Alice Carlqvist from Kilroy Sweden studying a Bachelor of Creative Industries: 10 Favourite Cafés on the Coast

Optional 6My name is Alice and I’m from Sweden. I’ve been at USC for 2.5 years, studying a Bachelor of Creative Industries, with a major in Creative Writing and minor in Visual Communication. These past years have been incredibly fun and adventurous.

Sunshine Coast is the perfect place to explore Australia from. So far, I’ve been to Cairns, Airlie Beach, Fraser Island, Sydney, Byron Bay, Melbourne, Great Ocean Road, around New Zealand and many more places. I’ve tried surfing, sky diving, scuba diving, snorkelling, done the Tough Mudder race, and this winter, I might even have a go at the water jet pack.

Other than travelling, one of my greatest passions is food. The Sunshine Coast has no shortage of great cafés and restaurants. Here are some of my favourite cafés on the coast:

  1. The Nines: the perfect place to brunch, there’s something for everyone on this menu. Be sure to try one of the freak shakes, they are insane!
  2. The Velo Project: beautiful, sustainable and incredibly yummy food and coffee.
  3. Ninth Street: the perfect place to get extreme waffles and pancakes.
  4. Acai Brothers: the best acai bowls on the coast.
  5. Decisions: a mixture of healthy and unhealthy food – that’s why they are called Decisions. The menu has gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options, so there is something for everyone here.
  6. Lil Canteen: the menu is continually updated and incredibly trendy.
  7. Elliot’s Fine Food Bistro: fantastic coffee and filling food.
  8. Milk and Beans Coffee House: cosy and close to the beach. Great burgers.
  9. Glass Coffee House & Wine Bar: atmospheric interior with a killer menu.
  10. Tome: cakes, rolls and cupcakes so pretty you don’t want to actually eat them.

Hot tip: if you follow these places on Instagram, they often post discounts and deals.

Hope this helps you navigate your stay at the coast. If you want to get more tips you can follow me on Instagram @fridaychild. Thanks for reading!

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Upcoming events on the Sunshine Coast that you don’t want to miss out on this semester!

Sunshine Coast offers some great events throughout every semester and we have collected a few of these here on our blog. Make sure to check them out, and we guarantee you, there’s something for everyone!

1. Sunshine Coast Dessert Festival 

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Sat, 15 Feb, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Aussie World
1 Downunder Drive, Palmview QLD

Are you ready to indulge into some of the best desserts that the coast has to offer? It’s time to prepare your taste buds, and for just $10 entry, you get access toJust $10* gets you access to loads of dessert food truck, live music all day, dessert wine tasting, dessert demonstrations, and 30+ artisan markets from the Sunshine Coast Collective Markets. There’ll be brownies, chimney cakes, donuts, ice cream, dessert dumplings, crepes, lollies and much more. What are you waiting for? Join the fun!


2. Sunshine Coast Asian Food Festival

Sat, 22 Feb, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Spicers Tamarind Retreat
88 Obi Ln S, Maleny QLD
Spicers Tamarind Retreat will be hosting the annual Sunshine Coast Asian Food Festival, and you’ll get to experience some incredible Asian food, watch cooking demonstrations whilst enjoying a five Asian dishes (bookings are essential via the link above). If you’re a person interested in international food and spices, this is definitely the right event for you! Bring a picnic blanket and relax in the sun while you enjoy the beautiful taste of Asia.


3. Peregian Originals

Sun, 8 Mar, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Peregian Beach Park
Peregian Beach QLD
Not to mention, one of our favourites! Peregian Originals is an open air community event arranged with the purpose of supporting original live music from around the community. This event does a great job on bringing the community together and is held every 2nd Sunday of each month. Bring your friends, a picnic blankets and enjoy the great atmosphere that this event offers. Check out the link above for more information.


4. Noosa Junction Twilight Markets

Fri, 20 Mar, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Arcadia Street
Noosa Heads QLD
If you’re planning on going on a day trip up to Noosa on the 20th of March, make sure to stop by this twilight market! Free entry, heaps of food stalls and great entertainment. Read more in the link above.

