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.

South Bank Parklands

Brisbane River

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

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