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Top 25 free (or cheap) things to do in Brisbane



Having an outgoing life can be hard while trying to save for a home deposit.

Brisbane is a place full of excitement, adventure, and fun things to do – and fortunately, many of them won’t have you digging deep in your pockets.

Here are the top 25 things you can still do in Brisbane completely free (or close to it)!

  1. Learn about Brisbane’s environment at the Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre.
  2. Head to a Sunday session at Customs House to enjoy performances by up-and-coming local music students.

    Customs House in Brisbane, Australia

    Photo source: customshouse.com.au

  3. Into politics? Take a tour around Queensland Parliament House.
  4. Embrace Mother Nature and take a trip to feed the ducks at the Sherwood Arboretum.
  5. Do the low tide walk out to King Island, where you can go for a paddle and grab a bite to eat at the café.
  6. Head out to the historic Old Petrie Town, just half an hour north of Brisbane’s CBD.
  7. Stroll along Shorncliffe Pier, where you’re bound to find a great place to fish or eat lunch – it’s 350m long!
  8. Take the family to Kangaroo Point Cliffs for a picnic lunch or dinner at one of Brisbane’s most scenic spots.

    Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Brisbane

    Photo source: visitbrisbane.com.au

  9. Walk around Roma Street Parkland where you can see the flowers at Spectacle Garden and wander through the magic at Fern Gully.
  10. Explore the exhibitions at the Bribie Island Seaside Museum.
  11. Satisfy your inner scientists at The Cube, an interactive screening exhibition held at QUT.
  12. Walk the City Centre Heritage Trail for an insight into what Brisbane looked like many years ago.
  13. Visit Epicurious Gardens, a park filled with exotic plants, fruits and vegetables found right in the heart of the CBD.
  14. Take the kids to the State Library of Queensland, where they can play games and participate in free activities while you relax and read a book.
  15. If you’re in Brisbane over the Christmas period, head to the free Christmas festivals held all month long!
  16. Go for a dip in the Wynnum Wading Pool, a waterpark and playground that is the perfect spot for families.

    Wynnum Wading Pool and Waterpark, Brisbane

    Photo source: visitbrisbane.com.au

  17. Explore the galaxy just 15 minutes from the CBD at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, where you can gaze at the stars on the Cosmic Skydome and even see fragments of asteroids.

    Brisbane Planiterium

    Photo source: brisbane.qld.gov.au

  18. Wander through the Museum of Brisbane and see the fascinating exhibits, workshops and activities that are held there (and entry is free!)
  19. Get up close and personal with koalas at the Daisy Hill Koala Centre, a facility dedicated to educating the public about these adorable marsupials.
  20. Experience the Aboriginal culture every Wednesday at the Queen Street Mall, where this ancient culture is showcased through song and dance.
  21. See the sunrise light up the city skyline at the Mt Coot-tha mountain lookout.
  22. Head to the Queensland Museum to check out the fascinating exhibitions.
  23. Cycle or walk along the Riverwalk, an 870m-long water highway that stretches between New Farm and the Brisbane CBD.
  24. Speaking of New Farm, this park is one of the most beautiful picnic spots in all of Brisbane. Spread out a rug on top of a carpet of flowers and enjoy the breeze coming off the river.
  25. Take one of the free tours that are held daily at the Brisbane City Hall Clock Tower, where you can ride the old lift all the way up to the top for a birds-eye view of this beautiful city.