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Best Walking Tour of Top Ten Brisbane Spots

Written by Alice Derbyshire on September 22nd, 2017.      0 comments

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The walking tour begins at Brisbane City Hall, which is where the Museum of Brisbane is located. Admission is free and the museum provides interesting facts about the people of Brisbane. As well as this, if you wish to see Brisbane from up high, you can book a free guided tour of the Clock Tower.

King George Square is located next to Brisbane City Hall and is a lovely spot. The square is named after King George V and is the most popular square in Brisbane. Note the Statue of King George himself, the lions placed at the entrance to the square and statues of famous Queenslanders Steele Rudd, Emma Miller and Sir Charles Lilley which are located in “Speakers’ Corner”- a particular section of the square. Also, there are often events held here for free admission so it is always worth looking out for those! Find out what’s going on at King George Square here.

Make your way down Albert Street towards the centre of Queen Street Mall - a popular shopping destination for the people of Brisbane. There are many nice cafés and restaurants in this area too just waiting to be checked out.

Continue walking down Albert Street until you meet the entrance to the City Botanic Gardens, where you will find grassland, ponds and beautiful views of Brisbane River.

Walk over the Goodwill Bridge towards Southbank and follow the path to the right so that you are walking adjacent to the river. The riverside walk and Arbour are enjoyed by many in Brisbane and the gardens provide a sense of tranquillity amongst the busy city lifestyle.

In Southbank Parkland (No. 5) you can find Australia’s only Inner City man made lagoon and beach, designed by Desmond Brookes and created in 1992 by Fletcher Jennings Construction. The lagoon is open all year round and provides a great swimming opportunity for those hot summer days (it can get up to 30 degrees in Brisbane Summer!) Top tip, there are public changing rooms located underneath the Surf Club and the South Bank Beer Garden across the Arbour.

After your swim carry on walking under the beautiful bougainvillea covered Arbour next to the riverside and notice the Nepal Peace Pagoda (one of only three which are located outside of Nepal!)

Then to your left you will come up to the Wheel of Brisbane (similar to the London Eye), where you can take a ride for $17* and see Brisbane from up high.

From here, the walk continues along the river to QAGOMA (Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art) where you can spend time enjoying aboriginal art, local artists’ work as well as pieces from all over the world, including works by Picasso! Admission is also free into these art galleries, but some exhibitions inside do charge for entry. Here you can find what’s on at QAGOMA, and all exhibitions can be found here

Walk across the Kurilpa Bridge to Tank Street and then turn right onto George Street. From here take the first left onto Turbot Street and follow signs for Roma Street Parkland. This park is home to Water Dragons which can be found sunbathing all day in the Spectacle Garden.  A lot of time can be spent here exploring the landscapes that have recently been implemented, and the park staff offer free walking tours upon request at the information centre.

Make your way to the Wickham Terrace exit of the park and follow the road down past the Old Windmill Observatory and through King Edward Park onto Turbot Street. Cross over the road and walk down Edward Street, taking the second left onto Adelaide Street. Here you will find Anzac Square: a memorial square dedicated to Australian and New Zealand Soldiers.

Walk back onto Adelaide Street, turning right out of Anzac square and follow the road all the way back to Brisbane City Hall!

Total time summary: 6 hours 30 minutes

City Hall and King George square: 40 min

Walk to Queen Street Mall: 2 min

Queen Street Mall: 30 min

Walk to City Botanic Garden: 10 min

Walk through Botanic Garden: 15 min

Walk to Lagoon: 20 min

Lagoon: 60 min

Walk to Wheel of Brisbane: 20 min

Wheel of Brisbane: 40 min

Walk to QAGOMA: 5 min

QAGOMA: 60 min

Walk to Roma Street Parkland: 30 min

Roma Street Parkland: 30 min

Walk to Anzac Square: 20 min

Anzac Square: 10 min

Walk to City Hall: 5 min

To receive an update for our next walking tour destination make sure you follow our Facebook page @StudentHorizons - there are more to come of many other popular destinations! 


*Wheel of Brisbane Admission Price for 1 Student. Other prices may vary.


The USA has been voted the Top Touring Destination by our followers!

Written by Alice Derbyshire on August 25th, 2017.      0 comments

The verdict is out and the winner has been chosen!

Last week the team at Student Horizons decided that we would like to know what our followers think is the top touring destination, and the USA was picked! Here’s a little bit of what we get up to on our tours to the USA…

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Some of the amazing destinations that we visit include the museums of Boston, attractions in the sunny Los Angeles, the skyline of New York, the Google office in San Francisco and the monuments of Washington DC. We encourage a great number of diverse touring schools to head over to the USA, whether it be for a Music tour, a Sports tour, or even an Educational tour!

