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Five amazing things to do in Brisbane!

Hi guys, my name is Cynthia and I’m from Mexico. I would like to give you some great tips on how to enjoy Brisbane for free, because studying abroad isn’t only classes and assignments, right?

A Mexican says: “The current will take any shrimp that falls asleep”.
Which means: Don’t miss an opportunity, it might never come back.

As a student sometimes, it can be hard to plan and/or decide where to go, especially when you want to save money. It’s true that the “best things in life are free”, so let me introduce to you my top 5.

1. Shopping

Visit the City Centre. Are you a shopping lover, but your budget is in crisis? “no worries”, as we say in Mexico; “you can always do window shopping”, and there are some arts and cultural events.  I really enjoy going for a walk whilst listening to the street musicians, I even found a group doing yoga in the middle of the mall.

City Centre: Yoga

2. Discover Brisbane by ferry

Take a journey on a CityHopper.  It is one of the river transport services for commuters, and the best part about this, it’s free! You can travel across Brisbane River, and get off to swim in South Bank Parklands or you could even have a BBQ at Kangaroo Point Cliffs! I highly recommend this activity! I enjoy it a lot because it makes me feel like I am in a romantic movie due to the sunsets and beautiful scenery of Brisbane River. Being on a CityHopper brightens my mood and I know that it can brighten yours too! I always take it when I want to travel from place to place across the Brisbane River. You can find more information about the ferry services and timetables on the Brisbane City Council website.

3. Cultural experience

Visit QUT art museum at Garden Point campus or enjoy the marvellous botanical gardens, while you learn about Australian culture. You can also reach for the starts by visiting the Sir Planetarium Museum if you would like to know more about his astronomical work. I really enjoyed the outstanding performance of the Cosmic Skydome.

Botanic Gardens – Sir Planetarium Museum

4. Look out for great discounts

QUTIC (QUT International College) offers students discount packages to visit the beautiful beaches at the Gold coast or Sunshine coast. Ok, this option is not for free, but it is a great opportunity to take advantage of these amazing discounts and you might meet some new friends. Surfers Paradise at the Gold Coast is very beautiful. You can also find some shopping centres and great restaurants! When on the beach remember to always swim in the safe zone, inside the yellow and red flags.

Gold Coast

5. Free entertainment

If you feel like winding down and want to practice your listening skills, then you should visit the Brisbane Powerhouse. If you love comedy as much as me, you should go to this fantastic place where you can experience free comedy every Friday. I went there because I love jokes! It was a good opportunity to practice my listening skills as a foreigner in a fun way.

Brisbane Powerhouse

32 Comments

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    Hadeel Aljohani Reply

    Liked it and i am planning to try what you recommended.
    Thank you Cynthia ❤️

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      cynthia Reply

      Hadeel Aljohani, Yes, for sure you should try it 🙂 Thank you for your comment!

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      cynthia Reply

      Hi Henry!

      Yes, indeed. You can also have a great experience if you are in Brisbane, just remember to follow these tips.

      Thank you for your comment!

      Kind regards,
      Cynthia

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      cynthia Reply

      Hi Mariana,

      I am glad you enjoyed it.

      Thank you so much for your comment! 🙂

      Kind regards,
      Cynthia

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    It is nice to find someone to give us a hepfull recommendation, thank you Cynthia.

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      cynthia Reply

      Hi Bushra,

      I will try to provide you with more helpful advices.

      Thank you for your comment! 🙂

      Kind regards,
      Cynthia

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      cynthia Reply

      Hi Harry,

      You’re welcome. I will try to provide more useful information.

      Thank you so much for your comment! 🙂

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    A good article and beautiful pictures !!!From your article I can see you really enjoy study in QUT!

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      cynthia Reply

      Hi Tokin,

      Yes, indeed studying in QUT is an amazing experience!.
      If you are here, I encourage you to follow these tips and have the same experience.

      Thank you so much for your comment, 🙂

      Kind regards,
      Cynthia

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    That’s amazing!!!
    I can’t wait to try them all!
    Thank you for that and well done.

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      cynthia Reply

      Hi Tyrion,

      For sure, try them all and have fun while you are studying.

      Thank you for your comment! 🙂

      Kind regards,
      Cynthia

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      cynthia Reply

      Hi Vinson,

      You can try it!

      Thank you for your comments! 🙂

      Kind regards,
      Cynthia

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    Eiman Aljohani Reply

    Many activities for free . Thank you for your suggestions Cynthia .

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      cynthia Reply

      Hi Eiman,

      Yes, you can try them all and enjoy Brisbane with your friends.

      Thank you for your comment ! 🙂

      Kind regards,
      Cynthia

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    Such a good blog!! As you mentioned there is so much to explore in Brisbane. Be an international student, I can’t wait to discover this beautiful city!!

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      cynthia Reply

      Hi Jane,

      Yes, you should go and explore Brisbane with your friends. There are activities for free that you can enjoy as a student.

      Thank you so much for your comment! 🙂

      Kind regards,
      Cynthia

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    Rodrigo Alemán Reply

    Hi Cynthia, I like your post! thank you for sharing these tips.

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      cynthia Reply

      Hi Rodrigo,

      It is good to know that you liked it.

      Thank you so much for your comment! 🙂

      Kind regards
      Cynthia

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    Hey Cynthia!
    Pretty excited to see that I´ve already acomplished everything on this list except the part of “travel by great discounts”…This is probably the best 5 tips on how to enjoy Brisbane as an overseas student, very comprehensive, concise and helpful. Your Mexican style is refreshing.

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      cynthia Reply

      Hi Vanessa,

      That is so great!, I encourage you to take advantage of QUT discounts and complete the list!
      I am glad you like my Mexican style 🙂

      Thank you so much for your comment!

      Kind regards,
      Cynthia

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    Great tips! As a newcomer I will definitely explore Brisbane more.

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      cynthia Reply

      Hi Augusto,

      It is a great opportunity for you to explore Brisbane and meet new friends!

      I will give you an extra tip: QUT has some groups / clubs that you can join. A great deal to meet new people and be involved in more activities.

      Thank you for your comment,:)
      Kind regards,
      Cynthia

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    It’s such great recommendations what I found on this page and it’s really wonderful opportunities to know about Brisbane! Thank you Cynthia

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      cynthia Reply

      Hi Ghayah,

      I am glad you liked it. You can find interesting things in this page, do not forget to follow us!

      Thank you for your comment! 🙂
      Kind regards,
      Cynthia

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    You really took me there in a nice and easy imagination trip, I can’t wait to try every single tip on my next holidays. By the way I still laughting about “window shopping” clever idea. #WindowShopping.

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