If you’ve come halfway across the world to study in Brisbane, make sure you don’t spend all your free time hitting the books! Here’s a list of 5 things to do when you find a few hours or days free.

Gather your new uni squad together and make the most of Queensland, get out and about and explore your new adopted city!

1. THE SOUTHBANK PARKLANDS LAGOON

Soak up the rays and suck on a Frosty Fruits at the Southbank Parklands Lagoon (don’t forget your SPF 30+ and to Slip, Slop, Slap).

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2. SPRINGBROOK NATIONAL PARK

Get back to nature with a scenic hiking trip, just a 2-hour drive from Brisbane City. The Breathtaking scenery is worth the hike alone.

 3. GOMA

Check out the free exhibitions at the Sciencentre or art shows at GOMA – That counts as study right?

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4. THE FARMERS MARKETS ACROSS THE CITY

Give the ramen a rest and venture out to the farmers markets across the city. Your new found Masterchef skills will have your roomies super jelly.

5. GET PEDALLING!

Hire a Brisbane City Bike for the day and explore the ‘River City’.

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