You’ll find plenty of free things to do in Brisbane, from the famous man made beach to visiting the Modern Art Gallery. During our short stay in Brisbane we found ourselves constantly finding new things to see and do. Follow this guide to find the 5 best free things to do in this gorgeous city!
Free Things To Do In Brisbane
1. Kangaroo Viewpoint
Kangaroo Viewpoint is a popular walking track which looks back over the river and the city. Many locals use this track for their morning exercise, while tourists use this spot as a great vantage point to snap a photo. Along the top of the walkway you’ll find BBQ’s and tables, making it a great place for an afternoon picnic overlooking the city. Whilst admiring the view from the top, be cautious about stepping over the brick ledge for a photo. We had a local warn us that police can fine you if they see you over the ledge. Kangaroo Viewpoint is the perfect place to get a unique view of the Brisbane city!
2. Streets Beach
Streets Beach was definitely one of our favourite free things to do in Brisbane. This incredible man made beach is located in the city so you’re surrounded by tall buildings whilst laying in the sand. The water is perfectly blue so you can enjoy a perfect swim all year round. Next to the man made beach there are also swimming pools so you can get away from the sand. One thing that surprised us was that it was completely open and you could walk onto the sand right from the footpath. Definitely don’t skip visiting this beach as it was the highlight of our Brisbane visit.
3. Flower Walkway
You can find these beautiful flower walkways all around the surrounding area close to the Botanical Gardens. We stumbled across it as we were walking to Streets Beach, although we saw many more along the drive there. They’re gorgeous to admire and also look great in photos! It’s certainly another beautiful and unique feature to Brisbane’s city.
4. Art Gallery Of Modern Art
The Queensland Art Gallery Of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is another awesome and free activity to do while you’re in the city. Although if you’re driving, parking at the art gallery does cost $17 AUD for the day. This parking fee also allows you to visit the Museum as well as the Art Gallery Of Contemporary Art as they’re also located next to each other. The Modern Art Gallery had some beautiful artworks on display and we spent a long time exploring the large gallery. Visiting the art galleries is one of the most popular free things to do in Brisbane. The QAGOMA is such a great way to spend a few hours strolling around indoors and admiring some cool artwork.
5. Pillar St Outdoor Art
Located 3 minutes from the QAGOMA, you’ll find large art murals painted on bridge pillars. If you’re coming from the art gallery, you can walk along Montague Road until you see the large pillars. You can also drive around and view all the unique and colourful artworks. Unfortunately most of the pillars are located inside a closed carpark, although some are out on the streets so you can go right up to them. The artwork is incredibly detailed and definitely worth a look after visiting the art gallery.
WHERE TO STAY
The Calile Hotel – Luxury: The Calile Hotel is unlike any other hotel you’ll come across. As soon as you walk through the door, you’ll notice the incredibly modern and minimalistic interior. This hotel is famous for its amazing decor! They also have great cocktails which you can enjoy by the pool. You’ll feel nothing but complete relaxation while you stay at The Calile.
Meriton Suites Herschel Street – Midrange: There are 2 Meriton Suites in Brisbane, although this one is located centrally in Brisbane’s CBD. The self contained suites all come fully equiped with their own kitchen and laundry facilities so you’ll feel right at home. It’s the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for comfort right in the heart of the city.
Summer House Backpackers – Budget: This hostel is a popular option as it’s known for its cleanliness, friendly staff and guests, as well as location. From Summer House Backpackers, it’s only a short walk to a variety of public transport options which will take you right into the city. They also provide free daily breakfast which is a bonus!
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If you’re road tripping, you can also stay at Hugh Muntz Park which is roughly 30 minutes out of the city. You can stay here for a maximum of 3 nights within a 30 day period. Camping is not allowed as it’s only for sleeping in your car, van, or motorhome. This is where we stayed and found that it was the perfect spot to base ourself for our short visit to Brisbane.