When you think about all the places international students head to, major cities in the USA, Europe, and the UK may come to mind. But there’s one city in Australia that’s developing a reputation as an international education destination – Brisbane, Australia’s new world city.
Brisbane is the capital of the state of Queensland. It’s Australia’s third biggest city by population (after Sydney and Melbourne) and is broadly acknowledged as Australia’s new world city. With a population of 2 million and over 1,100 people moving to southeast Queensland every week, Brisbane is one of the fast-growing city in the country.
More than 80,000 international students from 40 different countries call Brisbane their second home. About 80 percent of international students studying in Queensland have selected its capital city, Brisbane, to pursue their academic goals.
The city has an extremely advanced instruction infrastructure with a growing international reputation as a center of excellence in medical research and development, technology and innovation, and environmental sustainability. Brisbane is close to the northern tropics in Queensland, and this also keeps the city at the frontier of emerging research areas including the biosciences and tropical sciences.
What actually sets Brisbane apart, though, is its varied education offering. With 190 globally documented education organizations, you’ll find all-inclusive undergraduate and postgraduate programs, vocational education, English language classes and school, along with specialized studies in selected areas.
Brisbane boasts nearly 300 days of sunshine a year – particularly when it’s additionally one of the most amazing cities in the world. Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, is an excellent combination of city life and natural beauty, topped off with enjoyable warm weather throughout the year. The local climate and scene are not just popular with the residents and visitors, but also with the city’s trees: The earliest known macadamia tree was put in Brisbane in 1858 – and it still makes nuts.
What to Do in Brisbane?
Despite many people chose Brisbane on their visits to Australia though Sydney looks to steal all the focus, there are tons to see and do in Brisbane.
It’s worth spending some time here and loving it rather than simply using Brisbane as a stopping point in route to the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Noosa or Byron Bay.
Things to see and to do in Brisbane:
- Go to the lookout on top of Mount Coot-tha. There are regular buses to the peak or to the planetarium at the base if you’d like to walk to the top through the botanical gardens. Go at sunset for amazing 360-degree views over Brisbane to the shore. There are restaurants and cafes at the peak, both of which are overpriced for the food they serve, but are still a great spot to hang out for a beverage with top views.
- Take a ferry on the Brisbane River. There are lots of boat tours of Brisbane and CityCat ferries to enable you to get around.
- Promenade along the Southbank. Brisbane has long river walks on either side of the river but the Southbank is especially lively. There are free swimming pools for the summertime. You’ll additionally love playgrounds for the children, marketplaces, and street performers to entertain you. The sparkling Brisbane River sets everything off wonderfully and there’s a tremendous variety of cafes and restaurants.
- Hang out in Fortitude Valley there are many boutique stores and myriad restaurants.
If you’re into seeing and cuddling Australian creatures and can’t make it to Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast subsequently Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary will deliver the goods.
South Bank Museums – Do see the Queensland Museum, Brisbane’s (free) State Museum where you are able to learn about Queensland’s history, geography, and indigenous people from the hands-on displays and wonderful exhibits.
The Sciencenter next door to Queensland Museum is excellent for children. There’s a fee for entrance but it’s worth it so allow lots of time as the children will need to remain and play all day.
The Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) across the road will give you amazing insights into life in Queensland including works by Queensland-created or Queensland-based artists and a vibrant group of native artwork.
Next door to GOMA the State Library of Queensland is a relaxing spot to hang out, research your travel choices and tap into the free wifi.
Visit the China-Australia Mind Education Group website – www.mindeducation.com.au – for comprehensive info about Brisbane’s services for international students to study in Australia, including class information, lodging and courses, health and safety, public transport and what to do and see in Brisbane.