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Cheapest courses for a Student Visa in Australia in 2023

Are you looking to study in Australia or is your current visa expiring soon? Save a ton of money with these special offers and pick one of these cheap diploma courses or bachelor degrees for international students in Australia.

Update (June 2024): Here are the cheapest courses in Australia for international students in 2024

What’s changing for international students in 2024?

We have several changes to discuss, among which one of the most significant is the heightened English Language requirement and the introduction of the Genuine Student requirement for Australian Student visa applications. Don’t forget to also double-check the current financial capacity requirement (commonly known as ‘show money’ for Australian Student visas). This blog article is here to give you all the details on when these changes kick in and share other recent developments that have piqued our interest.

TIP: Save hundreds of dollars on the mandatory Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). Compare all eligible providers and purchase the cheapest one here.

Cheapest Student visa courses from Study Anywhere

As all the costs are rising, it now makes more sense than ever to look for affordable courses when you want to study in Australia. You can save thousands of dollars just by enroling in the right college or by choosing a little less popular city. So are you ready to find out what’s the cheapest course for international students in Australia?

TIP: No idea how to apply for the Australian Student visa? Just send us a message and we’ll walk you through the process step-by-step. You can also check our article about how to successfully apply for a Student visa in Australia.

1. Cheapest Student visa courses for international students in Sydney

Cheapest courses for international students in Sydney

We mentioned that tuition fees for international students are usually lower in less popular cities. However, let’s start with Sydney because we know many of you can’t wait to hit the waves at Bondi Beach. The cheapest CRICOS registered courses for international students in Sydney are offered by ELC Career College (formerly SELC). You can choose from courses in Business, Leadership and Management, Project Management, or Marketing and Communication, all for just $1,250 per term ($5,000 / year). Shorter or longer durations are available, and this pricing is valid until the 31st of January 2024.

Update (15th of April 2024): This promotion has now ended; however, ELC continues to offer their courses at a reasonable price of $1,500 per term ($6,000 / year). Contact us to enroll without the $250 enrollment fee. This offer is valid for both onshore and offshore enrollments. Additionally, ELC Career College has been risk-rated as an Evidence Level 1 college, which increases the chances of success for your visa application.

All the cheap Certificate, Diploma, and Advanced Diploma courses at ELC are eligible for a Student visa and we can even combine some of them into a course package for you. That’s handy if you’d like to study in Australia for a bit longer and apply for up to a 4-year Student visa with us.

Update (30th of December 2023): For more convenience, your quarterly instalments can now be split into two ($625 each) if you prefer.

To enrol, just send us a message and we’ll help you both with your enrolment and our migration agent also with your visa application.

Tip: Australian Student visas are typically granted for a duration slightly longer than the actual course period. Find more information in our FAQs.

These are the cheapest diploma courses in Australia for international students right now

A popular college for international students – the Australian College of Business Intelligence (ACBI) has introduced its end-of-the-year promotion. You can now choose several Certificate IV, Diploma, and Advanced Diploma courses in Sydney and study each of them for just $1,200 per term ($4,800 / year).

Update (28th of February 2024): The promotion has ended; however, ACBI still offers very attractive pricing starting from $1,400 per term ($5,600 per year). See details below.

ACBI in Sydney offers some of the cheapest Student visa courses in Australia right now:

  • Certificate III in Entrepreneurship & New Business ($1,400 / term)
  • Certificate IV in Business – Sustainability ($1,500 / term)
  • Diploma of Business – Digital Analytics ($1,600 / term)
  • Diploma of Project Management ($1,400 / term)
  • Diploma of Leadership & Management ($1,600 / term)
  • Advanced Diploma of Leadership & Management ($1,700 / term)
  • Certificate IV in Health Administration ($1,500 / term)
  • Certificate IV in Marketing & Communications ($1,500 / term)
  • Certificate IV in Design ($1,600 / term)
  • Certificate IV in Environmentally Sustainable Management ($1,600 / term)

The second cheapest college for international students in Sydney is…

…Lloyds International College. They’ve unfortunately raised prices, however, you can still study for a reasonable amount and choose from a variety of interesting and flexible courses in Sydney:

  • Certificate II in Workplace Skills (1 year)
  • Certificate III in Business (1 year)
  • Certificate IV in Business (1 year)
  • Diploma of Leadership and Management (1 year)
  • Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management (1.5 years)
  • Certificate IV in Marketing and Communication (1 year)
  • Diploma of Marketing and Communication (1 year)
  • Advanced Diploma of Marketing and Communication (1.5 years)

Update (8th of November 2023): Lloyds International College has revised its prices but is maintaining discounted rates at $1,400 per term ($5,600 per year) for 2024. This pricing will be in effect until December 31, 2023. However, starting from 2024, a $40 material fee per term will be introduced, and the enrolment fee will increase to $250.

2. The absolute cheapest course in Australia for international students

Cheap diploma courses for international students on the Gold Coast

If you’re looking for something even more affordable, consider heading north to the Gold Coast or Brisbane, where Greenwich College offers a pretty good range of courses. Not only will you save on your tuition fees, but the cost of living in Queensland is also more affordable compared to Sydney.

