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Brisbane is the city of

280 days of sun a year

Prepare to soak up the style and sunshine of Brisbane! Brisbane's warm weather promotes an active, outdoor lifestyle. It has an outstanding arts and cultural scene, is home to great restaurants, cafes and bars and best of all, it has a brilliant buzz.

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Getting Around

Moving around Brisbane is easy with an affordable, user-friendly public transport system that connects the central business district with the broader metropolitan area.

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To use public transport including buses, trains, and ferries in Brisbane, it’s recommended that you purchase a TransLink Go Card. You’ll need to load the Go Card with money to cover your fares before taking any trips on public transport. To start your ride, tap your card on the reader when you board your selected mode of transport and be sure to tap off when you disembark.

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Where to stay

Choose from a range of accommodation options to suit your lifestyle and budget. Stay with a local Australian family for an authentic experience, share an apartment with friends, or live alone.

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Homestay allows you to live with an Australian host family - usually within 30 minutes of the CBD. You’ll pay a fee that covers accommodation, breakfast and dinner and Greenwich College can make the arrangements on your behalf.

Alternatively, you can rent (or ‘lease’) a house or apartment - either alone or with others.

Or, seek out Village Living Australia for modern, affordable accommodation options from self-contained apartments to private or dormitory style rooms in share housing. Short and long term arrangements are available.

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Making friends

Brisbane is incredibly diverse and the people are warm, friendly and always looking to meet new friends from around the world.

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Despite this, moving to a new country where you may not know anyone can feel incredibly daunting - so here are our tips to help you make friends and settle in when you arrive:

  • Making friends can be as simple as saying 'hello' and seeing where the conversation will take you
  • Participate in Greenwich College’s social functions
  • Get a job and participate in social occasions with fellow workers, such as Friday night drinks
  • Join a sporting club
  • Don’t turn down social invitations!
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Things to do

Enjoy the subtropical weather, visit the river, parks, and outdoor areas, or attend some of the most prestigious arts, cultural, and sporting events on the planet.

 

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 Brisbane is a place to relax, recharge and get outdoors. To get you started, here are some things to do in Brisbane:

1- Open-air market precinct Eat Street Northshore

2- Take a walk at Brisbane Riverwalk

3- Kayak along the Brown Snake, abseil down the Kangaroo Point Cliffs

4- Visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and get to know Australia’s famous furry icon. 

5- Discover James Street in Fortitude Valley, a chic, tree-lined shopping street with several laneways, bars, and boutique hotels.

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Safety

In general, Brisbane is a generally safe city to live and study. The crime rate is statistically low and physical assaults are not common. However, it is still important that you take precautions to reduce the chance of an incident occurring.

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General safety tips:

  • Ask local friends about places to avoid, especially at night
  • Keep valuable possessions out of sight and be aware of surroundings on public transport
  • Travel in the front carriage near the driver when the train is almost empty
  • Check transport timetables in advance, to help avoid long waits.
  • Stand in well lit areas
  • Walk in well lit areas, even if this means you must walk a longer distance
  • Avoid short cuts through dark, isolated areas
  • If you feel threatened in any way when walking, go to a shop or house (with lights on at night) – and ask a person to phone police
  • Avoid using cash machines when you're in an isolated area at night

Help available at Greenwich College:
Business hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5.00 pm 
Telephone:+61 7 3040 4417
Email: info@greenwichcollege.com.au 

Emergency Assistance:
Dial triple zero ‘000’ or ‘112’ from a mobile phone for police, ambulance and fire brigade.

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Weather

Brisbane has a humid subtropical climate with year-round period with warm to hot temperatures. Brisbane generally experiences 3 months of mild cool winter from June to August.

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Brisbane experiences an annual mean minimum of 16.6 °C (62 °F) and mean maximum of 26.6 °C (80 °F), making it Australia's second-hottest capital city after Darwin. Seasonality is not pronounced, and average maximum temperatures of above 26 °C (79 °F) persist from October through to April.

Major Attractions

There is always something to do in Brisbane! Watch the slide show and click on a link that interests you.

  • Brisbane River
  • Springbrook National Park
  • Brisbane Story Bridge
  • Botanic Garden
  • Moreton Island
  • North Stradbroke Island
  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • Tamborine Mountain
  • Kangaroo Point Cliffs
  • The Wheel of Brisbane
  • Eat Street Northshore
  • Streets Beach
  • Queensland Maritime Museum
  • Institute of Modern Art (IMA)

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The Story Bridge is Brisbane's most iconic structure.
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The Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha are recognised as Queensland's premier subtropical botanic gardens. They are a key attraction in the Brisbane
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The world's first and largest koala sanctuary. Hold a koala, hand-feed kangaroos and meet a variety of Australian wildlife in beautiful, natural settings.
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The Kangaroo Point Cliffs are heritage-listed cliffs located at Kangaroo Point just across the Brisbane River from the Brisbane CBD.
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An iconic landmark on the South Bank skyline, the Channel Seven Wheel of Brisbane is a breathtaking way to take in a 360 view from Brisbane.

Day Trips

Brisbane's surrounding areas are not to be missed! Take a day-trip to experience the beauty of Moreton Island and North Stradbroke island or enjoy a weekend away.

Moreton Island

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Moreton Island

Moreton Island is the third largest sand island in the world and located only 40 kilometres north-east of Brisbane

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North Stradbroke Island

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North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island is an island that lies within Moreton Bay in the Australian state of Queensland, 30 kilometres southeast of the centre of Brisbane.

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Gold Coast

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Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is a metropolitan region south of Brisbane on Australia’s east coast. It's famed for its long sandy beaches and surfing spots. It’s also home to theme parks such as Dreamworld, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild.

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Lamington National Park

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Lamington National Park

lose yourself in a rainforest 180 million years in the making. It may take you two hours to reach Lamington National Park, but the drive is beautiful and the destination rewards travellers with lush rainforests and ancient trees that are worthy of World Heritage-listed status.

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Study in Brisbane and experience the best of the sunshine state.