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Welcome to Brisbane! We know moving to a new country to study is both exciting and frightening. We are here to help. The Insider is designed to help international students discover what they love about Brisbane. To do this, we recruited many past and present, as well as local and international students and gave them one mission: Use your knowledge of the city and its surrounds to help other international students have a memorable, fantastic experience! We were overwhelmed by responses from people wanting to help other international students! Recommendation after recommendation of how to make the most out of Brisbane came flowing back to The Insider Team. After months of compiling and testing these listings, The Insider was born. Throughout the next 100 pages, you will discover how the locals already enjoy Brisbane; now it’s your turn.

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The Lord Mayor’s Welcome On behalf of the residents of Brisbane, I am delighted to introduce Brisbane’s first Insider Guide, designed to help international students explore and enjoy Australia’s new world city. Brisbane is recognised as a destination of choice by students from across the globe for its leading education institutions and welcoming spirit. As well as having numerous study options available, Brisbane also offers an enviable lifestyle with an abundance of social and cultural activities for international students to enjoy – no matter which part of the world you come from. Brisbane’s vibrant inner-city precincts and urban villages offer a wide variety of memorable experiences. From the bustling energy of outdoor cafes, trendy bars and riverside restaurants to farmers’ markets, boutique shopping and the city’s thriving music and entertainment scene, there is something here for everyone to enjoy. Venues such as the Brisbane Powerhouse, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre offer world-class programs, while our major events calendar has never been busier. Many successful Australian artists call Brisbane home including the likes of Powderfinger, Savage Garden, Pete Murray and The Veronicas, plus relative newcomers Kate Miller-Heidke, Butterfingers and the Butterfly Effect. From soloists to orchestras, jazz to hip-hop, and choirs to rock bands, the reputation of Brisbane’s music scene is rapidly growing. Brisbane is conveniently located about an hour’s drive from the natural splendour of Moreton Bay and Islands, Ipswich, the Scenic Rim and Country Valleys. We are also a gateway to the popular beaches of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast and further afield is the world famous Great Barrier Reef. Proudly initiated by Brisbane Marketing through its Study Brisbane program, the Brisbane Insider Guide is a free handbook that will provide you with all the help you need to discover the unique events and attractions that have made thousands of international students choose Brisbane to study. Good luck with your studies and I hope this Insider Guide will help enrich your stay in our friendly, welcoming and multicultural New World City.

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Understanding the public transport system is a confusing experience. Depending on where you live in Brisbane, public transportation may be a big or a small part of your daily routine. The good news is that the transport system in Brisbane is very simple. There are trains, ferries and buses, and you can use the same ticket on all three.

safety There has been a lot of coverage in the media over the last couple of years about international students choosing cheap accommodation in the outer suburbs of some major cities, which happen to be in some of the worst areas in terms of crime. If you have chosen to live in these areas to save money, you have to be careful and try to avoid going home late at night.

The number for emergency services (police, ambulance and fire brigade) is 000. There are also safety devices that can be bought, such as a personal alarm. These can be bought from most major electronics stores like Dick Smith Electronics (dse.com.au).

On Foot Walking from place to place has both advantages and disadvantages. It keeps you fit and will help you gain a natural sense of direction within the city. You will come across new places and things that you never would have seen on a bus and train. In addition, it’s cheaper than constantly paying for public transport and is much cheaper than paying for parking, which can be extremely expensive. If you want a free map, go to the Brisbane City Visitors Centre in Queen Street Mall. If you

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want to buy a more high quality and comprehensive map, try your local post office or petrol station.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT Timetables Trains and buses are by far the most convenient ways to travel within the central districts. Before attempting to catch a train or bus, find yourself a timetable and station map, or see the online journey planner at the Translink website (translink. com.au). Timetables are available online, at information centres and at large train stations. If you are looking to get information via the phone, you can call the Translink Hotline on 13 12 30. There are some late night services provided over the weekend for those who like to go out and party, however, as a general rule, public transport stops at around midnight. Some universities have shuttle buses that take students around campuses, which will save you a huge amount of time! Tickets Ticket prices depend on the zone in which you plan to travel. The CBD is Zone 1, and the further out of the city you go, the higher the zone is. There are two types of tickets, go cards and standard paper tickets. Go card is a prepaid service, which allows you to pay for credit on your card you then touch the go

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card on the go card reader on the bus/tram/ferry, and credit will be taken off your card. Touch the go card on the reader when you board public transport, and again as you leave. For students in Queensland, if you have a “QR” symbol on your student card (only for fulltime students), you can enjoy concession prices for transport within Queensland. When you purchase the concession go card you need to show your student ID card to the person selling the tickets. It is very easy to recharge go cards. You can buy them from the machines or ticket offices at bus stops, train stations and some convenience stores such as 7-11s and newsagents. Most of the convenient shops can only sell and recharge go cards. However, if the bus number begins with “P”, that means ‘prepaid’, so you cannot purchase any tickets from the bus driver and must use your go card. Remember, in some countries, being caught without a ticket is not prosecuted heavily. In Australia, it is! Getting caught with no ticket or the wrong ticket comes with an expensive fine. Travelling Always remember to read the signs at both the station and on-board. If you are sitting and someone standing is elderly or disabled, it is polite to give them your seat. In priority seating sections, this is enforced by law.

Also, it is not a strange practice in Australia to thank the driver as you leave the bus.

Go Online! translink.com.au for online timetables and journey planners.

Taxis Finding a Taxi Taxis (cabs) can often be found in their designated ranks. There are a number of taxi ranks around Brisbane and standing at these will help them to notice you. If the light on the top of a taxi is on, this means that this taxi can be hailed by raising your arms and waving to it. If it is not on, it has a passenger inside already and will not stop for you. Fares Taxis are not always cheap. Make sure you watch the meter. Some late night taxi trips will be asked to be paid for in advance. There may also be additional charges for late night services and phone bookings. This is not as common in Brisbane as it is in other major Australian cities.

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Black and White Cabs 13 10 08 Yellow Cabs 13 19 24 BIKES Brisbane City Bikes Brisbane City Council is in the middle of rolling out a number of bike stations around the City. This allows a person to pick up a bike, ride around the city and drop off the bike at a different station. It is perfect for students! By the end of 2010, Stage One should be complete, which will mean stations operational in Brisbane City, Fortitude Valley, New Farm, Newstead, Kangaroo Point, South Brisbane and West End. It will be easy to use. All you do is pay the tiny amount of $60.50 per year and you get access to the bikes! Keep an eye on the Brisbane City Council website for updates on this project including how to subscribe and which locations will be active on what date.

Buying a Car Elyse Lloyd Have a think about what is the best car for you. Big engines have the power, but they cost more to run. Small cars are cheap to run and they’re easier to park, but older models may struggle to get up to high speeds. It’s best to do some research before you go out looking. The Trading Post (a newspaper for secondhand buying and selling) runs a comprehensive section on cars. Other classifieds are available in other newspapers too. On the Internet you’ll be able to compare many cars from car yards in one place, e.g. on carsguide.com.au. This will give you a good idea of the average price you’ll pay for the car you want. Once you’ve been looking for a few weeks, you should know what kind of car you want and can afford. Private sellers and dealers have their advantages and disadvantages. Private sellers are good because they know the history of the car, and you can sometimes get great deals. However, don’t expect a refund if the car breaks down, they have no obligation to do that. A dealer does offer some guarantee of quality, with warranties offered with cars, however you can expect to pay 30% more for a second-hand car from a dealer compared to a private seller. Here’s a tip - If you go to car yards, then only look at the car once before going back to buy. If a salesperson knows that you are really keen, they may try to get more money out of you. In Queensland, a car for sale needs to have a Road Worthy Certificate displayed clearly, which will ensure the car is safe to drive. Always test drive the car and remember the RACQ, Brisbane’s trusted motor authority! You can also get any car you are interested in checked by an RACQ approved mechanic to make sure it is in good condition. Joining the RACQ is also good because they provide 24-hour roadside assistance in case your car breaks down. To check out the legal requirements and to find help when buying a car, visit: fairtrading.qld.gov.au/buy-used-car.htm

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Leisurely Cycling Around The City Centre By Sigrid Parker Brisbane is a hilly city but the flatter parts near the CBD and along the river are great to cycle around. Below are some fun cycle loops that are almost all on dedicated cycle paths. When the legs get tired you can put your bike on the ferry or CityCat and come home on the river. Bikes can be hired in the city Botanical Gardens and, from late 2010, you will also be able to hire bikes through the CityCycle bike hire scheme. Inner city bridge to bridge loop: Start at the City Botanic Gardens – head west beside the river – cross the river at the new Go Between Bridge into West End – turn left heading towards South Bank, past the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) – through South Bank, past the Naval Museum and down to Kangaroo Point cliffs – under the Story Bridge then when the cycle path ends follow the signs and loop back towards the bridge, accessing the path over the bridge from the eastern side -  once on the northern side of the river turn left and head back to the city along the boardwalk – all the way back to the City Botanic Gardens. City Botanic Gardens to New Farm Park along the river: Head east from the City Botanic Gardens through the gardens and along the boardwalk through the city – cycle beneath

the Story Bridge and hug the cliffs – continue along the floating pontoons – follow the signs to New Farm Park. Break for coffee at the Powerhouse Café. City Botanic Gardens to St Lucia along the river: West from the City Botanic Gardens along the river and on to the cycle path next to Coronation Drive – past the historic Regatta pub at Toowong - follow the signs to St Lucia and University of Queensland campus. (You can cut short this trip by returning on the CityCat from either the University of Queensland at St Lucia or the Regatta stop on Coronation Drive at Toowong.) More bikeway maps are available at the Brisbane City Council website:

Lifecycle Bike Shop 276 Petrie Tce, Brisbane Finding the right bike is always a little difficult, especially in a foreign city. The reason we recommend these guys is that they’re experts through and through. They have free bike maintenance classes, life-time warrantees, and introductory bike rides for females. You will find a range of different bikes here, including road and mountain bikes. Situated on the city’s busiest intersection, known as the Normanby five-ways, just make sure you’re familiar with the road rules and are wearing a helmet when leaving this shop on your new bike! 3831 2611 Mon-Wed 9am-6pm, Thu 9am-7pm, Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 11am-3pm

brisbane.qld.gov.au My Bike Shop 643 Samford Rd, Mitchelton Talking to staff at some bike shops can be an intimidating experience, and the staff at My Bike Shop know that. They deal with students all the time, and have even offered a 10% discount to any student who shows this listing at their store! Selling new and second-hand bikes, expect to be treated exactly the same if you want to spend $200 or $2000. Selling all your basic accessories too, My Bike Shop will look after the student in need of a bit of expert advice and a decent deal.

Bike Laws! ourbrisbane.com/ transport/bicycles A helpful resource to help you understand the bicycle laws in Brisbane.

Remember, always wear a helmet!

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If this is the beginning of your shopping experience in Brisbane, then you couldn’t have come at a better time. Branded as Australia’s New World City, the past ten years has seen Brisbane attract the demand for international brands and products that reflect the diversity of its people. The following section will provide you with a brief overview of the best places in and around Brisbane to satisfy all your commercial needs. So whether it’s keeping up with the latest fashion, or flicking through crates of $2 vinyls at the record store, let The Insider show you where to go.

Brisbane CBD If the locals of Brisbane could choose only one thing that they loved about their city, it would be how accessible sights and landmarks are to get to. Queen St Mall acts as the beating heart of Brisbane’s CBD with what

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could be described as having its own retail orbit. Outside the mall you will notice aptly themed divisions such as the Corporate district at Eagle St pier, where specialty stores and boutiques run along through to the streets adjacent the Botanic Gardens. Next you have the south end of the district where Japan meets Korea in Elizabeth Arcade. Here you will experience the very latest fashions from two of the most influential countries in Asia. All these sights are walking distance from Brisbane’s mecca of shopping, Queen St.

South bank It’s summer time, all the time at South Bank where the manmade lagoon shares the limelight with its retail offerings. Boasting art-n-craft markets on the weekend alongside great restaurants, find yourself a bargain at the many trade

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stands as unique as their products. Considered to be the ‘best of Brisbane’ you can shop comfortably knowing the council rosters a talent pool of Brisbane’s best street performers, reflecting the creativity from the museum and college of art that is also situated on the riverside. Brisbane’s largest and cheapest cinema screen is also there should you wish to make a day out of it.

Indooroopilly/ Toowong Considered the university town, Indooroopilly and Toowong have cradled students from UQ’s St Lucia campus for decades. And so it was only natural for the area to develop its shopping habits to cater for students and everything else that is associated with campus life. There is a Westfield that supplies the residents with all their necessities. The great thing though, apart from all the mainstream stores is that Westfield has selected their specialty stores to attract the area’s demographic such as Oxfam HQ and an Ultrasuite branch (refer to Girly Stores section).

Fortitude Valley Known for providing unforgettable nights, ‘the Valley’ doubles as an unforgettable shopping experience. If you are in search of quirky wares, a vintage outfit or some ultra hip jeans, then Fortitude Valley is currently the only area in Bris-

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bane where you can achieve all of this. . You will need more than a weekend to explore this spirited suburb.

WEST END Alternative is the main focus for the West End bohemian. Alternative fashion in not just its cut, but its cost and materials of production. Yes that is correct, this is where you can purchase your hemp shirts! Even their coffee beans are all legitimately sourced under the Fair Trade Act and vegetarian outlets are plentiful. You can already gauge what you can expect from West End, but don’t just take our word, this magical gem of Brisbane tucked behind the glamour of South Bank is an experience not to be read about, but lived. See, touch, hear, and breathe West End.

supermarkets The quality of food is high in Australia. Most meats come from local sources, and almost all our fruit and vegetables are grown here rather than imported. You can buy this produce in any supermarket, as well as other specialised stores and markets. If you want high quality meat, we recommend choosing Australian. The labels will generally say where it’s from. You can freeze most red meats for a few months and most white meats for a few weeks at least. The

beef is quite good here, and you can even buy some of our native animals to try. There is a delicatessen section in supermarkets as well, and they sell meats, cheeses and other items. The quality is generally good. Fresh fish is available. While sandwich meat can be bought here too, packaged sandwich meat is also available in the cold-goods section (mostly next to the cheeses).

MARKETS Recommended by Kyle Zenchyson and Barry Hartono Gigantic suburban shopping centres still prosper in Brisbane, however there is a wholesome demand for open markets offering handmade goods and locally farmed produce. They’re great places to do the weekly grocery shopping as well as spending time getting a feel of the local community. The Valley Markets Brunswick Street Mall, Fortitude Valley The Valley Markets are an essential Brisbane attraction everyone should see at least once. A bohemian and multicultural vibe dominates the crowded open mall beside Chinatown. Some of the stalls are littered with cheap sunglasses and tacky trinkets, but you can pick up some interesting local artwork and jewellery. Besides the usual Valley buskers, there

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are often collaborative live performances for special events and celebrations. Saturday and Sunday 8am–4pm

The Village Markets Blamey Street Kelvin Grove Urban Village There’s a real community feel around the selection of preloved clothing, fashion accessories and fresh produce stalls. The marketplace transforms a usually bare site evocative of dry lectures and other unirelated activities. Get up a little earlier on Saturday morning to kick-start your weekend at the Village Markets. Saturday 6am–1pm.

Queen Street Market 266 George Street Reddacliff Place, top of Queen Street mall, Brisbane City On Wednesdays, farmers and artisan bakers congregate in the city, attracting students and city workers alike. Multicoloured tents are erected in Reddacliff Place selling staple foods and tempting treats. Globally inspired stalls range from a French patisserie to an African teahouse. If you’re hankering for a sizzling bratwurst, the German sausage tent is popular anytime of day. Around lunch it’s just about possible to fill up on all the enticing samples given out. It’s also an opportunity to stock up on local fresh fruit and vegetables. Cheese, dried fruit and nuts are also sold. Wednesday 9am–6pm

South Bank Lifestyle Market South Bank Parklands

Books

Brisbane’s only three-day market is a great place to shop for gifts and handmade arts and crafts. Exclusive to the South Bank markets is the relaxing holiday-like atmosphere. There’s often live music and the slow but flowing pace of the crowd allows you to fully appreciate what’s on display. Food isn’t the focus but if you’re feeling peckish there are chocolate-filled bananas and barbecued corn on the cob. On the first Sunday of the month the Young Designer’s Market on nearby Little Stanley Street exhibit unique and affordable works from aspiring fashion designers.

Recommended by Glen Fuller

Fri: 5pm–10pm, Sat: 10am–5pm, Sun: 9am–5pm

Davies Park Market West End Davies Park, end of Jane St, West End The West End market is arguably Brisbane’s largest and most diverse inner-city market. Masses of fresh produce, meat and seafood stalls are assembled beneath shady trees. Losing yourself in the snaking expanse of merchants selling anything and everything in such an organic setting rekindles an innate sense of nostalgia. There’s also a vast offering of multicultural fast food like freshly rolled samosas, crepes and souvlaki. Saturday 6am–2pm.