These are the cheapest courses for a Student visa in Australia in 2024:

  • Certificate IV in Business (40-44 weeks)
  • Diploma of Business – Digital Transformation (48-52 weeks)
  • Diploma Leadership and Management (48-52 weeks)
  • Diploma of Project Management (48-52 weeks)
  • Certificate IV in Marketing and Communication (40-44 weeks)
  • Diploma of Marketing and Communication (48-52 weeks)

You can study any of these courses for just $900 every two months ($4,500 – 5,400 per course) + a $230 one-off enrolment fee. When we combine them into a package for you, you’ll be able to apply for up to a 3-year Student visa in Australia. Send us a message for more information. If you are onshore already, a 50% discount on the first term applies which means your total amount for a one-year course in Brisbane or Gold Coast would be just $4,050. When you enrol onshore with Study Anywhere, you won’t even pay the enrolment fee.

Update (20th of January 2024): Specials at Greenwich College are back and the same promotion is now valid until March 31, 2024.

Update (29th of March 2024): Greenwich College is extending this promotion until the 30th of June 2024 and it now includes courses in Adelaide too.

3. Cheapest diploma courses if you are already in Australia

Cheapest courses in Australia if you are onshore already

Onshore specials are always worth exploring. Are you eligible? Yes, if you are in Australia at the time of your application. Whether you’re transitioning from a Working Holiday (or Work and Holiday) Visa to a Student Visa in Australia or holding another visa, such as a Visitor/Tourist visa, or applying for another Student visa while onshore, you’re eligible. Just ensure to verify whether your visa Grant Letter includes a “No further stay” condition. If not, you’re good to proceed.

Currently, NVR Education in Sydney is offering the most enticing onshore promotion. The cheapest Diploma Courses, Certificate IV, and Advanced Diploma courses at NVR are priced at just $1,400 / every three months ($5,600 per year). Why should you consider this offer?

NVR Education provides an extensive array of courses in Marketing, Business, Leadership and Management, and Human Resource Management. HR courses for international students in Australia are often scarce and typically come at a higher cost. At NVR Education, you can pursue HR Management for 1-4 years.

Sounds interesting? Reach out to us for free assistance with your enrolment and Student visa application, provided by a registered migration agent.

4. Cheapest Bachelor degrees for international students in Australia

Would you like to unlock yourself an opportunity for a 2-year Graduate visa after you complete your studies?

Look no further than AIBI (Australian Institute of Business Intelligence) because they currently discounted their Bachelor of Cyber Security, Bachelor of International Business, and Bachelor of Enterprise Management Systems programs by a whopping 30%. Yup instead of $65,000 for a 3-year program, it will now cost you only $45,500 with instalment plans available.

Update (29th of April 2024): AIBI has extended its promotion for the most affordable Bachelor degrees for international students in Australia. You can enrol for September 2024 intake in both Sydney and Melbourne to qualify for the scholarship. If you are already in Australia, you can enjoy additional savings with a 40% discount.

Contact us and we will get you your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for as little as $1,000 upfront payment.

Up to 35% scholarship for international students in 2024

If you are interested more in Early Childhood Education, Counselling and Psychotherapy, or Arts Therapy programs, you need to check Ikon Institute of Australia. Enrol with Study Anywhere for any 2024 intake and receive a 25% scholarship for Early Childhood Education Programs, or an even greater 35% discount when enroling in Arts Therapy & Counselling and Psychotherapy Programs. Choose to study in Sydney or Melbourne. The 4-year Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at Ikon now costs only $15,000 per year. While it may still sound like a lot, don’t forget that this degree will give you the opportunity to stay in Australia for 2 years after graduation and also possibly 4 years or longer with the change to the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa.

Check other affordable courses

Update (June 2024): Here are the cheapest courses in Australia for international students in 2024

Still haven’t found your course for a Student visa? Try the Study Anywhere website! We have a dedicated category where you can browse the most affordable courses for international students in Australia.

So that’s it for the cheapest courses for a Student visa in Australia in 2024. All prices in this article are in Australian Dollars (AUD). Please note that when you are applying for an Australian Student visa, you will also need to pay a fee to the Department of Home Affairs and also to get Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Get your free quote for the whole package here or reach out to us via Messenger to speak with one of our colleagues. You can join students from 60+ countries who study in Australia with Study Anywhere.

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Cheapest courses for international students in Australia

Renew your visa in Australia or score a discounted course fee for the next year. Check out our current special offers and save thousands of dollars on your tuition fees.

Is it worth applying now?

While Australian borders are still yet to be re-opened, many people from abroad are in Australia with nearing visa expiry dates looking for affordable courses to enrol in. One of the reasons may also be that many international students can now work full-time in Australia. We’ve also seen more and more offshore applicants being interested in securing a discounted tuition fee for the next year. Many Australian schools are offering special promotions due to the pandemic, so why not take advantage of it?

Update (June 2024): Here are the cheapest courses in Australia for international students in 2024

Update (February 2022): What’s changing for international students in Australia in 2023? Check the summary of the biggest Student Visa changes here.

