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In this post I’m going to share with you some of the great free things to do in Brisbane! We’ve only been in Brisbane just over a week but we’ve already been exploring things to do in this beautiful city, including a bunch of free activities! Often outcast by its much bigger sisters Sydney and Melbourne, this vibrant city is often overlooked and underrated!

It may not be your typical sea, surf and all things BBQ but Brisbane is foodie and cultural heaven! With cafes, food markets, restaurants and bars around every corner you can try something new everyday! And I can bet that the prices are a lot lower than that of Sydney and Melbourne!

Other than eating your weight in great food there’s so much more you can do! A Bonus being that there is so many free things to do in Brisbane! So here we’ve put together just a fraction of the free things to do in Brisbane!

1. Southbank Parklands

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The Lagoon at South Bank a little chilly in the winter months but great to cool down in summer!

Just across the river from the CBD sits the buzzing Southbank Parklands. Built upon the river bank the parklands is full of energising   cafes, bars and restaurants you’ll be spoilt for choice!

The main complaint people have about Brisbane is its lack of beach! But hey all is not lost as a man made beach, called Streets Beach,with two pools sits on the Southbank and its not far from the real thing either! Pretty cool huh? You can throw down a towel and enjoy the Queensland sunshine feeling pretty much like your on a real beach!

You can also ride the Brisbane Wheel and get an amazing shot in front of the famous Brisbane Letters!

Budget: FREE

Tip: If you’re looking for ice cream make sure you check out Nitrogenie. All of their ice creams and shakes are made with liquid nitrogen and it’s delicious! ($7 upwards)

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Free Things to do in Brisbane

2. River Walk from New Farm

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Free Things to do in Brisbane

When we first arrived in Brisbane we were lucky enough to stay in an air bnb in the suburb of New Farm, it was gorgeous! About 30 minutes from the city centre and across the river, New Farm is full of cafes and culture. And it’s great and I mean great for brunch!

The best thing that New Farm has to offer is the river walk! The river walk is an above water pedestrian and cycle way.

The walkway was built to replace the previous walkway which was destroyed in the Brisbane floods in 2011. You can hire a bicycle from Sydney Street to cycle over the bridge or walk at a leisurely pace across into the city! The walk is over 850 metres and is a comfortable walk when in the heat of Queensland!

Budget: Totally Free

3. Eat Streets Markets

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The donuts van at Eat Streets

When I said that Brisbane is foodie heaven I wasn’t over exaggerating! Now I cheated a little here! Eat Streets Market isn’t free but its only $3 entry and is totally worth it! Over in Northshore (easy access via ferry, car or bus!) right beside the river you’ll find the all eating, all drinking markets.

The markets are built on shipping containers which is pretty cool! There’s every genre of food you can imagine from American, BBQ, Thai, Seafood to desserts and candy floss literally the size of your head! The markets are open every weekend from Friday – Sunday and if your in Brisbane for the weekend you can’t miss it!

There’s a stage where different acts come to peform each weekend! The acts are great at getting the crowd involved and making sure everyone’s having a great time! There’s also a projector screen where movies are played just check which ones are on before you go!

Budget: $3 entry but totally worth it! Food: $5 upwards

4. Cruise along the Brisbane River

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Enjoying a ride on the free city hopper!

With the city built along the river you’ve got to take the chance to cruise on the water! There’s two types of transport that run along the river the Cityhopper and CityCat. The City Hopper is completely free and goes to all the stops in and around the CBD. These ferries come every half an hour and though they can be slow they are a great way to cruise down the river whilst enjoying views of the city!

The other option is to take the CityCat which is a lot faster but charges $4.70. The CityCat does go further up and down the river so just get out the route map before you go!

Budget: Cityhopper: FREE CityCat: $4.70 per journey (2018)

5. Botanic Gardens

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The Botanic Gardens

Away from all the hustle and bustle of the city Brisbane is home to the Botanic Gardens. These beautiful gardens are just minutes away from the CBD. With stretches of lawn filled with palm trees, gorgeous flowers and bamboo shoots just to name a few!

Because this city is in the sunshine state it gets very little rainfall! You can always get your friends together and head on down for a picnic! The Gardens has paths winding all the way around so its great for walking, running or cycling. You can find a cycle station at all entrances of the park! And finally, there’s also a child’s play area if your accompanied by little ones, so there really is something for everyone!

Budget: Totally Free!

So there you have it! Five free (well almost!) awesome things to do in Brisbane if you’re on a budget!

Of course this isn’t all Brisbane has to offer! And its certainly not an exhaustive list of free things to do in Bisbane! I’ve got so many more hints and tips coming your way! From exploring the views at the top of Mount Coot-Tha to cuddling Koala Bears at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary! If you enjoyed this post and can’t wait for the next one then fill out the form and hit subscribe! You’ll get them straight to your inbox!

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