If you love both the beauty of nature and the excitement of the city, then you will love studying English at Embassy Brisbane in Australia! Our study centre is in the city-centre, close to public transport, making it easy to explore the neighborhoods and surrounding natural spaces. This week, Tony Owens, English Teacher, gives us an Insider’s Guide to his favorite activities to experience while studying English in Brisbane.
I grew up in Ipswich, which is a city about 40 kilometres west of here but I’ve been living in Brisbane now for about 30 years (with a couple of breaks living and teaching in London and Tokyo). I’ve been teaching at Embassy since I returned from London in 2002.
I enjoy going to the Powerhouse and seeing a band, some comedy or a play. It’s a great repurposed powerhouse (oddly enough) that is now home to a number of small theatres and performance spaces. On the weekends there’s free music and comedy.
There’s a bar and you can sit and look out at the Brisbane River. Prices are reasonably cheap. Also, it’s a great place to people watch. You can see families, artistic types and young inner city professionals rubbing shoulders.
It’s situated in New Farm Park next to the river and if it’s a nice day (and it usually is in Brisbane) you can go outside and picnic or kick a football around.
I enjoy going to the various markets around town –Farmers market in the city, Eat Street markets at Portside, and others around town.
Lots of great food and coffee.
I also like travelling up to Mt Coot-tha which has a lookout from which you can get a great view of how big Brisbane is, especially on sunny days. There’s a coffee shop and restaurant.
It’s about 20 minutes by bus (route 471).
One of the bridges that crosses the Brisbane River is called the Go-Between Bridge. It’s named after a local rock band (coincidentally the greatest band in the world ever – fact!)
Relax. If you get a chance, go and sit in the Queen St Mall and just watch all the people going past.
You’ll get a feel for how relaxed our city is and the huge variety of nationalities that live here.
Because we live in a multicultural society, the food here is great and varied. For a real Australian experience, you should have at least one barbeque and it’s also a good idea to indulge in a popular Brisbane activity on the weekends, namely having breakfast at a coffee-shop.
You’ll find yourself in the thick of lycra-clad cyclists, suburban families and hipsters depending on where you go. You don’t have to get up too early as many places serve breakfast all day!
Of course, there are the more ‘traditional’ Australian foods to try – Vegemite (it’s not jam, don’t eat it straight out of the jar, just a little bit on toast with lots of butter for the best effect), lamingtons, pavlova (Australian, despite what our Kiwi cousins want you to think), meat pies, Anzac biscuits.
On a sunny day, which let’s face it is most days in Brisbane, get on a City Cat and take a river trip upstream . There are several great places to get off – South Bank (cheapest movies in Brisbane), West End (lots of great coffee shops, pubs, bars, shops) or the University of Queensland which has a lovely campus.
Just get off the boat anywhere and walk and walk and walk. It’s the best way to get the feel of a new city.
Vibrant, laid-back, welcoming
We’ve got such a range of experience in our teaching staff. Teachers who’ve taught in Japan, China, Switzerland, England.
It’s always buzzing with ideas, teachers sharing ideas.
A friendly greeting and an orientation session that will set them up to have a great time at school. We talk about their study, activities and things to do in their free time, we take them on a tour of the city to orientate them.
It’s relaxed but informative at the same time.
They can walk to South Bank and go swimming at the artificial beach.
They can go to the Botanical Gardens and relax or kick a football around.
Or you can walk up to Roma Street Parklands and have a barbeque.
Not really. I think it’s always good to pack lightly when you travel but be sure to pack something warm, particularly in winter.
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