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10 places you didn't know belong to UQ

Uni life
Published 29 May, 2024  ·  5-minute read

When you think of student life here at The University of Queensland (UQ), you might think of attending classes or going to the library. But, UQ’s facilities also encompass a wide variety of research, historical and sustainable institutions all across Queensland. 

Here are 10 interesting places you may not know belong to UQ. 

The Atrium

People seated in the Atrium talking

The Atrium at UQ Brisbane City is a free co-working and collaborative space for UQ alumni and community with complimentary coffee, tea and wifi. Delivering professional development, networking and event opportunities, this is your go-to destination for career inspiration, direction and connection. 

Register for an event, book a career consultation, chat to an expert about your postgraduate study options, meet a mentor for coffee or simply pull up a chair to work from The Atrium.

Anthropology Museum

Located on campus at St Lucia, the Anthropology Museum is the perfect place to visit after class or on your day off.

Home to a significant collection of Pacific and Australian Indigenous art, artefacts, paintings, photography, clothing and more, it also holds a variety of events and exhibitions open to students and the public. Entry is free.

Boyce Gardens

One of many examples of UQ’s commitment to sustainability is the ongoing management of the Boyce Gardens. Originally a private garden, the site was gifted to The University of Queensland in 1969. 

The public gardens and rainforest, located in Mount Lofty near Toowoomba, span an incredible 6 hectares. Walking through the space you can discover rose gardens, pine forests, avocado orchards and more. 

Customs House

Customs House

The University of Queensland’s riverside Customs House, in Brisbane’s CBD, is a renowned restaurant and events space. Serving modern Australian cuisine, it offers relaxed riverside dining in a heritage-listed building that has served Brisbane since 1889. 

To book a meal or enquire about a function, you can visit the Customs House website. 

Fryer Library collections

Founded in 1927, the Fryer Memorial Library of Australian Literature was established in honour of John Denis Fryer, a soldier and student at UQ. 

The library is home to unique cultural material from WWI, including letters and cards sent by John Fryer to his family from the French battlefields, as well as a wide range of manuscripts, architectural plans and models, photographs and rare books. 

Heron and Stradbroke Island Research Stations

Heron Island Research Station

Another example of The University of Queensland’s continued contribution to the environment and sustainability is the marine stations at Heron and Stradbroke Islands. 

Heron Island Research Station is a world-class marine station on the Great Barrier Reef focused on research and education. The station offers tours to learn more about the work conducted there and allows you to get up close and personal with creatures native to the reef.

The Moreton Bay Research Station focuses on biodiversity and climate solutions, educating students from all over the world. Many UQ courses give students the opportunity to visit the research station and learn about marine systems, ocean conservation, geography and other related topics.

UQ works closely with the Quandamooka people, the First Nations custodians of the Moreton Bay region. The UQ/QYAC Memorandum of Understanding allows joint research and development projects to be undertaken on Quandamooka Country. 

Hidden Vale Research Station

Located 80 kilometres west of Brisbane is UQ’s Hidden Vale Research Station, which enables students and researchers to develop wildlife management techniques and investigate solutions for conservation issues. 

Both undergraduate and postgraduate students can learn here, with hands-on experience and the opportunity to discover the important work being undertaken and see some of Australia’s most beautiful animals up close.

John Oxley River Walk UQ

This beautiful riverside track loops around the St Lucia campus and along the river. You can walk, run or cycle the route, or even join the popular parkrun on Saturday mornings. 

The trail is great for wildlife spotting and appreciating the deep history of the Traditional Owners of the land, the Turrbal and Jagera people, who once used the riverbank for fishing and bird hunting.

Patina at Alumni Court

Birdseye view of two people having lunch

Patina restaurant is located on campus at St Lucia. Its ‘paddock-to-plate’ philosophy features local produce from the region, like Mooloolaba prawns and Coral Coast barramundi.

It seats 90 people and offers a private dining room for special events, as well as takeaway coffee and breakfast for students and staff. 

RD Milns Antiquities Museum

UQ’s RD Milns Antiquities Museum is a major collection of Mediterranean antiquities located at the St Lucia campus. It was established with the goal of studying classical civilisations like Greece, Rome, Egypt and the Near East.

The teaching museum is open Monday to Friday and holds exhibitions, events and masterclasses, as well as participating in ongoing research. 

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