Travel through Australia doesn’t always have to be costly. A great way to reduce some of the expenses on your holiday in Brisbane is to incorporate some of the free things to do in the Queensland capital. Another way to reduce your expenses is to reserve your car rental ahead of time to take advantage of Budget’s great deals on car hire in Brisbane. Here are seven things you can do in Brisbane for free.
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Stroll through the Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens
City Botanic Gardens Photo Credit: VisitBrisbane.com
The City Botanic Gardens are completely free to walk through and they are conveniently located between the CBD and the Brisbane River. These gardens have a long history and are Brisbane’s oldest public gardens with many unusual and rare botanic species. You can bring a picnic to eat on the open grassy areas. Other areas to explore within the City Botanic Gardens include rainforest, lily ponds, the mangrove boardwalk and the avenue of bunya pines. You can also plan to attend one of the free guided walks given by volunteers Monday through Saturday. If you want even more gardens, you can also see the Mt Coot-tha Reserve Botanic Gardens for free. It is just about a 15 minute drive from Brisbane and is a more lush environment than the City Botanic Gardens. You can also climb Mt Coot-tha, it is 287 metres high so you can catch the view to the Moreton Bay islands on a clear day.
Visit the Southbank
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Brisbane’s South Bank is a precinct of the city located on the south end of the Brisbane River. It is an educational and cultural hub with plenty of restaurants and shops. You can certainly spend money while there, but there is no charge to just walk around and see the sights. Many of the museum and cultural attractions here are free or have free tours. The views are amazing and it is a great place for people watching or just relaxing.
Take a Ride on the City Hopper Boat
The City Hopper Boat Service Photo Credit: Brisbane.qld.gov.au
The City Hopper is a free service that is provided by the city. The boat ferries travel along the Brisbane River every 30 minutes from 6am until midnight daily, seven days a week. The stops the City Hopper makes includ North Quay, South Bank 3, Maritime Museum, Thornton Street, Eagle Street Pier, Holman Street, Dockside, and Sydney Street. You can see all the sights along the Brisbane River completely for free.
Fun at a Free Festival
There is almost always something going on in a busy city hub like Brisbane. You might be able to time your holiday with one of the city’s four free festivals:
The Valley Fiesta in October
The Valley Jazz Festival
The Queensland Music Festival in July
The Brisbane Festival in September
Tour one of Brisbane’s Museums
Museum of Brisbane Photo Credit: Wikipedia
The Cultural Precinct is home to the Cultural Centre next to the South Bank. Here you will find the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, the State Library, Queensland Museum, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, and the Queensland Theatre Company. All of them offer something free in addition to paid tours or ticketed events.
Take a Scenic Drive
We already told you about the 15 minute drive to the Mt. Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. Just a short drive from Brisbane, you can also see the picturesque scenery on the way to and all around Mount Nebo and Mount Glorious, which are just northwest of Brisbane. The winding mountain road on the way there is almost as nice as the destination. Another nearby scenic drive option is the Somerset Dam. It is just about an hour’s drive from Brisbane. Once there you can have a picnic among the beautiful scenery or participate in watersports, fishing, or other fun in the countryside.
Hit the Beach
Wynnum Wading Pool Photo Credit: VisitBrisbane.com
There are a number of great beaches near Brisbane including Noosa, the most visited National Park in Australia. If you like your beaches a little less crowded, head a little further north to Sunshine Beach. Another option is the Wynnum Wading Pool, a family favourite because it fills up a low tide but only gets thigh high. They have added a playground to this tidal pool that gives the family the best of both worlds with a shallow and safe place to swim but still get to experience the ocean water.