Avid Reader 193 Boundary St, West End ‘For Books That Satisfy’ is their motto, and you can be rest assured they will live up to it! Stocking a large range of titles for all kinds of book worms, this independently owned shop has a real community feel to it as locals swarm to the café inside. The addition of the café allows customers to read before they buy, although you may find yourself sipping on a latte and sampling the surprisingly diverse menu for hours, until you either buy a book or get kicked out at closing time. Avid Reader also plays host to many events throughout the year. We highly recommend dropping in to this one. 3846 3422 Sun: 8.30am-5pm; Mon-Tues: 8.30am-6pm; Wed-Fri: 8.30am-8.30pm; Sat: 8.30am-6pm

Dymocks Shop D17 177 Albert St, Brisbane Dymocks is a high-quality chain book store stocking a wide variety of titles. If what you’re looking for is relatively mainstream this is probably your best place to start. Dymocks also have a comprehensive range of guidebooks and manuals for students. 3007 2800 Mon-Thu: 9am-7pm, Fri: 9am-9pm, Sat: 9am-6pm, Sun: 10am-5pm

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Moving in and stocking up your new home. We know that when moving in to your new home, finding the right furniture, kitchenware and other basic supplies can be a real headache. If you are only here for a short time, your apartment is probably already furnished. But this doesn’t mean that this section is irrelevant, as who can really say no to a bargain? Big Furniture Outlets We recommend these as the first stop for furniture hunters, as they have massive showrooms full of decent furniture at relatively cheap prices. The problem will be getting the goods back to your house as a lot of these outlets are located a little bit out of town, and you can’t really bring a new bed on the bus! The majority of the following places offer some kind of delivery service, but be sure to check for extra costs! IKEA Renowned for being the kings of value-for-money furniture, but don’t forget that you have to make it yourself when you get home! You don’t need an engineering degree though, and it is usually pretty fun. Ikea doesn’t just offer furniture, but a wide range of household wares, including things for the kitchen, living room and bathroom. If all this shopping has

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made you hungry, sit down for a Swedish meatball breakfast in the in-house restaurant. Freedom Although a little more expensive than Ikea, Freedom has a solid range of good quality furniture, mostly all pre-assembled, and usually very high quality. If you’re looking for a comfortable sofa or a new bed, we recommend Freedom. Department Stores If you are looking for home wares and electronics, you might want to check out the big department stores in Australia. The ones that offer some of the more affordable products include Target and Big W. If you’re looking for mid-range pricing but decent quality, Harris Scarfe is excellent for a wide range of products and always have big sales. For those that will not sacrifice quality for price or are simply interested in the higher end of home wares, we recommend David Jones and Myer. Brisbane Citygate Homemaker Centre Located five minutes out of the CBD, you will find the Homemaker Centre. This is truly a one-stop shop for decking out your new home, with 12 of the 15 stores selling home wares (three are for food). Everything is available here including bedding, indoor and outdoor furniture, carpets, electronics and much more.

Budget Tips Second-hand stores While there are some things you need to buy brand new, there are loads of items that are worth buying second hand! Keep your eye out for second hand stores and you will save a fortune! Some of these are mentioned in this section!

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Watch out for the sales, or let someone else do it for you. The

website ozbargain.com. au is where bargain hunters come to tell you where to save money. They have a massive network of members who know when and where the sales are on, and how you can take advantage of them.

Factory outlets Buying direct from the manufacturer means the savings they make by avoiding a retailer are passed on to you. These shops are called factory outlets and some of them happen to be located in awesome shopping areas.

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Trading Post There is a newspaper entirely dedicated to buying and selling second-hand goods called The Trading Post. Pick it up from your local newsagent and you might just find what you’re looking for!

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Folio Books 80 Albert St, Brisbane If you’re the type of bookworm that never leaves their bookstore, then you’d want a bookstore with the expertise and passion that comes with over 25 years of serving their locale. Folio Books is one such store that hovers their focus around subject specific titles comprising of art, architecture, philosophy, graphic design and much more. Customer orders are their speciality and what gave them their service reputation. Folio Books are able to source most books. 3221 1368 Mon-Thu: 9am-6pm, Fri: 9am-8pm, Sat: 8:30am-5:30pm, Sun: 10am-5pm

music, dvds & Electronics Allans Music Level Q, Queen Adelaide Building 90-112 Queen St Mall, Brisbane Feel like you’ve left something behind? Luckily Allans offers both the sale and rental of a large range of instruments. Depending on what institution you’re from the store may also offer you a discount. This may be useful to mention upon making your purchase. Allans also offers music lessons and workshops to the public. This could be a great way to meet other musos and keep up your skills at the same time. To add to this, Allans has a huge range of sheet music, instrument accessories and recording equip-

ment. For more information check out the Allans website @ allansmusic.com.au 3229 2155 Mon-Thu: 9am5.30pm, Fri: 9am-9pm, Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 10.30am-4pm

Camera House Bowman House, 166 Adelaide St, Brisbane I bet your friends and family back home are dying for you to send some photos. For anything to do with cameras, the Camera House can probably help you out. Whether you’re looking for a handycam to fit in your pocket or an SLR that could take a photo of a kangaroo hopping from 100 metres away, this place can sort you out. Camera House also stocks a wide range of accessories. 3229 1888 Sun: Closed.

Mon-Sat: 9am-5.30pm

Butter Beats 709 Ann St, Fortitude Valley Butter Beats has been Brisbane’s answer to rare grooves and urban literature since 1998. From graffiti culture to reggae and funk, Butter Beats are backed by the passion of music and street art. They have their finger on the pulse when it comes to alternative music gigs and releases so if being ultra hip is your scene, then get well acquainted with the staff of Butter Beats, they will ensure your stay in Brisbane is full of style and substance. 3257 3257 10am-6pm.

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JB Hifi 43 Adelaide St, Brisbane Home of some of the best bargains out there when it comes to CDs and DVDs, it is easy to walk into JBs looking for a birthday present for your Mum and leave with five CDs and three DVDs for yourself. To add to this, JBs can also take care of the majority of your digital needs, as they stock cameras, printer inks, games, consoles, televisions DVD players and much more. Check out their website for a better overview of what they have to offer and for the location of the closest store to you @ jbhifi.com.au 3003 1333 Mon-Thurs: 9am-7pm, Fri: 9am-9pm, Sat: 9am-5.30pm, Sun: 10am-5pm

Ezy DVD 1151 Creek Rd, Westfield Carindale Popular with the student movie lovers, this store has either the movie or shows you’re looking for, or could most probably order it in. Its online store is very impressive, stocking a large array of titles that you can order to your door within days. 3843 6700 Mon-Wed: 9am-5.30pm, Thu: 9am-9pm, Fri: 9am-5.30pm, Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 11am-5pm

Rocking Horse Records 245 Albert St, Brisbane As Queensland’s oldest and largest independently owned and operated record store since 1975, their 30 years in business has been made possible by providing the city with the music that drives its scene. Collaborating with many events, you can pick up most of your tickets

from here as well. Furthermore, their staff are always on the latest music to hit the underground, so you can rely on their tastes to stay on top of what’s hot.

almost all teams across all major sports, and of course, jerseys are plentiful.

3229 5360 Mon-Thu: 8.30am6pm, Fri: 8.30am-9pm, Sat: 9am5.30pm, Sun: 10.20am-5pm

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StreetWear Recommended by Timothy Jones APTMNT 161-163 Elizabeth St. lower level, Brisbane Welcome to Brisbane’s premier high-end purveyors of uber cool. Owned and operated by two brothers who have spent their whole lives travelling the world sourcing quality threads and wares, they have built APTMNT store to bring their world to you. Initially seen as top-shelf street wear, the boys have decided to raise the demographic to those who aren’t concerned with the price tag. 3210 0073 Mon-Thu: 11am-6pm, Fri: 11am-9pm, Sat: 11am-5pm, Sun: 11am-4pm

Culture Kings 4/79 Elizabeth St, Brisbane To really gauge the local style of where Brisbane’s street wear stands, all you have to do is check out the Culture Kings. You’ll be greeted with elements of skate, hip hop and sport as the three combine to what is known as Australia’s street wear flavour. Fitted caps are their speciality and have them in

3211 4838 Mon-Wed: 9am-5.30pm, Thu: 9am-6pm, Fri: 9am to 9pm, Sat: 9am-6pm, Sun: 9am-5pm

192 Albert St, Brisbane Opening in Brisbane just last year this store has built quite a reputation. Boasting some of the best Aussie brands, including Sass & Bide and One Teaspoon, students can also find a range of premier international brands. 3210 6638 Mon-Wed: 9am-6pm; Thu: 9am-6pm; Fri: 9am-9pmpm; Sat: 9am-6pm; Sun: 10am-5pm.

Laced 35 Adelaide St, Brisbane For the sneaker freak, Laced is one of those secret stores known only by those submerged in the culture. If this sounds like you, then you have just found your sustenance in Brisbane. Stocking premium underground labels such as Crooks & Castles, Undefeated, Kid Robot and Wesc, Laced is your answer to Brisbane’s fastest growing subculture. Also, be sure to check in regularly as they occasionally host parties (sometimes with free beer!). 3012 7888 Mon-Thu: 10am-6pm, Fri: 10am-9pm, Sat-Sun: 10am-5pm.

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Getting Connected

month. The more you pay per month, the higher your download limit.

Do you need Internet but have no idea how it all works in Australia? Maybe we can help you get started.

Speeds depend on whereabouts you live and vary between dialup (56kbps), ADSL (8Mbit max) and ADSL2+ (24Mbit). Dialup is the cheapest while the two ADSL varieties are around the same cost as each other.

If you have wireless technology on your mobile device, you’ll be glad to know that there is free wireless available throughout the CBD in places such as the State Library and The Bleeding Heart Art Gallery. You’ll also find free wireless at your uni campus, McDonalds and some cafés. If you can’t get it for free, check out what the mobile phone companies are offering. Three Mobile and Optus occasionally have specials on their wireless broadband plans.

If you’re moving into a new house you may need to connect your landline before you can use the Internet (this is done by calling Telstra on 13 2200). If you don’t need a house phone, consider looking for a service called Naked ADSL. This allows you to have the Internet but you don’t pay the line rental cost because you don’t have a telephone.

Home Internet

Are your friends and relatives wondering why you haven’t called? We understand it can be a bit expensive to call home, so we have a few options for you to save some cash.

If you end up getting your own place you’ll need to get online. Here are some tips about finding the right ISP (Internet Service Provider) for you. Contracts generally vary from 1 month up to 24 months. The longer you sign up for, the lower the cost of the initial installation. Look for contracts that include a free wireless modem/ router, alternatively you can buy your own for around $100. Due to the fact that Australia hasn’t quite entered the 21st century, download limits are very common. ISPs often restrict the amount you download per

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Phoning Home

Prepaid Sim Cards If you already have an unlocked mobile phone, then getting a Prepaid SIM card is a great option for you. It means that you are not locked into a contract, and once you have bought the SIM card, you can top up your credit whenever you need to. Prepaid SIM cards such as Lebara Mobile offer low-cost rates for international calls, starting from 0.5c/min. Plus you can use your Lebara Prepaid SIM to call anywhere in

Australia, or to send text messages anywhere in the world. There are plenty of stores that sell Prepaid SIM cards and credit, including petrol stations, newsagents, convenience stores and more. Skype If you have a computer with the Internet, microphone and speakers or headphones, Skype is the ultimate way to call anywhere in the world. If you haven’t heard of Skype, it’s a communication program that allows text, video and voice chat. If your friends and relatives have Skype too, then you can call them for free for as long as you want! A great feature of this program is that you can actually call landline and mobile phones all over the world for ridiculously cheap rates. It uses Voice Over IP (VOIP) technology, which runs over the Internet so it saves you a lot of money! www.skype.com Phone Cards Using phone cards to call overseas is around 80% cheaper than calling normally from your home phone, so don’t waste your money calling from your home phone without a phone card! Walk into any newsagency and selected convenience stores to find an assortment of different phone cards. They differ by offering cheap calls to different countries. Another benefit of using phone cards is that there are no contracts, so you are not locked into any dodgy (this is Australian for bad quality and unreliable) deals.

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Second Hand Clothing If you’re the type of person that wants something unique, that no one else has, you are in the right city. Vintage fashion stores are scattered all over Brisbane. These stores are comprised of people who have gone out searching for that second-hand, pre-loved treasure, bought it, and then have chosen to stock it in their own store. Sometimes they restore it to its original, or an improved, state. Be careful though, these places can be quite expensive, but I guess that is the price you pay for fashion!

opportunity to secure gorgeous pre-loved vintage fashion and accessories. It’s worth signing up to their mailing-list to be notified of when their next meet is, however, venues are usually and always held somewhere in West End, so you could make a whole day out of it as you browse the vibrant inner-city suburb.

Box Vintage 29 Vulture St, West End

This one is a pre-loved designer and vintage clothing store tucked away in the quiet innercity suburb of Morningside. Inside La Bella Donna lies racks of silk, cotton, velour denim and leather clothing that are as timeless as the store’s fit-out. Accessories are their speciality with all display benches covered in feathers, bags, necklaces, hats and beads. Shopping here is more than just finding a gem, it’s an experience.

Known the city over for having the best unique collection of vintage finds, a tight-knit group of regulars and the most charismatic shop keeper in Brisbane, Box Vintage offers styles from the ‘80s to Scandinavian inspired winter jumpers, retro bomber jackets and cowboy boots, all sourced by the staff themselves. What’s amazing is the staff aren’t keeping the gems for themselves, so get there quick as it’s first in, best dressed. A Frock Affair Alternating Venues Pre-loved fashion market with a difference. For the fashion conscious girl of all tastes and styles, A Frock Affair is your

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afrockaffair.com La Bella Donna 643 Wynnum Rd Morningside

the charity. Buying second-hand clothes may seem like a strange thing to do in your home country, but in Australia, it is a very popular way of finding that rare treasure. They are usually run by volunteers (often retired ladies) who are often the nicest people you will ever meet. Don’t confuse these stores with vintage stores which we have mentioned previously. They sell hand-picked (sometimes fixed) second-hand clothes for a much higher price. Three of the best original second-hand op-shops in Brisbane are: 1. The Salvos (The Salvation Army) 80 Glenrosa Road Red Hill 2. St Vincent de Pauls “Foresters Hall” 16 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington 3. Hey Hey It’s Yesterday 129 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington

Non For Profit Here in Australia, some charities that help the homeless have shopfronts where people donate their pre-loved clothes, records and many other items, and the shop sells them for a heavily discounted price to the public, with all profit going to

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The Outpost 5a Winn Street, Fortitude Valley The Outpost is probably Brisbane’s trendiest store. It’s always on the look out for the next big thing, long before it hits Australian shores in mass production. You can rely on the Outpost and their wellinformed and ultra resourceful staff to keep you in the know with all things hip, from clothing to music and books to wares. It’s worth noting that this store is extremely hard to find as it’s tucked in an alley off the main road. We recommend you Google it before wandering aimlessly or you could be searching for hours. 3666 0306 Mon-Thu: 10am-5pm, Fri: 10am-8pm, Sat: 11am-4pm, Sun: Closed.

Hype Shoes Corner of Albert & Queen St. Shoe fan? If you are, this is a place worth walking into. Stocking the latest in trendy street and casual footwear, this shop has one of the largest selections of the latest hip street brands under one roof. To list a few favourites, they stock Nike, Onitsuka, Adidas, Lacoste, Converse, Vans and Creative Recreation. These are all available in the most up-to-date styles and sold for competitive prices. In the words of Forrest Gump’s Mum, “There’s an awful lot you could tell about a person by the shoes they wear”. 3211 0666 Mon-Thu: 9am-6pm, Fri: 9am-9am, Sat: 9am-6pm, Sun: 10am-5pm

Sports

Skate Biz 101 Albert St, Brisbane

Goodtime Surf & Sail 29 Ipswitch Rd, Wooloongabba

Queensland really is the recreational state of Australia, which is why Skate Biz in the city covers everything that involves all things footwork, from rollerblading to hockey. They stock all the most reputable brands so safety and quality isn’t compromised, with well-known gear from Oakley, USD, Bauer and DC. They happen to also own Australia’s largest online skate shop at skatebiz.com.au, so it’s worth checking them out there too.

There could only really be two reasons why you’d find yourself in Queensland; to study, or to surf. When it comes to the latter, Goodtime Surf & Sail is your one stop shop for all things water sports. Located at the city fringe of Wooloongabba, these guys also hand shape their boards and have been doing so since 1971. Through their 39 years of experience, you can ask them about the best surf spots along the Gold and Sunshine Coasts. 3391 8588 Mon-Thurs: 9am-7pm, Fri: 9am-9pm, Sat: 9am-5.30pm, Sun: 10am-5pm

Rebel Sports Shop 1, Queen Adelaide Building 90-112 Queen St Mall, Brisbane If you can kick it, throw it, swing it or punch it, you can probably find it here. Sport is a great way to meet new people and stay in shape, so, if you’re missing the sports you used to play at home or are looking to try something new, Rebel Sports can probably help you out with the equipment. They also stock a large range of popular sports clothing and shoes. Popular brands include Adidas, Nike, Lonsdale, Asics, Puma and Everlast. Not all of the fashion is sports related either. Some of the stocked apparel is in modern street and urban styles.

3220 0167 Mon-Thu: 9am-6pm, Fri: 9am-9pm, Sat-Sun: 10am-5pm

Kathmandu 193 Albert St, Brisbane Whether you’re heading for the snow or the desert make sure you stop by Kathmandu for adventure-proof clothing and accessories. Staff can recommend what products you need to make sure you stay safe and protected when exploring Australian terrain. Footwear, clothing, luggage and cooking equipment is all sold here. If purchasing as part of a group, enquire about group or bulk discounts. 3210 2777 Mon–Thu: 9am-5:30pm; Fri: 9am-7pm; Sat: 9am-4pm; Sun: 10am-3pm.

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Clothing Size Chart Men’s Shoe Sizes AUS 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

EU 37 38 39.5 40.5 42 43 44.5 46 47

JAP 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

UK 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

There’s nothing worse than buying clothes in a foreign country and realising you got the sizes wrong because you weren’t used to the size conversion. Have a look at this table to work out your size in Australia.

