When it comes to entertainment and events, BROWNS and Brisbane offer a huge number of activities, days out and things to do for anyone and everyone, regardless of taste or budget.

For experiences unique to Brisbane, there’s Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, where you can cuddle a koala, or the amazing Story Bridge Climb. Popular Brisbane events such as the spectacular Riverfire and the Brisbane Festival, the famous Ekka and, for sports lovers, the State of Origin, are all must-dos when they appear on the calendar.

Brisbane also hosts a variety of cultural and food events throughout the year such as the Paniyiri Greek Festival and the Caxton Street Seafood Festival.

Brisbane also hosts a range of initiatives specifically designed to help international students feel welcome during their stay and help them become familiar with the city. These include the City Welcomes Festival,Lord Mayor’s International Student Friendship Ceremonies and Orientation weeks on campus to help students transition to campus life in a relaxed atmosphere, all offered through Study Brisbane.

Trips and adventures

BROWNS students are entitled to special prices for local trips and adventures. Check out some of the possibilities below, and visit our Travel Desk on campus to get started!

Day 1: Gold Coast to Rainbow Beach

Head north to Rainbow Beach via Surfers Paradise. Continue on to Brisbane (where other passengers may join) then take a short break at the spectacular lookout at Wild Horse Mountain. Enjoy panoramic views of the Sunshine Coast overlooking Noosa and Mooloolaba, before arriving at Rainbow Beach; a vibrant young coastal town, with glistening coloured sands and a relaxed atmosphere. This evening relax in accommodation, located just 100 metres from the beach.

Days 2-3: Fraser Island Tour

Spend the next two days exploring Fraser Island on a ranger guided 4WD safari with Fraser Explorer, staying at Eurong Resort. You will drive along Seventy Five Mile Beach, visit Lake Wabby and Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek, the Maheno Wreck and climb Indian Head. Return to Rainbow Beach for an overnight stay. (Day 4: LD; Day 5: BLD)

Day 4: Rainbow Beach to Kroombit Cattle Station

There's an option today to feed wild dolphins at Tin Can Bay. You can take the bus or catch the ferry (ferry is your own expense). After dolphin feeding, head inland through cattle country to Kroombit Cattle Station. Here you experience genuine outback living with the chance to ride a mechanical bull and take a walk of the property. That night you will taste a traditional camp oven dinner, cooked in the open fire. (D)

Day 5 : Kroombit Cattle Station

A day jam-packed with wonderful activities all included in the price of your tour. Learn first-hand about Queensland farming life as you participate in a '˜muster' on horseback, try your skill at trapshooting and join in the fun of a mini-rodeo as animals are herded into the ring. In the evening enjoy another hearty camp-oven dinner and re-live your day's experiences around the campfire with a beer from the bush bar. (BLD)

Day 6: Kroombit to Carnarvon Gorge

After breakfast, you will head further inland through Central Queensland's remote outback to the little known jewel of Carnarvon National Park. Carnarvon Gorge, central to this park is a remarkable natural attraction with 30kms of walking trails, 200 species of birds, ancient plants and Aboriginal rock-art dating back 3,500 years. This afternoon we will get a taste of the gorge with a short walk amongst the numerous kangaroos and wallabies that inhabit the area. Stay tonight in large permanent tents amongst the wilderness. (BD)

Day 7: Carnarvon Gorge

You will spend the full day hiking through the many walking trails scattered throughout this magnificent gorge. Walks are mostly of easy grade and therefore suitable for all ages and fitness levels, however the options are varied. You will see 500 year old cycads, grass trees and eucalypts, native wildlife and learn about the indigenous ancestors that inhabited this region for more than 3,500 years. See the best examples of rock-art in Queensland, made from the ochre taken from the region. After a day's exercise, you will return to our tented cabins for a good night's sleep within this wilderness region. (BLD)

Day 8: Carnarvon Gorge to Airlie Beach

Start early for our big drive from Carnarvon Gorge to the Mackay region. This is the first time we've hit the coast in four days and we now follow the coast to arrive at the Airlie Beach. Tomorrow you'll be sailing in some of finest sailing waters in the world '" the Whitsunday Islands. (B)

Days 9-11: Whitsunday Sailing

This morning your next adventure awaits Whitsunday sailing! You will have the opportunity to sun-bathe, snorkel and swim whilst exploring the idyllic Whitsunday Islands on a million dollar yacht. Visit the many beaches, coves and islands on this two night sailing trip, with the opportunity to hoist the sails and even take the wheel. Note that you will sleep on the boat, moored in quiet coves. Cabins are share only; no twin and doubles for these two nights. Back on land, we leave Airlie Beach and head to Townsville. From here we take the ferry to Magnetic Island, so named by Captain Cook because his compass went crazy when he sailed past in 1770. This evening, relax with a cold beer and watch the sunset from the beach bar of the only backpackers resort in Australia located right on the beach. (Day 11: D)

