Considering that Brisbane is one of the oldest cities in Australia and the third most populous one, it is no surprise that it has various entertainment venues that are amiable to various multiple cultures. One of the core reasons Brisbane is such a captivating city to spend time in is that it lacks the steamroller feel that many other capitals have, exposing that Brisbanites are not slaves to the rhythm. Brisbane is full of cheap activities and free things to do.
Almost all the popular sightseeing areas in the city and its outskirts are accessible by bike, and that is the reason behind the comprehensive CityCycle system that permits public rental of bikes from numerous spots around the city. This is one of the best down-to-earth and healthiest attitudes of exploring and touring the city, bearing in mind that there are a number of guided bike tours to both major highlights of the city centre and some touristically-uncovered areas and outlooks.
Brisbane Story Bridge Adventure Climb is one of the most adventurous and picturesque ways of enjoying the beauty of Brisbane regardless of the time you choose to do it at. The climb is not only challenging but also safe, affordable and leisurely, let alone informative; along with the breathtaking views of the city and its serene river, there will be a guide commenting on the history of Brisbane and the bridge itself. The bridge is located at 170 Main St, Kangaroo Point, so in addition to enjoying Brisbane’s river, you will have views of Glasshouse Mountains, MtCoot-Tha, Moreton Bay and its islands and the Gold Coast Hinterland. This 2.5-hour Brisbane activity is one of only 3 bridge-adventure climbs in the world. The summit is approximately 80m above sea level and you can climb at dawn, day, twilight or night with prices varying for each period: dawn and twilight climbs for A$159, day climb A$129 and night climb A$139. Twilight and night climb run on a daily basis, day climbs run daily too except on Tuesdays and dawn climbs occur monthly on one Saturday.
You cannot miss the water-bronze craze of the Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) to see the best of Brisbane. This fun activity lets you cruise along the waters of Brisbane River with a paddle and board. The Southbank Parklands, Botanic Gardens, Maritime Museum and much more breathtaking views are all yours in this experience. Tours operate every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from the Kangaroo Point Cliffs from 3 pm until 4:30 pm with an arrival time of 2:45 pm. The prices start at A$55 and there is an instructed Paddle Boarding session available with training.
If you want to spice things up a little, you can go for the thrills of Kingston Park Raceway Go-Karting with the Scrambler, Gee Whiz and Astro Cars. It is a fun Brisbane event that is open seven days a week from 10 am to 5 pm and there is a selection of race sessions available to try yourself before hopping in. It is located on 20 Mudgee St. Kingston, approximately 35 minutes from the Gold Coast or a short 10-minute walk from the Kingston train station and prices start from A$30.
You cannot leave Brisbane Abseiling Experience out! Conquer your fears and face the edge of the cliff of Kangaroo Point Cliffs on an unforgettable abseiling adventure. A full safety-briefing session is given to get ready for descending down the 20-metre cliff and the increasing of the adrenaline rush. One of the best outcomes of this motivator experience is a huge sense of achievement it gives. Beginners are always welcome to join in the fun and enjoy Brisbane’s challenging spirits, as there will be qualified and experienced instructors. It starts daily at 3 pm but it is instructed to arrive 30 minutes earlier and prices start at A$45.
If you are not interested in challenging activities and you would rather just enjoy a quality-relaxing time, then you might want to check the great man-made Streets Beach for a dip in the city. The Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art are another option to consider if you are interested in history and/or art, as it has world-class art exhibitions that are almost all free to attend. The free CityHopper can get you charming views of the river as it travels between Sydney Street terminal and North Quay in the CBD.