Free things to do in Brisbane
Travelling as a family is a great way to spend some extra time with the ones you love.
But the biggest downside? The cost of a family holiday in Queensland can quickly add up.
If you're looking to keep your budget in check when you're out and about, here's a list of our favourite free activities for Brisbane that we know you and the family will love.
Visit the Koalas
For a cute and cuddly activity that you will enjoy just as much as the kids, head to the Daisy Hill Koala Centre. Just 25 kilometres out of central Brisbane, you'll find yourself in the open eucalypt Daisy Hill Forest Reserve, which is part of a greater region known as the koala coast.
Open every day from 10am until 4pm, the reserve is a bushland retreat for koalas and other animals.
Loop de loop
If you want to stay closer to town, just jump on The Loop service, a free bus that will show you Brisbane's central business district - without having to walk or drag the kids along behind you.
It stops at the major spots, so you can hop off and have a wander around the area at your will. It will take you to Queen Street Mall, the Botanic Gardens, Riverside Centre and King George Square.
Check out the Brisbane Powerhouse on the banks of the Brisbane River for some free cultural events.
While some events require tickets, there are many that provide free entertainment like jazz shows and photographic projects.
Every Sunday there are free music and comedy events, so this is a great activity to get to is you're looking for a place to kick your heels up, relax, and soak up the live atmosphere.
"While you can easily wander into the park from the Brisbane Transit Centre or Roma Street Station, you are also welcome to join one of the free guided tours."
State Library of Queensland
This is not your usual library.
The State Library of Queensland hosts workshops, lectures, music festivals and more, and none of these events will cost you a cent.
Some however do require bookings, so be sure to have a look at their website beforehand to make sure you'll get a seat.
As well as all of the events, it's still a library, and therefore is a great place to head in case of rainy weather, or if you need a book to read while you're at the beach!
Mount Coot-tha lookout
If it's a bit of exercise on your Brisbane getaway that you're after, consider walking to the top of Mount Coot-tha.
It will take you around 45 minutes of steady walking, just enough to really get you puffing, without being too much so as to turn your legs to jelly for the rest of your holiday.
There are a couple of taps on the walk for you to refill your drink bottles, and a restaurant at the top to buy an ice cream for the kids and a coffee for yourself to sit and enjoy the incredible panorama, toted as the best view of Brisbane that you'll find.
Roma Street Parklands
Right in the middle of the business district, you'll find a green oasis of 16 hectares.
The Roma Street Parklands are considered to be the world’s largest subtropical garden in a city centre.
While you can easily wander into the park from the Brisbane Transit Centre or Roma Street Station, you are also welcome to join one of the free guided tours.
Leaving from 10am and 2pm daily, it will take about one hour of leisurely walking to see the highlights of this mid-city garden. Be sure to book your spot however, and don't forget your camera!