Brisbane, we love you—but weekend adventures are starting to get a little expensive. What with the countless cups of coffee, the relentless snacking, and the trying to save for a house, it’s starting to add up. It’s easy to say “nope, gotta stay in this weekend” when your funds are low, but here in Brisbane that does not have to be the case!
If anyone feels the struggle, it’s us, which is why we’ve teamed up with resident lifesavers, CityCycle, to bring you the absolute best of everything worth eating, doing and drinking in Brisbane for less than $5. And because we love you guys, we’ve even thrown in some things that are 100% free!
Why? Firstly, because broke does not equal boring, and secondly, because CityCycle has recently launched their $5 monthly memberships. As in, for only $5 a month ($3 if you’re a student!) you can cruise around Brisbane as much as you’d like, thanks to CityCycle.
Not bad, eh?! So, what are you waiting for: get on your bike and start exploring Brisbane without breaking the bank. Your wallet will love you.
Brisbane’s best brownies? For $5? Don’t mind if we do. The adorable heart-shaped brownies from I Heart Brownies are only $5, and are perfect for a mid-ride snack, or the perfect picnic treat in any of Brisbane’s leafy parks. Plus, their CBD store is surrounded by a plethora of CityCycle stations. Try the Turkish Delight and thank us later, or the classic...they're all kind of epic, TBH.
Fish Lane is home to not only delish foodie spots (Julius, we’re looking at you!) but also some of Brisbane’s coolest street art. Featuring art by Mimi, Drapl, Travis Vinson and more you can easily turn this 200m street of laneway into a full day expedition. Start at the Grey Street end of the laneway with Travis Vinson’s ‘uge Mohammad Ali hiding behind Hello Please, and follow Elizabeth Woods and Kevin Leong’s Fish Lane down toward Mimi’s explosion of pinks, purples and all of the pastels: The Harvest. It goes without saying the tour is best done by bike, duh. Just make sure you leave plenty of time, you'll want to take a whole heap of pics while you're here.
Yes, it is possible to do Kangaroo Point without having to do the stairs and leave a sweaty (but fit!) mess. Our fave way to pass the time is when the sun is just about to set and you’ve got your mates by your side. We dare you to not fall in love with Brisbane looking out across this view. It goes without saying that this is a great spot to bring out of towners.
If you live in Brisbane, you should probably already know about the Epicurious Garden—but most of us don’t! It’s a veggie garden that’s totally free to the public from 7am – 2pm each week Tuesday through Thursday where you can snag produce grown right on site to use in your dinner that evening. Fresh and free local produce? Check. A bike basket stocked with said fresh local produce? Check. How very Parisian of you!
Did you also know that you can catch free comedy nights at the Powerhouse? On the last Friday of each month, you can catch Knockoff at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Featuring free laughs, plenty of inappropriate jokes and budget-friendly good times, this is the perfect oh-shit-payday-is-so-far-away plan.
We’re going to throw something out there: there is no greater Brisbane experience than hopping on your CityCycle, filling the basket with delicious snacks, and setting out for a day spent lazing in the balmy Queensland sun for a Sunday afternoon of pure bliss. We’re sure you’re all nodding along in agreement and are halfway out your door en route to New Farm Park as we speak.
The Banh Mi is a sacred thing—it shouldn’t be messed with too much, and simple and traditional is definitely best. But, the $5 iteration from Lucky Egg each Thursday is freaking delicious. We’re talking togarashi crumbed chicken, fresh baguette and plenty of fresh herbs…all for $5! Nice. We'll take 10.
While we’re on our togarashi love fest, did you know each Monday you can score $3 yakitori from The Valley’s Bird’s Nest?! It’s the perfect cheapskate dinner plan, and you really can’t feel guilty about stuffing your face when it was only $3, can you?!
Heads up: thanks to the council’s Active Parks program, you can actually ditch the gym membership and do a whole heap of classes for free in your local park with a fully qualified instructor. The program suits people of all abilities, so you’ll never feel too out of your depth. Pick from pilates, yoga, aqua classes, dancing and more. Check out what’s on (for free!) near you, here.
The best part about all of these cheap and cheerful activities?! They’re all accessible by CityCycle and are never too far from a station. For only $5 a month ($3 if you’re a student!) you can sign up for unlimited 30-minute rides around Brisbane and get your explore on. To sign up, click here, and to see where your nearest station is, head here.
Who knew ballin' on a budget could be so much fun?!
Editor's note: this article was produced in partnership with CityCycle, an initiative of Brisbane City Council. Thank you for supporting the partners who make The Urban List possible. To read our editorial policy, click here.
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