Imagine is based on Australia's beautiful Gold Coast

With world famous beaches, national parks and mountain resorts, the Gold Coast has become a world known tourist destination and spans across 1,402 square kilometres with 70 kilometres of coastline. The climate is sub-tropical with 287 days of sunshine annually and average temperatures of 19-29 degrees Celsius in summer and 9-21 degrees Celsius in winter. Only 45 minutes from Brisbane, the capital of the State of Queensland, the Gold Coast is popular with both Australian and International visitors.

The Gold Coast is also home to Australia’s premier tourist attractions including theme parks, wildlife parks, more than 40 golf courses, hundreds of parks, bikeways, beaches and playgrounds open free year-round and 1000’s of restaurants catering to all culinary tastes. Imagine Education also offers professional child care facilities for children while parents study.

The Gold Coast is now the 6th largest city in Australia and offers students first class sporting, shopping and entertainment facilities. Imagine Education is located in the education precinct of Southport in the heart of the Gold Coast with many schools and universities in the area. Our site is conveniently located next to The Southport School only minutes from Surfers Paradise.


Cost of Living

The cost of living for international students is significantly lower in Australia than in countries like the USA and the UK. The average cost per year in Australia is AUD$9,306 compared to the US ($12,861) and the UK ($12,768). This figure includes accommodation, food, transport, clothing, fuel, power, telephone and entertainment. The average weekly cost of living is $174. The Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs advises students to have $A18,000 per year however the Gold Coast is significantly less expensive than the bigger cities such as Sydney or Melbourne.


Sample costs (in Australian dollars)

Food items

  • Loaf of bread - $3.00
  • Litre of milk - $2.10
  • Dozen eggs - $4.00
  • Instant noodles - $0.80
  • BBQ chicken - $7.00-10.00
  • 1 kg of rice - $2.50

Services / Entertainment

  • Haircut: male - $10.00+
  • Haircut: female - $20.00+
  • Movie ticket - $7.00-$10.00 (student discount)
  • Movie ticket - $15.00 (adult price)
  • Restaurant/café meal $8.00-$25.00

*These are approximate costs only and cheaper alternatives may exist at a local market. The average international student in Australia spends about $320 per week on accommodation, food, clothing, entertainment, transport, travel, telephone and incidental costs. While this is a realistic guide, it is important to remember that individual circumstances will vary by location and lifestyle.


Currency and money

Here’s a guide to money and currency. Australia’s currency is the dollar ($). 100c = $A1. Australia has a stable currency. Note denominations: $100, $50, $20, $10, $5. Coin denominations: $2, $1, 50c, 20c, 10c, 5c.

Currency conversions:

  • Travellers’ cheques can be cashed at banks and major hotels.
  • ATMs widely available 24 hours a day.
  • Major credit cards accepted at shops, hotels, restaurants. Common credit cards include American Express, Bankcard, Diner’s Club, Mastercard and Visa. • Bank hours: 9am to 4pm (Monday to Thursday), 9.30am to 5pm (Friday).
  • Bureau de change offer more flexible hours. Currency exchange facilities: at airports, key tourist centres.



  • Spring: September to November - 15-25C (59-77F)
  • Summer: December to February - 20-28C (68-83F)
  • Autumn: March to May - 16-26C (61-77F)
  • Winter: June to August - 11-21C (52-70F)


Public Holidays

Queensland 2017

New Year's Day Sun 3 Jan

Australia Day Thurs 26 Jan
Good Friday Fri 14 April
Easter Saturday Sat 15 April
Easter Monday Mon 17 April
Anzac Day Tues 25 April
Labour Day Mon 01 May
Queen's Birthday Mon 02 Oct
Gold Coast Show Day Fri 1 Sept
Christmas Day Mon 25 Dec
Boxing Day Tues 26 Dec


School age dependents

Students should consider the extra expenses and difficulties associated with bringing their families with them to Australia. Dependents of international students attending government primary and secondary schools in Australia are required to pay tuition fees. For more information about school aged dependants, including school fees that may be incurred See:

Should the student be accompanied by school age dependents, the student must accept responsibility for any primary or secondary school fees. The dependents are not eligible to attend government schools free of charge.

(Source: Gold Coast Tourism) For more information visit

For more information on Queensland's lifestyle please visit the Queensland Government's web site at