Brisbane is Australia’s third biggest city in terms of population (just behind Sydney and Melbourne) and is the state capital of Queensland. It was originally founded as a penal colony in 1824 but has become so much more than that in modern times.
Brisbane has a whole host of tourism opportunities as it is a significant hotspot for travelers making their way down Australia’s East coast. One of the biggest draws to Brisbane is nearby Australia Zoo which had been made famous by Steve Irwin and won the 2003-04 Australian Tourism awards in the category ‘Major Tourist Attraction’.
Unfortunately Australia Zoo is not free so will not be featuring on our list, don’t worry though as Brisbane has a great selection of free things to see and do.
On that note, we bring you our list of the top five free things to do in Brisbane:
5. Do the Loop – Bus service
Luckily for all the empty pocketed travelers in Brisbane there are some free bus services provided. Brisbane has two separate loops that are completely free to use both clockwise and counter clockwise. These two bus loops are the City Loop and the Spring Hill Loop.
These pass by popular stops such as the Botanic gardens, Queen Street Mall and Eagle Street Pier.
To find a timetable and a map of other sites check here.
4. Queensland Police Museum
Next on our list of the top five free things to do in Brisbane is the queensland police museum. If you have any interest in how policing is done, or police heritage, or even investigational techniques, then the Queensland Police Museum is for you.
If you are wanting a more hands on approach to experiencing police work then there is also an opportunity to take part in a simulated murder scene and you can attempt to solve the mystery yourself.
There are 25 displays in the Museum, to find out when it is open check here.
3. Queensland State Parliament
Number three on our list of the top five free things to do in Brisbane is the Queensland state parliament house and tour.
Because Australia and Queensland were originally colonised by the British and many of the early settlers here were British, it makes sense that the parliament would be a similar model to that of the British.
When nothing important is going on in the Parliament House there are free tours (which you do not need to book) starting at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. If Parliament is sitting, then there is only one tour at 2pm.
All visitors for tours should enter the parliamentary precinct via the Parliamentary Annexe Building, located on Alice Street (opposite William Street). Tours commence from the visitor information area which is located on the ground floor, inside the Annexe Building. To find out more click here.
2. The Museum of Brisbane
Found on top of the recently restored Brisbane City Hall is the Museum of Brisbane. All exhibits in the Museum of Brisbane are completely free!
This museum doesn’t not have the usual ancient relics, bones or fossils, it is more focused on the ‘living history’ of Brisbane. Its mission is to deliver entertaining exhibits on the history, people and culture that really provide Brisbane with its own identity.
The final activity on our list of the top five free things to do in Brisbane is Daisy Hill Koala Centre. This centre is a dedicated koala education facility. If you want to see one of Australia’s most famous marsupials (alongside the kangaroo) up close and for free then Daisy hill Koala centre is a great opportunity for you.
There are lots of things to do once you get there, you can climb the observation tower to see a ‘koala’s eye view’of the world, you can discover facts about the koals’s unique biology and you can also find out about other of Australia’s threatened species.
It is not permitted to handle or pat the koalas however.
To find out opening times and how to get here click here.
That concludes our list of the top five free things to do in Brisbane, if you have anything to add feel free to leave a comment!