Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland– Australia’s second largest state by area. In addition to being the third most populous city in Australia, Greater Brisbane is the largest of Australia’s six capital cities by geographic area, occupying 15,842 sq km across South East Queensland. A river curving and curling its way around the landscape makes Brisbane one of the most unique capital cities in Australia.

Quick Facts

LanguagePrimarily English.

CurrencyThe Australian dollar (AUS)

Population of BrisbaneEstimated at over 2.5 million

Average maximum temperature in Summer26 ° Celsius

Average maximum temperature in Winter:  16 ° Celsius

Summer monthsDecember – February

Winter monthsJune – August

ClimateBrisbane weather is generally milder than many other areas of Australia

Time zone: Brisbane is within Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)


QIHE staff will provide students with advice to find suitable and affordable accommodationAccommodation options for students include:

  • Private rental and/or shared accommodation, and
  • Homestay arrangements – living with an Australian family who provide accommodation and mealsThis is sometimes a wise option if longerterm accommodation is taking a while to secure.

It is often advisable to share rental accommodation in terms of reducing costsFor more information go to

Cost of Schooling

Where school-aged children are included in your student visa application, schooling costs of AUD8,000 per year for each child will need to be added to the number of funds that are required. This amount is the minimum required for a visa application only and you are responsible for researching schooling costs, which may vary widely between states, territories and schools in Australia.

You do not have to provide evidence of schooling costs if you have received an Australian Commonwealth Government scholarship, including Foreign Affairs and Defense sponsored students, and you can show you have enrolled your child in a government school where the fees have been waived.

Cost of Living

It is important to have an idea of how much it will cost you to live in Brisbane , given your accommodation and lifestyle choicesYou can estimate how much you will need to live comfortable by using the online calculator.

Find more information here.


Although Brisbane’s climate is generally moderate, it is sensible to be prepared with layers of clothingInclude both lightweight summer clothes (tshirts, shorts, skirts or dressesin your luggage, as well as cardigans, jumpers and jackets.



Every part of Brisbane can be reached by the extensive public transportation system, which includes buses, trains, ferries and taxisYou can plan your route, calculate traveling time, and check accessibility requirements at