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7. UQ Lakes

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Following your map, take the stairs directly across from the School Locker Book Shop and walk down to the UQ Lakes area. Turn left and follow the path alongside the lake before reaching the bridge. Cross the bridge for stunning views of the lakes and the diverse array of wildlife, including ducks, turtles and water dragons.

When jacaranda trees are in bloom, UQ Lakes are surrounded by fields of purple. Student legend says that if a jacaranda flower falls on your head you will fail your exams, so be careful!

 Tag your jacaranda photos with #uqpurple.

UQ Lakes is also where you can start UQ’s Sustainability Walk, which highlights more than 30 sustainability destinations featuring some cutting-edge initiatives and research by the University.

From the UQ Lake’s bridge, you will also be able to view some of UQ’s residential colleges. These on-campus colleges provide community living environments offering friendship, academic support and a range of sporting, cultural and social opportunities.

 Wheelchair access: Use the key provided on the tour route map. When exiting the GCI Building, go back to the Student Union Complex Building and take the elevator down one level. Exit the elevator, turn left and continue down the path to the outdoor elevator. Take the elevator down one more level. On exiting the elevator, turn right and follow the dotted route to the UQ Lakes.

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