Women’s Shoe Sizes

US/CA 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

Bra Sizes

AUS 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

EU 37 38 39.5 40.5 42 43 44.5 46 47

JAP 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

UK 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

US/CA 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

Dress Sizes

AUS/NZ 10AA 10A 10B 10C 10D

EU 70A 70B 70C 70D 70DD

US/CA 32AA 32A 32B 32C 32D

UK 32A 32B 32C 32D 32DD

F 85A 85B 85C 85D 85DD

12AA 12A 12B 12C 12D 12DD

75A 75B 75C 75D 75DD 75E

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34A 34B 34C 34D 34DD 34E

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AUS 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22

EU 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48

US/CA 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20

UK 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 28 20 22

B/E/F/P* 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 49 48 50

I 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54

*B = Belgium, E = Spain, F = France, P = Portugal


Girly Stores Recommended by Eloise Parker Kookai 171-209 Queen St, Brisbane Founded in 1983, this French fashion label adds a dash of sophistication to the Brisbane streets. Boasting elegance and style, Kookai has proven to be a highly popular addition to the shopping experience for the ladies out there. This shop is very much influenced by European styles, and is a must during your next shopping trip. 3210 2188 Mon-Thu: 9am5.30pm, Fri: 9am-9pm, Sat-Sun: 10am-5pm

Bessie Head Shop 8, Level 1, Broadway, 170 Queen St, Brisbane If you’re a fan of Australian and New Zealand designers, then Bessie Head is the perfect place to capture the Australian essence in your clothing style. Stocking premier Aussie and NZ labels, as it stands, Bessie Head is the only store to supply the best in clean cut styles for women who are independent, empowering all those who shop there to take charge in life. It really is a unique retail experience. 3221 0355 Mon-Thu: 9am-5pm, Fri: 9am-9pm, Sat-Sun: 9am-4pm.

Garnsis Boutique Shop 1 Elizabeth Arcade, 99 Elizabeth St, Brisbane Withstanding the test of time in Australia’s unforgiving boutique industry, Garnsis Boutique has been in operation for eight

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years now with a strong focus on elegant designs over supple materials. They stock great Aussie labels such as Ebony Eve, Shanti Butterfly and Tainted, along side well known brands.

heart of the Valley, this store is a little bit hidden, but it is worth the hunt.

8232 8273 Mon-Thu: 9am6:30pm; Fri: 9am-9pm; Sat: 9am-5pm; Sun: 11am-5pm.

Petrol 5 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington

The Body Shop Queen St. Mall, Brisbane

Customer service and care are the foundations of Petrol’s boutique philosophy. They are not name or brand driven, rather making top fashion accessible to women by ensuring quality is met by personally sourcing all their pieces. The boutique experience is Petrol’s main focus, and they have designed the store to provoke feelings of discovery as you uncover labels unheard of. Petrol is truly Brisbane’s destination to pure individualism.

If you want to look, smell and feel great then check out the Body Shop’s range of body products and cosmetics. Rest assured that these products have NOT been tested on animals. Selling skin care, make up, body butters, fragrances, hair care, essential oils and a range of gift hampers to choose from, the body shop also prides itself on pursuing an agenda of environmental justice.

3854 0155 Mon-Thu: 10am-6pm, Fri: 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun: 11am-4pm

3210 2490 9am-5pm, Fri: 9am-9pm, Sat-Sun: 10am-4pm

3369 1037 Mon-Wed: 9.30am-5.30pm, Thu: 9.30am-8pm, Fri: 9.30am-5.30pm, Sat: 9.30am-4pm, Sun: Closed

Fallow 354 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley

Ultra Suite 665 Ann St, Fortitude Valley

For the cool kids, for the super hip and those who wont settle for anything less than ‘now’, Fallow stock the trendiest labels that reflect what is hot in Australia’s high-end fashion scene. Stocking Chronicles of Never, Claude Maus, Frederick Gray and many more. They also happen to stock a decent selection of mens articles, so you can bring your boyfriend in for a total makeover. Located in the

For both men and women, Ultra Suite, apart from being one of Brisbane’s most favoured boutiques, are also in the tailoring business, providing made-tomeasure services by appointment. Their collections comprise formal, bridal and cocktail pieces and quite frankly, dominate this market. You will have a hard time looking for a better alternative to make you look the best you can be for that special occasion. Save the time, and come directly to Ultra Suite. 3267 2866 Mon-Thu: 9am-5pm, Fri: 9am-9pm, Sat-Sun: 10am-4pm

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Ellia Lifestyle Shop 1, 46 James St, Fortitude Valley The Ellia brand orbits around all things beautiful and functional as they display a wide range of fashion, gift and homewares with the intent to decorate. In addition to sourcing rare collectables and ornaments, they also stock well-known labels such as Zimmerman, Talylah, Lisa Ho and Fleur Wood just to name a few. 3852 5325 Mon-Fri: 9.30am5.30pm, Sat: 9am-5.30pm, Sun: 9am-5pm

Mod.Cons 702 Ann St, Fortitude Valley Located at the very heart of Brisbane’s cultural hub, the Valley, Mod.Cons offers more than

just cute wares of modern eloquence, but they also offer you a retail experience that is both social and inspiring. They have sourced everything from quirky office supplies to bathroom novelties and hi-tech gadgets to baby jewellery. Truly something different worth checking out. 3257 2996 Mon-Thu: 9am-5pm, Fri: 9am-9pm, Sat-Sun: 10am-4pm


Nectar Beer and Wine Specialists 114 Boundary St, West End On a constant mission to source high quality beer and wines from a diverse range of local and international producers, Nectar’s passion to bring you the finest drop is felt by all who enter. If you have no idea what to look for, and like to try before you buy, come along on a Friday night as Nectar holds regular beer and wine tastings in-store. Alternatively, if you’re feeling too lazy to leave the house, simply give them a call and they will happily take your order and organise postage. 3846 4655 Mon 12noon-8pm, Tues 12noon-9pm, Wed 12noon-9pm, Thur 12noon-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-8pm.


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Brisbane offers a wide range of restaurants for the student with a bit of spare money and for those who are on a tight budget. The CBD and nearby surrounds are where you will find most of Brisbane’s restaurants, including stunning riverside locations like Eagle St Pier and Brisbane Riverside Centre. These restaurants are on the expensive side but if you can afford it, it is a true Brisbane dining experience. For something a little less expensive but still very cosmopolitan, the West End and South Bank is full of modern and relatively cheap eateries. In fact, the area is fast becoming a vibrant eating out district with a huge range of affordable dining options for the student budget. Who says fast food has to be crap food? The Insider recommends checking out a couple of amazing burger places: Grill’d at 167 Grey St and Beastie Burgers at Shop S06D, Little Stanley

Street. The three main eating out strips are Little Stanley Street, Grey Street and the Parklands at South Bank and they are worth strolling through to find your own favourite. If you are new to Brisbane you will probably discover that there is a Chinatown in Fortitude Valley very quickly. While it is a popular destination, the real Chinatown is in Sunnybank which is about half an hour by bus from the CBD and hosts a large Asian population. Delicious buzzing restaurants such as the Sunnybank Oriental in the Sunnybank Complex are a fantastic addition to a day of exploring this multicultural hub. Another fantastic dining area is Paddington, and in particular Caxton St, which buzzes in summer as the outdoor tables fill up and people turn a meal into a bit of a night out.

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To ensure you, the international student, gets a thorough insight into the world of eating out in Brisbane, we have sourced the help of a huge range of international students who have recommended their favourite restaurants of their origin! Webmenu.com.au A highly recommended website with online menus, restaurant locator and a review database. Yourrestaurants.com.au An easy-to-navigate guide to finding your style of eatery in the city. Couriermail.com.au A website designed for the people of Brisbane, it will help you find the hottest places to check out in Brisbane.

Budget Eats & Lunch Spots Sing Sing Chinese and Vietnamese Restaurant 277 Ipswich Road, Annerley Recommended by Chloe Diem Tran This family-owned restaurant is a delightful little number that is cosy, warm and has absolutely delicious food that is delivered with great service! I really love the Pork Spare Ribs with Steamed Rice, Spring Rolls, Sugar Cane Prawns and Beef Salad on the Vietnamese menu and Deep Fried Duck with Plum Sauce, Szechuan Lamb and Seafood Bird’s Nest on the Chinese menu. Nothing completes your meal better than

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authentic Vietnamese-style Iced Coffee and Deep Fried IceCream. 3391 1100 Open daily 11am-3pm, 5pm-10.30pm Except Tuesdays 5pm-10.30pm only.

Indonesian Tucker 1981 Logan Rd Upper, Mt Gravatt Recommended by Naftalia Adhis I think this is undeniably the best Indonesian restaurant here in Brisbane. It has a true Indonesian vibe running through the whole place. The best part about it is you can get three kinds of meals and rice for only $9. Also, the portions are large so you get value for money! My favourite dish is Nasi Gulai Kambing. If an Indonesian student misses their traditional food, you will surely feel at home here. I don’t think you will be disappointed! Student recommendation: Roast duck fillet with pad king ginger 3219 3400 Mon-Fri: 11.30am3.30pm, 5pm-11pm; Sat-Sun: 5pm-11pm

Han Woo Ri Level 1, 70 Mary Street Recommended by Kelly Chai Despite being a Korean restaurant, an interesting array of Chinese and Japanese dishes are also offered on the menu. Diners are spoilt for choice with its extensive lunchtime specials, which are reasonably priced at $9.90. Korean cuisine is known for their spiciness so have a go and test your

threshold for hot stuff by ordering a plate of spicy rice cakes, which is a typical Korean street snack. 3012 7551 Mon-Fri 11amMidnight; Sat-Sun 12noon-3am

Little Singapore 42 Charlotte Street, Brisbane Recommended by: Kelly Chai Nominated as one of the Best Asian and Best Casual Dining Restaurants in Queensland for 2009, Little Singapore provides a taste of home away from home with its diverse menu of traditional Singaporean hawker fare. This place is really hustle and bustle, however it’s what makes it so lively and fun. Expect a short queue. You can’t go wrong with choosing Hokkien Noodles or Chicken & Salted Fish Fried Rice which costs about $11. There are actually four locations where you can find a Little Singapore, in the City, Uptown and two in Sunnybank. Student recommendation: Red vinegar ribs 3211 1177 Mon-Thur 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10.30pm, Sun 11am-10pm

Grill’d Address: 421 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley Recommended by: The Editor Every now and then that craving for an absolutely huge and delicious hamburger hits some of us. When this time comes, one word should come to mind GRILL’D! Grill’d is a gourmet hamburger shop which serves up a creative variety of burgers

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The Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, located within the Cultural Centre at South Bank overlooking the Brisbane River, are a must see.

Stanley Place South Bank Brisbane www.qag.qld.gov.au | (07) 3840 7303 View of the Australian galleries, framed by Robert Klippel’s sculpture No. 247 Metal construction 1965–68 / Background: selected paintings by Ian Fairweather / Photograph: Ray Fulton


such as the Tuscan Delight, a chicken burger with roasted peppers, basil pesto, tasty cheese, salad and herbed mayo. They also have the traditional hamburgers for those who aren’t game enough to take a risk with a burger. The Insider team haven’t tried the veggie burgers yet, but we’re told they are damn tasty as well. Grill’d is also licensed, so you’re given the option of washing down your burger with a cold beer. With the trendy and modern Aussie pub like atmosphere, you might even stay for two or three. 3252 5822 Mon-Tues 10.30am10pm, Wed 10.30am-10.30pm, Thur 10.30am-11pm, Fri 10.30am-Midnight; Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-10pm.

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Au Cirque 618 Brunswick Street, New Farm Au Cirque never fails to consistently produce great coffee and tasty breakfasts. Seating spills out on to the footpath and the kitchen occupies most of the ground level, but the hardwood furniture upstairs creates a more relaxing atmosphere. Such is the consequence of a celebrated café, waiting for a table can be expected on the weekend. However the courteous staff delivering your first coffee of the morning will pass the time. There are many combinations of bacon and egg chowdowns and three-egg omelettes, but I recommend the corn cakes. The batter is light and with ample corn to match the popping flavour of the fresh ingredient. Au Cirque is licensed with an appealing selection of

By Kyle Zenchyson The diversity of food in Brisbane is expanding rapidly, with a range of inspirations finding its place among a host of different cuisines. The same can be said for coffee, with many independent Brisbane-based roasters producing their own blends. Cafés are no longer limited to big franchises spread throughout the country. There are a few pockets in Brisbane to go for coffee and breakfast that are probably known more to locals. Luckily they’re all inner city areas, easily accessed by public transport and close to most of Brisbane’s universities.

wines and opened for breakfast and lunch every day of the week. 3254 0479

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Lure on Latrobe 24 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington Surrounded by the boutique and vintage clothing stores of Paddington, Lure’s potted flora and trickling water feature on the front deck creates a tranquil atmosphere. The service is casual and the well-used outdoor furniture adds to the warm domestic feel. As with most worthy cafés in Brisbane, the coffee is served and made well. The breakfast menu is pretty straight up with added specials like savoury mince on garlic toast. The cakes and tarts are packed full of homemade buttery goodness. 3367 2900 Mon-Sat: Sun: 7am-12noon

Home Cooked Meal It may seem obvious, but many students don’t bother cooking at home and eat way too much expensive take away. Buying cheap ingredients from fresh food markets or supermarkets then making up your own meals can be a great way to save money, stay healthy and eat with friends in a comfortable setting.

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The Gunshop Café 53 Mollison Street, West End For a while now the Gunshop has been the go-to breakfast destination in the West End, or for that matter, greater Brisbane. There are many breakfast options available catering for light, sweet or indulgent morning diners. These include avocado and quark on sourdough, raspberry French toast with vanilla mascarpone and vodka cured ocean trout with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Choosing from the mouth-watering menu early in the day will challenge you. The lunch and dinner menus are equally delectable and a terrific

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Wake up and smell the beans! Steamed Milk Steamed Milk

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How would you like your eggs? There are several ways to have your eggs served. If you have a preference be sure to let the waiter know.

Fried,

Pan fired, often with oil.

Poached,

Boiled in water, with no oil or salt.

Scrambled. Mixed and beaten in a pan, usually with some herbs and cheese.

Poppy’s Basket Bakery and Deli 166 Grey Street South Brisbane Poppy’s Basket benefits from an ideal location opposite the Imax cinemas in South Bank. Amid the assortment of deli provisions there is a vast array of muffins, pastries and bread. Upon entering, it’s hard not to browse leisurely before taking a seat. The breakfast offerings are pleasing but also inexpensive. Their satisfying signature omelette is priced about five dollars cheaper than the competition. The coffee is a tad ordinary but the biscotti is worth a taste. You can have breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea at Poppy’s Basket seven days a week. 3844 0144

Daily 6.30am-6pm.

casual restaurants The Smoke (American BBQ) 9/85 Merthyr Rd, New Farm

range of local and international wines and boutique beers are available. It’s also worth mentioning everything is reportedly made using ingredients sourced from local markets daily. The renowned café with its atmospheric buzz does have a downside - it can get a little too busy on weekend mornings (no bookings taken), however, the friendly staff manage the droves of customers well. The Gunshop truly operates like a well-oiled machine. 3844 2241 Breakfast Mon-Sun: 7am-11:30am. Lunch Mon-Sat: Noon-2:30pm. Dinner Tue-Sat: 5.30pm-Late.

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Recommended by Matthew Ramsey With complimentary corn bread and a side of Southern sass, The Smoke is the closest thing to wholesome American cuisine here in the ‘New America’. Try the strawberry and spinach salad and the slow-cooked pulled pork plate (ask for a bun, add coleslaw and make a sandwich as it’s truly meant to be eaten!). The Kansas City and Memphis-style ribs are decent enough, albeit a bit overrated. However, the $16 cocktails are

worth the price. We recommend trying the Jack Daniels Lynchburg Lemonade. 33358 1922 8am-4:30pm.

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Ceylon Inn (Sri Lankan) 190 Oxford St, Bulimba Recommended by Nilakshi Perera Using spices from the finest fields of the East and with the freshest local ingredients, Ceylon know how to make Sri Lankan food smell, taste and look fantastic. My favourite dish is Devilled Potato, Kaju (made from cashews, sugar, cardamom powder and ghee) and rice. This dish is hot and spicy and it reminds me of home. These curries, with some rice, are actually enough for two people. Prices are reasonable too. They have five branches in Brisbane, located in Toowoong, Bulimba, Kenmore, Graceville and Rosalie. 3399 9880 Sun-Thu: 5pm– 9:30pm, Fri-Sat: 5pm–10:30pm

Mecca Bah (Turkish / Moroccan) 19-21/ 1000 Ann St, Fortitude Valley Recommended by Muhannad (Moe) Al Kalbani (Oman) Mecca Bah is one of those special restaurants where you do not need to pay a lot to feel utterly satisfied. The warm colours of the wallpaper, the cushioned benches and the iron chairs makes this place an authentic, rustic place to spend a few hours. The food that comes out of the kitchen is traditional

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Turkish and Moroccan food, which includes mouth-watering wood oven pizzas and couscous as a side to many meals. It is the perfect place to try with your mates for a very relaxing meal. Try the Middle Eastern Halva ice cream and the Turkish Delight for dessert! 3252 5299

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The Plough Inn Tavern Stanley St Plaza, South Bank Parklands Recommended by Maria McDougall The Plough Inn has ‘Australia’ written all over it. With its superb steaks, smoked pork, cold beers and live music, you can’t help feel a little true blue. The menu is straight to the point and very high quality. We recommend The Reef n’ Beef, which features a fine fillet topped with prawns and calamari in a garlic cream sauce. Situated in the South Bank Parklands, it makes for a stunning place to relax with some mates on a hot summer afternoon. 3844 7777 Mon-Thu 11am-10.30pm Fri-Sat 10am-Midnight Sun 10am-11pm

Korean Restaurant Maru 9 Lewina St, Sunnybank Recommended by Song-Yi Baek The finest authentic Korean cuisine in Brisbane! This place is located in new China Town in Sunnybank. The dishes here taste just like home. My favourite is Soon-Doo-Boo Jji-Gae (Soft Tofu stew). If you can handle Korean spiciness and you’re willing to try Korean

BBQ, you have found the right place. Traditional and authentic, this is one little hidden restaurant you will want to try out with some friends. 3344 3868

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El Naranjo (Colombian) 301 Ann St, Brisbane Recommended by Aleyda Perez This restaurant offers authentic Colombian food and dishes on Sundays for breakfast and lunch. Caldo con Costilla (Rib & Vegetable Soup), Arepa de Huevo (Tortilla with vegetables and eggs inside) and Calentado (heated breakfasts) are just some of the options for having an authentic Colombian breakfast. For lunch, you can choose from the very popular Bandeja Paisa (beans with meat and rice), Ajiaco (soup), Sancocho (soup) to Sobrebarriga con Papas Chorreadas (special meats with potatoes). Its menu also includes Colombian coffee and other traditional drinks as well as Colombian desserts and entrees. This place has a fantastic reputation and once you have tried the food, you will know why. 0425665530 4.30pm

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PUB MEALS 1. Chicken

Parma

Also known as Chicken Parmigiana, it’s a chicken schnitzel with a layer of tomato-based sauce and grated cheese.

