Our McAuley Campus is in the light, leafy capital of Queensland. With a relaxed atmosphere and mild winters, it’s easy to get the most out of your uni life in Brisbane. Take part in the clubs and activities on the sprawling Banyo Campus, or make the most of the city’s rivers, parks and nearby beaches.

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The Brisbane Campus (McAuley at Banyo) is located just 12km north of the city centre. Brisbane itself is easy to get around and its river, parks and nightlife are all within easy reach. Even Queensland’s famous beaches are just a short trip away.

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Getting around Brisbane

Travelling to our Brisbane Campus in Banyo is easy. There’s a great network of bike paths for cyclists and, for those on public transport, there are train and bus routes nearby.

We even provide a free shuttle bus between key train stops to get you to lectures on time.

We run two free bus services to local public transport hubs so you can get you need to go, faster. The service runs Monday to Friday between Toombul Shopping Centre, Northgate Station and the Chermside Shopping Centre precinct.

Monday to Friday, the bus leaves Toombul at approximately 7.30am on a 30-minute round-trip route. The first service arrives on campus with sufficient time for you to attend an 8.00am lecture. The last service on this route leaves campus at approximately 6.00pm.

The bus leaves from Chermside (Hamilton Road at Playfield St BCC Stop 37a) every 60minutes, with the first service at 7.30am. The first service arrives at the campus with sufficient time to attend an 8.00am lecture. From 7.00pm, a single bus operates on the Chermside/Northgate/Toombul route. The last service from campus departs at approximately 9.15pm.

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Brisbane is a cycle-friendly city and our campus is a cycle-friendly place. Look up nearby bicycle paths near campus at the Brisbane City Council Cycling website.

When you arrive at campus, you can store your two-wheeled steed at one of two sets of racks. The first set is located outside of the library adjacent to the covered seating area. The second set is located just outside the Co-op Bookshop.

City Council buses connect the campus with train stations and suburbs including Toombul Shopping Centre, Northgate, Banyo, Brisbane City and Fortitude Valley.

City Council bus stops, both inbound and outbound, are situated just outside the campus grounds near the intersection of Approach Road and Earnshaw Road.

Visit the Translink website for timetables. 

It would be great if you could find other, more sustainable ways to campus. If you can’t, there is some parking available but spaces are limited.

There are a number of reserved spots outside Building 206 for our visitors. You can reserve these spaces by calling the concierge through AskACU on 1300 ASK ACU (275 228).

There is also staff parking for those with an ACU-issued swipe pass.

Finally, there are a number of disabled parking spaces on campus for those who hold and display a current government-issued permit.


Life on campus

Brisbane life on campus

Just like life in Brisbane generally, the McAuley at Banyo Campus has plenty of opportunity for you to make the most of the sunshine. The expansive grounds have a mix of historic and modern buildings, with wide lawns and hang-out areas where you can relax, study and connect with your fellow students.

There are also plenty of opportunities to get involved in campus life through sports clubs, student societies and free social events.

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Art gallery

The Peter W Sheehan Gallery exhibits work by our students and community groups about religious, equity and social justice issues.

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Medical centre

Access medical support at our on-campus medical centre. Students are eligible to be bulked billed so you can get the service you need.

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Venue hire

If you have an event, we have a space. Our campuses have galleries, lecture halls and even gyms that can be hired for events of all sizes.

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With bootcamp, yoga, boxing and Pilates classes, this fully functional gym is on campus and available at student prices.

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Our library is equipped with everything you need to study, including audiovisual materials, eBooks and tools such as computers and printers.

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We’re here to help you make the most of your studies. Explore all the facilities available to you when you join us at McAuley.

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 Brisbane lifestyle

Brisbane lifestyle in the sun

With a population of over 2 million people, Brisbane has everything you need for big-city living. But it remains an easy, relaxed place to live.

There are plenty of excuses to get out and about, thanks to blue horizons, a meandering river and easy access to Queensland’s beaches. And, with 260 days of sunshine each year, you’ll want to head outside and explore.

Brisbane also has a thriving arts scene with world-class shows, gigs and exhibitions regularly coming to town. Cafes, restaurants, pubs and parks are all on offer in the capital of Australia’s sunshine state.


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In 1863, our McAuley Campus was a 40-hectare seminary. It’s had many lives and purposes since then. Discover more about its past.

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