Brisbane for a fiver: five things you can do for five dollars or less

As a true-blue Brisbanite, I reserve a big ‘ol’ soft spot for the River City. Queensland’s capital offers visitors not only brilliant weather, but bountiful places to eat, drink and enjoy a leisurely stay. But, if you’re taking a quick trip to Brisbane on a shoe-string budget, there are plenty of things you can do with just one pink-coloured note.

Here are five ways to explore Brisbane for a fiver:

  1. Catch a CityCat
    Glide down the Brisbane River and catch a breeze on one of its CityCats. Cruising from Bulimba to Teneriffe, or from New Farm to Mowbray Park, you can sit back and take in the riverside sights of the city. During Jacaranda season, in late spring, you can take the CityCat from West End to The University of Queensland, where you’ll see the famed purple flowers in full bloom.
  2. Gawk at GOMA
    Queensland’s famed Gallery of Mordern Art (GOMA) showcases the best in world-class works from a wide range of artists. GOMA sits perched beside the river (conveniently neighbouring the eateries of South Bank). Allow yourself a good few hours to stroll around this inspiring space.
  3. Discover the Museum of Brisbane
    In Brisbane’s city centre you’ll spy its grand City Hall, concealing a not-so-well kept secret. Inside the clocktower is Museum of Brisbane — a beautifully curated space dedicated to telling the stories of its city in unique ways.
  4. Sip coffee at New Farm Park
    If the weather is putting on a good show (and it really is most days of the year), you can grab a coffee (or scoop of gelato) for less than a fiver and explore the grounds of New Farm Park. Use your leftover dosh to grab a paper and while away some time in the rose gardens bordering the park.
  5. Grab a bite in West End
    For just short of five dollars, you can grab some excellent grub in West End. Whether you’re a fiend for falafel, craving a cheesy slice of pizza, or hangry for haloumi, take a stroll down the centre of West End and you’ll likely find just the cheap eats you’re after.


Are you from Brisbane, or a regular visitor to this city? What else would you add to this list?

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Sonya Gellert is a contributing writer and associate editor for Khoollect. She lives in Sydney....

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