath bombs and even make-up.

My sugar-rush inducing, cookies and cream doughnut.

The best part of the market is it’s location – you can grab a bite and head over to sit under the shade of the trees in the garden and enjoy your food.

The prices were all very reasonable for the food. The clothes were on the pricier end.

There was great fresh produce at better prices than you would find at the supermarkets, so I would highly recommend taking a bag along for grocery shopping.

Brisbane’s markets are something you should definitely try out if you’re living here. Maybe we’ll run into each other sometime. 🙂

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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Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) turns 10!

I went to Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) turns 10 party with my friends. GOMA is an art museum located in the Southbank precinct of Brisbane.

On that day, there were backdrop and lighting prepared right in front of GOMA entrance. Anyone can take the photos there if you are keen.

The current major exhibitions at GOMA include art of Australia and the Pacific, a captivating new light work by renowned artist Anthony McCall and also over 200 contemporary artworks exploring light, space, architecture and the senses. If you are keen to know more information, simply check out the link: https://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au

Feed your eyes with the colourful exhibitions there.

The following photos are some artistic exhibitions at GOMA.

Other than seeing exhibitions, we found back some childhood fun through some hands-on artworks.

I created my own lego robot!

This is the area for you to write your thought for the world, your pet or anyone you miss in the world.

After finish seeing the exhibitions, you can still hang out with friends at the open air pub there.

The exhibitions brought me into the artistic world. A very recommended place for you to visit if you have some free time to spend at Brisbane. Forgot to tell you it is free for entrance too!

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

I love the festive season. I went to the lighting of Christmas tree at King George Square in Brisbane city with friends.

Before they started the lighting of the Christmas tree, there were some Christmas carols singing performances on the stage!

Finally Santa Claus was coming right before the moment of lighting up the Christmas tree!

Brisbane City Hall and the Christmas tree with the confetti. The moment when the lighting of Christmas tree was on like magical. It was so pretty!

Brisbane City is donned with the Christmas decorations. I can feel the Christmas spirit while walking around Brisbane City.

Brisbane is so happening and fun during this festive season. There were also many other free activities and events for the whole family happening at Brisbane. You can easily find yourself occupied if you are keen.

Wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Japan or Australia? Brisbane Botanic Gardens Trip!

img_0325I am sure that almost every QUT student knows there is a City Botanic Gardens next to the Gardens Point campus. You can enjoy the river view and the amazing atmosphere or have a wonderful picnic time at that park. However, did you know there is another botanic gardens near Brisbane city where you can also experience natural environment and release your all pressure!

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The name of attraction is “Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha” located on Mt Coot-tha Road in Toowong which is so closed to the city that you can even take the bus there. It is recognized as the premier subtropical botanic gardens of Queensland and includes several distinct gardens that display different thematic and geographical arrangements.

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It is bigger than your expectation!

56 hectare Brisbane Botanic Gardens was established in 1970 and now are opened every day. Me and my friends spent more than half a day and still couldn’t see all of the gardens. It is a great attraction for people to stay quietly and relax for whole afternoon. Also, just like other national parks such as Springbrook National Park, D’Aguilar National Park, and Kondalilla National Park, the best thing is that the gardens are all free.

Wait! Am I in Japan?

When I first time came to “Japanese Garden” of this park, I just couldn’t believe I am still in Australia. This garden was designed by Japanese leading landscape architect and the theme of Japanese Garden is “tsuki-yama-chisen” which means “mountain-pond-stream” and stone, water, paths and vegetation are four key elements to build this style of architecture.

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img_0268The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium  

This is Queensland’s first planetarium and also located in Brisbane’s Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. It is home of the Cosmic Skydome, a 12.5-metre-diameter projection dome. Students or the public both can come here to understand lots of secret of universe and see numerous beautiful pictures or projections of outer space. If you are a big fan of universal or astronomical things, you will absolutely not want to miss this place!

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img_0384JC Slaughter Falls

Finally, we decided to go hiking to the nearby area to see “JC Slaughter Falls”. It is not a really high water falls in Queensland, but you can still see a gorgeous view of this very natural water falls. Some Australian family also like to come here for picnic or BBQ. It is so convenient for not only individuals but also groups to travel or enjoy holidays!

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Photo from Tourism and Events Queensland

If you also have any experience about Brisbane Botanic Gardens or other things that you want to share, please feel free to leave your comment below and don’t forget to follow this QUT blog continuously! 🙂

Have fun at Gold Coast theme parks!

Gold Coast is a metropolitan region south of Brisbane on Australia’s east coast. It is known for its beaches, surfing, theme parks and breathtaking scenery. It is easily accessible from Brisbane to Gold Coast just simply through a direct train ride. The journey may take roughly 2 hours to travel, depending on your starting point at Brisbane and the end point at Gold Coast. Therefore, Gold Coast is a good place to go for day trip on the weekends when you feel like giving yourself a break from the heaps of assignments during the semester.

If you are frequent theme parks goer and fun loving person, I think VIP magic pass for Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast and Paradise Country is a very good deal for you. You can go unlimited times within the year to get unlimited fun. I fully used the VIP magic pass I bought from Groupon last year and got the unlimited fun from the three theme parks and Paradise Country.