5. Noosa Festival of Surfing 2020

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22 Feb, 8:00 am – 1 Mar, 5:00 pm
Noosa Festival of Surfing
Park Rd, Noosa Heads QLD

The Noosa Festival of Surfing is the biggest surf event in the world (by competitor numbers) with more than 900 competitors from almost 20 countries and regions. If you’re keen on adventure sports, Noosa is the place to be on these dates. With an age division for everyone and professional divisions attracting the best surfers from all over the world, the Noosa Festival of Surfing is not to be missed! Visit the link above for more information. (info)


6. Nitro Circus You Got This Tour

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Sun, 29 Mar, 10:00 am
Sunshine Coast Stadium
31 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina QLD

Want to see some real action? The You Got This Tour is an explosive, high-adrenaline action sports spectacular starring the best athletes in FMX, BMX, Skate, Scooter, and more. Don’t miss your chance to see riders at the top of their sport including Ryan Williams, Vicki Golden, Blake “Bilko” Williams and many more. Find out more in the link above!


7. Ocean Film Festival World Tour 2020

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Wed, 18 Mar, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The J Noosa
60 Noosa Dr, Noosa Heads QLD

Definitely a highlight of the year. This is a celebration of our oceans, including sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface through a collection of short films.Designed to mesmerise and enthral, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases a 3 hour celebration of our oceans comprised of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface.Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home. Find out more at or in the link above.


8. Big Pineapple Music Festival

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Sat, 30 May
The Big Pineapple
76 Nambour Connection Rd, Woombye QLD

Definitely a must-go, especially if you are new to the Sunshine Coast! The Big Pineapple Music Festival is an annual highly successful, award-winning live music event held at the historic Big Pineapple, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. People are also able to camp at the Big Pineapple fields, with an inclusive ticket deal. Last year’s event sold out in record time and with 2020 shaping up to be even better, so make sure you sign up for the presale and get yourself sorted to jump when those tickets drop! You can read more about this event in the link above.


TOP 5 Places to eat on the Sunshine Coast

Don’t miss out on amazing food here on the Sunshine Coast! We have made a top 5 list of places you should check out to indulge in some of the best food experiences on the coast.

1. Raw + Rice, Mooloolaba.

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Raw + Rice in Mooloolaba is probably one of the best poke bowl bars on the Sunshine Coast, serving deliciously fresh and tasty bowls just a stone’s throw from the beach.

You have the option to build your very own poke bowl choosing from bases of brown rice, quinoa, sushi rice or mixed greens. Then, you choose your one preferred source of protein —salmon, tuna, poached chicken, swordfish or soy tofu. Then, by adding 5 different add-ons from the category ‘Freshness’, such as ginger, seaweed, cucumber or carrot, its time for the sauce and finally the crunch. You won’t be disappointed! (The Urban List, 2019).

2. Cafe Vie, Buderim.

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Cafe Vie is situated on the corner of Main Street and Gloucester Road and this is where you’ll find this cosy, vegan foodie haven. Their motto is simple and appealing; it’s a plant kind of thing, and we could not agree more!

Serving dishes such as the falafel waffles with crispy chickpeas and mint tzatsiki, the crunchy Kung Pao Bao featuring steamed bao buns, kung pao dressing and crispy tofu are just some of the mouth watering dishes on their menu!

This place is not only just for people that are vegan by principle, but also for everyone else who sometimes feel like eating a bit plant-based now and then. Definitely worth a visit. (The Urban List, 2019).

3. Rice Boi – The Wharf, Mooloolaba

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We just can’t get enough of this pan-Asian restaurant located at the Warf in Mooloolaba. Hidden behind two massive red barn-style doors in Mooloolaba, Rice Boi’s interior is kitted out with red lanterns, cages used as walls, casual tables and stools and an open kitchen where diners can get a glimpse of their food be prepped and plated.

Created by a super-experienced trio of hospitality gurus—Tony Kelly (Hello Harry and Junk in Maroochydore), Elyza Molloy and chef Mitch Smith—the interior is only the wrapping around what is truly one helluva tasty experience. (The Urban List, 2019).

With an Asian street food menu featuring foods like bao buns, ramen, curries and edamame (of course!), the meals are as affordable as they are substantial. You might want to avoid the dinner rush time in between 5 to 7pm as it can get pretty busy (they do have a quick turnaround though!), so get in there early – you won’t regret it!


