Before starting your journey to Brisbane, it is important to deal with the essentials to ensure you arrive confident and well prepared.
Beautiful one day, perfect the next. Those are the words most often used to describe Queensland, known as Australia’s “Sunshine State”, and its capital Brisbane lives up to this famous slogan.
As one of the friendliest, most liveable and multicultural cities in the world, it’s no wonder Brisbane was recently ranked in the top 50 best student cities in the world.*
*QS World University Rankings 2013/2014
Facts about Brisbane
Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland
Brisbane Airport services 26 airlines flying to 42 domestic and 28 international destinations
Home to three QS World University ranking universities: University of Queensland (UQ), Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Griffith University
Brisbane is a safe and welcoming city with excellent transport links including bus, train and ferry services
Host to Brisbane City Welcome Festival which is Australia's largest city orientation day for international students
Brisbane City Council offers free wifi at 22 of its most popular parks
Brisbane is one of Australia’s most affordable places to study. You'll find that tuition fees provide students with value for money, and cost of living expenses are more affordable compared to other developed countries
Brisbane has more sunny days per year than any other Australian capital city. An average of 261 annually
See the best Brisbane has to offer with Translink by Bus, Train, Ferry and CityCat
The perfect weather and proximity to some of the world's most beautiful natural wonders are just some of the reasons you'll love studying in Brisbane.
We have listed some useful information about location and transport.
When arriving to Brisbane, students can purchase a TransLink GoCard. This is an electronic ticket offering fast, easy and convenient travel at a cheaper price than paper tickets. Your GoCard can be used on all TransLink buses, trains (including Airtrain), ferries and tram services across Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast, and the Gold Coast.
Staying in Brisbane puts you in prime position to explore some of Australia’s best destinations, both within the state of Queensland and beyond.
|Destination||Approximate Travel Times|
|Gold Coast||1 hour by train|
|Sunshine Coast||1 hour by car|
|Sydney||1 hour by plane|
|Melbourne||2 hours by plane|
|Great Barrier Reef||2 hours by plane|
|Auckland||3 hours by plane|
|Singapore||8 hours by plane|
|Guangzhou;||9 hours by plane|
|Seoul||10 hours by plane|
|Dubai||14 hours by plane|
Prepare for your stay in Brisbane with this useful information about weather, shops and cost of living.
Plan ahead with this information on temperature and rainfall in Brisbane.Summer (December – February)
During summer, average temperatures range from 21 - 29.8°C (69.8 - 85.6°F) and the city has its highest rainfall, which can bring afternoon thunderstorms. Average rainfall during this time is 426.6 mm (16.8").
Autumn (March – May)
Autumn signals the end of the hot summer when average temperatures drop between 15 - 25°C (59 - 77°F), and the city experiences low humidity and less rain.
Winter (June – August)
Brisbane’s weather in winter is generally dry and mild with mean temperatures between 11 - 21°C (51.8 - 69.8°F). Early mornings and nights can be crisp, but overnight lows rarely drop below 9°C (48.2°F).
Spring (September – November)
The spring climate is similar to autumn, with average temperatures between 15 - 25°C (59 - 77°F). Warm, sunny days are tempered by cool sea breezes
(source: www.australia.com )
- The Reject Shop
- Choice Discount Variety Stores
- David Jones
- Chemist Warehouse
- Terry White Chemist
- National Australia Bank (NAB)
- Commonwealth Bank
- Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ)
Discount Store Retailers
Health & Beauty
- Wintergarden Doctors
- Turbot Street Medical Centre
- Central Station Medical Centre
- Sakura Family Clinic
- Cbd 7 Day Medial Centre
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- Australia Post
- Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
- Brisbane City Hall
- Queensland Gallery of Modern Art
- Museum of Brisbane
- Wheel of Brisbane
- Roma Street Parkland
This should be used as a guide only.