10 things to do under $10 - Brisbane Edition
If you are planning a trip with your mentee or mentor and are stuck on what to do - Not to worry, we have got you covered. Here are 10 fun and adventurous things to do in Brisbane and the best part is, they are all under $10.
1. GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art)
The Gallery of Modern Art is considered one of the most innovative artistic spaces in Australia, with 16,000 works inside it’s glassy walls.
Perched on the banks of the Brisbane River, this building alone is an art form, and your artistic senses will be buzzing before you’ve even walked through the main doors.
Location: Southbank, Brisbane
2. City Hop!
The CityHopper service allows you to rediscover Brisbane for free with ferries running every 30 minutes between 6am and midnight, seven days a week. The CityHopper travels along the Brisbane River, stopping at North Quay, South Bank 3, Maritime Museum, Thornton Street, Eagle Street Pier, Holman Street, Dockside and Sydney Street terminals. As the CityHopper is free, all you need to do is hop on and hop off and enjoy taking in the Brisbane River and city sights.
Location: North Quay, Southbank, Maritime Museum, Thornton street, Eagle Street Pier, Holman Street, Dockside, Sydney Street Terminals3. South Bank Beach
Pack a picnic and make a day of it at Southbank Beach overlooking the city's skyline. There are also plenty of public BBQ's available if all that swimming has caused some hunger and you're feeling like cooking up a little afternoon feast.
4. South Bank Cinemas
If you’re up for a little Hollywood escapism, have a cinematic experience that doesn’t cost the earth. The Cineplex cinema, located at South Bank, offers movies for less than rental DVD prices.
Cost: Cheap Tuesdays is how the locals do it with adults costing $6.50 all day and night. If you don’t want to go on a school night, it’s $8.50 on weekends, leaving plenty of change for a choc top and popcorn.
Location: Southbank Brisbane
5. Jan Powers Markets – Brisbane City
Jan Powers is the matriarch of the markets at Queen St. Serving up everything from middle eastern falafel pockets, hot smoked salmon, to homemade pan fried gnocchi, there isn’t a shortage of culinary curiosities to tuck into in Brisbane.
Cost: Entry is free and expect lunch to set you back $10-12.
Location: Brisbane City
6. After a Laugh? Free Comedy!
If free comedy and music gigs get your motor running, Brisbane’s Powerhouse is where you need to be on a Friday night. More Indie than a vintage Olympus camera, the Powerhouse is an architectural re-tread having once supplied electricity to Brisbane’s entire tramway system before being transformed into a venue for music, theatre and comedy.
On Fridays, you’ll find free (good) comedy and can sit, and chill out with views over the river.
Cost: Free again!
Location: New Farm – Power house theatre
You don’t have to travel far out of town to find lush forest for bush walking. Check out the panoramic city views from Mt Coot-tha. You can either drive up and enjoy the views from the top or lace up your hiking boots for a bit of huffy-puffy through a national park and get back to nature by hiking your way up to the top.
Location: Look out located at 1012 Sir Samuel Griffith Dr, Mt Coot-Tha QLD 4066.
8. City Hall Tour
Turn back the time to the Gatsby era and check out the refurbishment of City Hall, with a free guided tour. With marble stairs, a pressed ceiling and ornate balustrades, this magnificent Brisbane monument has been restored to its former glory just last year.
Inside City Hall is the Museum of Brisbane, which is well worth a poke around. Their exhibitions on the top floor are completely free and ever changing. You can honestly spend a whole morning in this place without leaving City Hall’s sandstone doors.
Cost: Nudda! But there is a Shingle Inn at the bottom of City Hall, which is the perfect spot to refuel with a cupcake.
Location: Brisbane City
9. EAT – DRINK - REPEAT
A food fantasy exists every Friday and Saturday night (and Sunday in Summer) in the previously disused Hamilton Wharf, as Eat Street Markets open their shipping containers to hungry Brisbanites. You’ll find most of Brisbane here on any given weekend, so you’ll always feel part of the crowd.
The order of the evening is to eat, drink, eat, and repeat + there’s plenty of live music and entertainment to keep everyone occupied.
Cost: $2 entry, so you have plenty left over for spending on the edible delicacies served within.
10. Doughnut Time!
Prepare yourselves, for these are not any ordinary doughnuts. Made fresh everyday- hand filled and glazed to perfection. These guys really took the doughnut game to a whole new level! If you haven't been here before I would suggest to eat light before going here.
Open from 10am- Late (or unless sold out)
Fortitude Valley: 39 Alfred Street
Clayfield: 805 Sandgate Road
East Brisbane: 53 Lytton Road
Albert Street: 142 Albert Street
King George Square: Entrance to the King George Square Bus Station
Everton Park: Everton Park Plaza
South Bank: 186 Grey Street
Indooroopilly Shopping Centre: Food Court
Carindale: Metropol Complex
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