Cities In Australia

Brisbane Australia

Climate

One of Brisbane’s most appealing traits is its beautiful weather.  With the state’s slogan being “Beautiful one day, perfect the next”, it is little wonder why Brisbane has become one of Australia’s most attractive places to live and study.

Public Transport

Brisbane’s public transport network is very extensive, comprising of train, bus and ferry services.  This includes the free City Loop Buses, and are all easily connected by purchasing a GoCard via Translink. By downloading the Translink app, you can also receive real time updates about when the next train, bus or ferry will arrive.  However, Brisbane locals are known for their love of the great outdoors and cycling is a very big part of life.  The roads have been modified to include cycle paths and there are also various cycle paths around Brisbane. There are also City Cycle terminals where you can hire a bike and leave it at another cycle centre of your choice.

Public Transport Network

Website links

Free City Loop Bus https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/traffic-transport/public-transport/buses/city-centre-free-loops
Translink public transport information https://translink.com.au/
Translink real time app https://translink.com.au/about-translink/projects-and-initiatives/real-time
Cycling Brisbane http://cyclingbrisbane.com.au/
City Cycle Service http://www.citycycle.com.au/

Affordability

In terms of cost of living, Brisbane is by far one of the most affordable cities to live, in Australia.  Accommodation is plentiful and there are some great career opportunities.  We also invite you to join our free weekly workshops which provide guidance on how to apply for jobs, resume writing, and how to apply for a Tax File Number, ABN and Blue Card or RSA certificate.

Public Transport Network

Website links

Tax File Number https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Tax-file-number/Apply-for-a-TFN/Australian-residents—TFN-application/
ABN https://abr.gov.au/For-Business,-Super-funds—Charities/Applying-for-an-ABN/Apply-for-an-ABN/
Blue Card https://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/applications/need-to-apply-for-card.html
RSA Certificate http://www.qldrsa.com.au/

http://www.rsabrisbane.com/

https://clubtraining.com.au/online-course/responsible-service-of-alcohol-rsa-online-queensland/

http://www.onlinersa.com.au/rsa/RSA-Online-Training/RSA-Online-QLD-Queensland-RSA-Certificate

Festivals/Things to do in Brisbane

The most popular festival in Brisbane is The Ekka which is held in August each year and runs for about two weeks. There is also the famous River fire festival along South Bank Parklands which lights up the Brisbane River with its spectacular fireworks display. The Caxton Street Seafood and Wine Festival always brings the streets alive, which is full of entertainment, fresh seafood and a great place to make new friends.  Some of the most popular places to visit in Brisbane include: City Botanical Gardens, Roma Street Parklands, Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo, Mt Cootha, and of course, the beautiful Gold Coast (which is only a 45 minute train ride away).  There are also major theme parks which attract millions of visitors each year:

Movieworld, Dreamworld, Seaworld, Wet n Wild, Australian Outdoor Spectacular, and Aussie World.

There are also so many must see places near Brisbane which are only a ferry or short flight away: dive The Great Barrier Reef, go Island hopping like at Fraser Island, visit the Outback, or go to the Whitsunday Islands.

Public Transport Network

Website links

The Ekka (The Royal QLD Show) http://www.ekka.com.au/
River Fire http://riverfirebrisbane.com.au/
South Bank Parklands http://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/South-Bank/Destinations
Caxton Street Seafood and Wine Festival https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caxton_Street_Seafood_and_Wine_Festival
City Botanical Gardens https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/parks-venues/parks/city-botanic-gardens
Roma Street Parklands http://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/roma-street-parkland-and-spring-hill?sc_lang=en-au
Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo http://www.australiazoo.com.au/
Mt Cootha http://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/brisbane/things-to-do/arts-and-entertainment/heritage-and-architecture/brisbane-lookout-mount-coot-tha?sc_lang=en-au
The Gold Coast http://www.visitgoldcoast.com/
The Great Barrier Reef http://queensland.uberflip.com/i/652173-the-secret-side-of-the-great-barrier-reef-townsville-north-queensland
Island hopping http://www.weekendnotes.com/brisbane/island-hopping/
Fraser Island http://www.australia.com/en/places/fraser-island.html
Outback QLD http://www.queensland.com/Explore-Queensland/Outback-Queensland
The Whitsunday Islands http://www.tourismwhitsundays.com.au/
Movie World http://movieworld.com.au/
Dreamworld https://www.dreamworld.com.au/
Seaworld http://seaworld.com.au/
Wet n Wild http://wetnwild.com.au/
Australian Outdoor Spectacular http://outbackspectacular.com.au/
Aussie World http://www.aussieworld.com.au/

