Brisbane, ironically but affectionately coined BrisVegas by locals, is the third-largest city in Australia and the capital of the state of Queensland. Highly liveable with a diverse population, Brisbane is known for its subtropical greenery and sunshine, river-led outdoor lifestyle and proximity to Gold Coast beaches. Top tertiary institutions include The University of Queensland (a Group of Eight university located in lovely St Lucia), Griffith University and Queensland University of Technology.
With such a stunning backdrop and perfect weather, who could resist packing up the laptop and getting out of the house/office? The change of scene is sure to do your thesis good.
Located on the banks of the Brisbane River and set over five levels, the State Library of Queensland offers a superb venue for study. There is free wi-fi throughout, and The Library Café offers a range of food and drink options in addition to a further quiet space to work. Those with additional media and equipment needs will find plentiful facilities at The Edge.
Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Bank, South Brisbane
Run by the Brisbane City Council, Brisbane Square Library comes with all the wi-fi and other facilities you need. It also has meeting rooms that can be booked—a boon for any group work on the cards. You could even join the library and borrow a novel to read and escape the PhD—just for a little while.
266 George Street, Brisbane City
Quaint and relaxed, Felix for Goodness is good for those times when you need an injection of chill. Offering a range of healthy menu options and early weekend starts, this one is a favourite with the locals.
50 Burnett Lane, Brisbane City
Looking for a 24/7 option? Love pancakes? Try Pancake Manor. Value for money and set in an old church in the CBD, this place attracts a student crowd. The extended hours mean when you get in the flow, you can tap away at your thesis for as long as you like.
8 Charlotte St, Brisbane City