Travelling can be expensive. Once you add up time off work, flights, accommodation, food, and shopping, you’re usually looking at more than you expected. There are always ways to cut down a travel budget, from booking your rental car and accommodation early and avoiding peak season rates to finding cheaper flights with a detour or two. But one of the best ways to cut down on costs while travelling is to find free or inexpensive activities and sites to see during your stay. Australia is full of free things to do. In every major city, you will find free art galleries, museums, national parks, maybe even a free zoo or animal sanctuary. Brisbane is no different, with a range of free, cost-saving activities to enjoy during your stay on the Queensland coast. Here, we will go through some of the top budget-friendly ways to enjoy Brisbane.
The first stop on your Brisbane budget journey should be the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). These are two sides of the same coin in the same world-class exhibition space in Southbank. The galleries house internationally significant collections of everything from Aboriginal Art to European Impressionism. There are stunning permanent exhibitions and a roster of changing travelling exhibitions, meaning even if you’ve already been to QAGOMA, it’s worth looking online to see what’s changed in the space. The gallery also has a screening space for films that screen modern and contemporary films, including rare 35mm film prints and recent restorations of silent films. Entry into the permanent gallery space and screening room is completely free, with only the occasional paid special exhibition. QAGOMA offers everything you want from a modern gallery experience, but still surprises you with something you didn’t expect.
If QAGOMA is the premier free gallery in Queensland and Brisbane, then the Queensland Museum is the same in the museum space. With free entry, the museum offers a range of artefacts from human history. The Sparklab space is home to 40 interactive exhibits exploring science and technology and their impact on the modern world. The museum space’s diverse collection extends from dinosaurs and wildlife collections to the ANZAC Legacy Gallery.