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At Student Horizons we believe that the coolest thing about the USA as a destination is that there is so much variety in attractions and activities, meaning that our students receive a well-rounded experience which they will remember forever.

When visiting the West Coast of America on a Music Tour, all kinds of different activities are scheduled, from City Tours of Los Angeles and San Francisco to Universal Studios Tours, and even a visit to Stanford University.  

Thank you to everyone who participated in the poll to vote for the Top Touring Destination; it is clear that you guys love the USA, and we do too!

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Raising Aspirations of Young Entrepreneurs

Written by Alice Derbyshire on August 9th, 2017.      0 comments

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It has always been in Student Horizons Managing Director Jamie Wansey’s nature to encourage education and development for young adults around the world; whether through educational tours, the Foundation of Student Horizons or various events such as the ASPIRE International Youth Music Festival. 

In November 2016 whilst at the Nurture Change ‘Bizcation’, an opportunity arose for Jamie to sponsor a group of young Fijians to travel to the Festival For the Future, which happened last weekend; from 4-6 August.  These youths had the chance to connect with like-minded young innovators across New Zealand, as well as delegates from all over the world. The festival is an incredibly useful event where young people can improve skills, talk about worldwide issues and be inspired by the speakers.

The young entrepreneurs travelled with the Spirit of Sharing organisation, who also donate sports equipment to Fijian schools, and help microfinance different projects and so have a heavy involvement in the Fijian communities. 

Jamie is very passionate about fundraising so was very keen to get involved and do something creative to raise money for this amazing cause. Double Olympic Gold Medallist Lisa Carrington was also present for the Nurture Change event and so an idea came about that there should be a sponsored kayak race against the gold medal champion herself. 

Student Horizons has contributed over a third of the total $26,000 raised we are incredibly proud to be helping a group of Young Entrepreneurial Fijians attend the Festival for the Future. 

Lisa Carrington 08 08 2017

Student Horizons Teams up with ‘The Reds’

Written by on February 1st, 2017.      0 comments

Queensland Rugby Reds

Student Horizons is proud to announce a three year partnership with Queensland Rugby Union and St. George Queensland Reds, becoming the official school sports tour partner of Queensland Rugby Union and forming a long-term partnership with the club.

The partnership sees an alignment with Queensland secondary schools XV’s and 7s tournaments, with Student Horizons given naming rights to Ballymore Cup and the All Schools Queensland Sevens Tournament. Tournaments are annual and run by Queensland Rugby Union. Student Horizons is a leader in overseas school tours and has a strong industry reputation in the rugby tours sector, having organised hundreds of tours all over the world for schools and rugby clubs across Australia and New Zealand.

Student Horizons Founding Director Jamie Wansey is an enthusiastic rugby advocate himself and explains his passion for becoming the name behind the Student Horizons Ballymore Cup and Student Horizons All Schools Queensland Sevens Tournament.

“With our Australian head office based in Brisbane, we’re delighted to partner with Queensland Rugby Union and the St. George Queensland Reds. We are committed to supporting rugby in Australia, in particular here in Queensland, and this partnership supports this entirely,” says Wansey.

“Although we also specialise in education and music tours, rugby tours remain a large part of our core business. It’s the sport that helped establish Student Horizons and over the years we’ve since evolved to specialise in all areas of education. We are simply delighted to be investing back into the sport at a grass roots level through the Queensland Rugby Union secondary schools competitions.”


Connectedness and the importance of curricular activities

Written by Kerry Schreiber on April 14th, 2016.      0 comments

StudentHorizons connectednessConnectedness and the importance of curricular activities such as this tour – a reflection.

by Kerry Schreiber, Teacher, St. Peter’s Lutheran College Melbourne Football Tour

Basketballer, Danny Morseu, on board as a Student Horizons Ambassador

Written by on April 2nd, 2016.      0 comments

DannyMorseu ambassadorWe are excited to announce that Danny Morseu has joined Student Horizons as an Ambassador. Danny Morseu shares our values and enthusiasm for developing all young people and in particular giving opportunities to those who may not ordinarily get the chance.

Danny Morseu is an Australian basketball player who played on the Australian Basketball Team in the 1980 Summer Olympics and 1984 Summer Olympics.

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Student Horizons Twenty20 Cup 2016

Written by on February 7th, 2016.      0 comments

StudentHorizons Twenty20 AGSThe Student Horizons' annual Twenty20 competition was held in January 2016 with the entry of 8 prestigious New Zealand schools. Auckland Grammar School, Avondale College, Kelston Boys’ High School, King’s College, Rangitoto College, St John’s College, St Peter’s College and Westlake Boys’ High School all entered the comp in the hope of being crowned the Student Horizons Twenty20 Cup premiers...

