An International Student in Brisbane Pt. 3: Exploring Queensland

Friday, November 10, 2017

Feeling a little bored stuck in St. Lucia or Brisbane? Trust me, I get it. It's difficult to travel beyond Brisbane without a car and you can only visit Brisbane CBD so many times before you get bored. Best part is, Queensland has a plethora of picturesque spots, from sunny beaches to breezy mountains. You'd never run out of places to go.

So if you don't have a car, make friends with someone who has one and rent their car or better yet, go together! I was blessed to have housemates who have a car which they rented to us at times, and it was a great way for them to utilize the idle car to earn some extra passive income.

1. Burleigh Heads
A personal favourite and top on my list, especially during dusk as the sunset casts a certain glow around Burleigh Heads. Perfect for picnics and quiet afternoons out.

2. Mount Tamborine
Very nice place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. They also have road-side $1 avocados and farmers' markets during the right season!
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3. Cairns/Whitsunday
You've heard of the Great Barrier Reef and the heart-shaped reef everyone's taking their girlfriends to.  Also a famous spot for (sky)diving and snorkeling thanks to its scenic views. A tropical paradise with nothing but sand, surf, sun and sea.
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4. Fraser Island
I've personally never visited Fraser Island, but I have friends who did and some of the more popular activities include exploring it's sand dunes with dirt biking and sand tobogganing.
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5. Moreton Island
Never been either and I've heard its activities are similar to Fraser Island, but the cerulean blue sea is enough to attract any beachhead.
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6. Mt. Cootha
A great place for a eagle-eye view of Brisbane and only a short drive from the CBD. You can even ride a bicycle to the top if you're feeling adventurous! There's also the Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens if you're into plants and flowers.
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7. National Parks (e.g Lamington National Park, Springbrook National Park, Daintree National Park)
Queensland is famous for their well-kept, beautiful local national parks. Even though I myself had no time to visit, you gotta visit at least one if you're into nature and hiking.
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8. Gold Coast
Especially tourist-loving Surfers Paradise. I've been several times to witness the sunset, and it manages to take my breath away every single time (maybe partially because of the cold morning wind during winter too).

9. Sunshine Coast
Another place for avid surfers and beachheads.

10. Theme Parks (Movie World, Sea World, Dream World, Wet n Wild)
If you haven't been to a theme park in Queensland, have you really visited Queensland? Especially if you're a comic/superhero fan. Movie World and Dream World are frequent tourist destinations, and you'll see why when you get there. It feels like a whole other world sometimes.

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If I had more time, I definite would've tried to explore more of Queensland's beautiful spots, and this list is not exhaustive. Enjoy exploring one of the best places in Australia!

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