Workshops Rail Museum
Workshops Rail Museum

How to have fun in Brisbane on a budget

IT'S difficult to imagine that a thriving city such as Brisbane could also be affordable, but that's one of the things that make it so great.

The Queensland capital prides itself on its hospitality and accessibility, so go on, grab this list and discover 10 things you can do for under $10 or even for free.

 

1. Sail Moreton Bay - are you a WAG? - No, we don't mean a Wife and Girlfriend of a footie player.

We mean a Wednesday Afternoon Go Sailing (WAGS) kind of person?

If so, head to the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron at Manly every Wednesday afternoon and join a crew for a free sail.

The Wynnum Manly Yacht Club also invites members of the public on Sundays (that makes you a SAG) to pop down, register, and if there's spare space on the boat, you can experience life as a crew member.

 

2. Go to GOMA - Wake me up before you GOMA.

This is not a bad Wham song but rather, one of the country's most exciting art galleries - the Gallery of Modern Art.

Considered one of the most innovative artistic spaces in Australia, GOMA attracts world-class exhibitions as well as housing contemporary Indigenous and non-Indigenous collections.

Perched on the banks of the Brisbane River, this building alone is an art form, so just wait till you see what's inside.

 

3. Catch a Cat - One of the cheapest and most pleasant ways to experience Brisbane is aboard one of its CityCat ferries.

To enjoy the full experience, board at the University of Queensland and wind your way along the sanguine serpent that is the Brisbane River past Toowong, the City, South Bank, New Farm, Hawthorne, Bulimba and on to Brett's Wharf.

You can hop on and off along the way, or stay on for the entire journey which takes one hour and seven minutes.

Prices vary depending on the zones in which you travel, but you can do all this for around $5.

 

4. Unwind at South Bank - There's so many free activities on offer at South Bank the question really is where to start?

Brisbane's iconic parklands offer everything from yoga to dance classes and aqua activities in various venues dotted around this 2km stretch of green space.

Streets Beach is one of the highlights as Brisbane's only inner city beach and at certain times of the year, you can lounge on the sand and watch a free movie.

This is the perfect place to swim, picnic and party.

 

5. To market, to market - If Brisbane's heartbeat could be measured in its markets than the verdict is it's pulsing. From Indie music, to organic foods, young home-grown designer labels, and everything you could imagine in between, pick up a souvenir of your stay at one of Brisbane's many markets. Some of the key markets include:

 

6. Powerhouse of entertainment - Imagine an enormous warehouse style building that used to supply electricity to Brisbane's entire tramway system as well as power and lighting to a few select suburbs.

Throw in some graffiti, pipe some Indie music through the walls and turn this into an eclectic art space and you've got the Brisbane Powerhouse.

As if that can't get any better, there's regular free music and comedy gigs here.

 

7. Meet and greet - They say people are pretty friendly around these parts and as if to prove a point, more than 70 volunteers are on hand to show you the very best of Brisbane.

Yes, you heard right, there's people - we call them The Brisbane Greeters - waiting to reveal the city's secrets to you.

They'll take you to places you never imagined existed - and that some locals don't even know about - and with 20 different languages between them, you're bound to find someone who speaks the same lingo.

 

8. Bowl me over - Ask just about any Brisbane person and chances are, in their perfect world, they'd be barefoot on the grass.

Better still, if there was a beer in one hand, and some kind of sport taking place.

Such nirvana exists on the banks of the Brisbane River at New Farm's Merthyr Bowls Club.

Yes, lawn bowls, that sport at which your grandmother used to excel, has made a comeback in Brissie in a big way.

For around $5 you can finally understand what floated nana's boat.

 

9. Something old, something New Farm - London has Hyde Park, New York has Central Park and in Brisbane, it's New Farm Park where inner city dwellers flock for their fix of green.

Smell the roses, literally, at one of the world's prettiest and most fragrant rose gardens, take a picnic, grab a frisbee or just sit under one of the gigantic fig trees and relax in these expansive gardens which are perfectly positioned by the Brisbane River.

 

10. Ride the rails - Fittingly, take a train to Ipswich and discover the birthplace of Queensland rail which continues to provide one of the backbones for Brisbane and the rest of the state.

At the award-winning Workshops Rail Museum, you will encounter Australia's largest train set as well as the country's oldest working steam locomotive which was built here in 1865.

There's also plenty of interactive displays to keep the most avid train spotter entertained.

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