Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Free things to do in Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane, Australia is a city famous for sunshine, friendly people, and natural beauty. However, what if you have bought one too many pints of Australian beer for your newfound friends (maybe in Brisbane's famous XXXX Ale House!) and find yourself in Brisbane with empty pockets? Luckily, a lack of cash does not mean that your Australian fun has to come to an end, because there are many free things to do during your time in Brisbane.

Here are some ideas of free things to do in Brisbane:

  • Just start walking! Brisbane is one of those beautiful cities perfect for wandering and exploring in. Walk the eclectic assortment of people going by, and snap photos of the seaside scenes and the mountains to the west.
  • Visit the City Botanic Gardens. This lush oasis is free to enter, and has enough attractive displays of exotic flowers and plants to delight you for hours. There are also interesting educational displays and great views of the river.
  • The Museum of Brisbane offers free admission, and you can spend the afternoon filling your mind with interesting knowledge from its many great exhibits.
  • Believe it or not, there is actually a subtropical garden right in the city centre of Brisbane. The free Roma Street Parklands is the largest of its kind.
  • Every Sunday, the UQ School of Music puts on a free live music concert at the Customs House. Head down there to check out some tunes that will be sweet to your ears as well as your wallet.
  • In September, the Brisbane Festival brings the city to life with free performances of from all different genres of theatre, music and art. The festival lasts for three weeks and is a great place to get some great entertainment that will cost you nothing.
  • It is free to check out any of Brisbane’s lively marketplaces, where you can enjoy the bustling atmosphere and view the local crafts and products on display. Some of the best markets include the Valley Markets at Brunswick St. Mall, Jan Power’s Farmers Markets, and the West End Markets at Davies Park.
  • Check out Southbank Beach. This is the only artificial inland city beach. It holds the equivalent of three Olympic size swimming pools and 4000 cubic metres of sand right in the middle of the city! If you are travelling with kids, this is a great free place for them to run off their energy at one of the three playgrounds.

And if you are feeling flush and 'hang the budget' then try any of the great things to do in Brisbane on the YouGoDo guide!

Getting There

Brisbane can be reached via daily international flights to Brisbane Airport, which is 20 km north-east of the city at Eagle Farm.

There are many ways to enjoy Brisbane without spending a penny, so feel free to have fun even on the smallest shoestring travel budget!

Simon Grant is a frequent traveller and lover of new experiences, he writes about the sights he sees and the antics he gets up to at Time To Wander site.

Brisbane image courtesy of Visit Brisbane.

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