Brisbane’s international students seek out sand, sun and fun ahead of summer months

Moreton Island

Photo: Sue Whiteman 

28 September 2016 

Brisbane’s International Student Ambassadors, along with a handful of Queensland’s social media stars, have spent a day soaking up the sun on Moreton Island.

With beautiful weather here ahead of summer, it’s no surprise that students jumped at the chance to take a break from their studies and experience the unique activities the island has to offer.

Australian Sunset Safaris provided a unique tour experience designed to encourage students to step out of their comfort zones and spend a sun-filled day sand tobogganing, clear-boat kayaking, snorkelling and exploring beautiful terrain.

Brisbane has become one of the most desirable places in the world to live, play and study. The city is a clear favorite among international students, with low cost of living and what seems like more days of sunshine than anywhere else in Australia.

Brisbane has 75,000 international student enrolments per year from over 160 countries, and Moreton Island is a popular destination for students and to experience while living and studying abroad – with their visiting families also joining in on the adventure.

The city has a reputation as one of the friendliest in the world, this coupled with its proximity to World Heritage-listed rainforests, unspoilt national parks and idyllic islands, has helped to attract students to Brisbane, with no sign of the trend slowing down.

Over the past 12 months, Rough Guides has named Brisbane one of the top 10 most beautiful cities in the world, and TripAdvisor announced the city as the No.1 South Pacific destination on the rise for 2016.

It’s hard to look past Brisbane’s position to experience weekend getaways and dayscapes. The city is also known for its lush parks, historic buildings, beautiful river, edgy arts scene and evolving and maturing food scene.

Australian Sunset Safari Marketing Manager Roland Huang said the company recognised the importance of international education as it provided a driving force for tourism in Queensland.

"We have always devoted our time and attention to the international education sector because we believe students should enjoy their studies by balancing work and play throughout their time here in Queensland,” Mr Huang said. 

“We recommend everyone visits Moreton Island – it’s one of the most beautiful sand islands in the world and is easily accessible from the Gold Coast, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

Plan your next road trip or weekend vacation and check out www.visitbrisbane.com.au

Read more about the Brisbane International Student Ambassador program.