7 things to do in Brisbane under $10
How to blow out in Brisbane without blowing out your budget.
Picture this. It’s a hot, sunny day in Brisbane and you wake up vibing for adventure… but in your wallet lies only a blue ten-buck note.
No biggie. This city may be known for its high-rolling, but that’s not to say you can’t find many cheap thrills if you know where to look (i.e. right here).
Go see a movie
Dying to see the new Brad Pitt but don’t feel it’s worth asking your parents to take out a second mortgage? We gotchu.
You want Cineplex cinemas, and you want to aim for Tuesdays. Adult tickets will cost you $6.50 on this day, meaning you’ll have enough change for a treat at the candy bar. If you’re more in the mood on the weekend, the ticket will still only set you back an easy $8.50.
Cool off at Streets Beach
Since you’re already in South Bank for the hot cinema deals, don’t leave before taking a dip at Streets Beach. This man-made beach serves you a slice of coast in the middle of the city. Wriggle your toes through the sand and wade through the cool blue water while looking up at the urban skyline. Confusion never looked so good. Plus, it’s free entry and there’s free WiFi.
Take a stroll from Kangaroo Point to West End
Cue up a new podcast, curate a soundtrack for your life and lace up your sneakers, because Brisbane is full of walking trails. A stand-out would have to be starting from Kangaroo Point, working your way through South Bank and the Cultural Precinct, and finally marching down Montague Road toward West End. In terms of attractions, it’ll be a feast for the eyes and therefore a feast for the social media accounts. We’re talking the Kangaroo Point cliffs, the Gallery of Modern Art and Davies Park.
Hang out on the grass at New Farm Park
Consider this a cheap date solution, or simply the perfect place to gather your mates for a picnic. Plonk yourself on the grass by the river and crack into a few sangas (read: sandwiches) as the boats cruise up and down. BYO frisbee or football and you’ll lose even more hours.
Brush up on your local Aussie bands
In case you didn’t already know, Brisbane is one of the top dogs in the Aussie live music scene. In fact, their free live music program City Sounds is the largest in the whole country. Every single week, a new line-up of local and touring bands rock out on stages in the Queen Street Mall, Post Office Square, South Bank and a few other places. Given the show costs you zilch, this leaves 10 whole bucks for beer.
LOL at Brisbane Powerhouse
This place is like the cultural melting pot of Queensland. It’s where you come for music, art, talks, comedy, you name it. While most of these things will cost you more than 10 bucks a pop, there’s a comedy night on called Knockoff that happens every Friday from 6pm and it’s FREE. Meaning, your $10 once again goes toward a stiff TGIF drink as you laugh off the week. If you really love a lol, keep an eye out for the Brisbane Comedy Festival in March each year.
Pick a market, any market
Well, okay, not ANY market. The Jan Powers Farmers Markets, which run at the Powerhouse, Queen St Mall and Manly. For a cool 10 bones, you’ll release your taste buds on a flirtatious rampage from middle eastern falafel pockets, to hot smoked salmon, to homemade gnocchi.