4. Il Vento – The Wharf, Mooloolaba

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Hand’s down, this is a pizza and pasta experience you don’t want to miss out on! If you thought you had to go to Italy to get good, Italian food – think again. Il Vento gives you a real Italian experience right in the heart of Mooloolaba.

Named after The Wind which blew them from the shores of Italia into the heart of the Sunshine Coast, Il Vento brings to Mooloolaba traditional Italian cuisine to be enjoyed in a modern seaside setting. The only restaurant on the north coast equipped with a wood-fired oven, Il Vento promises to bring the people of Sunshine Coast perfect wood-fired pizzas and fresh handmade pasta! (Il Vento, 2019).

In addition, their service and professionalism are some of the things you want to come back for – not just their amazing food!

5. Riba Kai @ The Concept, Maroochydore

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Hidden right outside Maroochydore CB, you’ll find this hidden gem called Riba Kai. Once situated in the Sunshine Plaza shopping centre, Riba Kai presents itself as a custom, fit-out industrial shed with a modern and welcoming ambience. With seating both inside and outside under the large awnings, you can bring your furry friends too! (The Urban List, 2019).

You will be welcomed with a menu that have both tapas style inspired dishes and your classics such as the sliders or pizzas. They also have a huge breakfast menu which includes all the favourites ranging from poached eggs to sautéed mushrooms. This is just the perfect catch-up place for you and your friends!

Source: The Urban List 

Alexa from HS Ansbach studying at USC!

The time at the University of the Sunshine Coast was the best time of my studies. The USC is a partner university of my home university (University of Applied Sciences Ansbach). That’s why it was pretty easy for me to organise my semester abroad. The University of the Sunshine Coast has a lovely campus and you can see kangaroos nearly every day.

The lectures and workshops were challenging, because studying in Australia is totally different compare to Germany. At the University of the Sunshine Coast you are not a little number of many students. The professors, tutors and USC staff are really friendly and try always their best to help the students with their studies or other problems. There are many student clubs at the University which you can join. For example the student guild offers yoga and a fitness class every week.

I am studying Media and I used the photo studio and the Mac rooms at the uni. The equipment is really good and international students are allowed to use everything.

I also enjoyed the freetime at the Sunshine Coast. You can visit several nice places here. We saw waterfalls, jumped into natural lagoons, climbed mountains, spent time at the beach, camped in the middle of nowhere, searched for big fishes while we snorkelled, had great party’s and met awesome people.

It’s really hard to leave right now. I will definitely come back to this beautiful country.

Thank you USC for the support and the awesome time.

Campbell Studying Overseas in Vienna, Austria


I have always had a strong desire to travel, although like many students this dream can seem almost unrealistic. That was before I looked in the USC Study Exchange Program. With a desire to adventure and an eagerness to challenge myself I decided to jump into the unknown.

That’s basically how I’ve ended where I am now, half way round the world in a country I had never been, surrounded by people speaking a language I did not know, two months into my exchange semester at Vienna’s FH Wien University of Applied Sciences and Communication in Austria. So where do I begin with explaining how my semester has been so far? Picking a starting point is almost impossible, so much has happened so quickly it’s difficult for me to fathom but getting off the plane seems as good as any.

After 24 hours of flying I was tired, jet lagged, and out of my depth to say the least, realizing very quickly that the three words I knew in German were certainly not going to be enough.  However being greeted by 30 degree beautiful summer days, it felt very familiar. (An almost unbelievable contrast to the freezing cold 2/3 degree days I am experiencing now that winter is coming).

The first day of university has been one of the greatest highlights of the trip, instantly hitting it off with 83 other exchange students from all over the world was incredible. The next two weeks our group did almost everything together, exploring the city, swimming in the Danube (the river that runs through the city of Vienna), experiencing the amazing nightlife, the best bars and clubs Vienna has on offer, as well as even travelling to multiple countries for a weekend away.