October Newsletter

Written by on December 3rd, 2015.      0 comments

Click here to read our October 2015 Newsletter

SH October NewsletterRead about...

•  Case Study - St Mary's College Ipswich New Zealand Netball & Choral Tour
•  Case Study - Feilding High School European Rugby Tour
•  Case Study - Hastings Boys' High School Queensland Cricket Tour
•  New Student Horizons Music Ambassador - Grace Neale
•  Case Study - Waikato Diocesan School for Girls Religious Studies Pilgrimage
•  Case Study - Rongotai College Queensland Cricket Tour
•  Looking Ahead - Future Tours...
    -  St Peters Lutheran College USA Basketball Tour - December 2015
    -  Feilding High School European Music Tour - April 2016
    -  Aquinas College European History Tour - September 2016
    -  New Plymouth Boys' High School European Football Tour - April 2017
•  Our Expanding Team
•  Student Horizons' T20 Cricket Tournament 2016 - Sign Up Now!

July Newsletter

Written by on July 28th, 2015.      0 comments

Click here to read our July 2015 Newsletter

SH July NewsletterRead about...

•  South Africa Teacher Inspection Trip July 2015
  • •  A Selection of our upcoming tours
  • •  Hawera High School Brisbane & Gold Coast Rugby Tour
  • •  An Evening with Brett McGregor - Our Fundraising Support
  • •  New Additions to the Team
  • •  St Mary’s College, Ipswich Netball & Choir Tour September 2015
  • •  New Partnership - College Sport Wellington
  • •  2015 Stage Challenge & J Rock - Great to be involved!
  • •  Student Horizons Gap Year Scholarships – Australian Schools
  • •  South America Teacher Inspection Trip 2016
  • •  Australian Boarding Schools Association (ABSA) – Alice Springs Annual Conference

Francis Douglas Memorial College – Sydney Rugby Tour 2015

Written by Thomas Hanbury on April 28th, 2015.      0 comments

Australia Rugby TourAfter only a short trip across the ditch the Francis Douglas Memorial College 1st XV arrived into Sydney on a warm autumn morning, fired up and ready for a world-class tour in and around Sydney. The team was whisked away to the Northern Beaches to get straight into some team building activities to get the blood flowing after the flight...


Sacred Heart College – Sri Lanka Cricket Tour 2015

Written by Suzanne Whitlock on April 28th, 2015.      0 comments

Sri Lanka Criket TourWhat a pleasure it was to join the Sacred Heart College 1st XI Cricket boys on their tour of Sri Lanka this April. A fantastic 2 weeks of cricket, curry and culture were had by all as we travelled through this beautiful country. This was a huge, new experience for this group of reasonably untraveled students and they really just took it all in their stride and truly embraced every aspect of the culture in Sri Lanka. With so many new experiences had, it is hard to know where to begin! From riding elephants, holding snakes and feeding monkeys to facing off against the notorious Sri Lankan spin bowlers, these boys have created memories together that will last a lifetime.

Kelston Boys’ High School – UK & Spain Football Tour 2015

Written by on April 28th, 2015.      0 comments

UK Spain Football TourIt was underneath the ‘Departures’ sign on 31st March that Auckland International Airport was shaken to its core with a powerful Haka by the fresh-faced Kelston Boys’ High School European Touring Football Team; a spectacle marking the beginning of a once in a life-time journey. After waving goodbye to their families the team officially started their adventure that over the course of two action-packed weeks would take them from the chilly streets of Manchester and London, to the much sunnier training fields of Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona...

MEDIA RELEASE: Student Horizons makes overseas school trips accessible to all students

Written by Chelsie Willis on November 12th, 2014.      0 comments

Fundraising PackFor many schools across New Zealand and Australia, the opportunity of participating in an overseas school trip would be an impossible cost to bear.
But thanks to Student Horizons pioneering new initiative, businesses across New Zealand and Australia are now able to invest in youth development while building brand awareness.
Educational travel specialists Student Horizons have developed an exclusive ‘Community Partnerships Programme’, which gives all students across the country the opportunity to benefit from life changing experiential learning opportunities.

MEDIA RELEASE: Student Horizons and HRG partner to provide unique value offering for Schools in NZ

Written by Jamie Wansey on September 23rd, 2014.      0 comments

HRG logoStudent Horizons and HRG are pleased to announce a strategic partnership that will provide schools in New Zealand with a unique offering and expertise in the organisation of overseas and local educational travel that is currently not being offered in the market place.

