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.

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Mt Cootha

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.

South Bank

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.

Putt Putt

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

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