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5 Free Things to Do in Brisbane- Explore the city without your wallet!

The colourful city of Brisbane offers a plethora of things to do. Here are some of the things you can do that won't break your wallet. In fact, they're absolutely free!


Sunshine Beach

Brisbane is an outdoor, sunshine kind of place all year round. Sunshine Beach offers you a daily dose of vitamin sea. Still somewhat untouched from the commercial hands of tourism, Sunshine Beach provides a quieter setting to enjoy the sun, sand and surf. Although surfers are advised to beware of the riptides. Pack a picnic and a beach umbrella and you can enjoy the waves while munching on your favourite sandwich. It's also a great place to watch the sunset from! There are a number of restaurants and cafés here if you want to grab a bite to eat.


City Hopper

Brisbane established a free ferry in 2012 to transport passengers across the Brisbane River. The ferry covers the waterways from Sydney Street to North Quay and operates every hour an hour, 7 times a week. Make it an adventure with friends or a romantic date night with your partner. The rooftop seating at the top makes the ride even more exclusive as you take in the sights and sounds of the river.


Sherwood Arboretum

Wear your explorer hat and head over to Sherwood Arboretum. Sherwood, less visited by the large throngs of tourists is a local gem. The buildings stemming from a colonial-era are nothing short of impressive and they offer a tranquil, quiet ambience for those walking through its streets. Wander through the arboretum, which is quite deserted, or enjoys a picnic on the quieter side of the Brisbane River.


Cultural Precinct

The Cultural Centre complex that's located opposite South Bank and across the river, is a great place to head to in the early evenings. Enjoy a stroll along these busy pathways and look out for a cultural performance that will aim to leave you mesmerized and in awe. You can also visit the Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Theatre Company, Queensland Performing Art Centre and the historic Queensland Museum; although you will be expected to pay a small fee here.



Brisbane's sunset is rumoured to be quite stunning and stands out amongst the others in the country. Don't believe it? Check it out yourself! Head over to the top of Mount Coot-Tha, which offers panoramic views of the bay from the north, the airport and the river in the south. If you're staying at The Milton Brisbane or some of the other popular hotels near Suncorp Stadium, it's only a 12-minute drive here. The mountain rises 287 metres above sea level and is the highest peak in the state. Grab a coffee from the nearby café and look for a good spot to sit while you watch the sun dip into the horizon. The mountain was once said to have been the home of the Yugarapul Aboriginal tribes of Australia, who used to collect bee honey (kut-ta).

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