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Written by Krishnamoorthy V on May 13, 2020 Share on

10 Top Free Things to Do in Brisbane – Brisbane on a Budget

Queensland’s lively capital city is packed between the ocean and precipitous national parks. Brisbane is a city thriving with restaurants, art & culture and at the same time, it also has its close connection with nature. This is one of the chilled out cities in Australia with a classic laid-back Queensland attitude. It is also the passageway to marvels like the Gold coast and Sunshine Coast. Commonly mistaken for just an International entry point, Brisbane is a city that provides a variety of options for its visitors to have fun. Whether you wish to visit an art gallery, cool off in a rainforest waterhole, or just taste some great local wine and food, You can do it all in Brisbane. The city also offers a lot of places to visit that does not burn a hole in your pocket, Here are the Top 10 free things to do in Brisbane. 

Sunbath at South Bank

Among the Top 10 free things to do in Brisbane, Spending the day at South Bank would surely top the list. South bank is a unique and beautiful place that you will only understand once you arrive here. It is well accessible and easy to get to on the bus or train. It welcomes you with its wonderful parklands, happening beaches, and loads of modern dining experiences. If you are unable to get to the coast and would want to head to a place with a similar set up then South bank is a perfect alternative. 

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Enjoy the versatility at Queensland GOMA

The Queensland Gallery of modern art is the hub for vibrant and fun-filled experiences through exhibitions, art galleries, social events, and lip-smacking food. To get the best out of this place, ensure you check the events that are happening before you go, be assured that this place would definitely have something wonderful to offer and is truly an Instagram hotspot.

Tour the Brisbane City Hall Clock Tower

The tour of the clock tower at the Brisbane city hall is a must-do while in the city. The journey up the tower on the old, hand-operated elevator is fun once in a lifetime experience. The top of the clock tower offers some of the best views of the city. This place is a paradise for history buffs as it has so many stories to know about. There are complimentary tours available to visitors on a first come first serve basis, so be sure to rush for your spot as they tend to sell out quickly. 

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Cherish a BBQ experience at the Park

Australians love their food and the city of Brisbane is no different, With so many wonderful parklands, The city offers an excellent set up for outdoor BBQs. While there are many locations at which one can enjoy this experience the best of the lot would be the Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park. This place is a favorite among the localities and hence be sure to arrive early to get a perfect spot for yourself. 

Take a ferry ride on the Brisbane river

Last but not least, Enjoying the beautiful views of the city from the Brisbane River is a mandatory experience while in the city. Worried that you might have to spend a bomb on this ferry trip? Well, don’t as Cityhopper takes you on this journey at absolutely free of cost. You can only board the free trip from Eagle street, However, the ride is definitely worth the walk. 

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Visit the Daisy Hill Koala Center

Spotting koala bears is one of the most unique free things to do in Brisbane. Yes, koala parks in Brisbane are where you can find those fluffy creatures in their natural habitat. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a brilliant place to spot koala bears but if you’re running out of money, visit the Daisy Hill Koala Center instead. It has free entry, and it has some cool observation decks to enjoy some cute koala moments with your kids.

Visit the famous art duo of QA-GOMA

From international films to modern art, from cults to classics, from Australia to Asia-Pacific, the twin museums situated in the Queensland Cultural Centre has it all stashed under one roof. You get free entry into both Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, and special exhibitions are ticketed at a small prize.

Catch a free cultural event at the Brisbane Powerhouse

Not sure if it’s the joy of never-ending festival vibes or the chance to come close to genuinely good performances, there’s something catchy about the Brisbane Powerhouse. The genres are wide-ranging—the powerhouse lends its stage to events across music, theatre, movies, comedy, art, writing, circus and more. From hosting the MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture, and Queensland Cabaret Festival, this is one true powerhouse that doesn’t shy away from shedding light on boldest and most liberal of arts. And yes, the entry is free.

Spot jacarandas at New Farm Park

The New Farm Park is a 37-acre green oasis dotted with breathtaking jacaranda trees and complementing landscapes. This can be your perfect nature getaway inside the city. Make sure you pack a picnic and don’t forget your camera! And all of this comes for free.

Soak up breathtaking views from atop Mount Coot Tha

Mount Coot Tha is an entire point of attraction unto itself. Soak up the beautiful city of Brisbane from the top, hop on a bicycle and discover a hidden nature trail or dine at a rooftop restaurant. This is a subtle, offbeat attraction that you’ll totally love, and on top of it, it’s free!

If you are in the city for a day or 2 and looking to do some fun and happy experiences at a budget, These are your best options. To get the best vacation suggestions and travel tips, Plan your own Australia tour packages with Pickyourtrail. You can also choose the available bundles on the Pickyourtrail website. 

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