Words by Monique StClair
Australia has a lot of pretty amazing cities, each with their own personality, features, and hidden gems. So we understand why international students hoping to come to Australia can feel a bit overwhelmed when it comes to choosing where to start their new lives. To help, we at Spiible have created, lets call them city profiles, for each of the major cities, to help you choose which city is for you. We hope this makes the decision a little bit easier!
The Gold Coast is already a wonder of Australia for tourists, and studying here will provide arguably the best balance of work and play for the traveling student.
Come to the Gold Coast where the shiny surfaces of high-rise towers reflect the tropical blue ocean of the renowned east coast of Australia. Watch the sunrise on the horizon of the glossed sea from your affordable apartment near the beach (if not on it). Throughout the sunny days, take advantage of the many tourist activities available in Surfers Paradise; spend hours on the beach, or explore the hinterland of rainforests and waterfalls further inland. There is no end to activities or adventures to fill your time and satiate your hunger for travel and exploration!
The nightlife in the GC is party, party, party! So a love of pubs and clubs will not go unsatisfied! However if partying every weekend is not always your cup of tea, no need to worry. You can explore the Tapas Bars and alternative night cafes of less touristy Burleigh Heads, or hire a car for the weekend and hit up the sleepy beach towns surrounding Byron Bay in NSW (only a short 45-minute drive from the coast!).
With a slightly smaller pool of schools and universities to choose from, all are easily accessible via public transport or bicycle ride along the beach. The year round sunshine is always permitting for the active person, and the bus and new tram services provide effective transport alternatives for those without cars. Being a smaller city than most, it is not hard to navigate our little paradise.
While the ‘Goldie’ has every appearance of being an actual city, it’s predominantly a collection of apartment buildings creating the concrete façade recognizable to the common city dweller. Because it still has a relatively small population compared to the other major cities in Australia, the value in community on the Gold Coast is thriving! There is an endless number of free sporting activities and clubs to join, from morning Yoga on the beach to African drumming classes weekly. If shopping is more your style, there is a market on somewhere in the Gold Coast every day. If you love to eat fresh, produce is brought in from local Queensland farms, and there is no shortage of that beautiful homegrown food that is shipped all over Australia and the world.
The Gold Coast has become a popular study destination for both Australian and international students—speaking as an Australian who recently relocated from busy Melbourne for the golden sun and the ‘cruisy’ attitudes of the ultimate summer holiday destination.
If you’re hoping to sun with a holiday to match, the Gold Coast will sort you out. With enough Vitamin D to keep you happy, a never-ending summer and the community spirit to go with it, pick the Gold Coast for your Australian study experience!
If you have any questions about this, or about any aspect of studying in Australia, please don’t hesitate to ask! Feel free to ask questions below in the comment section, or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help!
Monique is a journalism student at Griffith University, who moved from Melbourne to the Gold Coast for the sun, beaches, and to live GS's famous laidback lifestyle.