In order to give students shopping opportunities and let us know about Brisbane, the school organized an excursion to Brisbane City and Southbank for a whole day on Saturday 24th October 2015. This excursion involved approximately 60 “ULinkers” and 6 teachers.
ULinkers gathered at the JPC Markwell Carpark at 8:45. Most of the students were looking forward to the excursion and we were fully prepared for it. The bus departed punctually at 9:00. On the bus, students rested for 30 minutes to get ready for the big day. The first destination was Kangaroo Point Lookout. Actually we did not see any kangaroos there, but students enjoyed the mild weather and saw the beautiful views of the places.
Later, around 9:45, the bus arrived at the Botanical Gardens. ULinkers led by teachers walked around the garden, close to nature. The gardens were quiet and peaceful. There were many sports fans running past us. In the gardens, the group found a huge tree which had a 4 meters thick truck and very deep roots. By observing it carefully, something peculiar shocked us, the bent branches of the tree extended for meters long and they did not seem to stop growing! Such a vital tree! Outside the gardens are the current Queensland Parliament Building and Old Government House. These buildings displayed the architectural styles of the last century.
At 10:30, the group arrived at QUT, which stands for “Queensland University of Technology.” There were some Interactive Screens known as “The Cube” which showed the Great Barrier Reef. Many of the ULinkers found the location of their homestays on the thermal imager and they enjoyed the high-tech display from beginning to end.
After having Morning Tea, the group walked across the Goodwill Bridge. On the bridge, we saw many Cancer “Ladies in Pink” passing by and from the teachers we got to know that those ladies were raising funds for cancer research. At the end of the bridge, we saw Jessica Waston’s boat “Ella’s Pink Lady” under the bridge. Jessica Waston travelled around the world in her little boat when she was only 16. She is an incredible girl and donated her boat to the Maritime Museum after a few minutes walking, the group got to Southbank. ULinkers waked through the rainforest, on the way we saw a Confucius Statue and the ABC Studio. As far as we were concerned, the most attractive architecture was the Ferris Wheel which has a good nick name called the “Eye of Brisbane”. At the top of the wheel, people can overlook the whole city easily. In addition, lots of couples come here to express their love.
The most important event of the excursion came to the group at around 12:00. This was the visit to The Queensland Museum. It was a wonderful place for students to enrich our knowledge. Students took many photos of the specimens of different kinds of the insects and also the model of the biggest dinosaur that ever appeared in Australia. Besides specimens, students got to know a lot about some grand ceremonies that happened in the past. In a studio, ULinkers watched a video about 3 brilliant men of the Victoria Cross Society. These 3 men made great contributions to defend their motherland and everybody appreciated their patriotism. People recorded their whole lives and presented this to others in order to remind everyone of their contributions. After finishing the visit, all of the students thought that museum was a really good place to visit.
The group kept going on the excursion and around 1:00, we arrived at the Queen St. Mall in the city centre. For lunch, some of the group ate at Hungry Jack’s. Students were given a few hours for shopping and resting. Most of them bought a large amount of food and clothes. Although we probably spent too much money, we were still happy with the shopping opportunities. The group gathered at Hungry Jack’s at 4:20 and got ready for the return journey. After a big day, students soon fell asleep on the bus. The bus arrived at JPC at 5:00 and we were picked up by our homestays.
Although the students finished exhausted, we were happy and the excursion left a great impression on us. ULinkers enjoyed high-tech, saw architectural styles of the last century and were given a long time for shopping during the excursion. We broadened our horizons while walking around the Brisbane City. In the meanwhile, we had a lot of fun from the shopping and free time. We succeeded in finding around Brisbane City. This experience was a unique event for students.