Life here has not been without its challenges; the language barrier was a little difficult to begin with, as well as not being able to read anything in the grocery store! Though now, thanks to some German language lessons I manage to get around quite easy. And these things are insignificant compared to the amount of fun you can get up to, from ski trips, to rope climbing, incredibly wild nights out, hostel rooms full of students, breathtaking views, brilliant food and the best damn tap water I have ever drank.

I would encourage anyone considering applying to Study Overseas opportunity through USC to take the plunge and get out there! The team at USC International are more than helpful and will ensure you are ready when it comes to your adventure! I am only two months in out of the five I have in total and I really can’t even begin to considering coming home! This experience has broadened my horizons, given me a fantastic outlook on like and allowed me to meet some of the most amazing people I have ever had the pleasure of coming across!

Declan studying overseas at the University of Applied Sciences Munich

Student Exchange Experience By Declan Cox

As a University student being able to do a semester aboard is one of the best opportunities you can do while studying. The chance to study and travel at the same time with the benefits that the university supports you is the best! My semester aboard was in Munich Germany which has many attractions such as Oktoberfest, festivals, bars, English garden, German language and good music for nightclubs. The subjects that I did at the University of applied sciences Munich were very interesting and enable me to meet and hang out with the locals and other exchange students to explore in Munich or plan other trips around Europe with them on the weekends. During my stay in Munich we stayed in private accommodation which was quite pricey but nice, however I would suggest staying in student accommodation as it is cheaper and you have the chance to meet more internationals that way and have great experiences during your stay on exchange. Europe is a great place to explore we did mostly Western Europe and northern Europe and a bit of the east. My favourite destinations would have to be Prague, Barcelona, Munich, Copenhagen, Paris and Rome. I suggest if you’re wanting to do an exchange overseas to pick Europe for an experience to never be forgotten! As I will definitely be returning to do the places I missed in the near future and visit the friends I have made in Europe.

Ashley Gundlach studying overseas at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies in Japan

IMG_1902[1]Coming to Japan has been a dream I’ve had since I began studying Japanese in high school. From using a Japanese keyboard, to walking down the street surrounded by Japanese signs and Japanese people (the wide variety of faces and styles is amazing) are things you can’t quite imagine if you’ve never been here. Recently, I was riding the train, and a woman in a kimono got on. Eyeing the obi, the zouri, the fit, the design, and all I could think of was how amazing how the traditional and the modern could come together like that.

Time passes too quickly when you’re here. I arrived, I got settled, and suddenly it’s already October and I’ve been here two months. I wish I’d been prepared for that. Four months is an incredibly short time to stay in Japan.

I’m just really glad that I chose to come to uni and that I got this opportunity. Every week, I get the chance to experience a different aspect of Japanese culture. Even walking around the neighbourhood, I can see old Japan amidst the modern town. There are lots of Japanese restaurants, and there are streets lined with old traditional Japanese buildings. And it`s a very green place, and depending on where you go, you can see crop fields, bamboo, trees, and hidden garden paths. It’s beautiful.

But my neighbourhood also contains modern buildings. Within walking distance to my dorm, there’s a clothes shop called GU, a supermarket called Aoki Super (currently undergoing renovations), and a home store called Daiso. I also plan to visit a book store down from Daiso. Before leaving Japan, I’d like to buy a Japanese book so that I can continue studying Japanese through it, and so I can begin trying to read Japanese literature.

The workload in my host university is double that I have had in my Japanese classes at USC. Every week, I study twice the number of kanji, and I get homework most days from my language courses. I’m on the J program at NUFS, which means an emphasis on learning the language rather than the culture.  However, I also study four culture courses. Every language class uses only Japanese, and every culture class uses only English. The only culture class that comes with homework is my Art and Culture class, which usually comes with a lot. But that’s okay, because sometimes the research I do for that class ends up being fun to learn about.

Some of the classes I study as part of the J program include Reading, Speaking, and Composition. But Kanji class is the most interesting. In Kanji class, we are taught the difference between types of strokes (Tome, Harai and Hane; straight line, curved stroke, and hook stroke), and asked to identify them in that week’s kanji. We also have to identify the main particle (individual sections in a kanji) and name it. After that, we practise writing the kanji with a calligraphy pen, and then complete exercises about identifing and using those kanji.