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Beer Battered Fish & Chips

The name says it all, the fish is deep fried in a batter made of beer!

3. Beef Burger (with the lot)

“The Lot” can really mean a lot! Sometimes comes with beetroot, egg & bacon.

4. Wedges Comes with sour cream & sweet chili sauce. Usually shared with mates but can quite easily turn into a substitute dinner.

5. Caesar

Salad

Comes with or without chicken, it’s a great alternative to some of the more filling pub meals.

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West End By Matthew Ramsey*

The mecca of all things marvellous, West End is arguably the most happening ‘hood in all of Brisbane. With its diverse culture and delectable cuisines, this inner-city suburb is chocfull of flavour and freedoms of expression – the sense of inclusive community spirit here is simply unrivalled. From Monday to Saturday, West End offers the very best of all worlds, so let us enjoy a few of our local favourites.

Sidewalk Sale Perhaps the most famous feature of West End is the Weekend Green Flea Markets in Davies Park, but there are plenty of shops to see among fellow switched-on citizens along Boundary, Vulture and Montague Streets (check out BangDoll, Box Vintage, and Reverse Garbage, to name a few…). The markets rise at 6am and rest at 2pm on Saturdays and always draw a friendly, eclectic crowd. From fresh fruits and vegetables to soothing organic soaps and sundries, as well as heaps of hand-crafted goods, keen shoppers are certain to uncover some unique, affordable treasures here whilst savour-

ing a number of tasty treats as the serenades of local musical talents waft through the air. After freshening up with some homemade lemongrass-mintlavender soap, try to find the hamburgers made with love before they sell out and wash one down with any number of freshly-made beverages nearby – get juiced up on some sugarcane!

Coffee -nCafé Culture After checking out the flea markets it might be time to experience one of the local coffee houses, renowned for a fantastic cup. Alberto’s on Montague, Ugees on Boundary, Blackstar off Vulture, or the Cuban Café on Merivale are the true coffee centers of the universe in West End - accept no other substitutes.

For the peckish, the best Asian foods outside Sunnybank can be found on Hardgrave Road (give Quan Thanh Vietnamese a go!) or at the flank of the Cole’s (Siam Siamrarn Thai is not to be missed!). The Fat Carrot Juice Bar and Swiss Deli are two Boundary Street sidewalk cafes that can easily be mixed-andmatched since they are adjacent to each other. For a Mediterranean flair, try the new CharChar Gyros (the charcoaled lamb is the best!) or the landmark King Ahiram’s Lebanese takeaway shops (the desserts are amazing and cheap!).

West End After Dark To sum up in 37 words: The Shire on Mondays, Inspire on weekends, The Joynt any night, and Rumpus Room to begin and/or end the evening. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up at one of West End’s (in)famous after-hours house parties! *Special thanks to Bella, Cat Kid, Jay and Oz for their savvy insights!

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music. Also, don’t forget to carry your student cards to grab the Dhaba’s student loyalty cards & availability of the range of daily student freebies.

Urban Spoon Urban Spoon is a great little app for the iPhone that lets you search for restaurants in your area by type, location and price. It also has user reviews and even a cool feature called The Scope which displays the names of restaurants overlaid on the camera.

3846 6662 Mon-Thu: 12Noon-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm; Fri: 12Noon-2:30pm, 5:30pm-11pm; Sat: 5:30pm-11pm.

Upmarket Restaurants These listings are a little more pricey. However, these might be nice places to go with your parents when they visit. Alchemy 175 Eagle Street, Brisbane

Bombay Dhaba 220 Melbourne Street, West End Recommended by: Nitin Stomach yearning for authentic Indian food? Bombay Dhaba is the perfect place to start your 3-course, lavish meal with a meatlover’s mixed platter and refreshing sugarcane juice. We highly recommend the Chef’s special, Butter Chicken and Bihari Paneer Masala with Cheese Spinach Naan and Chicken Biryani. You can sweeten the tastebuds with Kulfi and Gulab Jamun. Winner of Brisbane’s Best Themed Restaurant of the year in 2009 and with 7 branches across the city, this restaurant offers the perfect way to spend your evening amidst antique ambience inspired by Dhaba’s Indian heritage. Enjoy being mesmerised by melodious instrumental

We know the average student can’t afford luxury restaurants all the time, however if your parents come to visit and insist on taking you out somewhere nice, we recommend this classy little number. With polished floorboards, glass chandeliers and a breathtaking view of the Brisbane River, the decor is as magnificent as the European inspired dishes. Brad, the headchef, has worked alongside some greats like Jamie Oliver and Marco Pierre White. We highly recommend the Striploin of Beef with Herb Polenta, which comes with spinach, smoked tomato compote, red wine and bone marrow sauce. 3229 3175 Mon-Fri 12noon-3pm; 6pm-10pm Sat 6pm-late

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant Stamford Plaza (Cnr Margaret Street) There is something so awesome about eating at a Teppanyaki restaurant. The atmosphere, the smells, the personality of the chef and good friends are all crucial elements to a great night out. Kabuki has definitely mastered this experience. Sit back and relax as your senses are treated to the sizzling and grilling of items such as the Moreton Bay Bugs with mayonnaise sauce, garlic and soybean, or even the Tasmanian salmon cooked with white wine and soy sauce. It isn’t cheap, so make sure you go with rich friends. 3221 1999 Mon-Fri: 12Noon2:30pm; 6pm-10pm, Sat: 6pm-10pm

Vegetarian & Speciality Fundies Organic Wholefoods Café 219 Given Terrace, Paddington This top little organic café/fairtrade market creates the perfect destination for those wanting to get out of the house, do some grocery shopping and have a tasty breakfast/lunch all at the same time! This store has all kinds of vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, organic, free-range and fair-trade products. The whole area oozes health and wellbeing. It’s a very popular little area but once you’ve been inside you will see exactly why. 3367 0293 Mon-Sat 7.30am-4pm; Sun 7.30am-3pm

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TOP5.

RADIO STATIONS 1.

Triple J 107.7 FM

Triple J is Australia’s leading youth radio station. It has a great selection of new Australian music and best of all, no ads! Check out the Hottest 100 on Australia Day (Jan 26)

SBS

2. Radio

93.3FM

Broadcasting in 68 different languages, SBS is a great way to keep in touch with what is happening at home, as well as staying informed on current affairs.

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4ZzZ

102.1FM

A very alternatively geared radio station with a mix of both suprising and unique programs. Ranging all the way from dub-reggae to rock and roll.

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Nova

106.9FM

Slightly less ads than other commercial stations, and more of a focus on new music.

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TripleM 104.5FM

Amiee Angel Bubble Tea Vegetarian Shop8/57 Corsair Av, Brisbane

LATE NIGHT SNACKS

Located in Inala/Darra, Brisbane’s Little Vietnam, Amiee Angel is one of the city’s longest-running and most established vegetarian/vegan takeaway joints. With a very casual and laid back vibe, one cannot go past the flat rice noodles, which have a fantastic reputation. There are plenty of cheap options between $6-$9 on the menu, all with a distinctive Vietnamese style. They sell damn good Bubble Tea’s, but remember this place is Vegan, so if you want real milk you have to ask for it! Try the rice paper rolls!

Centrally located in Queen Street Mall, Pig ‘n’ Whistle is the perfect venue to see a late night game, have midnight munchies or a catchup coffee with an old acquaintance. Apart from the obvious beverages, their drawcard would have to be the sticky-date pudding served with vanilla ice cream that would get anyone out of bed. When it comes to the early hours of the morning in the heart of the city, there’s no substitute.

3879 2422 Mon-Fri: 9:30am-5pm Sat: 9:30am-4pm

Mondo Organics 166 Hardgrave Rd, West End Mondo is the answer to that daunting question, how do you get a delicious tasting meal completely guilt free? Here, everything is fresh and sourced from ingredients that have been grown the natural way. They pride themselves on serving up delicious, modern European dishes that inspire sustainable living. They even have their own cooking school for those interested in learning how to make organic foods come to life with flavour!

Pig ‘n’ Whistle Queen Street Mall, Brisbane

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Cafe 21 Stamford Plaza (Cnr of Margaret Street) If you find yourself at the casino after midnight (it happens to the best of us) why not check out Brisbane’s premier 24-hour cafe. The food isn’t bad and it’s a nice escape from the unforgiving gaming floors. Late-night cravings can come in many flavours, luckily this place has got you covered. Great value if you’ve had a lucky night but you might want to stick with the entrees if you’ve been dealt a bad hand! 3306 8795

Daily: 24 Hours

3844 1132 Tue-Sat: 6pm-11pm, Wed-Fri: 12noon-2:30pm, 6pm-11pm.

Aimed at the 30-50 age group, TripleM mostly plays classic rock and a few ads.

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Australian Cuisine Schnitzel & Steak Toppings Australians are notorious for adding condiments and extra ingredients to the top of schnitzels and steaks. Two common examples of this are the ‘Surf and Turf’ or ‘Beef and Reef’ option available at many restaurants. This is basically when prawns are placed on top of either a schnitzel or a steak then covered in a sauce. The list of these topping options are endless. Some other popular examples include Kilpatrick (worcestershire, barbeque sauce and bacon), Mexican (salsa, mozzarella and jalapenos) and Parmigiana (mozzarella, bacon and a fresh tomato sauce) Meat Pie & Sausage Rolls Australian lunch time meals are sometimes sourced from the bakery or deli. Many of these bakery style foods usually involve some kind of meat or poultry wrapped in pastry. Some common examples include the meat pie, sausage roll and pastie. We highly recommend adding tomato sauce to all of these during consumption. If you ever get the chance to try a Ned Kelly pie (eggs, bacon and tomato in a pie), grab it!

Seafood Since the majority of Australian cities are coastal, seafood has always been a popular choice for meals. Some particularly nice seafood that we recommend trying while you are here include King George Whiting, Morton Bay Bugs and Barramundi. Seafood is often brought out on special occasions. If you tried some seafood back at home and didn’t like it, we advise giving it another shot here in Australia as it might surprise you. Aussie Breakfast Breakfast in Australia may, in some situations, be as simple as a couple of slices of toast or a bowl of cereal. Many cafés and restaurants serve a traditional style Australian breakfast. This usually includes eggs, bacon, fried tomatoes, baked beans and sometimes hash browns.

The Barbeque You’re in Australia, barbecues happen! The staple BBQ ingredients: beer, beef sausages, sliced bread, onion and tomato sauce. But don’t be disheartened if you don’t eat meat and drink beer like many of the local students do! Why not try cooking up some veggie burgers, falafels or tofu kebabs? Or, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, grab a recipe for stuffed tomato or zucchini. (Google ‘vegetarian bbq’ for some great ideas) It’s a good idea to bring something to contribute too. Potato, pasta & green salads are common side dishes. You might find yourself in a game of cricket, don’t panic! Just hit the ball and run! Remember the Aussie BBQ hierarchy! Only one person should be flipping the meat, one person should be poking the sausages and 4-5 men should be standing around watching the BBQ with a drink in their hand, not helping at all.

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Nightlife

Editor: Barry Hartono

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An Introduction By Harry Pratchet Brisbane is a city coming out of its shell. Nightlife hot spots deliver world class entertainment with style. The river winds between and around as good and great nights unfold. If you’re looking for a cold drink you never have to wander far in Brisbane. The nightlife culture has grown from strength to strength. Most locals will tell you that having a local guide is the best way to find the hidden secrets that this vibrant city has to offer. However, as an international student in a new city, finding a local friend isn’t always that easy. We’re here to help! Unlike in many countries, light beer in Australia means low alcohol content, not low fat! So if you don’t feel like a big night, stick to light drinks. A popular one for girls is white moscato

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wine. Virgin cocktails (no alcohol) are also very popular for the non-drinkers. Different City, Different Laws In some countries, driving while under the influence of alcohol isn’t harshly prosecuted. NOT HERE! If you get caught with a prescribed blood alcohol level over .05%, you can lose your licence, get handed a substantial fine and may even lose your student visa! It’s not worth it. Remember, if you are on your Learners or Provisional plates, you cannot have any alcohol in your system. Drinking outside of either a licensed venue or a private property is also illegal. This is a new city for you and there are new laws you need to abide by.

The city The Brisbane nightlife offers a surprise around each corner. Boutique bars and cocktail

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lounges have quiet elegance and a friendly atmosphere. If drinking is on the mind there are three main entertainment precincts in and around the CBD. A number of clubs and bars with open-air decks are essential locations for good times with a good crowd. The Stock Exchange Hotel sets the standard in Brisbane’s heart on the corner of royally minded Edward and Charlotte Streets. Friday’s Riverside also keeps things fresh with an open-air terrace facing the Brisbane River. Fridays is located at the end of Eagle Street in the middle of the business sector, catering to professionals and revellers alike. Friday at Friday’s requires business-ish attire but is well worth the leather shoes.

The Valley For some serious fun, Fortitude Valley, which is only minutes from the CBD, is Brisbane’s cultural outlet for electro, techno and trance music. Nationally acclaimed nightclubs are scattered through this entertainment precinct. The Family Nightclub on McLachlan Street is hands down Brisbane’s premier dance music club. Four levels of individual design including an ice sculpted functioning cocktail bar. The Family was named nightclub of the year consecutively and is a must. Cloudland is the newest addition to Fortitude Valley. This cocktail lounge has unmatched elegance, creativity and open mindedness in creation of mood and atmosphere. Ann Street is the main strip with GPO and Empire Hotel, along with the Beat and

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Monastery Nightclub’s, are only a stroll between. Club hopping is common so if the club is empty another will be full. Late night entertainment venues provide Brisbane with a great nightlife.

South Bank If you head across the river toward South Bank and up to the hills of West End, you will find Brisbane’s unofficial relaxation zone. Boundary Street hosts bars, cafes and live music venues that welcome weary feet with bean bags and cocktails. Lock and Load is a rich wood toned bar and restaurant with an outdoor area that has a serious leafy backyard feel. Local art adorns the walls and smiles are plentiful. Lock and Load is a prime spot to catch the afternoon sun with a cold beverage. As the night progresses, Uber Nightclub and the adjoining boutique bar, Archive, is where you can find a healthy, .young and loud crowd. Up a bit on Boundary Street, the Rumpus Room is a must for every visitor and local. Shag carpeted walls combined with cheap beers and arcade games mix teen dreams with an adult drinking age. The locals know how to express themselves in costume at regular themed parties.

SUNDAYS Sundays are widely recognised as the best days in Brisbane’s social scene. Starting early with offers of cheap steaks and beers the Fox Hotel attracts sunlight and crowds. The Chalk Hotel

in Woolloongabba also reduces wallet impact on Sundays with a relaxed dress code allowing singlets, shorts and thongs. The Normanby and Stock Exchange Hotel’s also offer special Sunday trading that draws the crowds.

cinemas Palace Cinema Barracks 61 Petrie Terrace, Top of Caxton St A new addition to Brisbane’s screening repertoire, The Barracks is the perfect venue when you need to impress that someone special. Fully licensed, you’ll be able to order premium beers, fine wine and/or spirits to take with you into the theatre. We recommend a chilled bucket of Asahi! Showcasing the latest mainstream, art house and family flicks, the six new theatres sports flush luxury seating with plenty of legroom. As you can tell, this isn’t your ordinary night at the movies, and with great views of the river, you really can’t go past The Barracks when you’ve got a date, or in the mood for spoiling yourself. 1300 627 385

South Bank Cineplex 167 Grey Street, South Bank Formerly known as South Bank IMAX, Cineplex still has the original 25 metre IMAX screen reserved for the latest blockbusters. In addition, the other four screens are Megaplex equivalent in size, which makes South Bank Cineplex a remarkable venue in downtown Brisbane. But that’s hardly the best bit. South Bank’s Cineplex is all

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about students, offering those with concession cards an everyday rate of $6.50 and $5.50 on cheap Tuesdays (prices subject to change). Also be sure to validate your parking as they offer up to five hours free parking for patrons. 3846 5188

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Now Playing Now Playing is the perfect companion for a night at the movies. This free app gives you access to reviews and session times at most cinemas in Brisbane. It will even tell you how far you are away from the closest cinema. Very handy!

Event Cinemas, City Myer Centre Level 3, Myer Centre, Elizabeth Street Those who live in the heart of Brisbane city, will most certainly love Event Cinema’s Megaplex located on the top floor of Brisbane’s iconic Myer Centre. Complete with an arcade gaming centre, you’ll never have a dull moment if you decide to watch a movie without prior checking the screening times. Event Cinemas is also known for featuring the

latest Hollywood films with an active timetable that allows you to catch the next screening almost 30 minutes from the one you just missed. It’ll be like catching a bus! eventcinemas.com.au

Cocktails & Wine Cocktail bars and lounges provide you with a personal environment, away from loud music and raving drunkards. Get to know a new friend or that special someone a little more intimately. Cocktail culture is an art and a science in this city. This little experience can however be an expensive one. Most cocktail bars do have specials offered daily so be sure to check these out before you order. Cloudland 641 Ann St, Fortitude Valley Cloudland is Brisbane’s most elaborate venue, taking design cues that leave you feeling like you have just come back from an intergalactic adventure from the planet Pandora. Look up and you will stand in awe of the retractable glass ceiling. There are 5000 plants sprawled over a 14 metre interior wall that surrounds its patrons, and the main solid marble bar held up by 17,000 glass balls. There’s an array of themed lounges that make Cloudland the perfect venue to host your next party and they have taken the same amount of effort in their cocktail list as they have

TOP5.

