Looking to have some fun in Brisbane without spending lots of money? You’re in luck! From boat rides to outdoor adventures, there’s plenty to see and do in beautiful Brisbane without spending a single cent.

Koala knowledge

Visit the Daisy Hill Koala Center. Just south of Brisbane, this center is dedicated to teach the public about our furry friends. While you can’t actually touch or pat a koala, there are a couple of viewing boardwalks that’ll allow you to glimpse koalas in their enclosure, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities throughout the center to learn more about these magnificent marsupials. It’s the perfect spot for a photo op!  Admission to the center is completely free, for more details visit here.

All Aboard

Catch a ride on the CityHopper. Interested in experiencing Brisbane from the water? Hop on a CityHopper and take a cruise across the river! These little red boats shuttle tourists and locals alike between New Park Farm and the CBD. Running every 30 minutes between 6 a.m. to midnight, you can enjoy the CityHopper any time, free of charge! For timetable information visit here.

Lace up your sand shoes

Explore the city with a walking tour. Checking out a city on foot is a great way to get to know your new surroundings. Enjoy a free walking tour departing from the Brisbane Visitor Information and Booking Centre at 10:30 am each morning that’ll take you past City Hall, the Botanic Gardens, and a whole host of other attractions and must-see spots. Call in advance to reserve your space – availability is limited! For further details visit here.

Don’t forget the sunscreen

Take the little ones to the Wynnum Wading Pool. This man-made water park was built in the 1930’s and has provided families with a fun, free outing ever since! It isn’t much fun during low tide, but when the water rises, the park fills with seawater, making it the perfect place to cool down and burn off some energy at the same time. For further details visit here.

Window shop

Experience the Queen Street Mall. This mall is one of the most popular pedestrian malls in Australia, and it’s the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon without spending a dime. The Mall is home to a wide variety of family-friendly events and performances throughout the year, and it’s a prime location if you’re interested in people-watching.

Watch the sunset

Admire the sunset from Kangaroo Point. This destination is well-known among locals as a great rock climbing site, but it also boasts a beautiful view of the Brisbane skyline, making it a great stop for tourists to snap a few photos. Get there early and enjoy a picnic before the sun sinks below the horizon, or start your day here to beat the crowds and admire the sunrise.

Become an art critic

Immerse yourself in modern art. The Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) is home to both Australian and international exhibitions. Home to over 17,000 works of art, the facility boasts a dedicated cinema facility, impressive children’s area, and a selection of constantly rotating exhibits to explore. While some special events and exhibitions may charge admission, entry to the vast majority of GOMA is completely free. See what’s on at QAGOMA here.

Splash in the city

Splash around at South Bank. South Bank is home to Streets Beach, a man-made beach in the center of town. Swim in the lagoon as you admire the Brisbane skyline under lifeguard supervision or sunbathe on the sugary-white sands that line the shore. Popular with tourists and locals alike, this free attraction is well-attended all year round. See what’s on at Visit South Bank here.

Drop into the markets

People-watch at Davies Park Market. This outdoor market pops up each Saturday from 6:00 am until 2:00 pm and is the perfect place to spend a day observing the crowd and browsing among the various booths. You can admire everything from handmade jewelry and crafts to fruits, veggies and other foods. Once you’ve finished wandering the market, throw down a picnic blanket beneath a shady tree and relax! Visit here for further info.

Stroll along the pier

Stroll along the Shorncliffe Pier. Free to access by the public, this pier was recently refurbished and holds the designation of the largest timber pier in Australia. Proving great access to Bramble Bay, the pier is the perfect spot to take a few photos, cast a fishing line, or simply people watch!

There you have it – ten of the best things to do around town that are absolutely free! What are your favorite free activities in Brisbane? Leave a comment below and let me know!