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Pre-departure Information

Booking your flight

You will need to make your own travel arrangements to Australia. Please try to arrive at least two weeks before the start of orientation to allow enough time for settling-in, adjusting to the climate, overcoming jet-lag and finding permanent accommodation.

You should fly into Brisbane International Airport, as it is the closest and most convenient. Visit the Brisbane Airport website for more information. Brisbane city is located 15km from the International Airport. Please note that Air Asia flies into the Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta, which is approximately 100km south of Brisbane. It is possible to connect to bus and train services from there, and travel time is approximately 90 minutes.

Quarantine and customs

Students are often surprised by how strict Australian Customs Services and quarantine can be. If you're in doubt about whether your goods are prohibited or not, declare it anyway on the Incoming Passenger Card which you will receive on the plane. Students have received on the spot fines for not declaring items. Visit the Australian Government's Biosecurity website for more information.

  • Read 'What can't I take into Australia'
  • Let your family and friends know 'What can't be mailed to Australia'

Baggage allowances flying into Australia will vary according to your carrier, flight class and country of origin. Please check with your carrier prior to departure. Economy passengers are generally permitted more for international flights, as compared to domestic flights within Australia. This will significantly limit the amount of things you can bring, especially if you will fly within Australia to get to your final destination. Therefore, it is essential to think the packing process through very carefully. You will be able to purchase most things upon arrival in Australia but the price may be higher than in your own country.

Checklist of documents

You should prepare a folder of documents to bring with you to Australia, including:

  • Valid passport with Student Visa
  • Offer of a place / admission letter from CQUniversity
  • Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) issued by CQUniversity
  • Receipts of payments (e.g. tuition fees, OSHC, bank statements etc.)
  • Insurance policies
  • Original or certified copies of your academic transcripts and qualifications
  • Other personal identification documents, e.g. birth certificate, ID card, driver's licence
  • Medical records and/or prescriptions
  • CAAW if you are under 18 years of age
  • Address details of your intended accommodation and any key contact people (e.g. relatives, friends, university contact details)

If you are travelling with your family you will need to include their documents as well. Keep all documents in your carry-on luggage. In case you lose the originals, make copies that can be left behind with family and sent to you.

Seasonal considerations and clothing

Summer in Australia is from December to February, autumn from March to May, winter from June to August, and spring from September to November. For most of the country the hottest months are January and February. If you arrive in June or July, the coldest months of the year, you may need to bring or buy winter clothing. On most campuses, students usually dress informally. Jeans or trousers with t-shirts or blouses, sneakers or running shoe are almost standard dress. Shorts are often worn during the summer months and sandals are the most common footwear. It is acceptable for both men and women to wear shorts and sleeveless t-shirts. This is common during the hotter months. A sports coat or suit and tie for men and appropriate dress for women is necessary for some functions such as formal dinners, a graduation ceremony, student dances or balls. For festive occasions, you may want to bring traditional dress and accessories.

Getting from the airport

For information on catching the train from the airport to the city or your home go to the Airtrain website. Tickets can be purchased at the station or discounted tickets are available if you book and pay online at the website above. Train connections are also available from the Gold Coast to Brisbane.

Public Buses
There are no public buses available to take you from the airport into the city.

A taxi from the airport to the city will cost approximately $40. There are two major taxi companies in Brisbane:

You can calculate your approximate fare on the above websites.

How much money to bring

You will need to make sure you have enough funds to support you when you first arrive. It is recommended that you have approximately AU$1500 to AU$2000 available for the first two to three weeks to pay for short term accommodation and transport. You should bring most of this money as either Travellers Cheques or on an international credit card. Travellers cheques can be cashed at any bank or currency exchange in Australia. Please note that it is not safe to bring large sums of money with you! Lost credit cards or traveller's cheques can be replaced, but very few travel insurance companies will replace lost or stolen cash. Do not ask someone you have just met to handle your cash for you or to take your cash to make payments for you. Not even someone who may indicate they are studying at the same education institution.