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Top 10 free things to do in Brisbane-Who says fun can't be free?

Brisbane is a city with a lot to offer. Here are 10 things you can do in the city without having to spend a cent!

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Visit the Streets Beach

Visit the Streets Beach

Beat the heat of Brisbane by hitting the Streets Beach. The beach boasts of a lagoon with azure water and lines of palm trees along the sandy beaches. It is completely safe to take a dip in the beach as it is monitored by lifeguards at all times. You can lay your beach towels and relax by the beach or head over to the Boat Pool to cut a few lapses. If you're travelling with kids, head over to the Aquativity water park.

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Wander among the art at QAGOMA

Wander among the art at QAGOMA

QAGOMA (Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art) has the best of both worlds. The gallery showcases contemporary art pieces of Australian and other artists of the Pacific and Asia. World-class exhibitions are held at the gallery which is often free, than not. Watch the best International films at the Australian Cinémathèque.

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Discover the city along with a Brisbane Greeter.

Discover the city along with a Brisbane Greeter.

Does wandering around the city with a stranger sound like a good way to spend the day? In Brisbane it does! If you meet a young chap clad in red offering to show you the city, don't grab the pepper spray; You've encountered a Brisbane Greeter. They are volunteers who offer to show you the city and tell you stories about it. The Brisbane CBD has hotels with interesting pasts and the Greeters will tell you all about it.

4

Shop at the farmer's markets

Everybody loves a visit to the farmer's market. In Brisbane, you find three markets which have the best artisan goods, meat, fruits and flowers. They are, the Saturday Davies Park Market, Jan Powers Powerhouse Markets and Jan Powers City Farmers Market at the CBD on Wednesdays. If you have chosen to accommodate at a hotel or serviced apartment such as Oaks Lexicon Apartments reaching these markets will be super easy.

5

Take a ride to the top of the City Hall's Clock Tower

Take a ride to the top of the City Hall's Clock Tower

Until 1960, the clock tower of the City Hall was the tallest building in Brisbane. Now, during the working hours, you can take a free tour of the tower. There are tours happening every 15 minutes. Use the original lift and get a panoramic view of the King George Square.

6

Visit the New Farm Park

Visit the New Farm Park

Everybody loves the New Farm Park. The park faces the Brisbane river and you can easily spend your evening here. Pack up a picnic rug along with a bottle of wine and watch the boat races or read a book under the shades of the trees.

7

Explore Earth at the Queensland Museum

Explore Earth at the Queensland Museum

Travers the lions, bears and tigers at the Discovery Centre at the Queensland Museum. Most of the Wild State exhibitions are free but a few may charge for entrance.

8

Watch the sunrise from Mt. Coot-tha

Watch the sunrise from Mt. Coot-tha

Mt. Coot Tha is one of the best places to watch the sunrise in Brisbane. Yes, you're on vacation but sleeping on watching the sunrise from the best vantage point in the city is unforgivable. Hop on a vehicle and head over to Coot Tha before the sun is fully up.

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Go hiking

There are a few hiking trails which are closer to the city such as Mt. Coot Tha and Gold Creek Reservoir. If you don't have a car, don't you worry. Most of these trails are accessible by one bus.

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Visit Daisy Hill Koala Centre

If you are crazy about these fuzzy creatures, you are in luck. The Daisy Hill Koala Centre has many resident koala bears and a ton of information about them. Don't forget to visit them during your holiday.