(For those who don’t know what kanji is, it’s the Japanese script where each character represents a word, as opposed to a sound. They can also look a lot more complicated than kana, the Japanese script representing sound. )

Japanese teachers also mark papers a bit differently from Australian teachers: most of the time, pencils are strongly encouraged over pens. This is because Japanese like to mark neat sheets. Even if your kanji is slightly wrong, or if it looks unclear, they will correct you. Correct answers are circles (called Maru), half-right answers are triangles, and wrong answers are crosses (Batsu). If large amounts of answers are right, the whole area is circled. Otherwise, large circles will appear over the beginning of the right answers.

Every week, there is an different cultural excursion available. I have visited a shrine, played the koto, and made a local dish called a Miso Rice Cake, among other things. Most excursions can be taken on their own. However, sometimes they are part of a course. For example, I am taking the Food Culture course, so any excursion to do with food is part of that course. Food Culture is quite a good course to take, because there are plenty of opportunities to make food. Apart from the excursions that you have to register for, there are also other trips you’re automatically signed up for. I think one of these is Tofu making.

There are other trips I’m still looking forward to. Soon there will be a trip to Kyoto and Nara, and after that will be Zen meditation. I want to make the most of what time I have in Japan, and experience as much as I can while I’m here.

By Ashley Gundlach

Vincey at Doshisha University in Japan



Studying at Doshisha University for two semesters was an awesome experience. Throughout Japan and the Kansai area Doshisha University, has a very good reputation and is considered to be a very prestigious private university.

I have had so much fun seeing and visiting so many different places on my Study Overseas semester, hear is a list of only a few of the amazing places I have been to: Nagoya we visited Nagoya Castle (picture one), Fushimi Inari (picture two), riding Rickshaws in Japan with the other exchange students (picture three) and visiting Sensō-ji Temple, Asakusa – with the other exchange students studying at Doshisha University (picture four), seeing and dressing up in Japanese Traditional Dress and Adornment (picture six, seven, eight),  monkey feeding, and lastly but certainly not least the beautiful Kinkaku-ji Temple (picture fourteen).

Doshisha University is regarded as one of the best if not the best private university outside of the Tokyo area. It’s one of the most international university’s in Japan having many non-Japanese students (picture 8).

I have fallen in love with the culture, people and food (Parfait picture fourteen), these are only some of the reasons why I decided to extend and stay at Doshisha University for another semester!

Vincey Chan

Tiina from Finland: A visit to a fruit & veg store

I would like to tell you a little about my visit to Erbacher’s, a fruit & veg store. It is a sensational place definitely worth a visit (or two, or three…) – if you just get the chance, go there!

I first went there with my Australian housemate during my first week here on the Sunshine Coast. The visit was definitely entertaining, and not just for me! If you are from a country like Finland where the common fruit and vegetables you get are limited to oranges & apples, and cucumbers & tomatoes, and where anything more exciting is also high on price, you will find Erbacher’s just fascinating. It is a vegetarian’s paradise – so many different types of fruit and vegetables, all high quality and low price.

Now, if pumpkin is something you only see around Halloween (and just small, expensive ones in just a few shops), seeing three different types of pumpkin all at once really makes your day. For some reason, my Australian housemate found my excitement about it rather entertaining… It might actually be a good idea to take an Aussie there with you, just so they can educate you about the new, exotic fruit and vegetables such as squash and many many others.

My favourite kind of pumpkin is the butternut pumpkin – it’s sweeter than the others, and it’s a lot easier to get rid of the shell/skin too! Try frying it on a pan til it softens and add garlic, ginger and other ingredients as desired. Serve with pasta or rice and fresh salad. Enjoy!

P.S. In case you haven’t tried this yet: dipping strawberries in (white) chocolate sauce just saves any rainy day – or makes any sunny day ten times better!

LEE from South Korea

Hi, guys. The final exams are ending this week, time flys like an arrow!
Some of the international students, including my flat mate, are going back to their countries so I would let you know a fine restaurant in the Sunshine Coast area.


The name of the restaurant is Flame Hill Vinyard Restaurant, in Montville which takes 30 minutes from university by car. They provide a variety of wines as well as the wine from its winery. Above all, the view from the terrace is fabulous!

