THINGS TO DO FOR UNDER TWENTY BUCKS
Looking for something to do on a weekend? Here’s some great spots or ideas that you can get away with for under $20 in Brisbane, or in most cases, FREE.
WHEN was the last time you went and admired the views on top of Mt Cootha? Only a short drive up the Centenary Highway, there’s a great cafe and restaurant on top if you’re peckish and the views alone will take your breath away. Still, and always will be, one of the best locations in the state to admire the view. Just don’t say “I can see my house from here” too loudly.
Try the Lane Life
WHILE it may not be as vast as Melbourne’s huge laneway cafe scene, there’s still some gems to be found in Fortitude Valley. Try Winn Lane or Bakery Lane for a range of food, retro and clothing stores. Pick up a Browner at I Heart Brownies for a yummy treat and a cheap day out.
THE Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) has been a huge success since it opened opposite QPAC, and if you haven’t been there before you’re in for a treat. Get public transport to South Bank and it’s a short walk to one of the best art spaces in the nation. It’s free but there may be a fee for special exhibitions.
IF you like a bit of lawn bowls and a cold drink, you can’t go past New Farm’s Merthyr Bowls Club on the banks of the Brisbane River at Newstead. Cheap, fun and easy it’s a great spot for some fresh air and a bit of sport plus you’re only minutes away from Ascot, Hamilton, Newstead and Fortitude Valley for lunch afterwards.
PROBABLY the one spot that attracts more tourists than any other in Brisbane, South Bank remains a great place to get some good food, have a swim and admire the view of the CBD by the Brisbane River.
Get a City Cat
WANT to see Brisbane from a new perspective? Grab your Go Card and jump on a City Cat for a whole new way to see the capital. One of the best spots to get off for lunch and maybe a cheap movie at the Bulimba stop. Then jump back on for a leisurely journey back home.
New Farm Park
THERE’S a good reason New Farm Park has remained popular for many years, and that’s the location of this perfect picnic spot. It’s a huge park alongside the Brisbane River frequented by families on weekends along with the odd coffee or ice cream van. Enjoy the views along the river or pop over to the Powerhouse next door for a spot of live theatre or comedy.
Barbecues a plenty
WANT a steak with a view? One of the best places around to utilise a free barbie is at Kangaroo Point Cliffs in South Bank or the Botanic Gardens. Don’t forget the shrimps by the way.
WHO doesn’t love a game of Putt Putt or as our European cousins call it Crazy Golf. Victoria Park in Herston features 18 holes with sand traps, swinging poles, water traps and lots more obstacles, and its only $19 per adult, but if you play with the kids everyone pays $13. Not a bad deal.
Eat Street Markets
IF you haven’t been to Eat Street Markets you don’t know what you’re missing. Only $2.50 per person to get in every Friday and Saturday night, you’ll find food her to die for, with hundreds of options for under $15. Retro stalls, popcorn, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, seafood, caramel toffee apples, iced tea, fudge, jerky, gluten free, cupcakes, ice cream and the famous cronuts are just a tiny selection of the endless food options. You could eat there every Friday for a year and still not eat the same meal twice. Oh, and the most amazing dessert you’ve ever eaten…check out the funnel cakes. Y.U.M.
Treat yourself to a Funnel Cake at Eat Street
Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank in Brisbane.
‘I Heart Brownies’ in Fortitude Valley #Yummo