Free Things to do in Brisbane, AUS

Three years ago I headed out to visit one of my closest friends in Brisbane, Australia. I loved exploring the city, meeting the locals, and tasting some new food. If you’re thinking of visiting in Brisbane and are in need of some inspiration, here are some of my top free things to do in this dynamic city.

Take the CityHopper across the River – The CityHopper is a free ferry service along the Brisbane River. With six stops between North Quay and Sydney Street, its the perfect way to see Brisbane in a whole new way!

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Explore Queensland Museum – one of the things I love most about cities is the fact that the majority of museums are free to enter. The Queensland Museum is free to enter and is Queensland’s centre for history, heritage and science. If you manage to visit Brisbane on a rainy day, this is a great place to spend a drizzly afternoon!

Hike up Mount Coot-Tha Mount Coot-Tha was one of my favourite places in Brisbane. Offering panoramic views of the city’s skyline, I’d highly recommend visiting for sunrise or sunset – it will take your breath away!

Immerse yourself in the City Botanical Gardens – the Riverside Botanical Gardens are the largest botanical gardens in Brisbane and feature a Bamboo Grove, Riverstage, ornamental features and much more.

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Discover the City Centre Heritage Trail – taking you on a journey to discover the events that have shaped Brisbane, the City Centre Heritage Trail features 26 reference points including the ‘Great Fire of Brisbane’ and memorials celebrating the fallen heroes of World War II.

Take a Free Walking Tour – if you’re trying to get your bearings, or fancy learning more about Brisbane’s history and legends, a free walking tour is a must. There are multiple companies you can choose, including Strawberry Tours.

Sunset at Shorncliffe Pier – located at Bramble Bay, Shorncliffe Pier is Brisbane’s largest timber pier stretching over 350m. It’s the perfect place to sit and have a picnic and watch a stunning sunset!

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Fancy some more free things to do? Check out Visit Brisbane’s handy guide on the top 30 free things to do in Queensland’s capital!

Charley x

Published by Charley

Hi! My name is Charley and welcome to my little travel blog! After visitng South Africa in 2016, I caught the travel bug and have since been to 20 countries, ranging from New Zealand to Ukraine! Undaunted Adventure is a travel blog full of tips, tricks and my favourite memories. Hopefully they'll give you some inspiration to travel and to give you some hints of where to go! Roam Free - Travel Undaunted.

13 thoughts on “Free Things to do in Brisbane, AUS

  1. Watching the sunset from the pier sounds like a lovely way to end a day exploring the Botanical Gardens or a day spent in good company. I love finding the places locals recommend when I am seeing a new place; there is no better way to find the secret gems of a city.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I love travel posts especially when it’s showcasing a place I haven’t been! Your photos are lovely and you make me want to visit there. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Love all of these ideas! Australia would be such a great place to visit and I am sure Brisbane must be a must-visit! The botanical garden and Mount Coot tha are going straight on my list x

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  4. Although I think it will be quite a while before I can travel to Australia – it’s always been a dream of mine, I am excited at seeing all these places. I think the Botanical Gardens would be amazing to visit for sure!

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