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15 Totally Free Things To Do In Brisbane

The best things in life are free.

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1. Splash about in Brissie's very own blue lagoon.

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Streets Beach at South Bank is the country's only inner-city, man-made beach, making it a popular hang with tourists, families, and students alike.

2. Picnic like a boss in New Farm Park.

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Parked on prime riverside real estate, this pretty park is perfect for a lazy picnic or Sunday BBQ. Grab a blanket, a Frisbee, and the papers, then call some foodie mates who’ll bring the first class fromage.

3. Get fit with stair sprints at Kangaroo Point.

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Why pay buckets for a gym membership when there are 107 perfectly good steps waiting for you at the Kangaroo Point cliffs? With weather this good, the only way to exercise is al fresco.

4. Eyeball some epic art at QAGOMA.

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Also in South Bank, the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is home to over 17,000 pieces of modern and historical art, and hosts an incredible range of exhibitions throughout the year. Gallery entry is free (although some exhibitions and programs are ticketed).

5. Lose yourself in the Roma Street Parklands.

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A true urban oasis, Roma Street Parkland is 16 hectares of glorious nature, smack bang in the middle of Brisbane. With playgrounds, lakeside picnic spots, a misty rainforest, stunning subtropical plant displays, flowerbeds for days, free walks, and activities a plenty, it's well worth a revisit if it's been a while.

6. Grab some free giggles at Brisbane Powerhouse.

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Start the weekend with a smile on your dial at Knockoff – an hour of free comedy from 6pm at the Brisbane Powerhouse every Friday. Don't like to laugh? There are also two hours of free tunes from 3:30pm every Sunday afternoon.

7. Scope the views at Mt Coot-tha Lookout.

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For sweeping views of Brisvegas, pop on your runners and walk the well-trod Summit Circuit. Take the track from JC Slaughter Falls to the Mt Coot-tha Lookout, then make your way back via the Mahogany Trail. It's around 2km up, or a 5km circuit. Or you can take the easy option and park at the top, skipping the sweaty exercise bit altogether.

8. Take a free ride along the Brown Snake on the CityHopper.

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These zippy red ferries with the kangaroo motif run every half hour from 6am-midnight, seven days a week. Running a limited service from Sydney Street in New Farm to North Quay, the CityHoppers are a cruisey way to see some of Brisvegas' major hot spots.

9. Tour the Brisbane City Hall and Clock Tower.

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Nosy types can take a free guided stickybeak around the heritage-listed Brisbane City Hall every day of the week. And even those with no interest in civic history will love taking a trip up the Clock Tower in the old-school lift for the gorgeous bird's-eye views of Brisbane city.

10. Coo over the koalas at Daisy Hill Koala Centre.

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Learn about everyone's favourite marsupial at the Daisy Hill Koala Centre. With three resident koalas to spot in the large outdoor enclosure, there are also plenty of spots for a picnic, and walking tracks to keep the whole fam entertained.

11. Get another perspective with a Brisbane Greeter.

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Even if you're Brissie born and bred, a free tour with a Brisbane Greeter will be an eye-opening, educational, and enjoyable experience. These passionate Greeters have a love for Brisbane that can't help but rub off on you.

12. Slip into the weekend at QPAC's Green Jam.

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Head to QPAC on the last Friday of every month for free live music at the popular Green Jam sessions. Grab some mates and make for the Melbourne Street Green to enjoy chilled out tunes from local artists and jazz students from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. There are some tasty eats on offer too, but you'll have to fork out for those.

13. Explore the city's many bike paths.

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By the river, along the bay, or through peaceful bushland, Brisbane is brimming with cycle paths for riders of all ages and skill levels. On yer bike!

14. Challenge your PB at parkrun.

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Every Saturday morning before most of us have had our coffee, parkrun is taking place in various locations around the city. A free 5km timed run, parkrun is for everyone, regardless of fitness level or speed. Even walkers are welcome.

15. Combine fresh air with free fitness classes in parks across Brisbane.

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Check out the Brisbane City Council's Active Parks program for free and affordable fitness classes held in 50-plus Brisbane parks. From Zumba and yoga, to rock climbing, HIIT, and pilates, there's a real mixed bag of workouts you can try without even opening your wallet.