AUSSIE FILMS 1.

The Castle

(1997)

The original Australian underdog story. A family living near Melbourne Airport fight eviction. Many have tried and failed to capture the essence of this movie. Straight to the pool room.

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Gallipoli (1981)

Set during WW1, this film tells the story of the ANZACs from the perspective of two young Australians sent to Turkey. Worth watching if you’re interested in Australia’s involvement in The Great War.

3. Two Hands (1999) Set in the world of underground crime in Sydney, Heath Ledger plays a 19-year-old in serious trouble with a local gangster.

4. Mad Max (1979) Mel Gibson stars as Max, a desperate man with nothing to lose in a post-apocalyptic vision of Australia. It’s got guns, gangs and lots of modified cars.

He Died with

5. a Felafel in

His Hand(2001)

Based on the novel by John Birmingham, this film follows the east coast share house adventures of Danny.

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TOP5.COCKTAILS By Ryan J Lewis

1. Midori Pash Pucker up, sucker! A generous shot of Midori in a shallow pool of vodka and punchy cranberry juice served in a highball with optional lime wedges. This concoction has been driving the ladies crazy here in Brisbane. Order to impress.

Car 2. Side Served in an old-school tumbler, twist lemon and rim glass with sugar, two-parts Remy Martin VSOP and a splash of Cointreau with lemon juice for tang. Shake and Strain. Created by Harry MacElhone at his New York bar in Paris and named after a crazy military officer who used to roll up to the bar in a motorcycle sidecar… true story.

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Citrus Sling

Have a fling with this citrus blend of Licor 43 served tall with lemon and apple juice, cloudy not clear. Built and stirred in the glass with an expected vanilla kick that you get with 43 citrus combinations. A good bartender will serve this in a Collins glass.

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Zen Sour

For this, you need to make sure they use freshly squeezed lemon juice, shaken with Zen Green Tea Liqueur fused with egg white. Shaken and strained over an ice-filled tumbler garnished with cherries. Do not underestimate the cherries, they do more than decorate.

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Blush

The perfect mix for any stylish occasion, this is the latest drink to hit dance floors. 30ml of Cointreau topped with pink grapefruit juice and a dash of soda water served in a long glass with ice. Geared towards the new nightlife crowd, this drink screams fun with undertones of sophistication thanks to the shot of Cointreau.

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with the interior design. Bring your camera, you will want to remember your first night. 3872 6600

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Zuri 1/367 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley A lavish cocktail lounge and restaurant that boasts a stunning fit-out that includes an iron gate imported from Argentina, fabric from France’s palace of Versailles and bronze statues that compliment the crystal chandeliers, welcoming you to Brisbane’s premier cocktail experience. Great for those who appreciate nostalgia in both their drinks and décor, sporting a mixture of 19th century furniture, antique gold-framed mirrors and marble bars will complement your 40yr Dalmore scotch. Zuri is also conveniently positioned in the centre of Fortitude Valley’s clubbing hub, which makes for the perfect meeting spot for pre-drinks. 3257 4999 5:30pm-3:30am

Open Thu-Sun

Jade Buddha 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane This city has its gems and Jade Buddha is certainly one of them. Away from the dizziness of the Valley, choose this venue when you want to get the most out of a function. On the second level of the venue sits the Shadow Lounge where a seductive mix of cocktails are served over house grooves, overlooking the Brisbane River and prime view of the Story bridge. On a typical weekend night, you’ll find a healthy mix of birthday parties, corporate tables, family

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Byblos Bar Shop 7.13 Portside Wharf 39 Hercules Street, Hamilton Byblos is a portside bar/restaurant for those looking for the style and elegance of modern dining. The constantly updated cocktail menu provides the perfect beverage to drink while you look over the port and absorb the top notch view.


functions and singles ready to mingle, making Jade Buddha the perfect place for any occasion. 3221 2888 Mon-Thu: 11:30am-Late, Fri-Sat: 11:30am-Late, Sun: 11:30am-Late

Friday’s 123 Eagle St, Brisbane Located on the riverside, overlooking the Story Bridge, Friday’s is a Brisbane institution for good party times. Catering to local professionals, tourists and travellers as well as the young at heart, there’s never a dull moment here. Reasonably priced cocktails - you’ll be hard pressed to find another venue that offers this level of luxury that’s friendly on the wallet. With renovations recently completed, Friday’s has increased their capacity by further opening the indoor setting seamlessly to the outdoor deck, to allow party-goers more room to dance! 3832 2122 Mon-Thu: 10am–5pm, Fri-Sat: 6pm–Late, Sun: Closed.

The Bowery 676 Ann St, Fortitude Valley As you walk inside via the mysterious looking exterior doors, you can immediately sense the elegance and craftsmanship that goes into the cocktail service. Located in the middle of the wild Valley streets this bar offers a calm and comfortable atmosphere to indulge in a fine quality cocktail. With groovy music frequently played by the regular DJs, patrons often

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corner off an area to keep the dancing going while they enjoy their drinks. 3252 0202 5pm–3am.

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Party Pubs & Student Bars Downunder Bar 308 Edward St, Brisbane Possibly the wildest venue in Brisbane. The minute you walk in, you’ll be greeted by an array of international flags. See if yours is on there! This one is designed for uni students and backpackers. This allows the chance for you to meet people who actually want to be met! The Downunder is notorious for holding the craziest events such as wet t-shirt competitions, fancy dress and iron-man challenges. They truly have quite the imagination as the list goes on and on! Cheap jugs and even cheaper food, as a student, you should not miss this experience. 3002 5740 Sun: 5pm-Late, Mon-Tues: 4pm-Late, Wed-Fri: 12noon-Late, Sat: 5pm-Late.

Uber 100 Boundary St, West End Situated in the creative hub of West End, Uber offers a relaxed yet sophisticated environment with a relaxed dress code. So relaxed in fact, their ‘Whatever Wednesdays’ are themed to allow anyone wearing almost anything to enter. Featuring great music from some of Brisbane best DJs, Uber finds it easy to fill up two rooms for both kinds of popular dance music; R&B and Electro. Uber is the perfect venue for the student

who wants a laid-back atmosphere. Uber achieves this by offering a great selection of cognac, bourbon and tequila, as well as a decent cocktail list. We recommend you visit Uber on a Wednesday to truly get a feel of what this great venue has to offer. 3846 6680

Wed-Sat: 7pm-3am

Birdee Num Nums 608 Ann St, Fortitude Valley Here are a few statistics to show you how much fun Birdees is: Voted #2 for having a dance in Brisbane, #3 for Tourists and cheap drinks in Brisbane, #4 for large groups in Brisbane, top10 for big night out and top20 for Sunday sessions. Those are quite the achievements for a backpacker/uni bar! Outside features what is probably Brisbane’s best beer garden complete with pool tables and a pool! Even the tiny smoking area is somewhat sociable. In fact, the whole design helps create a highly social meeting place. Celebrated by both locals and tourists, enjoy well-priced jugs and some impressive cocktails as you indulge in Brisbane’s party culture. 3257 3644

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The Fox Hotel Melbourne St, South Brisbane First things first, $5 steaks on Sundays have been their main promotion for years and doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere. Their signature rooftop bar displays spectacular views of Brisbane’s skyline with the ability to book your own exclusive section. With a capacity

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The next morning •

More water. Water is what we are made of.

Deep fried or oil cooked breakfast. We aren’t sure scientifically what this does, but at least you will have something to occupy your mind.

Hang Over Cures •

Amino acid tablets. These are scientifically proven to work.

Eat foods that are high in Vitamin B. It just so happens that Australia’s favourite breakfast spread Vegemite, is surprisingly effective after a big night.

While we don’t really recommend this one, some people believe the best hangover cure is to ‘get up and get back on it’. This means having a drink in the morning (many Australians call this event ‘hair of the dog’). Although temporarily effective, it is basically prolonging the inevitable. Everyone knows you don’t get a hangover until you stop drinking.

Prevention •

Only drink on a full stomach, eat before and during drinking. If it comes back up, it’s probably better that way anyway. Don’t fight it.

Dehydration makes your brain hurt. Drink water or a sports drink before you go to sleep to regain some electrolytes and glucose.

Drink less, order drinks with less alcohol in them or drink alcohol that is not good to be consumed with speed, like stouts.

Painkillers. This is a common quick-fix, but it simply combats the after effects of one drug (alcohol) with another. While it may help you, it isn’t good for your liver. A last resort cure!

Get outside and go for a jog followed by a cold shower. This might sound like a terrible idea given your potentially fragile state, but it is an effective way to get alcohol out of your system.

If all else fails... These “cures” might be worth a shot, but probably not. NOTE: the following cures have only been tested by The Insider team: •

Blended radish and lemon juice shot.

Mexican food.

Rubbing your armpits with citrus fruits - yes you read correctly.

Place fourteen black pins into the cork of the last bottle you drank.

Remember: There’s no better cure than simply knowing your limits.

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of 360 guests, the rooftop bar seems to be able to fit a lot more when Sunday arrives. As you may or may not know, Brisbane’s Sundays are the busiest for pubs and the Fox is definitely leading the campaign. 3844 2883 6pm-10pm

Daily: 12noon-2pm,

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venue is spacious with an open plan main stage that allows you to dance on more than 3 levels. The Met is also considered the final touchdown for the established local DJ, meaning only the best crowd pleasers are booked to play at The Met! 3257 2557

AlternativE & Karaoke Fat Louie’s 1/124 Albert St, Brisbane Another famous establishment that has stood the test of time, Fat Louie’s has seen more students walk through their doors than all of Queensland’s major universities put together. Located in the heart of the city, Fat Louie’s boasts a fully licensed pool hall and private karaoke rooms. There are a total of eight rooms, and being the very first karaoke venue in Brisbane, they have more experience than anyone else. 3229 7031 Sun-Thu: 12noonMidnight, Fri-Sat: 12noon-3am.

Casablanca 52 Petrie Terrace, Paddington From time to time, students need to let off some steam from the heat of study. Casablanca in Paddington will set your shoes on fire as Brisbane’s only Latin and Salsa nightclub. As it stands, Casablanca is the place to show off your skills if you’ve been trained in the seductive South American art of dancing, so don’t be shy. They also offer mid-week live music and late night karaoke. Casablanca is

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Dance Clubs Family 8 McLachlan St Fortitude Valley With the ability to hold up to 2000 party people, the Family’s 6 bars spread over 4 levels explains its ‘superclub’ status. You haven’t been to Brisbane until you have danced in the Family. The culture, as soon as you enter the door, is that of a music festival. There’s plenty of room to run around and play hide and seek with your friends. The crowd itself is an eclectic mix of ravers, scenesters and shufflers who all party just as hard as each other to the sounds of regular international DJs. The Family was designed for the experienced clubber and if you’re a novice, make sure you’re up for the challenge of a good night out. 3852 5000

Thu-Sun: 8pm–Late.

The Met 256 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley For those who like their music electric and pulsating, The Met is a state of the art entertainment complex that presents their customers with a world in which to let loose. Comprising of 3 levels and 5 bars, the

Thu–Sun: 8pm–Late.

Mystique 27 Warner St, Fortitude Valley Brisbane has always lacked presence in the urban music scene, but all that has come to an end as Mystique has officially been named the biggest R&B-only nightclub in Australia. Every weekend, Mystique guarantees the latest R&B hits from the U.S and regular stage performers that do a great job in hyping the crowd. The term dance music has been thrown around as of late. Some say that Mystique is Brisbane’s only real ‘dance’ club where everybody likes to bust a move. If you have two left feet, it’s quite entertaining to watch. 3852 5556

Fri-Sat: 9pm-5am

The Wickham Hotel 308 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley Walking past The Wickham, you could be forgiven for thinking this is just your everyday pub. A peek in here on a Friday night will confirm that this is the hottest gay-friendly bar in Brisbane. With drag shows galore and plenty of fabulous cabaret on offer, this is the place to relax on a warm Friday afternoon/ evening. 3852 1301 Sun:10am-1am; Mon: 9am-Midnight; Tues-Thu: 9am-3am; Fri: 9am-5am; Sat: 10am-5am

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Late Night CaFEs Pancake Manor 18 Charlotte Street, Brisbane Recommended by Kelly Chai Who says pancakes are only for breakfast? At Pancake Manor, diners can have pancakes at any time of the day. In addition, hungry students can also try their array of delectable pancakes, gourmet crepes and burgers. Set menu consisting of an entrée crepe of your choice and a single pancake served with a scoop of ice cream is real value for money. 3221 6433

24 hours daily

Free Style Tout 50/1000 Ann St, Fortitude Valley Do you have a sugar craving? Free Style is such a lovely place to meet up with a friend for a great dessert, it’s so hard to decide what to get as everything is amazingly delish! Vanilla Crème Brulee topped with fairy floss and served with mixed berries, nut biscotti and blackberry is just decadent and calorific! 3252 0214 Mon: 10am10:30pm Tue: 10am–11pm Wed: 10am –11pm Thu: 10am–11pm Fri: 10am – 11:30pm Sat: 10am–11:30pm Sun 10am-10:30pm

Live Music BARS The Hi Fi 125 Boundary Street, West End Before The Hi Fi was built over what was known as the Paddo, Brisbane’s live music scene

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was facing almost near extinction. Thankfully, the original brand hailing from Melbourne (the city that specialises in live entertainment) extended its reach to Brisbane at just the right moment and saved the city from complete boredom. Built from the ethos of ‘loud and proud’, the venue sports a main room on ground level with a mezzanine section. They’ve dubbed the main bar ‘vinyl’ and has been created in partnership with Jim Beam, the first brand-integrated bar of its kind in Brisbane. The venue itself holds 1200 people and enables high quality live video and audio feeds that can be broadcasted to two projector screens in the Vinyl bar, so you won’t miss a thing when it’s your round. 1300THEHIFI thehifi.com.au

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The Normanby Hotel 1 Musgrave Road, Red Hill. A Brisbane institution, The Normanby is renowned by the local folk as one of the best nightlife spots in the city. The Insider team highly recommend getting a few of your new friends and settling in for a lazy Sunday afternoon here. You won’t be disappointed, as the hundreds of locals fill the beautifully designed beer garden and enjoy the array of drink specials. On Sunday night, Brisbane’s most famous pub guitarist/singer ‘Tuffy’ takes the stage to play a stripped-back set with an old drum machine backing him. It is hard to describe what makes this guy so popular, so we recommend just seeing him for yourself. 3831 3353

Irish Murphys 175 George St, Brisbane Welcome to Brisbane’s trademark venue for singing out loud with little to no remorse of passers by, but this is what Irish Murphy’s is known for. The bands here play great sing-along covers in the heart of the city, adjacent to the Casino. It’s a nice and casual atmosphere here that also happens to serve great food. One of the only places to catch regular live music during the day and night, and its not all just bands, they have DJ sets on the weekends as well. Drinks are reasonably priced and staff are amongst the friendliest. 3221 4377 Daily: Until Late irishmurphys.com.au

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X&Y 648 Ann St, Fortitude Valley Supporting innovative sounds and Brisbane’s next generation of talent, X&Y aims to deliver the most cutting edge music to their patrons. Inside you will find yourself in a cosy theme of anti-establishment relics that reflect the venues mission statement. It’s Brisbane’s latest boutique live music venue and they are always on the lookout for indie bands. On top of all this, their bar staff are highly trained at producing quality cocktails and stock some very interesting labels on their bar. A must for anyone who seeks individuality. 3257 1259 Wed-Sun: 8-Late xandybar.com.au

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Photo: The Normanby Hotel


Elephant & Wheelbarrow 230 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley Previously known as The Prince Consort Hotel, this British pub is Brisbane’s iconic venue for history, serving the very first settlers. A lot has been improved since then and it offers the biggest beer garden in the Valley, dubbed appropriately ‘The Elephant’s Garden’. Live music is played Tuesdays and then Thursdays to Sundays, with karaoke on Wednesday nights. They also offer cheap jugs and their famous $3 bangers and mash. A hostel resides on the top two levels of the hotel so it’s a great place to meet other travellers and drinking buddies. (07) 3252 4136 Mon-Sun: 12pm-3:30pm, 5pm-8:30pm; Tue: 12pm-10pm, Wed-Sat: 12pm-4pm, 5pm-9pm.

The Troubadour 3/322 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley One of the most renowned live music venues in the country, The Troubadour has set the standard for intimate live music in this state. With fantastic acoustics and a cosy décor, you can’t help feel like you’re being treated to an exclusive concert in one of your friends’ houses. With World class musicians playing almost every night, we highly recommend jumping on their website (thetroubadour. com.au), and browsing the upcoming gigs. Recently, they realised people were feeling so comfortable at the shows that they got hungry. Management took note and started selling

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Jaffles (tasty meats and other items pressed between 2 bits of toast). 3252 2626

Daily 6pm-2am

The Tivoli 52 Costin Street, Fortitude Valley The Tivoli has been around for a long, long time in Brisbane. We’re talking 1917!! It has been restored into a classy establishment with an Art Deco theme that hosts some of the biggest touring acts around. Late 2010, you will see hip-hop kings Cypress Hill bless the stage, and this is just an example of the quality this place can get. Alcohol is a little pricey and it will take some good teamwork between you and your mates to ensure you don’t lose your spot when it is time to get drinks. However, the relaxed atmosphere of the place will keep your good vibe going. 3852 1711 only)

Daily 6pm-2am (gigs

Beer me! Confused with beer sizes in this country? ...So are we! It seems like everywhere you go in Australia the glasses have a different name, it’s one of the most common frustrations for overseas & interstate visitors. Here’s what we call them in Brisbane:

Pot 285ml

10 Ounces

Schooner 425ml 15 Ounces

Local Concerts With this handy iPhone app you will never miss your favourite shows in Brisbane! Local Concerts can even recommend concerts based on the bands on your ipod. Find it now on the App Store.

