Known for its close to perfect year round climate, a trip to Brisbane is not complete without visiting Southbank, having your photo taken with a koala, taking a boat cruise down the Brisbane River and visiting the iconic City Hall. Affectionately known by the locals as Brisvegas, there are also a number of other things you can do for little or no cost.
Take part in a free one hour guided walk through the Roma street parkland, starting daily at 11am and 1pm. Or, if you know you will be in the city in advance, enter the ballot to win a free tour of the heritage listed Windmill at Wickham Terrace in Spring Hill. Built by convicts in the 1820s, the windmill is considered to be Brisbane's oldest building.
For some night time fun visit King George square and play chess, jenga or connect four with the locals. The event is held once a month usually on the last Thursday of the month. Be sure to check the website to make sure you don't miss out!
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Consider a visit to one of the national or state forests. From hiking to fishing, free to fee or donation based, there are so many parks to explore that you are sure to find one which meets your interest and budget. If you're feeling hungry after your exploration on a Friday or Saturday, head to the interactive Eat Street Markets at Hamilton wharf. Take in the vibe of the surroundings at no charge, but be prepared to be enticed by one of the many international cuisines on offer once there.
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Take your family to Australia's largest laser 3 storey indoor trampoline park, Sky Zone in Macgregor. It opened in 2014 and is likely to leave you and your family bouncing off the walls with laughter.
Do a ghost tour of the local haunts. Often considered a fun and family friendly holiday city, explore Brisbane's underbelly touring one of the many crime and murder, gaol or ghost scenes the city hides.
After saving on our accommodation, we could have gone out for dinner out but instead we…
Started our evening with a one and a half hour guided night kayaking experience on the Brisbane river! With a light attached to the kayak, the water will illuminate as you paddle your way through the water surrounding the CBD. And just in case you were worried you will have to skip dinner to enjoy the experience, rest assured that a traditional Brisbane BBQ is included and will be waiting for you upon your return.
Went on a car trip to do some Glamping on Moreton Island. Also known as glamour camping, the idea is that you experience the great outdoors without having to pitch your own tent. It's a luxurious way to explore the great outdoors.
And if none of these take your fancy then go fly a kite, literally!
The Brisbane Kite Festival is usually held annually in October but with many specials on offer, the Queensland Kite Flyers Society in Murarrie has many events for you to watch or participate in throughout the year.
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