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Embassy English 4 August 2017 - by Minouche Duval, Academic Manager, Embassy English Brisbane

Exploring Australia from Embassy Brisbane

Studying at Embassy Brisbane is a wonderful experience because you are very close to Australia’s many beautiful beaches, islands and World Heritage areas.

great barrier reef Embassy brisbane The Great Barrier Reef in Far North Queensland

There are many weekend getaways and day trips to choose from. The Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast are great day trips and can be organised by going on Translink public transport.  It’s a good idea to have an early start and catch a train and bus to your destination.

The Gold Coast

There are a number of popular beaches on the Gold Coast including Coolangatta, Currumbin and Burleigh Heads.

Burleigh HeadsBurleigh Heads

Embassy brisbane currumbinCurrumbin

The Sunshine Coast

Mooloolaba and Caloundra are beautiful places to visit on the Sunshine Coast and make great day trips as well.



As Noosa is situated slightly further north, it’s more suitable for a weekend trip.

Noosa Embassy BrightonNoosa

Popular tourist attractions close to Noosa include the Saturday Eumundi Markets and the Glasshouse Mountains. They are a very remarkable part of the landscape and you will be able to see these mountains from the train.

Glass House Mountains The Glasshouse Mountains

Noosa National Park is worth a visit and you may be lucky enough to spot a Koala.

Koala Embassy Brighton

Noosa Embassy BrightonNoosa National Park

Make sure you have a coffee or lunch on Hastings Street.

Hastings Street NoosaHastings Street Noosa

My two favourite weekend getaways from Brisbane are Stradbroke Island (or ‘Straddie’ as locals say) and Byron Bay (often referred to as ‘Byron’).

Stradbroke Island

Stradbroke Island has gorgeous beaches including Home Beach and Cylinder Beach.

Cylinder Beach Stradbroke IslandCylinder Beach

Cylinder Beach

Why not go on the Point Lookout Gorge Walk and try and spot a kangaroo or a turtle?

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If you are planning to spend the weekend at Straddie, a great place to stay is the Manta Lodge YHA. Twin rooms, double rooms and dormitory accommodation is available.

Point Lookout Gorge Walk

There are also lots of fantastic places to camp, if you have some camping gear. Camping grounds are located at Adder Rock, Cylinder Beach, Home Beach and Amity Point.

Embassy brighton 1Stradbroke Island Surf Lifesaving Club

I recommend trying fish and chips at the Straddie Pub which is just near Cylinder Beach. Why not try the Blue Room Café at Point Lookout. The Surf Lifesaving Club opens at 2pm. This is a great place to sit and relax while enjoying the stunning views over the ocean.

embassy brighton 2Stradbroke Island Surf Lifesaving Club

Straddie hosts a reggae festival every year in October called Island Vibe.

Island Vibe Festival

Byron Bay

Byron Bay is just over the border in New South Wales and a two hour drive from Brisbane. If you are travelling to Byron on public transport there are two express bus services: Brisbane 2 Byron and The Byron Easy Bus.

Byron Bay LighthouseByron Bay Lighthouse

These buses leave from outside the Roma St Transit Centre. Cape Byron is the most easterly point on the Australian mainland.

Dolphins Byron Bay

There are great walking tracks to the lighthouse which has panoramic views of the ocean and is a great place for whale watching (from July – September) and you can see dolphins all year round.

Byron Bay Main BeachMain Beach Byron Bay

As Byron Bay is on the backpacker trail there are many hostels to choose from.

embassy brighton byron bayMain Beach Byron Bay

If you feel like a more challenging walk you could try hiking to the summit of Mt Warning to watch the sunrise.

Mt WarningMt Warning

Byron Bay is a popular place for music festivals. At Easter, The Blues Festival is held just outside of town.

Byron Bay Blues FestivalByron Bay Blues Festival

Other festivals held in Byron include Splendour in the Grass in July and The Falls Festival in December.

Splendour in the Grass Festival

Moreton Island

Moreton Island is another magnificent island to visit. You can participate in dolphin feeding, which is really a unique and incredible experience.

Tangalooma Moreton IslandTangalooma

In July through to early September there are whale watching tours just off the coast of Moreton.

Fraser Island

Fraser Island is approximately 5 hours north of Brisbane.

Embassy brisbane 1Fraser Island

Fraser is just off the coast of Hervey Bay which is where the humpback whales migrate to, in order to have their calves (babies) in warmer water.

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Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and is World Heritage listed for its exceptional beauty and diverse flora and fauna.

There are many beautiful lakes including Lake McKenzie and also the spectacular rain forest at Central Station.

Lake McKenzie Fraser Island

Lake McKenzie

Far North Queensland (FNQ)

If you are interested in exploring Queensland further, I thoroughly recommend flying to Cairns or Airlie Beach, so that you can visit the spectacular Great Barrier Reef.

embassy brisbane 3Whitehaven Beach

The most beautiful beach I have ever seen is Whitehaven Beach. It is on one of the Whitsunday Islands.

Embassy brisbane 4The Whitsundays

The Great Barrier Reef is also World Heritage listed as it is the largest coral reef ecosystem on earth.


Ocean Spirit and other tour operators run daily cruises to the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns.

Great Barrier Reef 2

I hope you have a great time discovering the natural beauty of Queensland!


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