20 Things To Do In Brisbane On A Budget

By Jessica Pridmore
15th Aug 2016

Best cheap eats Brisbane

Do you ever get the impression that literally everyone has their grown up stuff together but you? A house, a holiday, even a pretty pooch; why does no one speak about their secret saving behaviour and how do people budget when there’s so much do (read: eat)?

Let’s be real, none of us are going to be able to put a deposit on a house, or save for that trip of a lifetime if we all keep paying hand over fist for the little luxuries in life. So, because we are as addicted to our social lives as you are, we—with the help of Bankwest's nifty budgeting tool and savings calculator (trust us, having someone do the sums for you helps!)—have put a list together of all the awesome things to eat, see and do in Brisbane; even if you’re on a super strict budget.

Here are 20 killer things to do in Brisbane on the cheap!

  1. Grab a pizza and a pint at Brewski for $20 every Monday. Cheers to that!
  2. Haven’t visited the GOMA? As in ever? Shame on you! With so many free exhibitions on all year round, there really is no excuse for not getting cultural…
  3. Clock off with an espresso martini and a cheeseburger at Remy’s for a cool lobster. Dinner and hard liquor for $20? Sweet!
  4. A brisk walk along the South Bank promenade won’t cost you a dime (can’t say the same about the parking sitch however. Best get the bus. You’re on a budget, after all).
  5. Pack a (homemade picnic) and head off for a sojourn at Mt Coot-Tha Botanic Gardens. Nothing like filling those lungs with free air.
  6. Get your funny thrills for free at Knockoff: stand-up comedy every Friday at the Powerhouse for $0.
  7. Gather your pals for a BBQ at Kangaroo Point. Views of the city that money can’t buy plus your fave crew? Pretty bloody great if you ask us!
  8. Can’t not eat out on the reg? You can easily do dinner for 2 for under $40 at Happy Boy. Take that spare tenner and pop it in your savings.
  9. Speaking of dining out, Farrier do 2-4-1 meal deals Monday to Wednesday. Eating out’s never been so wallet-friendly!
  10. The burgers at Ben’s just got even more delicious; burger + fries + schooner of beer for $20. You really can’t argue with that value.
  11. Seeing as you’re in The Valley, walk off that burger and head to the IMA for free exhibitions and delish-but-affordable coffee in the café below.
  12. Can’t remember the last time you could even afford the cinema? At New Farm Six Cinemas you can! $8 tickets every Tuesday. Boom!
  13. Toe tap to free live music from some cracking local artists at QPAC’s Green Jam Sessions; free for all every Friday night!
  14. Want more bang for your buck on a weekend? Brooklyn Standard’s Rock and Blues Sunday sesh is free entry, with live bands from 9pm.
  15. Stuff your face on all of the sweet treats at Noosa Chocolate Factory A slab of rocky road for under a tenner? Yay! Tip: they love giving away free samples, so… Go there immediately!
  16. Knock back a craft beer stein at Woolly Mammoth. It’ll put hairs on your chest while caressing all that cash you have.
  17. Take a drive over to Sunnybank for seriously good Yum Cha at Landmark. Expect to queue, but can you put a price on change from a $20? Didn’t think so.
  18. Statler & Waldorf’s $10 handmade pasta Wednesdays, and $15 roasts on Sundays is award-winning gastro pub fare at cheap and cheerful prices. #yourewelcome
  19.  Become a member of a local community garden. Not paying for veggies each week is a total budget boost (plus walking around in wellies tending to your plants is almost too much fun).
  20. Go to the beach! With literally hundreds of sandy spots just outside of the city, what better way to spend a cash-free day than with a good book and a beach towel? That QLD weather, she’s a beaut’.

Editor’s note: This article is proudly sponsored by Bankwest and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

Image credit: Ariana Gillrie

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