In my last post I brought some a list of 5 free and cheap things to do in Brisbane. These activities were all centered around the wonderful community resource that is South Bank. However, the rest of the city has plenty of other things to keep even the most stingy of budget travellers happy.
5 MORE Free And Cheap Things To Do In Brisbane
1) Botanic Gardens
The City Botanic Gardens are located just across the river from South Bank and offer a variety of attractions and areas to relax. There are free guided walks on most days at 11am and 1pm, or you can download your own self guided map from the Botanic gardens website and take yourself on your own tour at your own pace. The Botanic Gardens also host a variety of events and concerts, so check whats happening on the website and you might just find something exciting.
2) Roma Street Parklands
The Roma Street Parklands are another green space within the central business district, and are located just behind the Roma Street train and bus station. Most of the cheap hostels in Brisbane are located just a few minutes walk from Roma Street Station, making the parklands a great place to enjoy a sunset or have a picnic.
The Roma Street Parklands also offer free guided walks each day at 10 am and 2pm. The parklands also have a great walking tour designed for parents with children under the age of 5 which departs each Wednesday and Friday at 10 am.
The parklands also have several free BBQ’s spread throughout the park, making it a great place to enjoy a budget meal with some friends.
3) Brisbane Powerhouse
The Brisbane Powerhouse is an arts centre located in the suburb of New Farm. There is no train station in New Farm so to get here you need to either jump on a bus, or take on of the city cat ferries which departs from the city.
The Powerhouse features theatre, comedy, dance, talks, as well as free art exhibitions which are always worth checking out. Many of Brisbane’s arts and cultural festivals are also held at the Powerhouse.
For those not wanting to catch a show, make sure to check out the Powerhouse on a Sunday afternoon. Sunday sessions at the Powerhouse are popular with hipsters and young professionals, and the bar there has a great range of beers and wine to sample. For those with more refined tastes, there is also a fine dining restaurant on the premises.
4) Mount Coot-Tha
For those wanting a great view over the city, then head to Mount Coot-tha. This hill has the best vantage point over the city. It’s a great place for photographers, or those just wanting to relax with an ice cream while taking in the views. There is a cafe on site serving coffee, alcoholic beverages and light meals, as well as a fine dining restaurant for those looking for a more special dining experience.
5) Brisbane City Markets
There are many types of markets held all over Brisbane city, but the following three are some of the best, and the easiest to get to from the city.
West End Markets – The West End Markets run every Saturday morning from 6 am to 2 pm and are located in Davies Park. The markets feature fruit and veg, food carts, as well as arts and crafts. Head to the market closer to noon and closing time to get some killer deals on fruit and veg.
South Bank Markets – The South Bank markets are primarily arts and craft markets. Here you can buy gifts, handmade soaps, clothing, and jewelry. The markets run every Friday evening, and Saturday and Sunday days.
New Farm Markets – These markets are located in the park next to the Powerhouse. They are primarily a farmers markets and runs every second and fourth Saturday of each month from 6 am – 12 pm.