Indoors or outdoors? City or suburbs? Whatever your idea of fun, we’ve rounded up ten things to do in Brisbane that won’t stretch your budget.
1. Wynnum Wading Pool
Swimming season in Brisbane is back and if you find South Bank’s beach getting a bit busy, try the historic Wynnum Wading Pool on the Bay. This is a tidal pool that fills with seawater at high tide. The water only comes up to your thighs and it’s a safe swimming choice for all ages. More about the pool.
2. New Farm Riverwalk
See Brisbane from an angle you might never have seen before – the New Farm Riverwalk. It was rebuilt after the 2011 floods and starts at the story bridge, goes across the water and then back to land at New Farm. Walk, jog or ride and take in the spectacular scenery. More on the Riverwalk.
3. Queensland Museum
COST: Free general admission; family pass for special exhibitions can work out less than $10 per person.
This old favourite at South Brisbane is ever-changing and still has free admission to the general areas. Loads of interesting and exciting stuff about animals of Queensland, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, dinosaurs and ancient life of Queensland and much more. See what’s on this month.
4. Livespark and Live Comedy – Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm
COST: Free entry
We already know how awesome the Powerhouse is; but did you also know that some of its events are free? Livespark is on every Sunday with indie-pop and rock bands for two hours from 3.30pm. Then Sunday nights from 6.30 you can see local, national and international comedians doing their stand-up thing. See the Powerhouse calendar.
5. Museum of Brisbane, City Hall
Many Brisbanites don’t know about this hidden little gem up on the top floor of City Hall, opened in 2003. This is a museum about our city’s amazing history, and you’re almost guaranteed to learn something that will surprise. The museum explores the seemingly ordinary people and places of Brisbane to uncover unexpected and fascinating stories. Visit the website.
6. North Lakes walks
Brisbane’s North Lakes district has several interlinked well-maintained walking paths that will take you through parks, around beautiful lakes and alongside bushland. There are several options for walking, from a short stroll around a lake through to 10kms or more. Read the Weekend Notes guide.
7. Springwood Conservation Park
This former quarry site in the Logan area is now a slice of paradise in the middle of suburbia with walking tracks weaving amongst forests, rocks, caves, cliffs and a gorge. You might choose to avoid the steep “Stairs of Death” – fun for fitness lovers, not so much for others. Explore the park.
8. Global Food Village, Logan Central
COST: Free entry
This is a unique Brisbane market, unknown to many outside the Logan area. Every Sunday mornings a colourful local crowd of Asian, African, Middle Eastern, Indian and Islander retailers and customers descend on closed-off Croydon Road to haggle over exotic fruits and vegetables and feast on authentic South East Asian street food. More about the market.
9. Kite Flying at Redcliffe
The Redcliffe Kite Flying Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month (weather permitting) at Pelican Park on Hornibrook Esplanade in Clontarf. You can bring your own kite, check out the workshops on how to make a kite, or simply watch the fun. See the club’s site for more details.
10. Queensland Maritime Museum
COST: A family pass of $38 includes 2 adults and up to 3 children under 15
Wander the galleries and grounds at this Southbank museum under the broad headings of Navigation, Lighthouses, Ship Models, Marine Engines, Vessels, and the Dry Dock. Another side to Brisbane’s history that will amaze and surprise.