Sydney Australia

 

One of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, Sydney is an exciting, but safe, city with an international range of services and a clean natural environment. A high standard of education and good student services have given Sydney a reputation as the perfect place to study.

With a mild to warm climate, Sydney’s numerous clean and safe parks and beaches are perfect for enjoying outdoor activities and a healthy lifestyle. Sydney has a rich mixture of ethnic and cultural groups and an international atmosphere. With hundreds of restaurants, cafes and cultural attractions, Sydney has something for everyone and many experiences to discover.

Climate

The climate in Sydney is mild, and the seasons are distinguishable from each other. For those of you who live near the Equator, you will notice a distinct difference between summer and winter, and that we have no Wet Season. For those of you who come from countries higher up in the Northern Hemisphere, you will notice that our summers and winters happen at the opposite times of the year to what you are used to.

 

Summer December – February 25 – 30 °C
Autumn March – May 12 – 18 °C
Winter June – August 10 – 15 °C
Spring September – November 15 – 25 °C

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For the latest Sydney weather refer to www.bom.gov.au

Festivals in Sydney

January

  • Sydney Festival showcasing dancing, art, theatre and music
  • Cricket season
  • Jazz in the Domain
  • Australia Day Celebrations 26th Jan
February

  • Chinese New Year Festival
  • Super 14 Rugby kicks off
March

  • Mardi Gras – A highlight of Sydney festival scene.

April

  • The Royal Easter Show
  • Surry Hills Festival
  • ANZAC Day Parade

May

  • Australian Fashion Week

June

  • Vivid Sydney
  • Sydney Film Festival – Fifteen days of movies from the four corners of the globe.
  • Darling Harbour Jazz Festival
July

  • Good Food & Wine Show – explore new tastes and the latest culinary trends.
    Aroma Coffee Festival at the Rocks
August

  • City to Surf – Sydney’s biggest fun run
  • Sydney International Boat Show
September

  • Festival of the Winds – Australia’s largest and most exciting colourful kite flying festival held off Bondi Beach
  • Oktoberfest kicks off
October

  • Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi
  • Australian International Motor Show
  • Good Food month
  • National Rugby League Grand Final
November

  • Night market in the Rocks
  • Spanish Quarter street festival

 

December

  • Carols in the Domain
  • Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
  • New Year’s Eve Fireworks over the Harbour

 

For further events information, please visit www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

Driving

If you have had a Driver Licence in your home country for over a year, you can apply for an Australian Driving Licence for which you must undergo a driving test. If you already have a Student or Working Holiday Visa, and studying for 10 weeks or less, you can drive using an International Licence if you already have one.

For more information please visit http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/index.html

Transport Info – buses, trains and ferries, timetables and maps.

http://www.131500.com.au/default.asp

 

Melbourne Australia

Climate

Melbourne generally has a Mediterranean climate but it has been known to have unpredictable weather; warm one day and cool the next. The weather in summer tends to warm up around late January with temperatures rising to 40° on some occasions.

Melbourne Weather Details

Summer December – February (Warm to Hot) 14 – 25 °C
Autumn March – May (Mild) 11 – 20 °C
Winter June – August (Cool to Brisk) 17 – 14 °C
Spring September – November (Cool to Mild) 10 – 20 °C

 

Currency

Australia uses a decimal currency system, where 100 cents (c) = one dollar ($1.00). We have six coins; 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, which are all silver coloured, and $1 and $2, which are gold coloured. We have five notes, made of plastic; $5 (pink), $10 (blue), $20 (red), $50 (yellow), and $100 (green)

 

Driving

If you have had a Driver Licence in your home country for over a year, you can apply for an Australian Driving Licence for which you must undergo a driving test. If you already have a Student or Working Holiday Visa, and studying for 10 weeks or less, you can drive using an International Licence if you already have one.

