Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland– Australia’s second largest state by area. In addition to being the third most populous city in Australia, Greater Brisbane is the largest of Australia’s six capital cities by geographic area, occupying 15,842 sq km across South East Queensland. A river curving and curling its way around the landscape makes Brisbane one of the most unique capital cities in Australia.
| QUICK FACTS
Language: Primarily English.
Currency: The Australian dollar (AUS)
Population of Brisbane: Estimated at over 2.5 million
Average maximum temperature in Summer: 26 ° Celsius
Average maximum temperature in Winter: 16 ° Celsius
Summer months: December – February
Winter months: June – August
Climate: Brisbane weather is generally milder than many other areas of Australia
Time zone: Brisbane is within Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
AIIHE staff will provide students with advice to find suitable and affordable accommodation. Accommodation options for students include:
- Private rental and/or shared accommodation, and
- Homestay arrangements – living with an Australian family who provide accommodation and meals. This is sometimes a wise option if longer–term accommodation is taking a while to secure.
It is often advisable to share rental accommodation in terms of reducing costs. For more information go to http://insiderguides.com.au/accommodation–options–in–australia/.
| COST OF SCHOOLING
Where school-aged children are included in your student visa application, schooling costs of AUD8,000 per year for each child will need to be added to the number of funds that are required. This amount is the minimum required for a visa application only and you are responsible for researching schooling costs, which may vary widely between states, territories and schools in Australia.
You do not have to provide evidence of schooling costs if you have received an Australian Commonwealth Government scholarship, including Foreign Affairs and Defense sponsored students, and you can show you have enrolled your child in a government school where the fees have been waived.
Although Brisbane’s climate is generally moderate, it is sensible to be prepared with layers of clothing. Include both lightweight summer clothes (t–shirts, shorts, skirts or dresses) in your luggage, as well as cardigans, jumpers and jackets.
Every part of Brisbane can be reached by the extensive public transportation system, which includes buses, trains, ferries and taxis. You can plan your route, calculate traveling time, and check accessibility requirements at: