Brisbane is full of free and frugal activities ideal for students and those on a budget. Here are my top tips for things to do under twenty dollars:
Cultural Heritage Public Art Trail
If you’d like to take a 1.3 km walk through the city’s historic plaza and squares then download a copy of the Cultural Heritage Public Art Trail map. The walk starts in King George Square and finishes at St Stephen’s Cathedral on Elizabeth Street. It features historic, heritage-listed and contemporary artwork and monuments of note.
Brisbane Greeters tour
The Brisbane Greeters is a free public service where you can take a small tour with a friendly and knowledgeable local guide. There are set tours covering Aboriginal History and Art, Walter Taylor Bridge, and Food Heritage. You can also visit the city, parklands and gardens or riverside with a Brisbane Greeters.
City Botanical Gardens and Parks
These are numerous public parks around Brisbane where you can take a walk or have a picnic or barbeque. The Brisbane City Council website lists all of the local parks, including whether they have a dog off-lease area or wi-fi hotspot.
The City Botanical Gardens is a great spot to take a walk or you may like to take a packed lunch and picnic basket. Alternatively, visit the Riverside Markets from 7 am to 3 pm every Sunday. There is a range of stalls selling arts, crafts, clothing, gifts and food.
Davies Park in West End holds a market every Saturday. You can find local produce, craft and clothing.
The Collective Markets at South Bank are held Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Stanley Street Plaza with plenty of great food places nearby.
Roma Street Parklands is another great spot for picnics and walks with beautiful plants and flowers to look at. There is a free one-hour guided tour.
New Farm Park is super popular so sometimes it can be hard to find a park. Get there early, especially if you want to use one of the public barbeques. Jan Powers Farmers Markets are held at the nearby Powerhouse every Saturday from 6 am to 12 noon.
South Bank Cultural Precinct
There are plenty of free exhibitions showing at the South Bank Cultural Precinct, including art at the Queensland Art Gallery and GOM (Gallery of Modern Art) or educational displays at the Queensland Museum and Sciencecentre, or the Queensland Maritime Museum.
CityCat and Ferry Ride
A great way to spend your afternoon is to catch a City Cat river ferry and journey down the Brisbane River. The service operates every day of the week and often as frequently as every 15 minutes.
Hire a CityCycle bike
It costs as little as $2 for a casual pass to hire a CityCycle bicycle. There are over 150 stations in the Brisbane city centre from Newstead to West End and Toowong. The Brisbane City Council has a handy route planner for cycling around Brisbane.
What are your favourite activities in Brisbane for free or under $20?