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Free Things to Do in Brisbane – For the Thrifty Traveller

Brisbane, the sunny city is full of adventures and quintessential experiences, that do not cost your entire holiday budget. In fact, most of the best attractions are free, read on explore as this article helps you save and plan that fab itinerary.


Go say 'Hi' to a Brisbane Greeter

Emulating the New York Greeter Programme, the Brisbane Greeter tour is a free walking tour of the city. The tours conducted by local volunteers take you to some of the city's secret hangouts and attractions as well as to some of the best art galleries and public art houses for savouring local talent, WWII historical sites and places noted for its vintage architecture. So, all you need to spend on is a bottle of water and perhaps a hat, the tour is absolutely free and perfect for discovering hidden gems as well as making new friends in Brisbane. By the way, staying at a Brisbane CBD hotel will give you easy access to some of the best sites in the city and help you to easily take on the tours, many places like Oaks Aurora Tower, cater to the budget traveller and are easy to access.


Sail Away Across Moreton Bay

Ever fancy yourself like a Jack Sparrow model? Then head over to the Manly Yacht Club on Wednesday afternoons and go sailing, with the folks at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. So, this is a free experience? Yes! Provided there is space on board and you are happy to help as a deckhand; and who isn't when payback is a sail across pretty Moreton Bay! Get over to the clubhouse bar by noon and get comfortable, listen to goings-on and volunteer as soon as the opportunity comes up.


Explore the Laneways

The narrow lanes of Brisbane are not as vibrant as those in Melbourne, but they are more than enough to savour some excitement. Explore the more famous precincts such as the little alcoves of Fortitude Valley, Bakery Lane and Winn Lane crannies. The perfect place to shop for unusual items, such as quirky magazines, and treat your taste-buds to homemade brownies, these precincts are just right for tourists on a tight budget.


Go Ride a Cat

The Brisbane CityCat Ferry service is perfect for sailing along the Brisbane River and admiring the sites along the way. The blue catamarans are very popular and loved for some afternoon fun. The tours cover the areas of South Bank, New Farm, Toowong, University of Queensland, Hawthorne, Bulimba and Portside Wharf. The rides are sectioned off into zones; do check with your driver with regards to areas covered.


Catch a Flick

In the areas of South Bank, Hawthorne, Victoria Point and Balmoral you will find Cineplex Cinemas. The costs are next to nothing to sit down relax and catch a Hollywood movie; the perfect way to spend an afternoon or evening relaxing in Brisbane. Tuesdays are budget night and pretty popular amongst the locals.