Pint 570ml

20 Ounces

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the next drinks for the group? If the next one is on you, then get your wallet out!

“Down the hatch!” Simply means: “drink up!”

“Line em up!”

“Are you having a big “Picking up” one?”

Usually refers to drinking shots (30ml of spirits) as a group.

Or sometimes: “are you going hard tonight?”. These are questions related to the length and stamina of your evening. It is asking if you will be out late. It may also be asking if you plan to do this in a fun and perhaps drunken manner.

“Taxi!!!” If someone drops a glass or falls over in a bar, locals yell taxi. This means that it’s probably time to go home, this is usually just a joke.

“Whose round is it?” Or “the next one is on me!”. Australians tend to buy drinks as a group. This could be for efficiency or simply because some people don’t like to pay for their own drinks. So when someone asks “Whose round is it?”, this means: who is buying

Or: “hooking up”, refers to finding love out on the town.

“Pissed” Or: hammered, gone, poleaxed, messy, smashed, tanked, maggoted, out of it, trashed - all refer having too much to drink. Enjoy responsibly!

“I’m bailing” Or: bolting, jetting, scooting, heading off, piss bolting, cruising, buggering off, piking - all refer to someone leaving at the end of the night, or during (piker!)

“What’s your poison?” What kind of drink would you like?

Aussie Slang Dictionary. Bloody oath! - I certainly agree Cark it - to sleep or expire Cranky - in a bad mood Crook - to be unwell or not right Banana Bender - a person from QLD Dag - to be dressed poorly Dero - to be uncouth Duffer - idiot Dunny - toilet Durry - cigarette (often rolled) Esky - portable ice box Fair go - be fair now Galah - idiot or fool Gobsmacked - lost for words Going off - it is going well Heaps - a large amount Franger - condom Hoon - a person who drives fast Longneck - a 750ml beer bottle Pash - a kiss with some tongue Perve - to sexually admire visually Piece of piss - quite simple Pig’s arse - highly unlikely Piker - leaves prior to the climax Rock up - arrive at a destination She’ll be right - all will be ok Slab - a 24 pack of beer Snag - a sausage Spewin’ - oh my gosh Squizz - a small look Stella - very good Stoked - to be quite happy with Stubby - apr. a 350 ml beer Sunnies - sunglasses Whinge - to complain Wuss - to act like a baby Yobbo - rude male

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Explore

Editor: Sigrid Parker

Brisbane is great for exploring. With around 300 days of sunshine each year there’s every reason to be out and about in this laid-back sub-tropical city. Part of Brisbane’s charm is that much of life goes on outdoors. There’s free open air cinema in the parks and a great choice of sports and activities – we even have a city beach. Dotted around the city’s public spaces are artworks and sculptures. Some are obvious (ever wondered what the ‘Steam’ spheres in Brisbane Square are made from? 7,000 vegetable steamers) while others are displayed high on buildings or tucked down alleyways. For a different sort of activity, try bike polo on Sundays at Musgrave Park, West End. Just bring your own wheels (the mallet is provided) and a sense of fun.

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When you need a change of scenery, there’s the surf and sand of the Gold and Sunshine Coasts with hundreds of beaches to choose from. Or if wilderness and wildlife is what you are after, the rugged terrain of the Scenic Rim (hikes, wildlife, wineries) or the peaks of the Great Dividing Range on the NSW border are less than two hours away. With so much to chose from, where to start... Contributors include: Judith Radicke - Whale Watching and Getting out of Town. April Adams - Snorkelling, Scuba Diving and Skydiving.

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activities Brisbane caters for the curious and adventurous student with a range of different options. Rock Climbing From a distance it looks as if swarms of ants are scuttling up and down the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. But closer inspection reveals it’s teams of gutsy climbers, roped up and getting vertical at all times of the day and night. It’s fun, it’s a challenge and it’s in the centre of Brisbane. Never climbed before? No problem, this is an easy way to give it a go and all operators cater for beginners. Love it? Then use the cliffs as practice for bigger challenges in the national parks nearby. For women only climbs contact RAW (Real Adventure Women). Kayaking in the City What better way to explore Brisbane, the ‘river city’, than paddling on the less travelled route at your own pace on the Brisbane River. As the waterway loops and turns through town you get views of the city through the mangroves and a completely different perspective. There are plenty of tours operating out of South Bank and all are suitable for novice kayakers. Surfing Queensland, the Sunshine State, is known around Australia for its long sandy beaches and year-round swells. And all within striking distance of Brisbane. Surfing greats from around the world compete in

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international surf tournaments such as the Quicksilver Pro and Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Great spectator sports! For the less experienced surfers among us, there are many surf schools on both the Gold and Sunshine Coast. Of course, all this activity deserves a well-earned cold drink, so retire to a nearby Surf Life Saving Club (always right on the beach with great views along the coast) to debrief. Whale Watching Between June and October, if you are on or near the ocean there’s a strong chance you will see some of the 10,000 migrating humpback whales as they head north for the winter months to breed and give birth. The route is close to the coast so head to a prominent headland such as Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island or Cape Byron at Byron Bay to see if you can spot water spumes from their blowholes. If you want to be guaranteed a viewing, hop on a whale watching tour as you can get up close and personal to these huge mammals. Diving You don’t have to travel as far north as the Great Barrier Reef to get in some good diving. Murphy’s Reef, the Gneerings and Mudjimba Island are coral reefs just off Point Cartwright on the Sunshine Coast, 90 minutes north of the city. These sights, that some say rival parts of the barrier reef, offer endless diving opportunities, but you must dive with a guide. If shipwrecks are more to your liking,

ex Australian Navy Warship HMAS Brisbane, also off the Sunny Coast, is the newest diveable wreck in Queensland. Expect to see wobbegongs, turtles, sting rays, gorgonians, nudibranchs (colourful sea slugs), cowries and anemones and plenty more! Shark Dives Sometimes the big blue can feel intimidating and you’re thinking an aquarium would be safer... unless you chose to dive into a tank full of sharks! At Underwater World, Mooloolaba, on the Sunshine Coast you can dive with fearsome Grey Nurse Sharks once thought to be man-eating beasts. At three metres long with crooked teeth and beady eyes, these sharks certainly get the heart racing. Be assured, they are generally harmless and are now on the critically endangered animals’ list. Snorkelling If diving is out of your depth, give snorkelling a go. You can still get amazingly close to wonderful marine life whilst staying close to the surface. The warm and clear waters of Moreton Bay are host to playful dolphins, turtles, tropical fish, rays and even dugongs. Popular shallow water spots are around North Stradbroke and around the Tangalooma wreck on Moreton Island. If you book a tour you can usually rent the gear and get the low-down on the best spots.

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Skydiving No windows, no glass, no obstructions. Just Brisbane. It’s not an experience for the fainthearted and it’s certainly one you’ll never forget. With around 60 seconds of free fall, you feel suspended on an enormous vacuum. Then you’re instantly pulled up by your parachute and you’re floating on air. Try tandem skydiving with certified instructors at Brisbane Skydiving Centre just 30 minutes from the CBD. Or if you’d like a beach-front drop zone, Tandem Skydive Gold Coast will have you land on the sand. Most importantly, don’t forget to get a DVD of your experience to capture your terror (or excitement)!

GETTING OUT OF TOWN Sunshine Coast Apr. 1.5 hours along Bruce Highway The Sunny Coast is a laid-back 100km stretch of beach an hour north of the city. Each beach suburb has its own feel, from family-friendly Caloundra in the south, to quirky Cotton Tree and the relaxing chic of Noosa in the north. You can catch the bus from Brisbane or train to Nambour and connect with the bus from there to any of the towns. If you are without a car, Noosa is very manageable on foot. There’s the Noosa National Park, a protected north-facing beach (making it balmy in winter too) and the river all within walking distance. Brisbane’s Student Ambassador Judith Radicke says it’s a great

Bushwalking & Mountainbiking By Sigrid Parker Brisbane is surrounded by forests and reserves so it’s easy to get among Australia’s amazing wildlife, raucous birdlife and towering scribbly gum trees. There are heaps of walking trails and mountain bike tracks. The biggest area close to the city is Mt Coottha just 15 minutes west of the CBD and easily accessible by bus. There are well-marked walking trails, such as the JC Slaughter Falls track (no real fitness required), that takes you up to the summit. It is worth the effort for the stunning views over the city from the summit cafe. D’Aguilar National Park (used to be called Brisbane Forest Park) to the northwest has kilometres of walking, biking and horse-riding tracks. Maps and information available from the Queensland Government on derm.qld.gov.au Brisbane has fun mountain bike trails through these forests but the tracks tend to be unmarked so contact a local bike group for the low-down. To see koalas in their own habitat head to the Brisbane Koala Bushlands in the southern suburb of Tingalpa where, fingers crossed, you might be lucky. If you’ve never been to a rainforest, Lamington National Park is just one hour away by car on the NSW border. If you are not into hiking but still want to go bush, there’s camping and rooms at Binna Burra Mountain Lodge and Campsite or O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.

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Days to Relax In Australia we love public holidays. Most of us spend them with friends and family, relaxing and talking. And having a barbeque, of course!

Australia Day January 26th Commemorates the arrival of the first fleet of ships from England and celebrates the nation we’ve become. There’s an awesome celebration of music from the past year on Triple J, called the Hottest 100. Relaxing with friends and listening to music is a must.

Queen’s Birthday June 14th This isn’t the Queen’s exact birthday, but it’s a great excuse for a day off and one of the best things about being in the Commonwealth. It’s probably why Australia isn’t a republic yet! The weather is still mild, so it’s good to head outside and have fun.

Anzac Day April 25th This day is a remembrance of all the soldiers who’ve fought and died for this country. While it’s a serious occasion and there are marches held all over the country that you can attend, this is also a great day to be with friends.

Exhibition Day August 11th Each year the Royal Queensland Show comes to town and the Government gives everyone within Brisbane a day off to go check it out. If you are not really into fast rides, farm animals and Fairy Floss you might prefer to sit at home and relax or catch up on some of that study you have been neglecting.

Labour Day May 3rd This day celebrates Labour Unions and the rights for workers that they have achieved. Of course, most young Aussies don’t know that, but they know it’s a great day for a barbeque and to go on holiday.

Good Friday & Easter Monday April 22nd - 25th (2011) People take advantage of the long weekend to go on holiday. If you are planning on taking a trip at this time of year, then book accommodation early! It’s also a great time to get together with friends and have some fun, as the weather is generally mild. The other major holidays are Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, which are all from December 25th to January 1st. Many businesses are shut for the whole period, and others have different opening hours, so you’ll need to check them as the holidays arrive.

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place for a break from studies: “Visit Noosa Hill for great views over the area, go shopping, party the night away and recover on the beach the following day. That is what Noosa is about...” Australia Zoo 1638 Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah 1.5 hours along the Bruce Highway Crocodile man Steve Irwin, the inspiration behind Australia Zoo, shot to international fame with his crocodile wrestling antics in the TV series, the Crocodile Hunter. Since his shocking death in 2006 (while filming a new TV series) his 12 year-old daughter Bindi has become the new figurehead. There’s a mix of native Australian animals (wombats, koalas, dingos, cassowaries and of course crocs) plus tigers, elephants and snakes. Get superbly close to the animals by being a zoo keeper for the day - bookings essential. Crikey! This is a great day out. From Brisbane catch the train to Beerwah and connect with the zoo’s courtesy coach. Check the Australia Zoo website for times. Gold Coast Apr. 1.4 hours along the Pacific Motorway The closest surf beach to Brisbane is Surfers Paradise (train and bus or a 70km drive), heading south. This is just one of the many beautiful long sandy beaches of the Gold Coast, an action-packed mecca for beach babes from all over Australia. It’s the place to bask in the sun, shop and party. Q1, currently the highest residential tower in

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Outback Tips Plan Make sure the roads you plan to use are OK to drive on. Sometimes after rain the roads can become impassable.

Service Make sure your vehicle is in good condition, get it serviced before leaving!

Prepare Bring enough food and at least 2 litres of water per person per day (more if you plan on doing anything strenuous).

Alert If you plan on walking difficult or lengthy tracks in a national park, make sure you inform the rangers in the park office. Let them know your intended route and estimated time of arrival.

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the world, dominates the tall skyline and if you travel up the super-fast lifts (ground to Level 77 in less than 43 seconds) to QDeck there are stunning 360 degree views over the coast. The Gold Coast has many attractions other than beaches. October sees the Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercar race which has combined with the 600 Sounds music festival to create a “rock’n’race” event: supercars will rev their engines by day and an international line-up of rock bands will entertain at night. Tickets to the motor race will include entry to the concerts. Also worth seeing is the Swell Sculpture Festival each September, a free exhibition of work from local and international sculptors displayed on Currumbin Beach. Theme Parks Apr. 1.1 hours allong the Pacific Highway (M1), Oxenford & Seaworld Drive, Main Beach Calling all adrenalin junkies who like their hearts pumping and the thrills of being thrown around and dropped from great heights... Known simply as ‘the Worlds’, these hair-raising, eyepopping theme parks are a great day out. There are often special deals if you combine parks and buy tickets in advance so it’s well worth doing some research to get value-for-money. All the ‘Worlds’ are close to each other about 50km south of Brisbane. The exit on the M1 is clearly marked.

The only theme park not here is Sea World which is at Main Beach on the Gold Coast. Sea World is a more tranquil experience focussing on marine life, with animal shows as well as some rides. Byron Bay Apr. 2.25 hours along the Pacific Highway Legendary surf town and backpackers paradise, Byron is just two hours away by car in northern New South Wales. It’s a cool, relaxed, hippy place famous for its markets and surfing schools. The Beach Hotel (pub) in the centre of town overlooks Main Beach and is the biggest venue for live music on the weekends. The Cape Byron lighthouse marks Australia’s most easterly point and the Headland Reserve is a beautiful place for walks and stunning views up and down the coast. Byron has lots of cheap accommodation and is well worth a weekend or longer... Tangalooma Island Resort Apr. 1.15 from Pinkenba to Morton Bay Looking for a rest from all that study? Tangalooma Island Resort offers you the chance to escape Brisbane easily and relax in a nature-filled paradise for a few days. With over eighty activities on offer such as dolphin feeding, jet skiing, whale watching and snorkelling, you will barely find time to enjoy your rooms located among natural bushland and stunning landscaped gardens, most with views of the water! This is pure luxury, and so close to Brisbane!

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CAMPING

Anaconda 429 South Pine Road

In some of the listed areas, camping is allowed. However, it’s important you go prepared. If you are a bit of an adventurer and want to go camping in Queensland, you’re in luck. Queensland has some of the most extraordinary bush walks and camping spots in Australia. You can find all the information you need at this website

Everton Park

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However, you must remember to be careful! The Australian outback is unforgiving and if you are not prepared, you can get into some serious trouble. Take a look at our outback tips (on your left) and seek advice from experts regarding permits, National Park restrictions, safety queries etc. Department of Parks and Forest Service ph: 1300 130 372 Mountain Designs 109 Albert Street, Brisbane If you’re in search of some high quality outdoor gear and need some great advice before making a purchase, these guys and girls really know their stuff. Mountain Designs stock only the best quality gear. If you’re going camping you will need a tent, sleeping bag, torch and whole range of other things. Get your questions answered and get some great advice. Get out there! 3221 6756 Mon-Thur: 9am-5.30pm; Fri: 9am-8pm; Sat: 9am-4.30pm; Sun: 10am-4pm

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Anaconda is the largest outdoor supplier around. It’s like a high quality Ikea of adventure activities. Stocking items such as kayaks, bikes, tents, fishing rods, climbing gear, drink bottles and clothing, the list is endless. This place also offers short term rentals. If you don’t plan on kayaking or bike riding everyday you might not have to give up a lot of money to experience it. 3355 4455 Mon-Wed :9am-5.30pm; Thur: 9am-9pm; Fri :9am-6pm; Sat: 9am-5pm; Sun: 10am-5pm

Queensland Museum and Sciencentre Grey St, South Brisbane Housed in the art gallery and theatre complex are these two popular museums. The Sciencentre is always busy with its hands-on activities, magic mirrors, pulleys and levers, and amazing facts for young and old. The Queensland Museum houses exhibitions on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, local history, nature and prehistoric animals. Bizarrely it also has the world’s last remaining German tank from WWI and a war trophy from the Western Front in France. 3840 7555

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Queensland Maritime Museum

XXXX Ale House and Brewery Tours Corner of Black & Paten St, Milton

South Bank (southern end of Goodwill Bridge), South Brisbane

Ever wondered why there is a winking man perched on a building in Milton? The building is Queensland’s famous local brewery and the cartoon character is Mr Fourex, said to have first appeared in an ad in 1924. The unspoken man has seen many changes over the years but you can rely on him late in the afternoon to wink at motorists heading home... for presumably a nice, cold beer. Still a working brewery, daily tours give an insight into the beer making process as well as people and events of the city.

From the 1820s when Brisbane was first settled, the colony was almost entirely dependent on shipping for transport and goods. One of the last remaining reminders from this period is South Brisbane’s dry dock, now home to the Maritime Museum. Climb aboard the HMAS Diamantina, a decommissioned navy frigate, and chat to one of the fascinating guides. As well as the floating exhibits, there are all sorts of ship artefacts, photographs, early charts and log books. 3844 4361 Daily: 9:30am-4:30pm (last entry 3:30pm).

