When your head’s full of study and homework, take a break in Toowong and St Lucia. Relax by the river, or head to the hills, with Mt Coot-tha providing the perfect retreat close to the city.

HIGHLIGHTS

In St Lucia, where the beautiful University of Queensland is located, you’ll find the UQ Art Museum. If you’re an art lover and have a few hours to spare, this museum is a must see, and best of all, it’s free.

For some food head to Hawken Drive, not far from campus, where you’ll find a huge selection of different cuisine at varying prices.

The Royal Exchange Hotel, or RE as it’s known, is arguably the most popular student bar in the area and plays host to live music, trivia, and university social events throughout the year.

If you’re looking for something a little different to do, you may want to check out a ghost tour of the Toowong Cemetery. Local Brisbane man Jack Sim and his company Ghost Tours will see you kitted with torches and plotting your way through this stunning cemetery, which was established in 1866. Mr Sim has a wealth of knowledge of not only the cemetery but the area’s past in general. This is an interesting, informative and chilling activity to learn more about the area.

If you’re still feeling chills the next day, warm up at the Corner Store Café, serving food and coffee from a kitchen garden in a restored old cottage.

You can see as much or as little of the suburb as you want on the Toowong Trail, a dedicated bike path that runs from the Go Between Bridge, stretching up to the Regatta Hotel. Grab your bike and spend an afternoon with your mates, and maybe stop for a drink at the end of it.

If life gets a bit hectic, escape the craziness and chill out at ANZAC Park, at the foot of Mt Coot-tha. This rolling expanse of hills will be enough to calm the most stressed student, and with picnic and barbeque areas dotted around, you can sit back, relax, and make a day of enjoying the scenery.

COMMUNITY FACILITIES

Public space in Brisbane’s inner western suburbs is not too hard to come by, with lush green parks and accessible family spaces such as the UQ lakes located on campus. This stunning parkland is the perfect place to picnic, read a book, or just feed the ducks.

The Toowong Library is the perfect place to relax and read, or study, with Wi-Fi available to its members, and meetings rooms for hire for when you need to do those group assignments.

Cool off and take a break at the UQ Aquatic Centre, which is available to everyone. Swim some laps, lift some weights or take a group fitness class, under the instruction of their fully-qualified staff.

Get centred on Saturdays at a yoga and meditation class in Guyatt Park in St Lucia. They’re free to attend, and no previous yoga experience is necessary – just an open mind.

FREE & FRUGAL

The Kingfisher in Toowong is a great value eatery that offers dishes like fish and chips and burgers for as low as $7.

For a cheap night at the movies, once again head to the UQ campus. There you’ll find the quaint little Schonell Theatre, offering an exciting variety of arthouse and independent films, and they’ve got a reasonably priced candy bar. Tickets will only set you back $8 for students and $6 if you’re a UQ student.

If you’re in the mood to be inspired, then visit the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium. Hidden within the relaxed surroundings of the Botanical Gardens is this impressive observatory, which features fascinating shows about space. Entry to the planetarium is free, and once inside you can check out educational shows for as little as $13 for students.