Update (November 2022): See the cheapest courses for international students in Australia here.

Update (10th of January 2022): Are you looking for cheap courses for international students in Sydney or in Melbourne? In this article, you can find tips reflecting price changes from January 2022.

Update (20th of December 2021): Australian borders are open again and international students are now allowed to come to Australia. Please check the self-isolation or quarantine requirements for each state here.

TIP: Learn more about how to successfully apply for Australian Student Visa in this article.

Cheapest courses for international students from Study Anywhere

Are you on a tight budget – e.g. when moving from a Working Holiday Visa, but still want to study in Australia and apply for a Student Visa? These are some of the cheapest courses you should consider right now.

TIP: Are you wondering what exactly is the Student Visa application process? We’ve got you covered. Check How to successfully apply for the Australian Student Visa.

1. A course with the lowest upfront fees in Sydney

Cheapest course for international students in Sydney

$250 AUD. That’s how little you’d need to pay upfront if you choose to study at the Australian College of Business Intelligence (ACBI) with us. You can choose any intake you’d like and any course you’d like. You will get your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for just $250. The college will then charge you quarterly tuition fee instalments depending on the course you choose. The cheapest ones for $1,200 / every three months ($4,800 / year) are:

  • Diploma of Leadership and Management (1 year)
  • Diploma of Business & Digital Analytics Training (1 year)
  • Certificate IV in Environmental Management and Sustainability (1 year)

Update (15th of July 2021): With wintertime in Sydney ACBI discounted its prices even further. The college also fulfilled the request of many students and changed the way how they charge the fees. If you decide to enrol now, your tuition fees will be due every 6 weeks (8 payments per year instead of 4 quarterly instalments). The most affordable courses for international students at ACBI in Sydney now are:

  • Certificate IV in Marketing and Communication (6 months)
  • Diploma of Business & Digital Analytics Training (1 year)
  • Diploma of Leadership and Management (1 year)
  • Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management (1 year)
  • Diploma of Project Management (1 year)
  • Advanced Diploma of Program Management (1 year)
  • Diploma of Enterprise Resource Planning (1 year)

Each of these courses only costs $500 AUD / 6 weeks which is just $4,000 AUD per year.

Morning and evening timetables are available depending on the intake you choose. If that sounds interesting, please send us a message. One of our colleagues will gladly assist you with all the details of your enrolment. When you enrol with Study Anywhere, our registered migration agent will also help you to prepare your Student Visa application for free.

Update (20th of April 2021): ACBI is offering free enrolment and free materials for the Diploma of Business and Diploma Leadership and Management. When you enrol with Study Anywhere now, you will only pay $1,000 for your first term and $1,200 for the following terms. The college is also offering a 10% discount for Certificate IV in Environmental Management and Sustainability course.

Update (2nd of November 2020): There is an additional discount available for:

  • Diploma of Business focused on Digital Marketing and Digital Analytics (1 year)
  • Diploma of Leadership and Management (1 year)

Update (5th of October 2020): The $1,200 / term promotion has ended for most courses and the college increased its prices to $1,300 / every three months ($5,200 / year).

TIP: Save also on your OSHC (Overseas Student Health Cover) when applying for a student visa in Australia. Compare and get the cheapest student insurance on the OSHC Australia page. You can save hundreds of dollars.

2. Cheapest course with a weekend timetable

Cheapest course for international students with a weekend timetable

Are you considering studying in Australia, but you are worried about going back to school, because it may be too time-consuming? How about if you can get your studies done in one day per week? If Saturdays work for you, we’ve got you covered. Your tuition fee will only be $750 / every two months ($4,500 / year).

You can choose a variety of courses at Greenwich Management College in Sydney and Melbourne:

  • Business/Digital Marketing
  • Leadership and Management
  • Project Management
  • Marketing and Communication.

Spending your Saturdays in a classroom may not sound like the best idea, but some students really like it. Especially clients moving from a Working Holiday Visa to a Student Visa often look for a course to study over the weekends so they have more flexibility during the rest of the week.

Sounds like this is for you? Just let us know and we can assist you step-by-step.

3. Cheapest course eligible for a Graduate Visa

Cheapest course for a Graduate Visa in Australia

Would you like to stay in Australia even after you finish your course, but you don’t want to study for an expensive Bachelor’s or Master’s degree?

485 Graduate Visa may be your opportunity to stay for another 18 months 24 months (updated in January 2022) with full-time work rights. Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care is our cheapest pathway towards this visa with the potential for multiple other visa pathways after your Student and Graduate Visa. 4Life College (Australian Learning Group) is the most popular school among our students willing to study Childcare. Enrol with Study Anywhere and you can choose a payment plan of $2,190 / every three months or $795 per month.

Update (12th of October 2021): If you enrol in the January 2022 intake, you will also receive a $500 discount off the enrolment fee (normally $595).

You can study this course at 4Life College (Australian Learning Group) in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth.

Please keep in mind that there are additional requirements when applying for a 485 Graduate Visa but our migration agent can help you and assess your case for free. Contact us for all the details.