3361 7597 Mon-Tue + Thur-Fri: 10am-5.30pm; Wed: 10am-8.30pm; Sat: 10am-3.30pm; Sun: 10am-2.30pm

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary 708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket Here there are over 130 koalas (some of which you can even hug!) and mobs of hungry roos to handfeed only just outside the CBD. The World’s first and largest koala sanctuary, Lone Pine is also home to a huge selection of Australia’s legendary wildlife: Tassie devils, sugar gliders, platypus, dingoes, bats, echidnas, emus and venomous snakes to name but a few. There are birds of prey shows and useful tips on how to hold a snake! 3378 1366

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MacArthur Museum – A Story of Brisbane at War Level 8, MacArthur Chambers, 201 Edward Street This little known museum tells two stories: that of General Douglas MacArthur who, from his command centre in Brisbane, planned the American war in the Pacific during World War II. And the story of how Brisbane people lived with the threat of war and the impact - and ‘temptations’ - of the American GIs stationed here in their thousands. 3211 7052 10am - 3pm

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Story Bridge Adventure Climb 170 Main St, Kangaroo Point

CityCat travel on the river Departs at a number of locations

One of only three bridge climbs in the world, scaling the Story Bridge is an adventure for those with a head for heights. It’s a spectacular way to get your bearings and, on a clear day, there are views stretching from the jagged Glasshouse Mountains in the north, to the sandy islands in the Bay and the border ranges peaks in the south. The climb takes about 2 ½ hours with a guide taking time to provide a commentary. Chose between a daytime, twilight or night climb.

For just a couple of dollars, or a swipe of the GoCard, sit back and enjoy hopping on and off the CityCat services that trip up and down the river between St Lucia (University of Queensland) and Teneriffe. The CityCats are part of Brisbane’s public transport network, and travel where cars cannot, making it the best way to see old suburbs and get a sense of how the city has evolved. For more information on what to look at as you zoom past, pick up or download a copy of the Brisbane River Ferry Guide.

1300 254 627 Mon-Fri: 8.30am-5.30pm Sat: 9am-5pm*20 minute tours Mon-Sat 11.00am,1.00pm and 2.00pm

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South Bank Parklands Grey St, South Brisbane It’s a hot summer’s day and you are desperate for a swim. Stop right here. South Bank parklands is a cool destination for hot bods with its sand-fringed

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lagoons, shady spots and cold ice creams. It’s also a top party spot on New Year’s Eve and a great place for viewing the fireworks at Riverfire, part of the Brisbane Festival every September. There are also free movies in the park, weekend markets, buskers, cafes, pubs, concerts and more. The paths along the river are also excellent for biking and rollerblading. Keep an eye on the listings.

ART GALLERIES Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) Queensland Cultural Centre Melbourne Street, South Bank, South Brisbane In late 2006 the Queensland Art Gallery opened its second site GOMA just 150m from the original gallery, transforming the western end of South Bank into a wonderful public space. With its glass frontage and full river views, GOMA focuses on art of the 20th and 21st centuries while the Art Gallery retains the earlier periods. Exhibitions are constantly changing. Later this year GOMA is hosting an exhibition on one of Australia’s greatest artists, Hans Heysen, and from Paris a retrospective of haute couture fashiondesigner Valentino. 3840 7303 Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm; Sat: 9am-5pm; Sun: 9am-5pm

Brisbane Powerhouse 119 Lamington St, New Farm. The Powerhouse is celebrating its 10th birthday this year. Its industrial rawness of bricks,

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mortar and graffiti are the backdrop to a vast program of visual arts and contemporary performances. With theatre, comedy, music, photo exhibitions and other creative surprises, this is a happening place. Sign up to receive their detailed program. It also has a restaurant, bar and café right on the river. 3358 8622

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Institute of Modern Art 420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley This was Brisbane’s first gallery of modern art and remains a leading contemporary space for emerging and established artists. Not only does the IMA host exhibitions, it also has a program of events covering moving image, sound art and new music. The window displays at street level are part of the exhibition space and change regularly. 3252 5750 Tue-Sat ; 11am - 5pm: Thu; 11am - 8pm

Metro Arts Level 2, 109 Edward St, Brisbane. Once home to a billiard salon and an oyster shop this heritage-listed building is nowadays an artist-run hub showcasing edgy theatre, contemporary art and performances from upand-coming artists. Located in the city centre it’s easy to pop in and check what’s on. The gallery is up two flights of stairs so don’t be deterred by the unmarked entrance. 3002 7100

Beach Safety Tips Swim between the flags 1.

At most popular beaches you will see surf lifesavers who have worked out the safest part of the beach to swim. They communicate this to you by putting up big flags on the beach. Swim in between them! This will ensure you don’t put yourself at risk by swimming in dangerous areas. Also, if you do struggle in the water, you have a much better chance of being seen by the rescuers if you are swimming in the area that they are patrolling.

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If you get pulled out to sea by a rip, do not try and fight it. It will just make you tired and you will really struggle. The smartest thing to do is to let yourself get pulled out to sea, then when the rip dies down, swim to the side and swim back into shore.

Swim with friends Make sure you swim while your friends watch you. If you struggle, they can help you out or find someone nearby that can help you!

Don’t eat immediately before you swim Wait at least half an hour before you go for a swim if you have just had a meal. You could get cramps and this could make swimming very difficult.

If you want more information regarding safety on the beaches, check out:

www.surfrescue.com.au Also, many popular beaches have surf life saving offices present, with lifesavers patrolling the beaches at busy times.

Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm

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Islands North Stradbroke Island 2.2 hours via car and ferry Just a stone’s throw from Brisbane, Straddie is one of three big sand islands in Moreton Bay that protect Brisbane from the ravages of the Pacific Ocean. It takes just one hour on the ferry to swap the urban jungle for protected coves, rugged beaches, 4WD drives, freshwater lakes and plenty of wildlife. Between June and late October, you are very likely to see whales migrating up and down the coast off Point Lookout as well as the usual dolphins, turtles and manta rays. The North Headlands Gorge walk along a rocky outcrop at Point Lookout has beautiful coastal views. There are several campsites and a hostel, or consider renting a house if there is a group of you. By public transport, take the train to Cleveland to connect with the ferry. There is a bus connection on the island for both Amity and Point Lookout. You do not need a 4WD as the roads are sealed.

world (after Fraser Island further north), is one big national park and has heaps to do. From tobogganing down the world’s highest sand dune, quad biking, fishing, snorkelling, open water diving, whale watching, wildlife walks, etc. Or you can simply relax in peace on one of many sandy beaches! There are day trips but a weekend camping in this big national park is really the way to go. If you want to hand-feed cute bottlenose dolphins you will have to book a tour through Tangalooma Island Resort or stay overnight at the resort. If you are travelling to Moreton during whale season, there’s a chance of seeing humpbacks from the ferry! Southern Bay Islands: Coochiemudlo, Russell, Karragarra, Lamb and Macleay Islands. 1.3 hours via car and ferry At the southern end of Moreton Bay are five islands nestled between Straddie and the mainland accessible by a ferry service. These islands are

nothing flash but it’s a lot of fun (and it’s very cheap) to island hop for the day. The ferry to Coochiemudlo departs from Victoria Point and takes ten minutes. The island has a thriving art community and is small enough that you can walk around it in an hour, or hire an aqua bike or kayak and paddle in the quiet waters that lap these islands.The ferry to Russell, Karragarra, Lamb and Macleay Islands departs from Weinam Creek, Redland Bay. On Russell, you can hire a tinny (small metal dinghy) and fish in the quiet waterways or try your luck at spotting turtles and even dugong. Lamb is just 2km by 1km, and Karragarra is the smallest and quietest of all and surrounded by mangroves. Apart from Coochie, these islands aren’t really geared for visitors so pack a picnic and a sense of adventure!

Moreton Island 1.15 hours via ferry from Moreton Bay From Flinders Beach on Straddie you can almost touch the southern tip of Moreton. Unlike Straddie, you need a 4WD to get around the island so if you are without wheels hop on one of the many tours. Moreton, the second largest sand island in the

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Events

Editor: Kathryn Adams

For a long time Brisbane has been known as “Brisvegas” and all for good reason. This is a city that never sleeps. Brisbane is lucky to host some of the very best festivals and events. You can enjoy some of the best food, alcohol, music, culture and sport that Australia has to offer. From the family friendly celebrations like Paniyiri to the alcohol infused festivals like Future Music Festival, there is something for everyone. The regions around Brisbane such as the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Ipswich are not to be forgotten as they play host to some of the finest cultural celebrations. If you love music then Brisbane is the place to be. No matter what type of music you are into Brisbane has a festival or event to celebrate it. The following pages are just a little snap shot of what Brisbane will showcase in the coming year. So keep your diary handy

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and ears open to make the most out of what Brisbane has to offer.

Music Festivals Big Day Out Gold Coast A must for all to experience, the Big Day Out is one of Australia’s biggest touring music festivals. Each year the day-long event showcases some of the best local and international talent. Besides the many performance stages there are a number of food and drink stalls to keep you refreshed in the heat of the summer sun. Although quite expensive, it is one event that Queenslanders over fifteen years of age look forward to each year. bigdayout.com Late January 2011

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Valley Fiesta Fortitude Valley This three-day festival has become Brisbane’s largest street party. Valley Fiesta transforms the streets of the Valley precinct into a celebration of fashion, food, art, dance and of course, music. It is one of the busiest times of the year for Brisbane’s premier clubbing precinct. Make sure you come and experience the free outdoor entertainment that is on offer.

city, Toowoomba, are taken over by stages, tents and music lovers. easterfest.com.au April 22-24, 2011

Valley Jazz Festival Fortitude Valley

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Join in the fun of this six day jazz festival in Brisbane’s clubbing district. The festival takes over the streets, cafes and bars of the Valley. There are a number of free events as well as a number of ticketed special events.

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Pride Festival South Brisbane

Summafieldayze Gold Coast

What started as a gay pride march through the streets of Brisbane in 1990, Pride Festival has quickly become Queensland’s largest Gay and Lesbian event. Pride Fair Day is the highlight of the four-week long festival. Let your hair down in the company of friends while dancing to the trance, indie, rock and many more beats on offer. Don’t forget to bring some spare change when you browse the numerous stalls.

Escape the peak of the summer heat and head to the Gold Coast to take in the surf, sun and sand at one of the nation’s premier music festivals. United by a love of dance and summer, thousands of over 18-year-old Techno, Electro, House and Progressive fans descend on the Gold Coast to be a part of Summafieldayze. Be prepared to dance like you have never danced before. summadayze.com

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Easterfest Toowoomba One of Australia’s largest drug and alcohol free events, Easterfest brings the youth of SouthEast Queensland together. What was once regarded as solely a Christian festival has turned into a three day party celebrating Easter. Queens Park and the streets of the garden

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St Jeromes Laneway Festival Fortitude Valley In 2004, a couple of guys in Melbourne thought that the Melbourne live music scene needed a bit of a shake up. They organised for some great bands to perform in an alleyway behind St Jeromes Bar. It proved to be hugely popular and started a

cult following of this uniquely intimate festival. The philosophy of this event - to showcase a range bands in unique settings. It has proven to be so contagious that the festival has spread to other cities, including Brisbane! It is truly worth checking out for the world-class acts and awesome local bands in an incredible setting. lanewayfestival.com.au Jan 2011

Parklife Gold Coast Parklife is one of Australia’s most respected outdoor electric and indie music festivals. Welcome the summer months in some of the best parklands that the Gold Coast has to offer. This is a must for all people who enjoy good music. parklife.com.au September 2011

Sunset Sounds Brisbane CBD As the name suggests, enjoy watching the warm sun go down whilst listening to a diverse array of music. This two-day festival in the heart of Brisbane will keep the quickfeet dancers and the hip hop alternative lovers happy. Only problem is that you will have to find your way through the masses of overly sweaty party goers. sunsetsounds.com.au December 2010 - January 2011

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Cultural Festivals Woodford Folk Festival Sunshine Coast Hinterland What better way to bring in the New Year than with fellow festival goers at the internationally acclaimed six-day, Woodford Folk Festival. With 22 Venues and more than 2000 performers you can be guaranteed an action packed programme featuring dances, concerts, children’s festivals, environmental programmes, art and craft workshops, circus performances and workshops. The streets of the festival are lined with stalls, bars and parades. Most people choose to camp in the scenic festival grounds about 70km north of Brisbane. woodfordfolkfestival.com December 2011 to January 2012

Oktoberfest RNA Showgrounds (Brisbane CBD) Join the rest of the world in celebrating the beer and the women carrying the beer. Taste some of the best bratwurst and sauerkraut that Brisbane has to offer whilst listening to some traditional German music. Join in the celebration of crowning Miss Oktoberfest and the Bavarian Strongman. With entry from as little as $15 you would be verruckt (crazy) not to go. oktoberfestbrisbane.com.au October 2010 & 2011

Paniyiri Greek Festival South Brisbane

country which hosts some of the World’s best night clubs in Mykonos and rugged Greek countryside will be celebrated during this three-day festival. The highly anticipated event will showcase some of the very best of Greek dance, music, fashion, food and much more. paniyiri.com May 2011

Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) Brisbane CBD This is the place to check out the latest and best in the world’s film industry. Everyone from the documentary lovers to the children’s film lovers are catered for in this event. The event showcases some of the greatest local and international films and the processes that surround film making. stgeorgebiff.com.au Mid 2011

Brisbane Comedy Festival Brisbane A non-stop celebration of comedy, this festival will leave you breathless. The festival plays host to some of Queensland’s and Australia’s best comedians. There are outdoor eating areas, bars and comedy. What more could you ask for? This festival is the largest of its kind. For such great talent the prices are most reasonable.

Brisbane Festival Sunshine Coast Hinterland Being Australia’s youngest arts festival, the Artistic Director definitely has a lot to prove. One can expect a myriad of theatre, dance, speeches and visual art that will be sure to inspire. Some of these events cost a few dollars, but the Queensland Government has you covered. Free events include some movies, food tasting and the annual Riverfire - a stunning fireworks display at South Bank that marks the start of the Brisbane Festival. Grab a blanket and sit on the river bank! Enjoy! brisbanefestival.com.au September 2011

EKKA Brisbane Exhibition Ground Attracting over half a million visitors every August, Ekka is Brisbane’s largest event and is a whole lot of fun. With loads of rides, showbags, sideshow games, music, farm animals and everything in between, this is the ultimate carnival and something that every student should experience. Come and cheer on the woodchoppers and rug up while watching the fireworks displays! Everyone will be talking about this event, so head on down and discover what all the fuss is about. ekka.com.au August 2011

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Plan A: Don’t get burnt!

By Elyse Lloyd

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Australia is a hot country with a million great things to do outdoors. Getting sunburnt is not one of them! Here’s how to avoid sunburn:

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Wear sunscreen Look at the label for the SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating. SPF 30+ is the minimum rating you should go for. If you possibly can, then get SPF 40+, or even 60+, which is supposed to protect from all types of ultra-violet light (also known as UV Rays).

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Wear lightcoloured clothing Make sure to cover your arms and legs. No one wants to look like a cricketer, unless they’re actually playing cricket of course, but the idea behind this is simple; light colours reflect the sun’s rays and the more you cover up, the less skin is exposed to burning!

Wear sunglasses Apart from just being way more comfortable in the sun, it is good for your eyes to not be exposed to sun all day long.

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Take a cold shower Not too cold, but a quick shower can really help. Just like any other burn, sunburn can be treated with running water.

Wear a hat Trying to sleep with burnt shoulders and neck is not a pleasant experience. The more of your face and neck you can cover, the better.

Seek shade

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Aloe Vera Gel Banana Boat is one company that produces the gel and it’s available from pharmacies and some supermarkets. Apply it as often as you need to.

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Food & wine FESTIVALS Caxton St. Seafood & Wine Festival Caxton Street, Brisbane New York has Times Square, London has Covent Garden and Brisbane has the colourful Caxton Street which plays host to one of the biggest street parties. This festival is all about the very best in music, seafood and wine. Sip on a wine and enjoy the sounds from three large stages. Although quite popular amongst the younger crowd, all ages are catered for. caxtonstseafoodandwinefestival.com 1 May 2011

Fieritalia New Farm Park Fieritalia is a celebration of everything Italian including, of course, pizza and pasta. Despite the number of cultural activities offered over the course of the festival, it is the food that gets most people talking. There’s cooking demonstrations, wine tasting, an apple eating competition and of course, wood oven pizzas. fieritalia.org October 2011

Ambiwerra Brisbane Suburbs This festival combines two of the best aspects of living in Brisbane, food and music. Grab your picnic rug, sit down with friends and enjoy food from some of the best chefs in Brisbane. But wait, there’s more, the festival wouldn’t be complete without its own fashion

parade. So don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone with this festival. Dress up, sit down and enjoy. ambiwerra.com First Sunday in August 2011

Tastes of Gold Coast Gold Coast Tantalise your tastebuds at this 17-day fine food and wine festival showcasing some of the region’s best foods and chefs. You will not walk away empty handed either with exclusive cooking demonstrations. There is something quite fitting about enjoying a nice seafood platter by the Gold Coast beaches. tasteofgoldcoast.com.au August - September 2011

Sporting events Bridge to Brisbane Bridge to Brisbane is one of Queensland’s largest fun runs. More than 50,000 people pound the pavement in an aim to raise as much money for the chosen charity and to work off the extra winter weight. This is one of the best sporting events in Brisbane where you are not confined to a little seat in a large grandstand. August 2011

AFL Games and NRL Games The Gabba and Suncorp Stadium respectively You cannot say that you have experienced Brisbane if you have not been to a Rugby League or Australian Rules

Football (AFL) game. Brisbane comes alive with sporting events on the weekends. Hear the roar of the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba or hear the gallop of the Broncos as they take on their rivals at Suncorp Stadium. Throughout the year

State of Origin Suncorp Stadium This is the pinnacle of the NRL season for all Queensland and New South Wales residents. It has become regarded as the best grudge match in the NRL and one of the world’s most strongly contested sporting events. In a best-of-three football series, the mighty maroons (Queensland team) take on the cockroaches (New South Wales team). At least one of the three matches is played in Brisbane each year and tickets sell out almost immediately so make sure you get in quick. May-June, 2011

Powercruise Willowbank Raceway, Ipswich This is a three-day event for the motoring enthusiasts. It is the time of year when people with hot rods and high tech imports can show them off. For those after the whole experience there is camping available on site, but it operates on a first in first served basis. Willowbank plays host to a number of large car shows throughout the year including Summer and Winter nationals. You have to get yourself to the track to work out what all the fuss is about. August 2011

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Festival Tips Music festivals are a great way to check out your favourite bands and to get to know new bands. There is nothing better than enjoying a few days with your friends out of town and listening to great music. Most sell out quickly, so decide whether to go before the tickets go on sale. Some sell out within a day, e.g. Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival. Others sell within a couple of weeks, e.g. Big Day Out.

