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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
Lover of all things interesting and new
Published December 9th 2015
The University of Queensland is Brisbane's best kept secret
If you had to name a place in Brisbane where you have lakes, art galleries, sporting facilities, and cool cafes and restaurants, all in one location, most people would be hard pressed to think of one single place. However the University of Queensland's St Lucia campus has all these and more. Yet most people would never think of visiting.

There are many reasons to visit the University of Queensland
There are many reasons to visit the University of Queensland


The lakes

The highlight of the University of Queensland is the lakes. These are 3 reasonably sized lakes that are surrounded by jacaranda trees and includes a fountain in one of the lakes.

The fountain in the lakes at The University of Queensland
The fountain in the lakes at The University of Queensland


These lakes are maintained using sustainable approaches in water management. If you are looking for a quiet place in Brisbane to sit under a tree and read a book or go for a stroll, then this is the place to go.

The University of Queensland is favourite place to visit during jacaranda season
The University of Queensland is favourite place to visit during jacaranda season


Sporting facilities

One of the main reasons that I head out to the University of Queensland is to use their sports facilities. These include tennis courts, a heated swimming pool, a sports hall and gym, as well as sports fields and a running track.

The University of Queensland has a whole range of sports facilities open to the public
The University of Queensland has a whole range of sports facilities open to the public


The University of Queensland is also a popular location for launching paddle craft, whether they are kayaks or sculls rowing boats.

People kayaking on the Brisbane River near the University of Queensland
People kayaking on the Brisbane River near the University of Queensland


Art galleries and museums

The University of Queensland holds the second largest art collection in Queensland. The art gallery is always worth visiting. Often exhibitions have an educative approach and feature a broad range of different artists.

University of Queensland Art Museum
University of Queensland Art Museum


There are also great anthropology and antiquities museums, both open 7 days a week. The Antiquities Museum holds Queensland's premium collection of artifacts from ancient and classical Egypt, Greece, Rome and western Asia.

Restaurants and cafes

Given that students are in need of constant caffienation to get through assignments and exams, it is no surprise that there are several great cafes on campus. One of my favourites is St Lucy's (the full name that they never use is Saint Lucy Café Et Cucina) next to the tennis courts. Not only does this place do great coffee, it also provides amazing and innovative meals and fantastic smoothies.

St Lucy's cafe at the University of Queensland
St Lucy's cafe at the University of Queensland


There is also a little cafe within the Great Court inside the original sandstone buildings worth going to. But you will also find little cafes scattered throughout the campus.

For views, the Lakeside Cafe provides great Vietnamese food with views of the lake. Of course you can just grab a takeaway coffee and go and sit beside one of the lakes.

The Architecture

As one of the big 5 sandstone universities in Australia, the original buildings are interesting. The campus is also home to a number of buildings that reflect the post war modernist movement.

Learn Something

Another reason to go to the University of Queensland is to learn something. Not everyone has the time to enrol in a full course, but there a numerous seminars, workshops and also free public lectures. Check out the events page for more details.

Be entertained

Along with education programs there is also the occasional classical concert or performance put on by the university. Some occur at the Customs House in the city, while others are at the St Lucia campus. Once again check out the events page for more information.
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Why? It's got everything.
Where: St Lucia Campus, University of Queensland
Cost: Free to visit, some facilities or activities cost money
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