5 things to do 5ks away

Mpho and friends looking out to view at Mt Gravatt Lookout

Looking for something to do? Here’s five activities that are less than 5km away from Griffith’s Nathan and Mt Gravatt campuses:

1. Take a short trip to Brisbane’s little Asia

Just 4.1km from Griffith, visit Sunnybank, Brisbane’s largest Asian community, for the taste of authentic, inexpensive Asian cuisine. There are three shopping centres to choose from: Sunnybank Plaza, Market Square and Sunny Park; all located on the three corners of Mains Rd. These three centres offer a fusion of Chinese, Malaysian, Japanese, Korean, Singaporean, Thai and Vietnamese food and culture. Sunny Park and Sunnybank Plaza also offer a mix of Asian supermarkets, herbal stores and eateries. Market Square is outdoors with line-ups of eateries and shops connected by laneways, with the mouth-watering, taste bud satisfying smell of street style, Asian cuisine.

2. Exam stress? Let off some steam at the Mt Gravatt Driving Range

Relieve some stress at the Mt Gravatt Driving Range located just 4.4 km away from the Nathan campus. Smash 100 golf balls and watch them fly for $12.50 or 60 balls for $9.00. You can also have a game of mini golf with friends. Student entry is only $6.50.

3. Be adventurous! Hike through Toohey Forest

Located in Griffith’s backyard, Toohey Forest is a lush and vast protected forest reserve, filled with rich wildlife. You don’t need a map to discover this natural wonder – you can just use the GPS on your smart phone to discover new trails. There is a lookout and picnic areas if you want to stop for a quick bite or, for those not so prepared, there is a restaurant located at the Mt Gravatt Lookout, which is open during the day. Take a break from study to explore this untouched green belt, in the heart of suburbia.

4. Beach too far? Energy to burn? Head to Hibiscus Sports Complex

Hibiscus Sports Complex is just 2.2km from the Nathan campus and has facilities for leisure, fitness and recreation, including a squash centre, skate park, Olympic sized outdoor swimming pool, two heated indoor pools, gym, fitness classes and indoor multipurpose courts for netball, volleyball, basketball and futsal. You can become a member and have access to the gym, classes and pools or you can just casually visit the pool for $4.30. The Skate Park and multi-purpose courts are available for casual use free of charge.

5. Treat yourself to a shopping spree!

Take a break from your studies and indulge in some retail therapy at Queensland’s largest shopping centre, Westfield Garden City, just 4.8km, from the Nathan campus. With hundreds of specialty stores and eateries there is something for everyone.

Next time you’re bored, low on cash and time, and don’t want to travel far, check out these local treasures. Comment below any other activities to do 5km away from Griffith!

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– Sapph


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