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Check the tickets to see what you can take. You’ll probably have to buy overpriced food and water. Most festivals have ATM facilities but expect to line up.

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Keep your possessions on yourself somewhere that you won’t lose them when you are rocking to your favourite tunes.

Drink Sensibly

Havebreaks Have regular breaks in the shade to make sure you don’t get heat-stroke.

Staywith your mates Stay with your mates during the day and if you lose each other make sure you have a meeting point.

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We know it’s hard to settle in to a new city. When you first arrive, everything is new and every little task is difficult. We’re here to help! Past and present international and local students have helped us assemble this section for you, the student in need of a helping hand. Here you will find help with problems like finding a job, finding a car, study help and more. If you would like to get more involved in extra curricular activities and meet some people, we recommend heading to your student office or student union at your institution. It is their job to make sure your experience there is enjoyable and memorable.

STUDY TIPS You know study is important, that’s why you’re paying so much to be here! So we thought we would give you a bit of help with handling all the stress. Make a schedule It is important to allocate your time. It will immediately calm you down and you will feel more in control of your workload. Relax Only study when you are relaxed, alert and ready to work. Last minute study is not really effective. Review Review your lecture notes. Many students don’t bother doing this but you will thank us when exam time comes.

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Help! Don’t be shy asking for help from other students, including local students. The teachers understand that you may not be as good at English as the local students, so talk to them about your study problems and they will help you! Location, location, location Choose a good place to study! As comfortable as it may be pumping the speakers and having the TV on while you study, it isn’t a good idea. You will get a lot more work done in a shorter amount of time if you work privately, in a quiet area.

Banking in Australia Opening a bank account Unless you plan to store your money in your mattress, you might want to get yourself an Australian bank account. Dealing with the banks is rarely a straightforward process, so we’ve put together some tips for you. Choosing a bank There are a number of banks to choose from in Australia, and we recommend doing your research online before choosing a bank. NAB, Commonwealth Bank and Westpac have quite comprehensive international student sections on their websites. When comparing the banks, make sure you take note of the fees on the account. Fees and charges are all too common with Australian bank accounts,

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so it is wise to understand what you will be charged for and when. Once you’ve selected one, it’s time to visit the bank. Some banks require you make an appointment, but if you avoid the lunch time rush you should be able to get it done on the spot.

What to bring:

Drivers License (If you have one)

Passport/ Visa Proof of Address A bill that has been sent to your house is usually good enough.

ATMs (Also known as cashpoint, cash machine or ‘hole-inthe-wall’) Always try to use the ATM that belongs to your bank as there will likely be no charge. If you can’t get to your bank’s ATM, use one from another bank (this charge is usually about $2 per transaction). Avoid using the smaller machines you find in bars, clubs and petrol stations. Some of these will make you pay a lot for the convenience.

Credit cards Before getting a credit card, take a look at ‘debit’ cards. These enable you to use VISA or Mastercard services (like online shopping), but it uses the money in your account, not credit. If you decide you need a credit card make sure you do your research and ask about fees. Eftpos Eftpos is a way to use your bank card to buy products and services without using cash. All you need to do is swipe your bank card and enter your PIN. You might be asked if you want “cash out”- this is just a convenient way to withdraw money from your account without going to an ATM. Transferring money overseas If you’re heading home and you’ve still got money in your account, you obviously haven’t been making the most of your time! Check out the rest of this guidebook for helpful tips about where to spend your money. If you must take it with you, head into your local bank branch with the details of your overseas account. They may ask for: Bank account name and account number The overseas bank ‘sort’ code International Bank Account Number (IBAN) (Europe only) SWIFT code of the overseas bank

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You may need to contact your overseas bank, but usually the above information can be found on their website. Transferring money to Australia Need a top up from a relative back home? Here’s the information you’ll need to give them: Australian bank account name Australian bank account number and BSB Address of the bank your account is with Australian bank SWIFT Code Currency conversion Travelex outlets are basically a one stop shop for currency conversion. These outlets can be found in a number of locations. These include airports, major travel agents and tourist areas. Most banks also offer conversion facilities.

Weblinks Department of Immigration www.immi.gov.au Australian Tax Office www.ato.gov.au Workplace Authority www.workplaceauthority.gov.au Online Job Sites www.mycareer.com.au www.seek.com.au www.careerone.com.au

Looking for Work By Florence Wong Working while studying has many great benefits, not only in terms of earning a bit more spending money, but is a great way to make new friends outside university and gain work experience and skills in Australia. As an international student, the first thing to check is whether you have working rights before starting your search for a job. Usually, you will be permitted to work for 20 hours during term time, and unlimited hours when your course is not in session (such as over semester breaks, or, if you are a postgraduate research student, after you have handed in your thesis). However, you should check your documentation to make sure. Additionally, before you start looking for work, you will also need to apply for a Tax File Number, a straightforward process through the Australian Tax Office. Once you’ve got that out of the way, prepare a good resume and start looking! Good sources of work include job notice boards at your university, or through online job sites (see left). Local newspapers are also a good source for casual and part-time jobs in the area where you live (particularly important if you need to rely on public transport). Many larger organisations, such as supermarkets or department stores recruit through their websites, so it’s also worth going there to have a look. Smaller shops and cafes will sometimes post vacancies on their windows, so keep your eye out when you’re wandering around. If there’s a particular place that you’d like to work, don’t be afraid to walk in and talk to the manager or hand over your resume. Even if they don’t have an opening then, they can keep you in mind when they are looking to hire.


TrafficSignal Boxes One of 900 painted boxes around the city, these eclectic brightly-painted boxes may look like works of art but they do have a real purpose: to control the traffic lights at intersections and roundabouts. Some years ago, vandals had been enjoying the tagging these boxes so much the Brisbane City Council decided to take matters in hand and encouraged local residents to decorate these boxes themselves. It seems the vandals were deterred and now the commute to work is much more entertaining!

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Catch the train Make the plane Get to Brisbane Airport in only 20 minutes

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Please note that while this article primarily focuses on education, international students should also be aware of their rights with regards to

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accommodation, work, as well as crime/safety whilst living in Australia. Overseas students are encouraged to contact the government’s International Student Hotline for anonymous assistance with their concerns - 1300 363 079. Here in Brisbane, the International Student Ambassadors are always keen to help too (see studybrisbane.com) Enjoy all the wonders and opportunities that this great city, state and country has to offer, but definitely do not hesitate to seek help if you experience problems during your studies. As a visitor from overseas, this is truly a great time to be studying in Australia, as many educational reforms are currently underway in the realm

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Coal, iron ore, and livestock exports – these are the top three commodities here in the Commonwealth of Australia. While two of these are finite natural resources, international students represent a goldmine of opportunity… and possible exploit. Collectively contributing over 17 billion dollars annually and ever-growing, these overseas youth are undoubtedly invaluable assets to the national economy; as such, students fully deserve a “fair-go” (the Aussie term for equal opportunity) within the realms of learning, living and the law.

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of international student affairs and equality. Student-customer service is still a relatively new concept in higher education, so it is essential to know and understand your rights as a fullfee paying student or scholarship recipient. In addition to your institution’s internal policies and student charters, the Educational Services for Overseas Student (ESOS), Consumer Protections (Fair Trade) and Anti-Discrimination Acts – as well as the Office of the Ombudsman - are the key legal protections that international students have to ensure the integrity, value and equality of their education here in Australia. Access and familiarity with these internal and external governing documents should

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be an essential part of your orientation to the Australian higher educational system, so do not hesitate to ask your uni or college directly for assistance in understanding the rules and your rights – rather than simply relying on your educational/ recruiting agent. Additionally, the local Student Union and/or student services offices should be available to provide appropriate support and advocacy in times of need. If you do encounter a problem during your studies, then there should be a formal grievance resolution process within your institution, although depending on the circumstances, it may be more appropriate to directly contact the Office of the Ombudsman, ESOS, the

hotline, and other related free local legal services in order to settle a dispute. Simply speaking, the more persistent you are, the more questions you ask, the more documentation you have, and the more people you make aware of your particular situation, the more likely you will be able to achieve a satisfactory result. Do not hesitate to seek advice from others – whether that be fellow classmates (domestic and overseas alike) or faculty/staff employees, both in your course/program and the college/uni itself, as well as external authorities. Depending on your program of study, there may even be city, state or national groups that would be keen to help as well.

Even though Australian society does tend to have a reputation that accepts the status-quo and discourages whistleblowing therein, the concept of a “fair-go” is still fundamental to the Aussie philosophy of life, and overseas students should always (diplomatically) stand up for their rights to an equitable education, regardless of prevailing attitudes or intimidations. As full-fee paying students who dominate the local economy, do not settle for anything less than what is best for you… but don’t expect to pass just because you pay a premium dollar for your degree.

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Finding a House Finding a place to live in Brisbane can be a long and scary process. You want to find somewhere quickly but you don’t want to choose a place that is going to cause you problems. Most problems arise between international students and their landlords because the students have not paid enough attention to the contract they have entered into. Some landlords will try and take advantage of you! You must be careful and know what your rights are.

Here are a few tips that will help you stay out of trouble:

Read the fine print Make sure you know if you have entered under a fixed term or a periodic tenancy. If you sign an agreement, you should receive a copy straight away. Make sure you keep this in a safe place so you can refer to it if a problem arises.

Bond, house bond. A bond payment is usually requested by landlords. If you are renting for $350 or less a week, the bond cannot be more than one month’s rent.

Rent in advance A landlord can ask for 2 weeks rent in advance at the start of your tenancy, but no more.

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Do your own inspection Make sure you write down any preexisting problems when you first receive your inspection sheet. This will help when you have to dispute any repairs with the landlord at the end of your stay.

Water usage Make sure you agree with your landlord about water use. How much are you responsible for? You need to know this.

End of days Pay attention to the details regarding the ending of your tenancy agreement. If you leave without giving notice, you can get in real trouble!

Services As there are a lot of essential service providers out there (i.e. gas, electricity, telephone, Internet...), choosing the right one can be hard. Check out the website choiceswitch.com.au. It lets you compare providers to get the best deal. Remember, it’s not essential to have a home phone, simply having a mobile phone may be adequate. For more information or if you run into trouble with your landlord, call the Tenants Branch on 1300 366 311. To keep up to date with the latest news on real estate, be sure to read the real estate section of the newspaper. There is lots of information out there about the living spaces that are available in Brisbane. Have a look at the pin up boards on campus and in other popular student places. You may be able to rent with other students to minimise costs, so keep your ear to the ground as there may be others in the same situation as you.


Medical Advice By Dr Maggie Phillips General Practitioner Diet and Nutrition Your diet can change dramatically when you arrive in a new country. Familiar foods are not so easy to find and you may be living away from home for the first time. The big mistake many students make is to cave in and eat often at familiar fast food outlets or food courts. This will result in obesity, constipation and tears. (You may think you are saving time by grabbing a take away the night before an exam, but the medical deferrals for gastro tell us otherwise). Simple cooking is not rocket science. The various markets have a wide array of meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. A healthy stir fry of lean meat and colourful veggies takes ten minutes to prepare. EAT A HEALTHY BREAKFAST... you DO have time. If not, you have twice the chance of getting fat. Are you unable to cope with muesli, nuts and grains? Then at least get fibre supplement capsules from the supermarket. Sex Away from home, new rules, new experiences, new friends... sex happens. Don’t let it be a disaster. It is a common myth that you’d have to be unlucky to get pregnant from one off unprotected sex. It’s easy. Our public hospitals are being inundated with requests for pregnancy terminations by international students. There really isn’t any excuse to not get educated about avoiding unwanted

pregnancy. Termination is by no means instant, as may be the case in some countries. Condoms will protect against unwanted pregnancy as well as serious sexually transmitted infections. They are easy to buy at the supermarket. If you didn’t use one you can ask the chemist to help you with emergency contraception (Postinor 1) within 72 hours. For a full discussion about long term choices in contraception go to the Family Planing website fpq.com.au and to be informed about sexually transmitted infections go to health.qld.gov.au

the physical health aspects discussed above. Try to make new local as well as international friends. Speak to others in your tutorial groups, or maybe get a part time job. Join a club if you have any special interests. Have a mental break from study. If none of this is working for you and you feel yourself sliding into a sea of hopelessness...TELL SOMEONE.

Be Active People who are moderately fit have more energy than couch potatoes. They achieve more in their day, sleep better and can focus and study more effectively. There is an enormous amount of evidence that exercise prevents many chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. In the short term, it simply makes you feel better about yourself and, paradoxically, less tired. You do not need to join an expensive gym to be moderately fit. Take the stairs, walk more and take up a social sport with friends.

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Mental Health It is really easy to become bewildered in a strange country away from friends and family and trying to study in your second language. On top of this you may be having problems with your accommodation or finances. Give yourself a break. Don’t let it overwhelm you. Take small steps and pay attention to

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Team: Brisbane Roar Where do they play? Suncorp Stadium, 40 Castlemaine St Milton How do I get there? Patrons catch regular timetable services. In addition, special shuttle bus services from the City, Carindale, Eight Mile Plains/Mt Gravatt (Garden City), Chermside and The Gap run direct to the stadium. Special shuttle services will run at regular intervals for 2 hours before kick-off.

Where do I get tickets? Tickets are available at the gate or through Ticketek. Tickets are also often available at the door but it is a good idea to make sure that a game is not sold out first.


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Team: Brisbane Lions

Games take place on Friday nights, Saturday afternoons and nights, and Sunday afternoons. The season runs from August until February, with finals in February and March. Instant Fan Brisbane Roar are one of the 8 A-League teams that exist in Australia. Since its formation in 2005 Brisbane Roar has been a high level performer in the tournament. Brisbane now has several players from abroad including origins such as Brazil and The Netherlands. brisbaneroar.com.au

Where do they play? The Gabba, 411 Vulture St Woolloongabba How do I get there? Take advantage of the FREE public transport included with your Lions match-day ticket. Patrons can catch regular timetable services from the CBD. In addition, special shuttle bus services run from the South Bank, South Brisbane and Roma Street Stations directly to the stadium on the day of a game. Where do I get tickets? Tickets are available through Ticketmaster by calling 1300 136 122 or by visiting ticketmas-

ter.com.au. There is a Ticketmaster outlet located inside the Lions Shop at Gabba Gate 2. Tickets are also available at the gates on match-days, although it’s a good idea to prepurchase your ticket in case the game is sold out. When do they play? Games can be played Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights and sometimes Saturday or Sunday during the day. Instant fan The Brisbane Lions Australian Football Club was formed in 1996 when the AFL approved a merger between the Brisbane Bears and Fitzroy Football Clubs. It was the first union of two clubs in VFL/AFL history. A hat-trick of Lions premierships


from 2001-2003 was a major breakthrough for the code’s promotion in Queensland while Senior Coach Michael Voss and Captain Jonathan Brown continue to lead the Club’s roaring future. lions.com.au

State of Origin Even if you don’t follow sport, there’s one big event in Queensland that you have to tune into. The rugby league State of Origin is a contest that stops two states in its tracks, a must-watch highlight on the sporting calendar and essential viewing to anyone wanting to blend in with us locals. Over three Wednesday nights from late May, sporting arch rivals Queensland and New South Wales face each other in a traditional clash (and often bash) that some commentators say is the best quality league you’ll see played anywhere in the World. It pitches team-mate on team-mate as players return to the state where they played their first A-grade game of footy regardless of where they were born or their current club. In the unlikely event you miss the pre-match hype you’ll know it’s on when one morning you wake to a city festooned in the colour of our team: maroon (pronounced mar-own). Many office workers slip on maroon jerseys, the whacky model shaggy maroon wigs... and New South Wales fans keep a discreet profile. The passion is such that even the two premiers

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put a wager on the result with the victorious state entitled to fly its flag under the losing state’s main bridge – either the Sydney Harbour Bridge or Brisbane’s Storey Bridge. Here are some starting points to get a hook on the game. The lingo Us = Queensland, the Mighty Maroons. Nickname: cane toads. Them = New South Wales, the Blues. Nickname: cockroaches.

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Who’s the best? Well Queensland, of course. Over the 30-year history of the game the two sides have been evenly matched, more or less. But Queensland has just set a new record taking the prized trophy home for five consecutive years. 2010 was a complete maroon-wash whitewash with Queensland winning the series 3-0. The players The 2010 team, captained by the legendary Darren Lockyer, is said to be one of the best teams ever. Star players of 2010 include fullback Billy Slater and halfback Jonathon Thurston. Others on the Who’s Who of Origin list include calm, cool and collected Mal Maninga who played his first game in 1982 and who coached the team to its recent success. And ‘The King’, aka Wally Lewis, immortalised in bronze outside Suncorp Stadium who captained Queensland for 29 games through the ‘80s and is now a sports commentator.

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