With an easy-going lifestyle, an accepting multicultural community and an abundance of attractions, the Gold Coast is a fantastic place to live and study. Growing up on the Gold Coast I’ve experienced the amazing qualities the city has to offer and that’s why I feel honoured to be able to introduce this part of the world to international students when they choose to study here. We first started accommodating international students as a homestay family years ago and I feel incredibly lucky to have befriended so many students from around the world while sharing some wonderful experiences with them. Everything from high ropes adventure courses to our beautiful beaches, a visit to the local markets, or just taking in the beautiful scenery – the Gold Coast has so much to offer.
I’ve only been living on the Gold Coast since May 2019, however it didn’t take long for me to realise that this dynamic city is a wonderful place for surfing, boating, cycling and so many other outdoor sports.
As an amateur running enthusiast, I have to say that Gold Coast is also a paradise for runners. Here’s my roadmap to some wonderful jogging experiences this city has to offer.
One of my best memories from my childhood was watching my mum planting vegetables in our farmland as I talked to unknown insects around me, the earthworms she dug out and several ducks we raised. When I was ten we moved into an apartment in the city and rarely had the time or space to grow any veggies again. I guess planting veggies by myself has become part of my dream life since then.
Amazingly, the pleasant climate here on the Gold Coast is so suitable for growing vegetables during all seasons and I haven’t been able to stop thinking of planting veggies and flowers since I landed here. Fortunately for me, my lovely Aussie homestay couple Karen and David said yes to my request and my dream life has come true!
2020 has been the most dangerous year in memory – from raging bushfires to global pandemics this year has had the works and we’re still only halfway through it. So what better time to remind ourselves that we need to always be mindful of our own personal safety and that we are all individually responsible for doing all that we can to minimise any potential risk.
Moving to a new city to start your academic journey is a very exciting prospect, but if you’ve just arrived from overseas it can also be a little daunting. For this reason the team at Study Gold Coast decided to create some safety films, to make sure you have a better understanding of your surroundings, how to take precautions where necessary and what to do if you need help.
Welcome to 2020 – the year we are witnessing and living through a modern pandemic! Truly not something I was anticipating as I celebrated New Year’s Eve on the last night of 2019. There’s no doubt it can be a very daunting, if not debilitating prospect of adjusting your life during this crisis and the era of self-isolation.
Personally I’m concerned about students like me who are now struggling to focus on their studies that used to be far more interesting just a few months ago when we had the freedom to choose our study location, like a university library. Studying from home and being cut off from the wider world does have its challenges and that’s why the need to set goals right now is more crucial than ever.
We are all social animals. Our daily activities revolve around other people and going out but unfortunately, the environment over the last few months has changed drastically, keeping us apart through social distancing and away from the people and places we love. It's been difficult for everyone, but slowly and surely these restrictions are being lifted with all of us hoping our lives will go back to normal, or at least the ‘New Normal’!
As we search for some normality I’ve been thinking about life in the post Covidian world and looking forward to visiting my favourite places around the Gold Coast once again. Here’s what I’m keen to tick off my GC bucket list.
If you’ve arrived on the Gold Coast recently and are looking for the best ways to get around town whether it's via public or private transport, then this is your one stop guide. Here are some tips and tricks that will save you time and money.
One of the reasons the Gold Coast is such a great student city is because the cost of living is so much cheaper than bigger cities, but you can save even more dollars here if you’re savvy. Here’s some tips on how you can save money while still having a great time.
300 days of sunshine per year. Average temperature 29 degrees celsius. 57km of pristine coastline. Stunning national parks, waterfalls and mountains less than an hour away from the city. This is the Gold Coast and we love to live outdoors. One of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors here is to socialise over a barbecue. Here's my 5 favourite BBQ hot spots on the coast.
I love watching movies at a theatre. Of course it’s very tempting to be lazy, stay home and watch Netflix but it can be such a rewarding venture to step outside and enjoy a movie on the big screen. So if you’re a movie buff like me here are some unique movie experiences on the Gold Coast - tried and tested.