Brisbane. What a lovely city. A place I hadn’t really heard much from when talking to other travellers (apart from a good friend from Canada who was absolutely besotted by it!) and researching Australia, but a city I very much enjoyed!
Quite a big city if I’m honest, I arrived in Brisbane not really knowing what to do! I was staying at Summerhouse Backpackers – probably the best hostel I stayed at tbh (hello free wifi (IN THE ROOM & that ACTUALLY worked!) free breakfast (& crepes on a sunday!) and they had pretty good events every night of the week including a free rooftop BBQ and pub crawl, would recommend! – and it was probably the first proper city I got to in Australia.
I’ll admit it’s not the most amazing place in Australia but it’s a beautiful city with plenty of nice bits to do – and for free I might add!
- Take a stroll (and an ice-cream obviously! It’s always summer in Brisbane!) along the beautiful river bank.
2. Just yards in from the river bank, take a dip and sunbathe at the Southbank ‘ Streets beach’
3. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings pop into the Epicurious garden to learn about or just pick up some freshly grown produce!
4. Take a trip to some of the many markets dotted around Brisbane.
Some of the ones I went to are:
Milton Markets – Food Market – Cribb St, Milton – Every Sunday 6-Midday
The Collective Markets – Clothing, Jewellery, Accessories, Art etc – Stanley St Plaza, South Bank – Friday/Saturday/Sunday
Jan Power’s Brisbane City Market – All things FOOD – George St – Every Wednesday 8-6
Pop Up Suitcase Rummage – Second-hand market – Powerhouse Plaza – Check online for date details
(Eat Street Markets are meant to be the best!)
But I’d recommend asking at your hotel/hostel check-in desk for their recommendations and maybe checking some of the ones online, there’s a big list here!
5. Head to the B.R.I.S.B.A.N.E letters! Gotta get that snap!
6. Take a walk by the river over to Kangaroo Point for a great view of the city at sunset!
7. Take a FREE ride on the CityHopper ferry down the Brisbane River and stop off at some of the spots.
8. Mount Coot-Tha – Unfortunately I didn’t get time to get up here, a little bit further from the City Centre, Mount Coot-Tha is meant to give you a stunning view (excellent at sunrise apparently if you fancy heading on the walk early) – just google it! There’s also some Botanical Gardens with a Planetarium near by so you could make a bit of a day of it!
9. Pop into the many Museums in Brisbane; QAGOMA (Art Gallery), Queensland Museum or Museum of Brisbane.
10. Head for an evening/night out in Fortitude Valley
So that’s 10 of my recommendations for some free/cheap backpacker things to do while you stop off in the East Coast Half-way City of Brisbane! I believe most of these happen all year round but if you’re looking for more things to do, I’d say have a quick look here and see if there’s anything else on while you’re there!
Anyone been/planning to visit Brisbane? What did you get up to/think?