 At the side of the terrace, you will see some guinea hens seeking preys under the grape trees. And.. you can choose those.. for a meal, if you want.. xP.


The cost of the meal is quite expensive for students, however, you can only try a glass of wine, if you want. Important thing is the view and wind in the Sunshine Coast!!

It would be great having last dinner with the friend planning to see again in the near future.
Have a great time with your precious friends. 😉


Patty from Taiwan: A Berry Sweet Day

One of my most memorable experiences this year, happened when I visited a strawberry farm in Caboolture, QLD.

My friends Bill and Ann had earlier requested me to pay them a visit at their strawberry farm. The two own a massive strawberry farm in Caboolture which is about 30 mintes away or half way between the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.

I must admit that at first, I did not know what to expect since I have never visited a strawberry farm before and I knew little about how strawberries are grown.

As soon as I arrived at the farm, I was blown away by the beauty and ambience of the farm.  The strawberry plantations were all well aligned in long and straight furrows that extensively stretched accross the acres of land.

Evidently, I could see that growing strawberries requires intensive labor. From a distance I could see several farm workers pruning and picking strawberries.  Bill and Ann were doing their regular rounds around the farm and so I able to join them.

 As we went around the farm, they were kind enough to explain to me how strawberries are grown, cultivated and harvested. I learnt so much from them and I gained so much insight about strawberries in general.

The highlight of my experience at the farm was marked by an afternoon session of picking and eating delicously sweet and fresh strawberries.


The weather was cool, the environment was so serene and so we strolled around the farm chatting while picking strawberries. The strawberries were tasty, juicy and mouth watering.  I ate a lot of strawberries and carried some for my flat mates and friends. 

Basically, my experience at the farm was exciting and breath-taking. I am looking forward to visiting Bill and Ann at the farm again.

Lee from South Korea: Strawberry picking

Hi, everyone.

Do you know how to get strawberries at a cheap price? Last week on a sunny day, I went to a strawberry farm to pick my own strawberry. It is just $5 for one container xD ye~

I’ve never been to a strawberry farm before and I had no idea what a strawberry tree? looked like. Now I know exactly how strawberries are produced. Not only is it cheap but also it is lots of fun picking strawberries with your friends.

This big container was just $5!! I think you saw the strawberry price in market. With a tiny little box, it usually take 3 dollars.. and it is not enough for me!! I want some and still have more strawberry for my dessert!

At the end of our time at the farm, I decorated with some flowers for fun ^^
I could not wait until I went back to my place oh~~~yum~~.

Picking the strawberries is not hard at all. Before the season has gone, you should visit the farm and..

Enjoy sweet fruits~^^;

One farm is located in Chevallam, there is another at Palm View near the Ettamogah Pub You can get to both by the Bruce Highway.

Natnaree from Thailand: Kangaroo! Friends and Food..?

Kangaroo! Friends and Food..?

Yesterday, when I walked to the University I found a little cute kangaroo chilling near the lake next to the University. Australians call the baby kangaroo ‘Joey’.

It is very common to see some kangaroos around the University. When I think about Australia, kangaroo is the first thing that comes first in my mind. I can see the kangaroos at the green yard in the University, on the street sign and at the food market!

I was really surprised when I had BBQ party with my friends and they wanted me to try kangaroo meat. I had never known that you can eat kangaroo! I could not explain what it tastes like.

For easy to imagine, kangaroo meat is like beef, but more sticky. The weird thing is my Australian friends don’t like it. However, for some international students it is a good experience to try it.

The kangaroos at the University are wild kangaroo. They will protect themselves if someone tries to touch them, especially the baby kangaroo. They sometime jump around the University or lie down under the tree just next to the buildings. They are not dangerous, but for safety keep some distance from them.

I had the excited experience with the kangaroo in the University.  One day I finished class and walked back to my apartment. The big kangaroo jumped and stopped in front of me. We were very close together. He looked at me. I feel like he wanted to know what I will do if he stranded and blocked my way home. I couldn’t do anything at the time. I was scared and think if I keep walking, he might punch me. I had to turn back to the University and wait until he goes. I was safe..

However, the kangaroo at Australia Zoo is so nice. They are friendly and always come close to everyone, especially when YOU HAVE THE FOOD IN YOUR HAND!!!