Day 12: Magnetic Island to Cairns

After the short ferry trip back to the mainland, drive to the Johnstone River Crocodile Farm to learn more about the most feared animal in Northern Australia: the estuarine or saltwater crocodile. As we arrive into Cairns, you will be able to cherish the many great experiences of Australia's East Coast. (BLD)

You may see wild Eastern Grey Kangaroos in native bushlands at our first stop and you'll be amazed at their size! A two hour walk through changing vegetation takes you into Wentworth Falls. After lunch (included), we walk down the historic Furber Stairs (all 860 of them!) into Jamison Valley through lush World Heritage rainforest. You will see the beautiful Katoomba Falls and the iconic rock formations of the '˜Three Sisters'. From the bottom of the Jamison Valley, we jump aboard the Scenic Railway '" the world's steepest railway (you'll find out why!) '" and take a ride back up to the valley rim. Then relax as we cruise back into Sydney after an action packed day! (L) Tour is operated as a code-share with Oz Experience. Passengers staying longer, will arrive at the Katoomba YHA at approximately 4.00pm

Day 1: Hobart to Strahan

Travel to Mount Field National Park, where you can stretch your legs on the Russell Falls and Tall Trees walks. We continue on to Lake St Clair for a view of Australia's deepest lake. On our way to Strahan we hike and explore the Franklin Gordon National Park. We spend tonight in our own exclusive accommodation in the historic coastal township of Strahan where your guide will fill you in on the amazing history of '˜pining, mining and convicts'!. (LD)

Day 2: Strahan to Cradle Mountain Region

This morning we enjoy the intriguing history of Strahan with options to suit everyone! Take a stroll or a bike ride (free) along the foreshore or up the Water Tower Hill for a priceless lookout over Macquarie Harbour and Ocean Beach; walk through a rainforest to Hogarth Falls (if you're quiet and lucky you may even spot a platypus); Later, we take a walk through the Henty Sand Dunes, where you can even take a quad bike tour (at own expense). In the afternoon we visit the historic '˜Silver City' of Zeehan. We then continue to our overnight lodge accommodation. (BLD)

Day 3: Cradle Mountain to Devonport

Today we discover the World Heritage Cradle Mountain National Park. Enjoy the pure air with a guided walk around lovely Dove Lake, or challenge yourself with a more strenuous hike (unguided) to view Cradle Mountain. We spend this afternoon exploring more of the state's mid north before our arrival in Devonport. (BL) Note: Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted due to seasonal conditions, weather extremes, Traditional Owner and national park requirements.

Brisbane top tips

Brisbane is Australia’s New World City, a multi-cultural hub of creativity and invention that provides students with a forward-thinking education industry and world-class research facilities, all in a sub-tropical climate ideal for an outdoor lifestyle.

Brisbane offers world-class education along with a high-quality, accessible lifestyle – especially if you compare living expenses and tuition costs with other developed countries. The city also strives to make international students feel at home right from the city’s own special Airport Welcome desk at Brisbane international airport, to a range of international student events including the City Welcome Festival and the series of Lord Mayor’s International Student Friendship Ceremonies.

BROWNS has two campuses in the central Brisbane city district, both within walking distance from Central Train Station, City Hall, ANZAC Square and the Roma Street Parklands. With over 420 bike racks, post offices, banks, cafes and restaurants surrounding the campuses, you will be immersed in the city experience from the very beginning.

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. Here are some other top reasons why you should study in Brisbane:

  • Affordable Investment - 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.
  • Sunshine All Year Round - Brisbane has more sunny days per year than any other Australian capital city. Boasting Australia’s best climate, Brisbane summers offer sub-tropical humid heat cooled by beautiful afternoon thunderstorms, while winters rarely dip below 20°C. Spring and autumn are favourite seasons for residents, as it’s easy to enjoy the outdoors with temperatures hovering in the mid-to-late 20s.
  • Your Base to Explore – Staying in Brisbane puts you in prime position to explore some of Australia’s best destinations, both within the state of Queensland and beyond. As the closest Australian state capital to Asia with an integrated public transport system, you’ll be able to get anywhere easily so that exploring Australia and beyond couldn't be easier.
Destination Travel
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