Brisbane on a budget… Your ‘get more for less’ guide!

If you’re planning a Brisbane holiday, I’m sure you know that Brisbane is one of the best holiday destinations in Australia. It has many attractions, outdoor activities and great culture that you’ll surely love as a tourist.

However, I’ll let you in on a little secret – a Brisbane holiday can be enjoyable even on a tight budget. Perhaps this is what makes our city so great. If you weren’t aware of this, I’m sure I’ve gotten you all excited about your upcoming holiday!

Continue reading this article to discover the best of Brisbane on a budget. Coming from a local, you can count on the suggestions that I list for a truly memorable and affordable holiday. So, listen up!

1. Things to do in Brisbane on a budget

Roma Street Parklands

Roma Street Parklands, Brisbane

You’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that there are several activities to enjoy in Brisbane on a budget. Many of our guests here at Bridgewater Terraces know this and enjoy their holiday while spending less. To experience the best things in Brisbane on a budget, consider the following activities.

You can take a trip to South Bank or Roma Street Parklands to enjoy Brisbane’s beautiful gardens, parks and walkways. By visiting the GOMA, Institute of Modern Art and the Queensland Art gallery, you’ll discover more about Brisbane’s culture.

You can also catch a CAT ferry or go sailing at Moreton Bay to enjoy budget friendly activities on the river. For transportation, I recommend you to try out the TransLink rail – it is the most cost effective way to travel all over the city.

Brisbane also has many shopping options where you won’t need to spend a fortune to have a good time. In particular, I’d like to recommend the street markets in and around Fortitude Valley and South Bank. You’ll be surprised at the bargains you get at these street market.

2. Where to eat in Brisbane on a budget

Govindas - Brisbane

Govindas – Brisbane

When it comes to affordable eats in Brisbane, there are plenty of places you can go to. To save you some time on research, here are three of the best restaurants in Brisbane which offer budget friendly meals.

Soul Pizza in Fortitude Valley is definitely my number one pick when it comes to great cheap eats in Brisbane. Along with mouth-watering pizzas, there are many amazing deals to look forward.

Grill’d in West End is one restaurant which is known for its delicious burgers. Unlike traditional burgers, the burgers you’ll find here are healthy and incredibly affordable. There’s also live music and entertainment.

Located in Fortitude Valley, Alfred & Constance is one of the best pubs in Brisbane for people on a budget. With fabulous food, amazing drinks and a lively atmosphere, Alfred & Constance has it all.

Even if you’re a vegetarian, you won’t be left out! Govinda’s Vegetarian in West End offers an all-you-can-eat-and-drink meal for just $12.90. You heard me, this is one place to grab delicious Indian cuisine without burning a hole in your pocket.

3. Where to stay in Brisbane on a budget

Bridgewater Terraces apartments

Bridgewater Terraces offer affordable Brisbane accommodation from $140 per night

For cheap accommodation in Brisbane, you’ll find nothing better than our holiday apartments here at Bridgewater Terraces. We offer stunning 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments which are packed with world class amenities and facilities.  

Moreover, we’re located in Kangaroo Point, just 1km from Brisbane CBD. So by staying with us, you won’t have to travel far to enjoy the best of Brisbane, thus saving money.

Our rates start as low as $140 per night! For such a low price, you’ll get a full holiday apartment to enjoy! Take a look at our prices to find out more about our cheap accommodation in Brisbane.


Brisbane is one holiday destination, which can fully be enjoyed on a budget. There are plenty of things to do and activities to enjoy, some great affordable restaurants and cheap accommodation in Brisbane. No matter what your budget is, you can count on having a great time in our city!

For a true budget Brisbane holiday, book cheap accommodation in Brisbane with us at Bridgewater Terraces. Call us at  07 3435 5216 and we’ll be more than happy to make you a reservation!

About Denis Goodman

Denis is the manager of Bridgewater Terraces and has a long history with accommodation and property management rights. He brings his knowledge and experiences into his writer to help holiday makers have a wonderful holiday.

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