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7 free things to do in Brisbane

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We understand that sometimes it’s hard being a Uni student and you’re not always flush with cash, but you don’t need to have stacks of cash to enjoy some of the best activities and experiences Brissie has to offer. We don’t want you to miss out on all the great free activities, so we’ve  created this list of 7 free things to do in Brisbane.


1. Cool off at Streets Beach

If you’re outside in Brisbane in the summer there’s no better place to cool off than at Streets Beach in South Bank. This man-made beach is a South Bank icon and a must see while you’re visiting the parklands. The beach is free and is patrolled by qualified lifeguards throughout the year. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants nearby too once you’ve finished having a dip.

2. Wander through the air-conditioned halls of QAGOMA

The Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) is an art museum located in the South Bank precinct and is the largest gallery of modern and contemporary art in Australia. QAGOMA presents an evolving program of Australian and international exhibitions, with a focus on the contemporary art of Australia, Asia and the Pacific. It is  the the most dynamic, innovative and exciting cultural and art space in Brisbane and there is plenty to see and do. Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art also houses Australia’s first purpose built cinematheque showcasing the best in international film and video which is definitely worth checking out.

View their website below.

3. Catch the CityHopper along the river

Brisbane City Council’s CityHopper is a free inner city ferry service for the Brisbane River. You can hop on and hop off the CityHopper every 30 minutes. The service runs between 6am and midnight, seven days a week. The CityHopper is a great opportunity to see Brisbane from another vantage point, and there’s nothing quite like cruising along the river at night time and seeing the city come alive in a burst of light and colour.

View the timetable here


4. Explore the local farmers’ markets
The Brisbane region covers some beautiful farmland and there’s no better way to appreciate the hard work farmers do than to tag along to their markets. Introduce yourself to fresh local produce from the Lockyer Valley to Somerset and the Scenic Rim with Brisbane’s best farmers’ markets. You’ll find hosting stalls with the usual fresh fruit and veg, flowers and meats plus a huge range of plants and lifestyle products. Search online to determine which ones you’d like to visit, but regardless of which one you view, you won’t be disappointed.

Visit below to see the impressive arrange of farmers markets in Brisbane


5. Wander back to the city via the Riverwalk

The Brisbane Riverwalk is one of Brisbane’s absolute must do’s – a water highway for pedestrians and cyclists jutting out along the most scenic tract of Brisbane river between New Farm to the Howard St Wharves and on to the Brisbane CBD.

This permanent fixture was built to replace Brisbane’s first floating riverwalk – a visionary yet doomed project that was all but swept away in the 2011 floods, when it was shown to be no match for the might of a swollen raging Brisbane river. The 870m long Riverwalk is happily segregated into dedicated roadways for cyclists and pedestrians so neither can intrude on other’s turf, with cyclists enjoying a 3.5m path and a comfortable 2.5m one for pedestrians.

Entry from the New Farm end is at Riverview Court (river end tip of Merthyr Rd) and the Riverwalk ends at the historic Howard Smith Wharves to connect with the riverside boardwalk to Brisbane’s CBD.

Need to know: Except for the odd rest shelter along the way (with seating), there is no shade along the walk so it’s recommended to be taken earlier or later in the day and in summer first thing in the morning or at dusk.

Tip: Take the river cat from Brisbane’s CBD (Riverside City Cat terminal) to New Farm’s Sydney St terminal then turn left onto Griffith St and walk the block to Riverview Ct/Merthyr Rd and take the riverwalk back to the CBD.

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6. Sunrise at Mt Coot-tha

Easily the most popular spot to see the sun rise, Mt Coot-tha offers a panoramic view of the city and Brisbane surrounds. Head here to see the city radiate in a golden glow as day breaks and the bright globe rises behind the city skyline – there’s sure to be a few people with the same idea.

The sun rises each day (obviously) so a missed alarm is no excuse to miss the sun at its finest.  Thanks to our east coast location, Brisbane can expect some pretty epic sunrises.

But first things first, set that alarm, for a summer sunrise the first light shows as early as 4.44am, meaning winter is the best time to rise early as it pops up as late as 6.38am in June and July.

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7. BBQ at Kangaroo point cliffs

Kangaroo Point is BBQ central, boasting stunning city views from several vantage points. One is Kangaroo Point Park itself, the new sculpture dominated patch of green between St Mary’s and the Cliffs Café, another also on upper River Terrace with a handful of barbecues strung out along the clifftops.

Lower River Terrace

Head down the cliff steps or drive into Lower River Terrace, Kangaroo Point, where the riverfront promenade is home to 4 barbecues and a batch of picnic shelters, sandwiched between the Riverlife Centre and the water dragon-infested boardwalk, backed by the dramatic scape of the Kangaroo Point cliffs and easily located by the red Expo sculptures that spring up in their midst.



Stay tuned for future instalments of free things to do in Brisbane. We’ll also be posting some cool, free things to do in Melbourne and Adelaide over the coming weeks too!


Have fun exploring!

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