Patty from Taiwan: Welcome new flatmate

Welcome new flat mate!!

 I recently got a flatmate, Sabrina who came from Mongolia. I was very delighted to meet her and we got on straight away mainly because we both spoke fluent Mandarin, we had no communication problem between us, but more than anything, this took me back to my country and brought wonderful memories. 

In Australia when you mention beer, every man and his dog turns up. In our culture as soon as you whisper Chinese traditional cuisine, hot pot, everyone will start to dribble; therefore, I decided to prepare hoot pot to show her my warm welcome. 

First of all, we started off by going to the Asian grocery shop and bought lots of fresh vegetables, dumplings, noodles, meat and heap more. 

Four of us decided to share the job. We were having lots of fun as we started the cooking task as you can see from the pictures. 

 Time flew so quickly, after an hour of laughter, fun and cooking, finally the hot pot turned out beautiful despite 3 of the cooks had never done this before, because they didn’t have to cook back home.

 We had the best time as we ate the hot pot, all of us felt so relax and happy, that it felt like being back home with our own family. 


Patty from Taiwan: Delicious food at USC

Since I arrived in Australia I fell in love with this country and the people especially the Sunshine Coast. This is such a vast country with numerous multi-racial people. Yet, very underpopulated; in addition, it has got one of the world’s best beaches and amazing lakes and the hinterland is full of amazing wild life.

Therefore, I decided to stay and study my Master at USC. At the USC I always have lunch at the Brasserie. I wished that one day I could work in this restaurant because of the affordable prices and the wide range of delicious food prepared by John, the chef. For instance, steamed rice and locally grown fresh vegetable with grilled Barramundi, Beef Lasagne with Salad, Chicken Parmigiana and Vegetarian Curry…etc. All this delicious food is just around the 10 dollar mark.

Moreover, the staff is always smiley and very friendly. I’m very fortunate to get full time casual work at our university in the Brasserie. This position has enabled me to make several friends here. I believe I have made lots more friends now because I have built an art of making just perfect style of coffee. In the end, I would just like to add that everyone will keep enjoying our service and hospitality. If you ever visit Sunshine Coast in QLD, please make sure you come to the University of the Sunshine Coast Brasserie, and say Hi to me.


Tiina from Finland: Rainy day remedy

Heavy rain. Severe thunderstorm warning. Possibility of hail.

There has been some serious speculation amongst international students about the origins of the name “Sunshine Coast”.

As we all know, even if we do not always admit it, the name of the university (and the region) was one of the aspects that drew our attention in the first place. Life on the Sunshine Coast must be relaxed and, most importantly, very sunny all year through – right? Having to purchase a pair of actual winter boots (read: Uggs, of course) during the first few days in Australia, and all this heavy rain we have been getting for the past couple of weeks, just was not what I and many other international students signed up for!

Some of us seem to be pretty sure that it is just all about the Australian sense of humour: “Hey mate, as this area gets heaps of rain and can be pretty cold, let’s call it the Sunshine Coast!” After realising and accepting that it can be sometimes a little nippy and rainy in Australia, it was time to start making the best of rainy days.

The best thing is that it is not even half as hard as it sounds! Much as we all love sunshine and warm days, who would not still enjoy listening to the rain curled up in the corner of the couch, or taking a hot bath after getting soaked in the rain? My personal favourite is to wear cosy wool socks and have a cup of delicious coffee (you can also go for tea or hot chocolate) with chocolate biscuits – i.e. Tim Tams, of course. Yes, I am sure all of the Australian readers know straight away what a cup of coffee and Tim Tams means, and no, I am not good at it! For all the international students who may not know yet: It is an Australian tradition to bite off the opposite corners of your Tim Tam, dip it into your coffee, and then suck the chocolate-y middle bit out along with the hot beverage.

Granted, it does not sound too appealing, but it is a whole lot of fun to try and manage to do it properly – especially when the biscuits are very tasty and you may have to try a few times… One more bonus is that I actually find it a lot easier to concentrate in doing my readings for the uni when I have no need to go outside, and sometimes I am secretly happy if it is, in fact, raining in the morning of my day off!