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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2010
28 | australia the education destination australian state profiles queensland international students can enjoy quality education and a relaxed lifestyle in the sunshine state of queensland, Writes kathy purcell. WELCOME TO Queensland, where the sun rises over the Great Barrier Reef and sets across the rugged landscape of the Australian outback. Queensland is Australia’s second largest state and it ranges from the white sandy beaches of the south east to the tropics of the north, and out to the Great Dividing Range and sparse landscape of the outback towards the Northern Territory. The majority of the population lives along the eastern coastline, including within the capital city, Brisbane. Large regional centres include the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast, Cairns, Townsville and Mackay. Relaxed lifestyle in Brisbane Brisbane is a clean, liveable city with a population of 1.6 million. Sitting alongside the Brisbane River, the city embraces the laidback Queensland lifestyle and includes beautiful parks and dedicated pedestrian and bike paths. South Bank is a riverside attraction featuring 17 hectares of greenery and a large man-made lagoon, great for swimming in summer. South Bank is the creative hub of Brisbane, and is home to the Queensland Museum, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Queensland Art Gallery. South of Brisbane is the beautiful Gold Coast with Surfers Paradise and kilometres of sandy white beaches. The beaches are perfect for swimming and water sports; they are wonderfully relaxing after a week of studying. The Gold Coast also has theme and adventure parks, water parks and roller coasters that are sure to get the heart pumping. Students can even pat a kangaroo or cuddle a koala at one of the many nature reserves. queensland has a relaxed outdoor lifestyle making the most of its great weather, cultural capital, beautiful beaches and lush rainforests. World-class education Queensland offers world-class education that is recognised both nationally and internationally. It has education at all levels from primary school to postgraduate degrees and English language courses. You’ll find high quality education institutions throughout the state, specialising in certain research and subject areas. Around 84,000 international students are enrolled in institutions across Queensland. Students come from all over the world with the largest numbers from China, Korea, India, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, the United States, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand. queensland
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Australia The Education Destination 2011