Brisbane, the capital of the state of Queensland, is known for its student-friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Its green parks with free BBQ are everywhere. The weather is excellent all year round with over 280 days of sun to enjoy outdoors.
It is the third most populated city in Australia after Sydney and Melbourne.
While Sydney is a bit more global and Melbourne is known for its European charm, Brisbane offers the most Australian culture. Besides, life is quiet and cheaper than in the other two big cities.
It has the largest koala sanctuary in the world (Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary), where you can find koalas, kangaroos and other typical Australian animals. There are more than 100 species to interact with. It’s even included in the Guinness World Records.
And this is not all: Brisbane is close to natural paradises, such as endless beaches, tropical forests and unimaginable islands to travel to in your free time.
Brisbane is an affordable city; accommodation is considerably cheaper than in Sydney and Melbourne. A fairly typical budget (accommodation, food, electricity, telephone and some expenses for social activities), could add up to around $330-$500 per week.
There are wide job offers and many part-time employment opportunities in Brisbane, including supermarkets, department stores, clothing stores, hotels, cafes, bars and restaurants, hotels, telemarketing, construction and cleaning sector. Remember that students have the same work rights as other workers.
Brisbane has a warm subtropical climate with an average of 21° C year-round. In summer the maximum temperatures reach an average of 30° C. The city receives the most amount of rain in summer. Winter is generally dry and temperate and most of its days are sunny with an average temperature of 17°C.
Brisbane prides itself of being a sustainable city and takes great care of its environment, therefore it is no wonder that public transport is one of the best ways to get around the city. With the go card you can travel seamlessly on all bus, ferry and train services throughout South East Queensland.