Brisbane is a large, modern, multi-cultural city, offering world class education, affordable living, a great subtropical climate and lots of things to do and see. Innovative, modern and welcoming, Brisbane has been rated in the top 30 per cent of the world’s fastest-growing cities and in the top 10 cities in the world for lifestyle and talent.
With a subtropical climate, Brisbane delivers an average 283 days of sunshine every year. Outdoor activities, from swimming at South Bank’s Streets Beach to strolling through the City Botanic Gardens, kayaking on the Brisbane River or climbing the iconic Story Bridge, can be enjoyed year-round. The city’s cultural and events calendar is bursting with blockbuster shows, international sporting matches, festivals and exclusive exhibits. In the city’s cultural precinct, you will find Australia’s largest Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Museum and Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
Brisbane has a great safety record, convenient public transport, airport connections to most major cities worldwide and world-class shopping, dining, nightlife and recreation facilities. Studying in Brisbane makes for a great travelling and learning adventure.
Living in Brisbane
Brisbane is Queensland’s capital, situated on the east coast of Australia with a population of more than two million it is small enough to be friendly and welcoming, but big enough to be filled with culture, attractions, and adventure. Brisbane’s perfect weather, unbeatable lifestyle and proximity to beautiful beaches make it one of the best places in the world to study. It is a green city with many famous tourist attractions. It has one of the fastest growing economies in Australia.
Brisbane is well and truly on its way to becoming a world leader in sustainability. There’s more than 2000 parks and more than 2500 species, making Brisbane Australia’s most biodiverse city.
Boasting Australia’s best climate, the city has a subtropical climate with warm summers, mild winters and more sunny days than any other Australian Capital City. With 283 days of sunshine the weather in Queensland is mostly warm and sunny throughout the year, even during winter! This means that people are able to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle all year round. Average temperatures range between 20 to 29 °C in summer and 10 to 21 °C in winter.
Our seasons include:
- Summer (December – February)
- Autumn (March – May)
- Winter (June – August)
- Spring (September – November)
ACCCO is located centrally near business and lifestyle precincts, with nearby transport networks and opportunities for part-time work whilst studying. Brisbane’s public transport network is clean and green with a network of trains, ferries and buses that have been integrated so you’ll easily commute to your classes each day. Fortitude Valley Train Station is conveniently located within a five-minute walk to the college.
Brisbane students receive a 50% discount on local public transport and 25% discount on bike hire with City Cycle. There’s also a free CityHopper ferry to jump between the city, South Bank and Kangaroo Point.
Shopping in Brisbane
With directional boutiques, home-grown designers and big-name brands, Brisbane has earned its title as the new home of fashion. The Queen Street Mall is the heart of this shopping mecca, housing luxury retailers, flagship stores of Australian labels and hole-in-the-wall boutiques. International brands Cartier, Burberry and Forever 21, along with Australia’s Paspaley, are the most recent additions to the city’s sartorial mix, with more fashion heavyweights set to open.
Luxury lovers can peruse high-end stores, including Tiffany & Co., Chanel and Louis Vuitton at QueensPlaza. The heritage-listed Brisbane Arcade is worth a visit to marvel at its stunning timber panelling and local designers. Head to MacArthur Central for flagship stores including Apple and Ralph Lauren, The Myer Centre for Myer, or browse the shops behind Wintergarden’s butterfly-studded, kaleidoscopic façade.
To continue your boutique journey, head to Fortitude Valley and Paddington, where unique shops, galleries and boutiques dot the streets. In Fortitude Valley, James Street is the place to find local designer wear and quality home wares amidst cool bars and fine al fresco dining spots. Or venture into the creative designer hub of Bakery Lane set in an intimate space off Ann Street.
Food and drink
When it comes to dining, there’s a world of options at your fingertips. Brisbane is flourishing with new restaurants, cafes and bars, from elegant riverside dining, to hip laneway eateries, bustling food markets, and airy rooftop bars showing off the best views in town. Brisbane’s dining scene offers something for all tastes and budgets, with the city’s multicultural flavour reflected in its cuisine. From cheap eateries and farmer's markets through to reasonably priced cafes and pubs, there’s plenty to choose from. If you prefer to eat at home or need items for a relaxing picnic in the park, you can find all you need at a large number of the city's local supermarkets.
An advantage of living in one of the world’s most multicultural countries is the food and activities at your doorstep. Brisbane hosts a huge number of multicultural events each year including the popular Regional Flavours food festival, Paniyiri Greek Festival, Oktoberfest and BrisAsia festival.
For more information on where to eat, drink, shop, play and stay in Brisbane, go to visitbrisbane.com.au and facebook.com/visitbrisbane.