Best Brisbane experiences with $20 in your pocket

While looking at one of my favourite Q&A sites, quora.com, I came across this question and thought it would be great to highlight what locals, and those who have experienced Brisbane, recommend as the best Brisbane experiences for someone on a budget. Some of these suggestions are free and some are low budget, but all are fun and will let you experience a lot of the best of what Brisbane has to offer. Combining these suggestions with the affordable accommodation at Bridgewater Terraces will let you have a great holiday without breaking the budget.

Fortunately, your Bridgewater Terraces apartment is located at Kangaroo Point, which is the first on our list of budget experiences. Jaimeen Dalia recommends Kangaroo Point for the walking and cycling paths by the riverside. The beautiful river views and watching the boats can while away an afternoon. It’s also a great place for a BBQ picnic while watching the climbers on the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. Jaimeen also mentions Kangaroo Point’s proximity to Southbank which is also highly rated as worth a visit by Sasha Watson and Fawzi Bokhari.

Kayaking, Brisbane River, QLD

Kangaroo Point, Brisbane

Getting to Southbank doesn’t have to cost you much! From Kangaroo Point you can catch one of the City Hopper ferries or use a CityCycle bike and travel around Brisbane all day, for less than $10, with regular services and pick ups/drop offs throughout the CBD and surrounding areas. In fact, this is one of the suggestions made by Jac Fitgerald for a budget activity of its own. When you arrive at Southbank Parklands you can spend a whole day amongst the lush gardens, following the paths and cycleways, window shopping the many interesting shops or swimming at the man-made Streets beach. This fresh water lagoon with white sandy beach, rocky creeks and palm trees is one of the gems of Brisbane and absolutely free.

Southbank, Brisbane, QLD

Southbank, Brisbane

While at Southbank, you can also visit the Cultural Centre of Brisbane – the home of the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, The Queensland Art Gallery and the Sciencentre.

Another full day out is just a ferry trip from your apartment at Bridgewater Terraces to Eagle St Pier. After grabbing a snack from one of the affordable venues at the pier, a comfortable stroll along the boardwalk will take you down to the City Botanic Gardens. You can take the self guided walk to discover points of interest in the Gardens or enjoy one of the regular free events available. Wandering back through the city, take the opportunity to view some of Brisbane’s grandest colonial architecture and window shop in the Queen St Mall. When you return to Bridgewater Terraces, you can finish off your day by enjoying a dip in our outdoor pool or relaxing in the hot tub before enjoying an evening meal on your private balcony/patio.

Produce Markets, Brisbane, QLD

Produce Markets, Brisbane


If your visit to Brisbane covers the weekend, then Stephen Walsh recommends visiting the Brisbane Valley Markets, in Fortitude Valley, for the “random little stores” where you can view the works of local artists, fashion designers and jewellery makers while you enjoy the music from local street entertainers and use your $20 to sample an international range of dishes. Other markets can be found at Eagle St Pier on Sundays where you can wander along the pier, enjoying the river frontage and the eclectic range of products available and perhaps pick up a bargain to take home to remember your Brisbane holiday. As the markets wind down, catch the free ferry back to Kangaroo Point and visit the Story Bridge Hotel to listen to the Sunday Session Band and enjoy a drink with the other patrons.

As you can see, there are many activities you can enjoy in Brisbane for under $20 making it a very economical location for your next holiday. There are certainly plenty more activities that you can discover in Brisbane when holidaying on a budget, and one of the best savings you can make is to book your accommodation at Bridgewater Terraces. You will find our apartments comfortable, affordable and the perfect location to base yourself to explore this exciting city. Speak to one of our friendly staff and make your booking today.

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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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