4. The absolute cheapest course for international students in Sydney

The last course in our roundup of the cheapest courses for international students in Australia is Travel and Tourism offered by one of our schools in Sydney. If you want to save on your tuition fees as much as possible and the Travel and Tourism industry interests you, let us know. You can study for as low as $4,000 / year ($1,000 / every three months). Various course durations are available and you can apply for up to a 2.5-year Student Visa with this course.

Check other affordable courses

Still haven’t found your course for a Student Visa? Try the Study Anywhere website! We have a dedicated category where you can browse the most affordable courses for international students in Australia.

Don’t forget to also check our newer blog article about the cheapest courses in Australia for international students in 2024

All prices in this article are in Australian Dollars (AUD). Please note that when you are applying for an Australian Student Visa, you will also need to pay a fee to the Department of Home Affairs and also to get Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Get your free quote for the whole package here or reach out to us via Messenger to speak with one of our colleagues. You can join students from 60+ countries who study in Australia with Study Anywhere.

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The article is written by Nina Sudnitsin

When you get bored of switching between your house and the library while studying for finals, (which is highly possible) the next place to go for a study session is a café.

Cafes possess the perfect ambience for study sessions, and obviously, have enough food to fuel your energy. So, instead of sitting in an overflowing library and soaking in the stress radiating from every single student, spice up your life by dashing to the sweetest brunch spots that are perfect for study.

Miss Jones
A beautiful café in New Farm, Miss Jones has cute pastel pink décor and an atmosphere that will calm your nerves and settle you in for a productive session of study. Order a cappuccino, try their amazing eggs benedict, and then treat yourself to a delectable dessert when you’ve completed your goal!

Address: 1/599 Brunswick St, New Farm QLD 4005

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Ashton & Old
If you’re looking for a cup of amazing coffee to fuel your study, go nowhere other than Ashton & Old. This café with a rustic feel is quiet and calm, a perfect character if you find yourself needing to finish off a final essay. A try of the banoffee waffle or the chorizo and cheese croquettes are a must if you find your way here.

Address: Shop 5/459 Old Cleveland Rd, Camp Hill QLD 4152

Cafeine Café
This small and cosy café that is just off a busy road is refreshing. Feel free to tuck into a corner and work the day away. Endless mugs of coffee and toasted sandwiches will keep you going throughout your study session. If you ever need a break, do some people watching to give your eyes a break from your intense revision. Looking out onto the main road through the enormous glass windows is almost like meditation (if you can forget the stress of studies for a second).

Address: 186/188 Cavendish Rd, Coorparoo QLD 4151

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Coffee Anthology
Located in the bustle of the city, Coffee Anthology is a café that hosts a large selection of teas to calm taut nerves and a plethora of food to choose from while revising notes or practice exams. In the city, it’s nice to find a little peaceful study haven, hidden in plain sight, so check this gem out next time you’re in need of a desk with some peace and a cup of tea.

Address: 126 Margaret St, Brisbane City QLD 4000

 

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The article is written by Nina Sudnitsin

What better way to spend an afternoon with friends than to picnic at one of Brisbane’s best parks? There is none! Although winter has finally arrived in sunny Brisbane, a blanket will shield you from chilly breezes and keep you cosy until dark. Grab some mates, head to woollies to assemble a delicious spread of food, and finally enjoy one of the myriad spectacular views Brisbane has to offer.

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Mt Coo-tha Botanic gardens

The botanic gardens are perhaps the most scenic and picturesque gardens in Brisbane! The gardens are arranged in different themes, featuring a Japanese garden and a tropical dome. At only 7 kilometres from the city centre, it’s perfect for gathering your friends from all the corners of Brisbane and spreading out on a grassy knoll to enjoy nature in a spectacular urban oasis.

Address: Mount Coot Tha Rd, Toowong QLD 4066

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Mt Gravatt lookout

Mt Gravatt lookout is a stunning setting for a cosy picnic. A small but impressive lookout, arrange your picnic at one of the tables or on the grass. At sunset, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the city basked in sunlight, and the sky lit up in all hues of orange, pink and yellow so it’s a guarantee your time will be well spent in good company and even better scenery.

Address: 185 Shire Rd, Mt Gravatt

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Minnippi Parklands

A hidden gem in the suburbs of East Brisbane, this beautiful lagoon is a peaceful refuge for locals and residing fauna. The beautiful lagoon is covered in lotus flowers and is home to ducks, swans and sometimes even pelicans. Take a short stroll across the boardwalk or promenade around the lake on the circular path which surrounds it. The angled grassy knoll is the perfect spot to settle down to overlook the lake and its beautiful wetland surrounds.

Address: Stanton road W, Tingalpa QLD 4173

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Raby Bay

Raby Bay forms the coastline of the suburbs of Cleveland and Ormiston in the City of Redland, only 30 minutes from the city centre. The foreshore park is home to picnic tables and plenty of space to enjoy the sea breeze and relax, making this space worth a midday getaway.

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Newstead Park

Arguably one of the best riverside parks in Brisbane, Newstead Park is the perfect location to relax and rest after a busy day. It is also home to the oldest surviving home in the area, Newstead house, which dates back to 1846 warrants a visit. Enjoy a casual picnic on the lawn and do some people watching as Brisbane’s bustling city life continues around this small retreat.

