Climate, food and transport

Climate

Brisbane has a subtropical climate with warm summers and mild winters. Temperatures average from a high of 30 degrees celsius in the middle of summer to a low of 10 degrees celsius in winter. The rainy season is from December-April.

Food

Supermarkets in Brisbane will have spices, vegetables, and other ingredients that you need to cook your own meals. Many supermarkets also sell Halal meat.

Supermarkets are open 7 days a week. There are also farmers' markets on weekends to buy local produce.

If you want to eat at a restaurant, there are hundreds of restaurants in Brisbane. Food is diverse and generally not expensive.

Transport

Getting to university

Public transport

You can travel to and from our campuses using buses, trains, and taxis.

Ferries or the CityCat will also take you to Gardens Point campus.

All public transport in Southeast Queensland is run by Translink. They have detailed information on public transport, timetables and fares, and a journey planner.

If you're a full-time student with an ID card, you'll get a cheaper fare.

Getting an ID card

Driving

All campuses have a range of parking options available.

Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove car parks are limited and expensive.

Caboolture has plentiful and free car parking on campus.

More information about parking costs, availability, and permits

Biking

We provide dedicated bikeways, secure campus bike racks and showers for cyclists.

Biking on campus

Details for showers and lockers

International students arriving in Brisbane

If you're travelling from overseas to study with us, we offer a 24-hour airport reception service for new international students. We'll pick you up and help you get settled in Brisbane.

Airport reception

Travelling between campuses

Free shuttle bus

There is a free shuttle bus between the Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campuses (the 391 service) to assist students and staff travelling between campuses.

The 391 is operated for the university by Brisbane Transport all year round, except on weekends, public holidays, and the days between Christmas Day and New Years Day.

This service is for staff and students only - just show your ID card when you get on.

Shuttle bus timetable

More information on the shuttle bus

Night shuttle bus

Night shuttle bus services run at Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campuses throughout semester 1 and 2 (excluding public holidays):

  • Gardens Point: 5.45pm-10.00pm, Monday to Friday
  • Kelvin Grove: 5.45pm-10.00pm, Monday to Friday

The Kelvin Grove bus starts at K Block on a "hail and ride" basis and travels a route that covers the campus including the major campus carparks.

The Gardens Points service pickup location is O Block level 1 Bus stop (on the Z Block side of the building). The service includes drop points at city car parks and Central and Roma Street railway stations.

Contacts

QUT International