Wet’n’Wild is a water theme park as what is named and I did get tons of fun as what is promised to be the Biggest’n’Best.

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The wavepool is really fun! You must try it when you go there!

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Good place in front of the wavepool to chill and laze for the day. If you go during summer, there are very hot spots. I think you have to be the first few in the queue before the park opens then you will only grab one of the seats. The photo was taken on one of the morning during winter, that’s why the seats were vacant!

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Both father and son have fun at Wet’n’Wild.

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The following few photos are some of the exciting rides at Wet’n’Wild.

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Warner Bros. Movie World is a popular movie world related theme park. It is Hollywood on the Gold Coast!

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One of the exciting rides at Warner Bros. Movie World.

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You also can take photo with these movie characters like the cute kids by professional photographer.

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This brings back my childhood memory at fun fair back to my country.

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One of the highlight shows which you shouldn’t miss at Warner Bros. Movie World.

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Lucky people grabbed the chance to take photo with the movie character on the street!

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I was also one of the lucky people to manage to get a selfie with the favourite movie characters too!

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The following one is my most favourite part of Warner Bros. Movie World. If you like to see the parade by movie characters too, you must not leave there earlier than the parade! The parade normally happens at 3.30pm, grab a good seat for good picture before the show starts.

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I also went to Movie World Fright nights. However it is not included inside the VIP magic pass. I would recommend you to go if you enjoy watching horror movies. Even though you are not, it is also pretty fun to go with a group of friends!

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They do not only walk on the street to scare you. You can always block them to take a cool photo too!

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Sea World is a marine mammal park, oceanarium and theme park at Gold Coast.

The penguins are just too adorable!

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One of the highlight shows ‘Fish Detectives’ which you should not miss!

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Another highlight show Affinity-Dolphin show! I am amazed by the performance. I believe you will be too!

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Shark and many other sea creatures can be seen at the oceanarium at Sea World.

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Beautiful sunset view at Sea World taken from the cable car.

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Paradise Country is an Aussie farm which can give you a taste of the life on a farm. If you adore animals, Paradise Country is strongly recommended because you can get very close to the animals there and even take a selfie with them!

If you take public transport to there, you will have to walk a long gravel path after you alight from the bus. It is probably around 20 minutes to walk there. There are animals along the side of the road so you don’t feel too boring along the way, especially if the weather is just comfortable. However I will advice you to think twice to walk there if you go there during summer.

These are the sheep I saw at the side of the road while walking from the bus station to Paradise Country.

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Entrance of Paradise Country.

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The highlight show ‘Sheep Shearing & Ram Parade’! It is an interesting show!

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I didn’t take a ride on this but I believe you can buy the ticket to take the ride and tour the farm.

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You can also feed the kangaroo! However you can still stay very close with the kangaroo even though without food haha!

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You can spot koala there! You are able to cuddle the koala and take a photo by the photographer there if you are keen!

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This is how close you can stay with the animals there!

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Some tips for you before heading there:

  • Avoid going there during Australia school (primary and secondary school) holidays if you can because you will end up spending a lot of time in queuing
  • Warner Bros. Movie World, Paradise Country and Wet ‘n’ Wild are located near to each other, basically you can walk from one to the another one. It is pretty comfy to walk during winter but I advise you to think twice whether you shall walk or not if you are going during summer
  • If you are on budget, pack your own lunch and snacks to there. Bring enough water too! A bottle of mineral water there can cost you AUD$4.50, a bottle of soft drink can cost you AUD$5.50!
  • Not all the rides that definitely require you to buy a locker to put your belongings before taking the rides. For example, you can actually carry your bags to queue for Green Lantern and Batman rides at Warner Bros. Movie World and then put your bags beside the rides when it is your turn so you can save up tiny bits of money!
  • If you plan to take all the rides and watch all the shows, it is better for you to reach before the entrance opens
  • For Warner Bros. Movie World Fright Nights, I think it is not possible to take all the rides and go into all the haunted houses if you never buy the express pass. Hence think about how much do you want to play before purchasing the ticket.

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

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Discover Brisbane: CBD

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Brisbane’s CBD, or more commonly known as the City, is located in the heart of Brisbane. It is also right next to QUT’s Gardens Point Campus, making it a favourite destination among students. What I love about the City is that there is always something new to do and discover. Here are a few of my favourite things :

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Discover Brisbane: G20 Events

 

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You have probably heard by now that Brisbane is hosting this years G20 Leader’s Summit. Usually, that means the heads of the world’s major economies come together to discuss important topics such as the world economy.

Y’all are probably thinking, what’s in it for me? Well, you are in luck because Brisbane is also hosting cultural celebrations leading up to the G20 Leader’s Summit.

Here are some of the events being held:

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Discover Brisbane: South Bank

Hello readers. Being a student is not only about studying (although that is still a very important part of it). Sometimes you need to give yourself some free time to discover a new area. Across the river from QUT’s Gardens Point campus lies South Bank, one of my favourite places to go in Brisbane. Here are a couple of things I recommend doing while you’re there:

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