spud82 saidDon't worry, TBA is thousands of miles away from Brisbane.
I heard all the airlines black listed him (for being un australian).
And talking about himself in the third person.
More importantly, I have been to Brisbane twice and I can tell you it's not a bad place.Certainly not the most exciting city on earth but you won't have any trouble having just about the best time of your life. Aussies love Americans in general but be ready for some trash talk. (Mostly about the wars we got them involved in) Just agree with them and change the subject.
It will be winter in the southern hemisphere.The mornings and evenings can get cool,but most days should be dry and sunny.
UQ is a very good school and full of international students so you may have trouble even finding an Australian there. The gay nightlife is in "the Valley" easy get to. Make friends with someone with a car, north and south of Brisbane are some of the best beaches and places of beauty. If you get a chance The Great Barrier Reef starts in Bundaberg only a four hour drive north, or take a 30 min flight.(airfares seem to be cheap) The Brisbane Bay is full of islands with dolphin,turtle and dugong, amazing.
Australia has become very expensive,but they do enjoy some of the highest standards of living anywhere in the world. Low rates of HIV in straight and gay populations,but still be aware all other STD's are on offer.So use a condom and be smart.
Brisbane is a very safe, there are no "gangs to speak of and guns are illegal. Anyways you'll always have plenty of people that will look out for you.
Drinking is their nation sport, but make sure you go and see some NRL or AFL.
Start making some Brisbane RJ mates now. You can never have enough.
Oh I get to fly with Qantas all the time;
But one is not a mere australian; even a cheap import can become one of them; look at Julia Gillard. Being six generations born here, does in fact make one a True Blue Aussie, the Bona Fide thing; genuine.
So your slit to upset one made one laugh, as i know the truth; so sorry you failed to upset one, because of your issues of hate; that was so democrat of you.
No if you compare Australia to the cheap living standards of America we are not cheap; but then why should paradise come cheaply. We go to Hawaii to shop, because it's so bloody cheap there, then I get to fly home to the worlds most livable city, life is good and I am so blessed. Sorry spud your attempt to upset one failed; time to make a nice pot of tea.
PS the funny thing is, I am also seen as one of the good guys, and my daily actions show that, as well do many people; a truth many of the haters at RJ will not like.
But to the Op I truly wish you the best. I have been blessed to of made many international friend visiting Oz; gosh I even got a Russian husband out of it, until his death.