Address: Cnr Breakfast Creek Rd & Newstead Ave, Breakfast Creek Rd, Brisbane City QLD 4006

Images by Nina Sudnitsin and Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

 

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The article is written by Nina Sudnitsin

Whether you’re a self-declared foodie or a hungry student, Brisbane has three epic locations for food that can satisfy any craving. So, calling all gourmands and connoisseurs to grab some mates and head to these hubs whenever there is a need for a foodie intervention (goodbye instant noodles) or salvation for hungry stomachs.

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Eat Street Northshore

180 colourful shipping containers light up at dusk and open to provide the best foodie experience you could ever imagine. Fairy lights line the walkways and dangle from high roofs as countless bustling bodies shuffle around the enclosed area that serves THE best street food in Brisbane on weekend nights.

With live music playing as a soundtrack for diners, people hungrily order their next plate of honey puffs or their last few oysters. Different food regions present endless options to choose from, so deciding what you want, whether it’s Italian or Mexican, will be a struggle.

Entry: $3 per person

Address: 221D Macarthur Avenue, Hamilton 4007

Opening hours: Fri and Sat 4pm to 10pm and Sunday 12 noon to 8pm

Check their website for more information!

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Eagle Street Pier

Located in the heart of Brisbane city and right on the river, Eagle Street Pier is a bustling area that is filled with hungry visitors looking for the ultimate wine and dine experience. With over 15 restaurants concentrated in one sweet spot and with an unrivalled view of the Story Bridge, it’s the best of Brisbane’s classy food on one riverside precinct.

If you’re not shy to spend your earned dollars, head to George’s Paragon and the Jade Buddha, which are highly recommended, and be prepared to leave the night with an extra few kilos under your belt…

Address: 45 Eagle Street, Brisbane 4000

Opening hours: dependant on individual restaurants

Check their website for more restaurants!

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Welcome to Bowen Hills

Welcome to Bowen Hills is a newly opened outdoor space that hosts the best food trucks Brisbane has to offer. Street eats and international deliciousness grace this new precinct since the visiting food trucks rotate daily, no one visit will ever be the same! A new addition to the Brisbane food scene, it has made a splash so head over, and grab a tiki cocktail!

Address: 631 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, QLD 4006
Opening hours: Wed & Thurs – 5PM to late and Fri-Sun – 12PM to late

Check their website for daily food truck schedules!

 

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The article is written by Kelsa McIntyre

A fun way to stay active and explore new places is to check out the walking trails and hikes. This time of year is perfect to get out into the bush as its still blue skies with no humidity so being in the sun isn’t unbearable. With mountains and bushland surrounding Brisbane, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get up high and see the city and ocean from afar or get up close and personal with the native vegetation. Let’s start off with the easier walking trails and work ourselves up to the big mountains.

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Mt Coot-tha
Mt Coot-tha is also known as the Brisbane Lookout is a short 15-minute drive from the city and is a great trail for anyone who’s just starting out. The lookout offers great views of Brisbane City and Moreton Bay. If you don’t have a car, there are public transport options such as Uber or catching a bus from Brisbane City directly to the bottom of the lookout. The walk to the summit takes approximately 30 minutes from JC Slaughter falls picnic area and if that’s not challenging enough there are plenty of other circuits that’ll get your heart rate up.

 

 

Araucaria Track
This track is a fairly easy bush walk just 25 minutes from the CBD. Expect to see many varieties of birds while also watching your step, as there are a number of signs stating that brown snakes are in the area #welcometoaustralia. This track takes up to 90 minutes and is also accessible via public buses or Ubers.

 

Boondall Wetlands Bikeway
This one is a serene walk as there are boardwalks and bitumen paths that make it easier to navigate. Whether you’re after a short stroll or a more challenging walk, the wetlands have it all. Walk or ride the 13km bikeway in 3 and a half hours or choose one of the shorter paths, either way, you’re bound to see endless amounts of mangroves and open forest in Brisbane’s largest wetlands area.

 

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Mermaid Mountain
If you’re after something a bit more challenging Mermaid Mountain is the perfect trek. Starting from the town of Mt Crosby this 18km hike will take about 5 hours so best to have the whole day free for this epic trek. Bring along your camera as you’re in for some great snaps with a view of rolling hills and Lake Manchester.

 

 

Mt Tibrogargan
If you’re up for an even bigger challenge Mt Tibrogargan is the one for you. This mountain is no walk in the park; beginning at the base of the cliff this climb is more like a scramble than a hike. Once you are half way, it is best to decide if you wish to continue or not as past that point it is basically a 90-degree climb where you have to use hand and foot holds to pull yourself up. Once you are at the top, however, there is a great sense of accomplishment as you are at the 364-metre summit! I would only recommend this climb to people who are somewhat experienced and have a moderate fitness level. It’s also best to do this in pairs or in a group, as you are able to help and encourage each other. This climb and descent take up to 4 hours. I would also recommend wearing long pants that you don’t care about as you are sliding on your bottom for most of the way down so expect some rips and scratches.

