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Student blog: Five ways to spend your weekend in Brisbane

Yujin came to Brisbane to take part in a work experience program and is from Chungnam University in Daejeon, South Korea. Below she shares how her idea of the perfect weekend in Brisbane.

My motto is ‘experience will be my property’, and this led me to come here and to try a lot of new adventures in Brisbane. So far, I have tried to experience something new each day. I want visitors – and students – to enjoy their time in Brisbane as well.

Brisbane is full of entertainment and here are 5 of the greatest ways to spent the weekend in this gorgeous city.

1. Explore nature

South Bank

South Bank

South Bank is a perfect spot to relax in this city. Swim in the pool at Streets Beach, ride a bicycle along the riverside, or simply relax lying on the grass. My recommendation? Have a barbecue with your friends at South Bank! There are several spots to have a barbecue at South Bank – and it is free for everyone! If the barbecues aren’t free, pack a picnic and settle in under the trees on the grass with a picnic blanket. Sounds like the perfect afternoon!

Botanic Gardens

Mt Cootha
The Tropical Dome at Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha

Brisbane has two botanic gardens – one in the City and one at Mt Coot-tha. If you want to wash away any worries or stress, my recommendation is to take a walk through one of the botanic gardens. You can certainly clear you head by feeling the sunshine and the wind blowing through trees.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Incentives

If you are an animal lover and wanting to pat and feed koalas and kangaroos, you should most definitely pay a visit Lone Pine. Australian wildlife is everywhere here! If it’s a bucket list item for you, you can also have your photo taken hugging a koala! You do need to pay an extra charge for this, but it still sounds awesome, doesn’t it?

2. Take a day tour

Moreton Island

Are you interested in activities and adventures? Then, Moreton island is worth paying a visit. When I went to Moreton Island, I went snorkelling, kayaking, and sandboarding! It was awesome, especially the snorkelling which was wonderful. I saw schools of fish passing by me the whole time. The views at Moreton Island were so beautiful. I haven’t experienced something like it anywhere else. Here’s how to get to Moreton Island – no car necessary!

North Stradbroke Island

North Gorge Walk, North Stradbroke Island

Even though it’s only short ferry trip from Brisbane’s CBD, you’ll feel a million miles away from the busy city life out on North Stradbroke Island – or, as the locals affectionately call it, Straddie. You’ll spot lots of animals, including dolphins, kangaroos, koalas and even some whales if you’re lucky! Straddie is also easy to access, and you don’t need a car to get there or to get around.

The two coasts

Brisbane is roughly an hour from two world-famous coasts: the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.

To the north, the Sunshine Coast offers stunning beaches and gorgeous hinterland for walks and drives. The Eumundi Markets are the biggest art and crafts market in the country, and Noosa should be on everybody’s Australian bucket list – especially finding and swimming in the fairy rock pool in the Noosa National Park.

Gold Coast is well-known for beautiful beaches and sightseeing. There are so many things to try out: surfing, pedal-boating, and skydiving, plus – of course – the theme parks! Movie World, Dreamworld, Sea World and Wet N Wild – you need a whole day for each one, but it’s so much fun.

3. Eat as much as possible!

Try a local restaurant

It is easy to find international food restaurants in Brisbane. I would like to suggest Korean restaurants where you can have some high quality Korean meals. You may think all Korean dishes are spicy, but it’s not and Korean food is so tasty. Of all Korean restaurants, my recommendation is Charmy. It not only serves delicious food, but it also serves the cheapest Korean dishes in Brisbane CBD.

Also, if you want to try any other international foods, I recommend Post Office Square. It is a food court, but you can try a variety of foods at a cheaper price. Hope you enjoy!

Head to Eat Street Northshore

Eat Street Northshore is a wonderful hub of food, dogs, music and people. When I was here, I felt freedom and youth. Try a variety of international street food, beer and live performances like a magic show, fire show or music concert.

It’s such a nice experience eating food and drinking beer while listening to live music or watching a show. The best part? Everywhere you look at Eat Street Northshore is a photo opportunity. It’s also a place that everyone can enjoy - not to mention family and friends.

*There is an entrance fee of $2.50 per person, and kids are free. The website has opening hours so you go at the right time!

4. Practice your English

Brisbane Square Library

If you want to improve your English skills, it could be helpful to join an English-speaking group in Brisbane Square Library. The best way of improving conversation skills is to have a chat with foreigners whose English is their first language. Classes are held Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and it is a great way to work on your skills and become more confident!

Brisbane Student Hub

The Brisbane Student Hub offer a free support service to international students in Brisbane. They also run a range of events and classes to help build your English and employability skills. English conversation classes are held regularly - check out their Facebook page for a full list of events.

5. Go to a festival in Brisbane

Brisbane hosts lots of festivals and street performances. Magic, dance performances, or even orchestra, you can find anything you want.

So far my personal favourite festival is Colorfest. Colorfest is an outdoor festival where you can enjoy throwing packs of coloured powder at each other while dancing to music in the park. When I was went along, I felt like it was a concert with DJ performing on the stage and people dancing around me. It was so fun! See what my day was like below.

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