VicRoads is a Government corporation which is the state road and traffic authority for Victoria. They are responsible for licencing and registration for cars, motorbikes, boats etc., as well as construction and maintenance of our roads.
Visit http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au.

 

Entertainment & Places to Visit

Melbourne has a vibrant night life as well as many other attractions.With so many options, there is always something to do.

  • Beaches: St. Kilda, Port Melbourne, Williamstown.
  • Cinemas
    • Melbourne Central (Hoyts) – Level 3, Swanston St, Melbourne Ph: 1300 357 357
    • Crown Casino (Village) – Shop 50, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank Ph: 1300 555 400
    • Jam Factory (Village) – 500 Chapel Street, South Yarra Ph: 1300 555 400
    • Kino Cinema (Palace)- 45 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Ph: 9650 2100
  • Melbourne Star Observation Wheel: 101 Waterfront Way, Docklands
  • Ice skating: 105 Pearl River Road, Docklands
  • Melbourne Museum: 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton
  • Immigration Museum: 400 Flinders St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
  • Science Works: 2 Booker St, Spotswood VIC 3015
  • Theatres:
    • Regent Theatre – 191 Collins Street, Melbourne. Ph: 9299 9500.
    • Her Majesty’s Theatre – 219 Exhibition Street, Melbourne. Ph: 8643 3300.
    • Princess Theatre – 163 Spring Street, Melbourne. Ph: 9299 9800.
  • Art Gallery: National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
  • The Ian Potter Centre NGV Australia: Federation Square.
  • Melbourne Zoo: Elliot Avenue, Parkville
  • Luna Park: 18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda, Melbourne
  • Eureka Sky Deck: 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank, Melbourne
  • Crown Casino: 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
  • Tourist information desk located in Federation Square, Corner Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne, VIC 3000

http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Pages/Home.aspx

 

Health Facilities

Melbourne offers many doctors and dentists to choose from should you need to be treated. There are also chiropractors, physiotherapists, podiatrists, dieticians, optometrists, Chinese medicine, natural therapies, and many more specialists. A very useful tool to help find any of the services you require is the yellow pages website (https://www.yellowpages.com.au/).
Remember to bring your health care card with you to any appointment if you currently hold one.

Melbourne city Medical Centre
Address: Telstra, Exhibition St,
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Phone:(03) 9639 9600.

Melbourne City Dental Group
Address: Ground Floor, 393 Swanston St,
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Phone: (03) 9662 2638.

 

Public Transport

Melbourne has well-developed public transport lines for inner city and all suburbs outside the city. http://ptv.vic.gov.au/ is the website which will provide all information regarding trains, trams, buses and the new ‘Myki card’.

Melbourne uses the new myki card to pay for public transport. It is a card similar to a credit card which you tap against the receiver when you enter the train station/tram/bus, and tap again as you get off. Myki’s can be purchased at major train stations and local 7 Eleven stores. You can buy or put money on your myki card on the myki website (mymyki.com.au), by calling 1800 800 007, or at a myki machine. More information can be found at http://ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki

Taxis are another option although they can get quite expensive for longer distances.

13 Cabs – 13 2227

Silver Top Taxis – 13 1008

Bicycles are an affordable form of transport and quite common in Melbourne. You can ride your own, or if you do not own one, there are public bicycles located throughout Melbourne’s city. Information on the public bicycles can be found at http://www.bikepaths.com.au/map.

Some rules to remember about bicycles are that an approved safety helmet must be worn, they cannot be ridden on a footpath, they must be fitted with a horn and working brakes and when riding at night, they must have front and rear lights and reflector to make you visible to other vehicles on the road.

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