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Mt Beerwah
Tallest of the Glass House Mountains, Mt Beerwah is slightly harder than Tibrogargan. From the get-go it is a near 90-degree ascent, however, once you are past this point the climb begins to become easier. The spectacular 360-degree view of the other Glass House Mountains once at the top makes up for the 3 challenging hours it takes to complete. Again, this climbs not for the faint-hearted and is demanding not only physically but mentally but if you think you’re up for it why not give it a go this weekend and let us know how it went! @studyanywhere

 

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The article is written by Nina Sudnitsin

If you’re running low on cash or you’re in need of a cultural intervention when in Brisbane, there are a multitude of activities to fulfil your sightseeing needs that keep your wallet decently full.

Brisbane is a culturally diverse city and home to beautiful nature which offers many free events and experiences that will suit people from any corner of the earth. So, if you’re craving an adventure, longing to take a break from your impending exam revision or you’re just feeling the mid-week blues, try out one of these free activities that fall under the categories of culture, music, fitness and nature.

CULTURE

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Take a city hall tour

What better way to explore a new city than exploring its landmark building? The Brisbane City Hall exudes 1920s art deco vibes and is a heritage listed building which schedules daily tours from 10:30am to 2:30pm. If you want a guaranteed spot, be sure to book online (it’s free!)

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Pick up a book at the State library

The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) is a unique library, thanks to its extraordinary architecture and its split five-level design. The SLQ is a custodian for Queensland’s history, so be sure to check out the wonderful small odes to our history as a state around the library. When you’re done exploring, pick a book, settle down in a comfy chair by the large glass windows and enjoy a quiet afternoon.

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Stroll through QAGOMA

Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art located in South Bank (next door to SLQ) are more than worth a day of exploring. Each season brings about new exhibits, so strap on your walking shoes, put on your thinking hat and get ready for a day of art critiquing.

Have a laugh at Knockoff

Every Friday evening, the Powerhouse, located in New Farm, plays host to a free comedy show. Local as well as national artists take the stage to deliver hilarious rants and epic one-liners. The evening takes place in an iconic Brisbane venue and this event is a great way to meet new people and have a good laugh.

MUSIC

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Sunday Sessions on the Green

There’s no better way to spend a Sunday evening than listening to great live music along the river. Every Sunday evening, a local music act plays enchanting tunes and funky grooves for the public. Enjoy the last bit of the weekend evening along River Quay in South Bank with a picnic blanket and some snacks to share with good company.

The Sound Society

The Sound Society is another live music program which is held in two locations –South Bank (from 2-7pm) and Roma Street parklands (9am-12pm) – on the first weekend of each month. With the backdrop of trees and palms, the chill atmosphere is a lovely way to spend your weekend catching up with friends or relaxing in the sun.

FITNESS

Take a free fitness class in South Bank

Every few months, South Bank parklands hosts free fitness classes. You heard right: no need to sign up for a gym membership! Whether you’re an early bird or night owl, there’s a class to suit any need. Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi are only a few of the multiple offerings. Bookings are not required and it’s an activity suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

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Hike up Mt Coo-tha

Located 15 minutes west of the CBD, taking a hike to the summit of Mt Coo-tha is a rewarding experience. There are over 60 different tracks to choose from and a helpful guide by the Brisbane City Council offers a great overview! Mt Coo-tha forest track map

If the options are overwhelming, why not settle on the route taken most, the Summit Circuit. It combines the Summit Track with the Mahogany Trail, and provides a complete circuit from JC Slaughter Falls to the unforgettable Mt Coo-tha Lookout.

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Stroll through the Botanic Gardens

Speaking of Mt Coo-tha, the Botanic Gardens at Mt Coo-tha are stunning and it’s arguably the best parkland Brisbane has to offer. There are free guided walks from 11am to 1pm (excluding Sundays) or if you’d prefer to take a break from walking, there are free mini bus tours as well. Definite highlights at the Botanic Gardens include the beautiful tropical dome and the Japanese garden, so be sure to visit them.

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Visit the koalas at the Daisy Hill Koala Centre

In an outdoor setting and open every day from 10am-4pm, admission to the Koala Centre is free! Visitors can’t cuddle or pat the koalas as they’re situated in their natural habitat, but definitely bring a camera with you to snap the cute mammals as they go about their daily routine of eating and sleeping. There’s also an abundance of area for bushwalking and picnics!

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The article is written by Kelsa McIntyre

Don’t know what to do this weekend in Brisbane? From Ghost tours to Kangaroos, we’ve got you covered.

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Wine and Painting

If you like the sound of Wine combined with Painting then this might be the perfect activity for you. BYO wine or beer and enjoy a night of creativity at Cork and Chroma. Sessions are $55 and include all of the essentials for you to get your creative juices flowing including a qualified artist to guide you along the way. So grab a friend, your fave bottle of wine and enjoy a night of tipsy creativity.
Where: 4 Montague Road, South Brisbane.

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Guided Tour

Whether you’re new to Brisbane or think you know the city well. A free guided tour is a way to explore new parts of the city and offers a chance to meet new people. The tour will take you through the Brisbane Arcade, the Botanical Gardens and many more of Brisbane’s attractions. Tours run seven days a week departing at 10:30am. Oh, and did I mention they’re FREE.

