Big cities aren’t always harsh and grey – especially in Australia! In Brisbane you’ll experience the relaxed and inviting atmosphere right from the get-go. And in the Gold Coast you'll enjoy the dynamic, modern city of Brisbane or the gorgeous beaches of the Gold Coast. Soak in the sun that shines brightly most of the year - enjoy the student life in Brisbane and all around the Gold Coast!
Your university life at Griffith may easily fill your days from early morning until the late night - if you wish so. Remember to explore the city and its opportunities, events, food adventures and nature treks - as well as the social life at university or in the city.
Brisbane, an award winning city, is located some 70 km from the world-famous Gold Coast. The stunning sandy beaches found at the Gold Coast, is a 42 km long student paradise that has approximately 245 sunny days a year - offer you and your new friends more than enough possibilities. Rent a water scooter, learn to surf, go on a picnic or a bike tour, whatever you do, the coastline provides you with the suitable and exiting surroundings.
So whether you are looking for a crazy night out in a city, a cosy afternoon in a café, a lazy day on a beach, a vibrant music scene or urban adventures, you’ll find it in Brisbane and the Gold Coast!
Brisbane, home to over 2 million people, has several times been ranked as one of the top cities in the world to live in and it sure is easy to see why! A lively social and cultural scene along with pretty much endless opportunities for different kinds of sports and outings. The city is safe, intriguing and exciting: it has a multicultural population, open-minded people, the buzz and fuzz of the big city, a laid-back atmosphere, and thousands of activities in and around the city.
Go and meet locals at Brunswick Street Mall or submerse yourself into a bohemian way of life in West End where you can also enjoy live music. In addition, Westfield Chermside, the biggest mall in Queensland, is a place to see, spend time in and do some shopping. Alternatively, if you want to see Brisbane in one go, hop on a bus and make your way up to Mt Coot-tha Lookout: for a mesmerizing view of the city!
To counterbalance all the shopping and urban views, there are great nature sights to be amazed by. How about whale watching in Hervey Bay or Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. If you have the time, instead of a bus ride, make your way to Lone Pine by boat and take in the city views from the river!
Or if you’re longing for more active ways to pass your study-free time, rent a kayak and paddle down the Brisbane river or try out rock climbing and conquer the Kangaroo Point. Or to enjoy the city for free go for a run, bike ride or walk on a “water highway”. You might also want to pay a visit to Southbank. Yes it is the name of one of Griffith University’s campuses, but it's also a lush parkland full of things to do and beauty to see. Just go, wonder around, relax and see for yourself!
Gold Coast has many colorful markets, water sport opportunities, bars and clubs, amusement parks and nature - fun, fun, and more fun. It is a perfect place to relax on a beach and admire the impressive line-up of skyscrapers.
The centre of the sunny coastline is definitely the energetic and epic Surfers Paradise. The soft winds and beautiful waves allure both pros and beginners to enjoy the day on a board; the late-night shopping and cafes, music and restaurants on the beachfront make Surfers Paradise worth a visit! Student life won't get any better than this!
Three times a week (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday), if weather permits, there is a great opportunity for bargain hunters and others to enjoy the market athmosphere to zigzag among the market stalls featuring jewellery, clothes, art and much more. Let the live entertainers set the mood, eat well and relax!
Or if you're more into nature and its wonders head to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and familiarize yourself with the Australian wildlife. See the animals up close, learn a thing or two about the Aboriginal culture or join the High Ropes Course -adventure. Then again, if you long for a more quiet nature experience step into the lush rainforest some 45 minutes from Surfers Paradise and take a leisure walk on tree top level, along the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk.
Remember that your International Student Identity Card (ISIC) helps your student budget to go the extra mile when you want to have that night out with new friends, do some shopping to get acclimatized to your new home and to make sure you’re all settled with your electronics and clothes, for example.
With the ISIC card you’ll have a bunch of student discounts and benefits at hand all over the world - both online and offline. Or use your ISIC card as an inspiration, venture out and try new things at student discounted prices.
Read more about ISIC and if you still don’t have your own card, get one here!
Queensland belongs to the subtropical climate zone, which translates to hot and nice weather more or less year-round.
In the summer months from December to February, the air is humid and the maximum temperatures average around 30°C. During that time, Brisbane and Gold Coast also get their fair share of rainfall and occasional thunderstorms and floods.
Winter time is generally dry and mild. Most winter days are sunny with average temperatures of around 17°C. Overall, living in eastern Australia sounds pretty amazing – no need to pack winter coats and heavy boots!
Want to explore the city and beyond on wheels? Rent a car or, better yet, a campervan and take off! Plan the ultimate road trip along the coastline or take on the challenge to drive coast to coast. Wherever your road trip takes you, you’re up for plenty of memorable moments and breath-taking sceneries. Ask KILROY for the best tips for road trips starting anywhere along the coastline!