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Top 05 Budget Activities to do in Brisbane – Queensland's Capital of Eternal Sunshine

Brisbane is loved for its lure of cheap outdoorsy fun, which can be enjoyed right throughout the year. From browsing the open air markets to wandering around lush gardens here are some of the best.

1

Head Over to South Bank for Swimming and Free Art

South Bank which is a mere 7 minute drive from Oaks Charlotte Towers, has been given a facelift; the city's much loved riverside precinct is now one of the coolest spots to spend time at. Best of all it's right opposite the city centre and easy to reach from any well-situated Brisbane hotel accommodation. The place is a hive of activity from entertaining live bands to crowded little street beaches where one can enjoy some splashing fun. Head over to Stanley Avenue and window shop at some of the chic boutiques, although, entering the stores and picking up a few items is not such a bad idea. You should also, experience the Arbour, a bougainvillaea loaded canopy that winds its way around the entire park.

2

Check Out Sunshine Beach

Just north of Noosa Heads is the less crowded but utterly gorgeous Sunshine Beach. The beaches location on a hillside prevents it from turning into a crowded tourist mecca, hence, Sunshine Beach will always retain its laid-back vibes and relaxing ambience. There you can relish the surf, although rip tides are to be watched out for. Your return journey across an inland plateau will take you through the lovely towns of Woodford, Maleny and Dayboro.

3

Cycle Along the New Farm Riverwalk

The New Farm Riverwalk was recently re-opened after it was destroyed in the 2011 floods. The track is located along the river on the eastern edge of Kangaroo Point. It winds its way around Story Bridge to New Farm Park and is the perfect circuit for all fitness buffs to enjoy the great outdoors. Even if you are not on an agenda to cover the track and get some exercise, do head over there, for the area is also suited for a leisurely walk, with plenty of 'stop and admire' attractions along the way.

4

Whiz Around on the CityHopper

Explore the Brisbane River via the CityHopper. The free ride takes you across a wide expanse of the river, covering points such as Sydney Street in New Farm to North Quay. The ferry service runs seven days a week and departs every half hour. Ambling along at a leisurely pace the ferry has rooftop seating for expansive views across the river.

5

Check Out the Davies Park Markets

Davies Park turns into a vibrant hub of peddlers and pushers as it transforms into the West End Markets. Held every Saturday morning this popular market is set up under the shady cover of giant fig trees. Ideal for enjoying a dose of typical West End culture, the place offers a range of local produce that you can sample or take back as unique souvenirs.

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