Where: Meeting point is the Brisbane Visitor Information and Booking Centre, 167 Queen Street Mall.

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Ghost Tours

If a free-guided tour doesn’t excite you maybe a GHOST TOUR will. Established in 1998, Ghost Tours takes you on a historical adventure through some of Brisbane’s and surrounding suburbs scariest sites. A tour guide will entertain (or give you nightmares) with their ghoulish storytelling as they take you through the haunted sites. Brisbane Ghost Tours have themed tours or cemetery tours depending on what interests you. Prices range from $15 for Students to $20 for Adults, with speciality tours incurring higher prices. There’s a ghost tour every weekend and some on weeknights so be sure to check out the Brisbane Ghost Tour website for all the details.
Where: Dependent on what Ghost Tour you choose, each tour will have a different meeting point.

 

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

If you haven’t held a Koala or pet a Kangaroo yet, there’s no better place than the World’s First and Largest Koala Sanctuary. You can experience a free meet and greet with a Koala every day, where you are able to pat and stand next to a Koala in order to get the classic Koala tourist pic. The Sanctuary is home to 100 species of Australian native wildlife, including platypus, Tasmanian Devils and many more. If cute animals aren’t enough to get you excited maybe free movies after your adventure filled day will help. Every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month there are free outdoor movie screenings at 5:30pm. Check out The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary website for all the details. The Sanctuary is open 7 days a week with student prices of $24 or $36 for Adult admission.
Where: 708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket.

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Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (QGOMA)

With over 17,000 works of historical, modern and contemporary art QGOMA is the leading gallery of South East Queensland. There are new exhibitions every couple of months so even if you’ve visited in the past the exhibitions are sure to have changed. Entry to QGOMA is free however some special events may incur an entry fee. Spend the day strolling around the gallery then the night exploring South Bank. South Bank is just a short stroll from the gallery and features many delicious dinner options as well the famous Wheel of Brisbane.

Where: Stanley Place, South Brisbane.

Anyone of these activities is sure to engage and excite you in different ways. Be sure to let us know if you partake in any of the activities mentioned by tagging us in your post! @studyanywhere

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The article is written by Kelsa McIntyre

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Fish Lane Festival
Fish Lane Festival is a yearly event that features signature dishes from local Brisbane eateries. Expect some smooth tunes and yummy temptations from the likes of the Chu the Phat, Julius Pizzeria, Gelato Messina and many more.

When: Saturday 12th May
Where: Fish Lane, South Brisbane.
Price: Free Entry
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Chicken Nugget Festival
Yes, you read that right. There is going to be a weekend dedicated to chicken nuggets. Expect normal juicy nuggets to crazy nugget burgers and everything in between. Apart from some delicious nuggets to be had the laneway in which the festival is held is also an awesome new Brisbane hangout where there are heaps of weekly events so keep an eye out!

When: Saturday 26th – Sunday 27th May
Where: Welcome to Bowen Hills- Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills.
Price: Free Entry
What to Bring: some fingers ready for some lickin.

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Queensland Music Awards
The Queensland Music Awards is a celebration and recognition of the artists, industry leaders, festivals and live music venues that promote and encourage local music. So if you’re a fan of local music or just interested to network and meet other music lovers the Queensland Music Awards is the place with all ticket holders also receiving access to the official after party.

When: Monday 14th May
Where: Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane Showgrounds.
Price: Tickets from $55
What to Bring: listening ears and dancing shoes, expect performances from May Lyn, WAAX and many more.
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Rom Coms and Nom Noms
Now, let’s give props where props are deserved RomComs and Nom Noms, YES PLS. Every Wednesday night in the month of Many romantic comedies are shown at a pop-up cinema in Post Office Square. So grab your partner or get on Tinder to find someone to take for an awesome date night. Enjoy grazing boxes from Isles Lane for as little as $20 or bring along your own cute picnic basket for a romantic night under the stars.

When: Wednesday 16 May-Home Again, 5pm
Wednesday 23 May- Crazy Stupid Love, 5pm
Where: Post Office Square.
Price: Free!
What to Bring: Picnic blanket.

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Guinness World Record Attempt
Ever wanted to be part of a Guinness World Record Attempt? Well now’s your chance. Join hosts Dr Karl from the ABC and Jimmy Giggle in attempting a new Guinness world record for stargazing. Enjoy free entertainment and goodies from local food trucks as you (hopefully) make Guinness World Record history.

When: Wednesday 23rd May
Where: Celebration Lawn, Roma Street Parkland
Price: Free
What to bring: Binoculars or a Telescope.

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Brisbane Lions Game
If you haven’t been to an Australian rules football game yet, you’re missing out. Even if you don’t know what’s actually going on in the game the atmosphere of being at an Australian sports event makes up for it. So grab a snag and settle up for an evening of good old-fashioned sport.