MEDIA RELEASE: Student Horizons Forges New Sponsorship Partnership with Stage Challenge

Written by Jamie Wansey on September 1st, 2014.      0 comments

Student Horizons Stage ChallengeStudent Horizons is delighted to announce that it has formed a nationwide award partnership with Stage Challenge in 2015.

Stage Challenge is New Zealand’s largest and longest running youth performing arts events, involving up to 2000 schools nationally and over 16,000 participants. In 2015 the event is celebrating its 23rd anniversary and has grown with unprecedented success and is widely recognised as the number one youth cultural and health promotional event in New Zealand, an annual live audience of 25,000+.

Voluntourism – who is it helping?

Written by Chelsie Willis on August 4th, 2014.      0 comments

VoluntourismA few days ago I read yet another article questioning the benefits of ‘voluntourism’. Citing that “(voluntourism) is one of the fastest growing trends in travel today…(and that) more than 1.6 million volunteer tourists are spending about $2 billion each year (on voluntourism)”, the article questioned "whether some trips help young adults pad their resumes or college applications more than they help those in need”. As a passionate believer in the benefits that travel and volunteering can have as a tool for youth development, the article immediately drew my attention.

Opportunities for All

Written by Richard Gorrett on July 29th, 2014.      1 comments

New Zealand is a greatly diverse country with plenty to offer, however, students also gain immeasurably from broadening their horizons overseas. From my own personal experiences I consider travel to be a great tool for discovery and learning, especially for children and young adults at such an impressionable stage of their lives. If students are able to see first hand the Passchendaele Memorials in Belgium or are able to learn about deforestation issues in Borneo with their own eyes the impact on them is far more profound then reading about it in a text book.

MEDIA RELEASE: Wairoa College heads for the rugby fields and battlefields of Europe

Written by on July 19th, 2014.      0 comments

Wairoa College heads for the rugby fields and battlefields of Europe

The Wairoa College Rugby Academy is planning an ambitious once in a lifetime European tour in 2015 with the help of Student Horizons, a company which facilitates international travel for schools and sports teams.  

Coinciding with the Rugby World Cup, 32 boys of Maori and Pacific decent, will travel through the UK and Ireland before crossing to France and Belgium. Coordinated by Student Horizons, they will be playing rugby teams in five countries, staying with local families, visiting cultural and heritage sites including battlefields of Passchendaele and Ypres. 


Taking the Classroom Overseas - Experiential Learning (Learning by doing)

Written by Jamie Wansey on June 23rd, 2014.      0 comments

aBy developing students awareness of the world we hope that we will help to lift their aspirations and enhance their lives.


Westlake Boys' High School UK and Spain Football Tour Blog - April 2014

Written by Jamie Wansey on May 14th, 2014.      0 comments

Westlake Spain Football"The players have grown both as footballers and as young men and their understanding of the game and of the world and, perhaps most importantly, themselves has expanded. It has been a privilege to have been a part of this"
Tour Leader - Westlake Boys' High School Football Tour - 2014


Student Horizons forges a partnership with the Passchendaele Society

Written by Jamie Wansey on February 28th, 2014.      0 comments

StudentHorizons Passchendaele blogIn February 2014 Student Horizons forged an exciting 4 year partnership with The Passchendaele Society. The sponsorship provided to the Passchendaele Society by Student Horizons will be utilised towards travel costs for youths travelling to Belgium in 2017 for the centenary commemorations of the Battle of Passchendaele.

Camps International and Student Horizons - Forge Exclusive Partnership

Written by Jamie Wansey on February 5th, 2014.      0 comments

Expeditions CI logo lockupLeading youth travel companies Student Horizons and Camps International have today announced their strategic partnership that will offer international voluntourism adventures for New Zealand students.

Avondale College Sydney Cricket Tour - GREAT SUCCESS

Written by Jamie Wansey on October 22nd, 2013.      0 comments

Avondale College CricketTour feedback from our tour leaders is incredibly important to the team at Student Horizons. It helps us to continually improve on our tour services and reconfirms what we are also doing well.

Student Horizons & Pasifika Power Up for NCEA Success

Written by Jamie Wansey on September 10th, 2013.      0 comments

Student Horizons Power Up pasifikaStudent Horizons is proud to be involved in the Power Up for NCEA programme which begins this month. Power Up for NCEA is a Ministry of Education initiative which aims to inform and energise Pasifika students and families in the lead up to NCEA exams.

Aussie Cricket Tours Coming Up - New Plymouth BHS and Avondale College

Written by Jamie Wansey on August 22nd, 2013.      0 comments

As Term Three begins to wind up two New Zealand school cricket teams are becoming increasingly excited about their upcoming Cricket Tours to Australia.

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