Indoors, outdoors, it’s all good these holidays!

The winter holidays are a good time to spend indoors as it can be a little bit chilly outside – certainly not weather to be tanning at the beach. But sometimes it’s worth going outside, especially if you live in a wonderful city called Brisbane!


Every now and again I like to indulge in some window shopping with friends at the shops. I emphasise the term window shopping as it can be tempting to spend a fortune by the time you’ve completed a lap of a shopping centre. The trick is to leave your wallet at home, except for $5 to spend on KFC.

Outlet shopping

If you’re after a new wardrobe then I highly recommend outlet stores. Outlets resell the same clothes as the retail stores, but at a  lower price. Just make sure you have a strict budget and stick to it. If you haven’t learnt this as a high-school student, you’ll soon learn it as a university student!


Full-time uni students can get cheaper movie tickets than the regular adult ticket pricing at plenty of cinemas. The best part about studying at QUT’s Gardens Point campus is that it’s just a quick walk across the Goodwill Bridge to South Bank cinemas. Cheap movie tickets are a great reward after a day of study too!

South Bank and the Brisbane River

Speaking of South Bank, the South Bank Parklands is a wonderful oasis and a great place to start walking. The cultural precinct is always alive with festivals as is the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) with exhibitions. From there, you can walk along the river to West End or Kangaroo Point. Don’t feel like walking? Hop on a CityCat and see where you end up (and if you’re a full-time student, the travel fare is cheaper too!)

That’s how I like to spend my winter break in Brisbane. Do you have any tips for making the most of the school/university holidays on a budget?

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