Back in the late 90’s and early 2000s, there were several backpackers flocking to Brisbane to enjoy their Australian adventure. It wasn’t uncommon to find British backpackers huddled up together in hostels, making their way up the Australian East coast whilst working away on farms. It was a good time where the they were getting $3 for every £1 converted. However, these days, the story is different.
Brisbane is still an iconic city to visit, but it isn’t as cheap as it used to be. That shouldn’t be a deterrent for visiting the city and enjoying the experience as much as possible. Here are a few interesting ways to explore Brisbane on the cheap.
Sunbathe at Southbank beach
Perched on Brisbane’s riverside, you can opt to visit the man-made beach at Southbank Parklands. The venue has real beach sand and crystal blue waters perfect for keeping cool in the summer. Attending Southbank beach is free, so grab your beach towel and head on down.
Keep an eye out for Brisbane’s cultural festivals
Brisbane hosts several different festivals throughout the year and many of them are free. You can keep an eye out for any upcoming festivals and coincide them with your trip to Brisbane. You can keep an eye out for upcoming festivals here and here.
Cruise the Brisbane river on the City Hopper
Brisbane’s iconic skyline is dominated by the tall buildings and Kangaroo Point cliffs along the river. The cost to jump on the city hopper is free. Jump from port to port to enjoy the views of the city and the Story Bridge.
Look for activities in the park on Sundays
Brisbane is a city where the locals love being outdoors. You will be able to find a park around the city that is buzzing with life, people playing sports and enjoying the company of their friends.
You will find people playing touch rugby, soccer, basketball (on the basketball courts) or even frisbee. New Farm park is probably the best park for this. You can take the City Cat or a bus for a few dollars using the Go Card.
Have a BBQ in Roma Street Parklands
The Roma Street Parklands are situated towards the outskirts of the Brisbane CBD. The park boasts a manmade waterfall and an open auditorium. The park is best visited in the afternoon and is a great place to host barbecues with friends. It’s 15 minutes walking distance from the Brisbane CBD.
Cycle along Brisbane’s bike paths
If you like to cycle, then you will want to take advantage of the bike lanes along the Brisbane River. Scoot past Southbank, Kangaroo Point, Milton and Indooroopilly to really explore the city with its amazing views like you have never seen before.
Hire a campervan to explore the greater Brisbane suburbs
If you have a bit of extra money, hire a campervan and explore the greater suburbs of Brisbane. There are beautiful suburbs located less than 1h away from Brisbane. Escape to Stradbroke Island for a weekend or venture inland towards Samford and enjoy the comforts of the countryside. You can compare campervans for hire in Brisbane here.
Exploring around Brisbane doesn’t have to be expensive. You just have to make sure that it is fun. Use these suggestions for your future travel plans to Brisbane.
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Author: Neil is an up and coming writer from Camper Champ. When he isn’t writing, you can find him enjoying one of the tasty coffees offered in one of Brisbane’s leading cafe’s. He’s also an avid traveller.