20 free things to do in brisbane

Looking for things to do in Brisbane that won't break the budget? Then check out these 20 great things for locals and visitors to Brisbane that won't cost a cent!

Ride the Clocktower

The Beatles, the Queen and Dalai Lama have done it in the mid to late twentieth century it was a rite of passage for Brisbane children on city visits. The view may not be the same but it's still a must do...more

Visit QAG & GOMA

Brisbane's iconic art galleries face off across Stanley Place and between them there are always some top free exhibitions to see: currently Picasso: The Vollard Suite and the Australian Collection

Green Jam Sessions

On Friday evenings on QPAC's Melbourne St Green you can pull up a deck chair or blanket and settle in for 3 hours of free live music under the stars, featuring anything from jazz to folk and lounge tunes...more

Swim at Streets Beach

There are few places in the world where you can lie on the white sand and catch some warm sun's rays while looking across at the city skyline and then taking a dip in a salt water lagoon...more

Queensland Museum

Visitors of all ages will find something of interest at the Queensland Museum, with multiple floors of free exhibits such as prehistoric Lost Creatures, the Discovery Centre and Wild State...more 

Mt Coot-tha Hike

Walk to the summit of Mt Coot-tha and back again in this unique city hike via the beautiful JC Slaughter Falls to the summit with its jaw-dropping views and art deco café restaurants...more

Roma Street Parkland 

The largest subtropical gardens in the southern hemisphere, Roma Street Parklands are a joy to stroll through any time of year, with highlights including the Spectacle Garden and the rainforest zone...more

Metro Arts

The century old warehouse-turned-arts-centre in the heart of Edward St has regular free exhibitions that anyone can pop in and check out for time out from shopping and the city crowds...more

City Botanic Gardens

This lush green heritage-filled oasis on the cusp of the CBD has been a popular place for a stroll since the 1860s when it was designed by Brisbane's first botanic curator Walter Hill...more 

Visit a Street Library

Dotted around Brisbane's suburbs are miniature community libraries, created by local residents and made out of repurposed sheds, fridges and letter boxes and filled with books that are free to read...more

Museum of Brisbane

You could easily spend a few hours at this fascinating free museum dedicated to the history and culture of Brisbane in the City Hall with regularly changing exhibitions as well as permanent displays...more

Walk a Heritage Trail

Get to know your local history by following one of the heritage trails in Brisbane's oldest suburbs including Rosalie, Milton, Bulimba (these 3 have plaques along the way) and South Brisbane...more

QUT Art Museum

Not too many residents and visitors know about this contemporary art gallery tucked away in the George St precinct of QUT but there is always an interesting exhibition to be seen, for free...more

Brisbane Riverwalk

Get a whole new perspective of Brisbane when you take this on-river walk (or cycle) from the Howard Smith Wharf redevelopment all the way along to New Farm's Sydney Street terminal...more

Old Petrie Town

Take a trip back in time in this charming restored historic village nestled in 48 acres of sprawling green parkland north west of Brisbane and experience a simpler pre-1930 life...more

UQ Art Museum 

The art museum and public gallery of the University of Queensland is well worth a visit to catch one of its first class historical and cultural art exhibitions, combined with a stroll through the campus...more

Sunday Sessions on the Green

The lawn amphitheatre at beautiful River Quay at South Bank is the setting for these free weekly Sunday afternoon music sessions on the river with lawn games and funky chillout seating...more

Kangaroo Point City Walk 

This 5km river walk is one of the most varied in Brisbane, taking in old quarries, boardwalks, mangroves, bridges, parks, city riverfront eateries and includes a crossing of the Story Bridge...more

Institute of Modern Art

Tucked away behind the Judith Wright Centre is this cutting edge modern art gallery that regularly hosts fascinating and quirky free boundary-pushing exhibitions and events, worth a visit...more

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