When: Brisbane Lions v Hawthorn Hawks – Sunday 20th May
Brisbane Lions v Sydney Swans- Saturday 26th May
Where: The Gabba.
Price: General Admission is $27.
What to bring: Enthusiasm and Brisbane Lions merchandise.

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One or two years not long enough for you in Australia? No worries! Here’s all you need to know if you want to study in the land down under.

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1. Is it better to apply onshore or offshore?

Long story short: Onshore if you can, although the application might be a bit more expensive.

At the moment, a standard single Student Visa application fee is $560 plus a credit card surcharge (that’s the fee that the Immigration charges, Study Anywhere won’t charge you anything extra). But, if this isn’t the first time you’ve applied, you will also be charged $700 on top of that by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Typically, if you are switching from the second year of Work and Holidays, you will pay $560 + $700 + credit card surcharge.

But before you book that flight to Bali or New Zealand to apply from there, consider this: Most of our Work and Holiday clients still prefer to apply for a Student Visa onshore. Why? 

  1. Bridging Visa is your friend – When Student Visa is lodged onshore, the applicant typically receives a Bridging Visa A almost instantly. This allows them to not only stay in Australia but with the same conditions as their current Visa. Essentially, until you hear from the Immigration regarding your Student Visa application, you can work under the same conditions as you have on your Work and Holiday Visa. How neat is that!
  2. Last minute lodgment is possible – if you are running out of time and your Work and Holiday is about to expire in a few days, we probably can still make it.
  3. Waiting offshore could be frustrating – itʼs hard to know how long it will take for the Immigration to let you know about your Student Visa application. And while drinking smoothies in Seminyak might sound like the perfect way to kill some time, your holiday could be longer than you would like it to be while you wait to hear from Immigration. So mindful exercises in Ubud wonʼt be helping that much if your bank account is getting slimmer every day.
  4. If something goes really wrong – should your onshore student visa get refused you have the option to appeal this decision with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). When you are applying offshore, you donʼt have this option.

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2. Not everyone can apply onshore

If youʼd like to apply onshore, you need to check your current Visa conditions. Just find your current Visa in your e-mail, and check if you have or don’t have ‘No further stayʼ listed among your Visa conditions.

If not – happy days – and you can apply onshore. If yes, book that flight to Thailand or back home and surprise your parents. Our registered migration agent can lodge your Student Visa application from anywhere.

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3. Your course must start no longer than 8 weeks after your Work and Holiday Visa is about to expire

If you have made a firm decision and would like to apply for your Student Visa onshore, you can get into the course selection. Finding and enrolling in a course is pretty easy with the Study Anywhere platform and you can always send us a message if you have any specific requirements.

There is just one thing to keep in mind: make sure your course will start no longer than 8 weeks after your current Visa is about to expire.

Before you start searching for courses that commence exactly 8 weeks after your current Work and Holiday Visa expires, consider this: In the case your onshore application for a Student Visa gets approved really quickly (which doesnʼt happen very often) and your course has not commenced yet, you are not allowed work at all because the work permit on a Student Visa only starts when your course has started.

Not a situation you would like to be in, right?

Applying for a course that starts within 4 weeks after your Work and Holiday Visa expires, is usually the best option.

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4. How expensive it really is to study in Australia?

Long story short: It can be really expensive but it doesn’t have to be.

Majority of our Work and Holiday clients who are applying for a Student Visa pick a course from a sector that is called Vocational Education and Training (VET) –  Certificates, Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas…

These courses are usually much more affordable than universities and much more flexible with the attendance. You can find your ideal course via Study Anywhere, see the reviews and apply to get the free Visa assistance by the migration lawyer.

All the courses listed on the page are part of CRICOS – which is a must for a Student Visa application.

The most popular courses for people switching from Work and Holiday Visa are Leadership and Management, Business, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Travel and Tourism, Event Management, and Early Childhood Education and Care (eligible for a Graduate visa).

Some of these courses only cost around $1,350 every three months and would allow you to study and to apply for a Student Visa for up to 4 years.

The minimum upfront payment for a course would be somewhere around $1,550 ($1,350 + $200 enrolment fee).

Then you just need to take in account that you will need an Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) to be able to apply for a Student Visa in Australia which costs around $500 for a 1-year policy.

Only some applicants from Sweden, Belgium and Norway donʼt need to get an OSHC to be able to apply for a Student Visa. Feel free to send us a message for a free quote so you can see the full breakdown of costs you need to expect when transitioning from the Work and Holiday to a Student Visa.

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5. Myth busted – ‘You can only work 20 hours per week on a Student Visaʼ

Long story short: There is a work limitation, but in some cases, you can work more.

This is where people often get it wrong. Australian Student Visa will let you work up to 40 hours fortnightly (e.g. you can work 20 hours one week and 20 hours the next week) when your course is on. What people often forget though, is that during the holidays you can work unlimited hours, which is when students usually try to save up some money. Most of the VET courses have up to 16 weeks of holidays per year to give students the opportunity to work and travel.

Please note: This article is an observation of questions that our Work and Holiday applicants usually have and answers our migration lawyer gives them. Feel free to send us a message or an e-mail (hello@studyanywhere.com.au) if youʼd like to get a migration law advice from a registered migration agent.

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