You’ve found yourself in the capital of Queensland, with a few days to explore but not much money in your pocket. You’re in luck! Brisbane has several things to do and see – for free! Here you’ll find one of the best itineraries in Brisbane, with the top 10 free activities.
Walk around Queens Street Mall
Queens Street Mall in the heart of the city center. It’s interesting to walk around and people-watch, but you can also check for live entertainment and events. There’s also tons of shops and places to eat – a good starting place for your Brisbane adventure.
Visit Brisbane City Hall
City Hall, once the tallest building in Brisbane, offers free tours to the top of its clocktower every 15 minutes. It’s a great place to get a view of King George Square. City Hall also houses a small exhibition about Brisbane’s and the building’s history.
The Riverwalk goes down the southern bank of the river and around the city side. You can walk or cycle, just make sure you stay in the right lane! It’s a great way to relax, see the city, and enjoy Brisbane’s sunny weather.
You’d be remiss for visiting Brisbane without heading to the beach. Streets Beach can be a bit crowded at times, but the man-made watering hole is still worth the visit. You don’t even have to leave the city to enjoy it. There’s also the Aquativity water park nearby for the kids.
Walk the Brisbane Heritage Trail
Discover the history of the city of Brisbane by walking the Heritage Trail. It starts at Regents Theater and features 26 stops along the way. You’ll see the best Brisbane’s landmarks have to offer, like the Brisbane Arcade and St. Stephen’s Chapel.
Brisbane Powerhouse on Friday Nights
The Brisbane Powerhouse features a free comedy show on Friday nights called Knockoff. Passing a good Friday evening for a budget-friendly traveller isn’t always easy. Powerhouse has got you covered.
Davies Park Market on Saturdays
Local farmer’s markets are a perfect, low-cost activity for tourists. That is if you don’t end up buying too much! Spend some time wandering the market to get a sense of the culture and how local people enjoy life in Brisbane.
Admission is free to the Queensland Museum, where you can explore natural history. The museum features a Discovery Centre and Wild State Exhibitions. Some of the exhibitions charge admission, but the free areas have plenty to see.
See the river on the City Hopper ferry
The little red boat transports people between Sydney Street Terminal and North Quay in the CBD, and it’s free. While not a river cruise, it’s still a great way to catch another view of the city – or just to have a free boat ride!
Stroll through the Botanic Gardens
There are two different sites. The City Botanic Gardens, close to the city centre, and Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. Mt Coot-tha is a bit further from the centre, but it has more to see. You might also see a water dragon at Mt Coot-tha.
Brisbane offers any tourist countless things to do and see – all for free! The city’s cultural heritage and riverside charm are delightful enough to entertain even the most budget-conscious traveller.