21 Free Things To Do In Brisbane

Looking for things to do in Brisbane that won't break the budget? Then check out these 21 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 world class free exhibitions to see. Currently there's Gordon Bennett Unfinished Business; Mavis Ngallamatta : Show Me the Way to Go Home and the Australian Collection

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

State Library of Queensland

State Library of Queensland always has fascinating free exhibitions, currently Big Voices, a powerful collection of children's art.

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

ANZAC Square & Memorial Galleries

Visit historic ANZAC Square and discover the Anzac Square Memorial Galleries curated by the State Library of Queensland, where visitors can embark on an interactive journey from World War One to today.....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

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 a crossing of the Story Bridge and glass elevator ride to Howard Smith Wharves...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

Queensland Police Museum

Queensland Police Museum

Learn about the history of policing in Brisbane and some of the most famous unsolved crimes in the state and try your hand at playing detective and solving a murder mystery at this little CBD museum ....more

Outdoor Fitness Parks 

Get fit for free in the great outdoors in Brisbane, at these fantastic outdoor gyms and exercise parks with state of the art equipment or play table tennis at one of many free table tennis tables in parks around town... more

Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens

There's plenty to fill a day at these gardens, with highlights including the Japanese Garden, the bamboo grove, lakes, the tropical display dome, and whilst there visit the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium... more

Explore an old gold mine

Discover the legacy of Enoggera’s gold rush on an historic bushwalk past deep mineshafts and piles of discarded quartz as well as a mock-up of a miner's hut.....more

Free Swimming Pools 

Some of the great natural and man-made swimming pools and lagoons in and around Brisbane where you can swim/wade/frolic and cool off in the water for free.... more

Top Things To Do In Brisbane This Week

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This is cabaret as you’ve never seen it before!
Surfers Paradise is transformed into a captivating beachfront gallery
World Science Festival Brisbane is taking science to the extreme
Join science experts in conversation at World Science Festival Brisbane
Queensland Museum is the beating heart of World Science Festival
The Nucleus is World Science Festival Brisbane's hangout spot
Gin lovers are getting a dedicated festival to celebrate all things botanical
The Umbilical Brothers are bringing their new show to QPAC
La Boite's powerful season begins
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