Activities & Itineraries

15 Cheap Life Hacks Every Brisbane Local Should Know By Now

By Rachel Lay
8th Oct 2018

Living in Brisbane, it’s easy to feel like you know absolutely everything about your city. Everyone has their favourite route to get home, their favourite secret parking spot, and hidden menu item. But, the truth is: there’s so much all of us don’t know about our city! Even those of us who have lived here all our lives. Which is exactly why we’ve teamed up with Brisbane City Council's CityCycle to bring you the definitive list of Brisbane’s best local life hacks. Let us know how many you knew, or any we're missing!

Why? Firstly, because either you're new to town or you're a local who might need help stumbling upon a new hidden gem. 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, thanks to CityCycle.

You’re welcome. Now, let's do this. 

  • Roma Street Parklands are pretty nifty for free fun! Check out The Sound Society for free live music and food trucks each Sunday.
  • You can catch Green Jam on the lawn at QPAC every Friday from 5:30pm if live jazz is your thang.
  • ICYMI, you can jump on a CityCyle and get right around Brisbane without having to spring for parking—and it’s less than $5 a month. Check out where the stops are right here.
  • Head to Merthyr Road Bowls Club for $10 games of barefoot bowls. Find a better way to spend a Sunday arvo, we dare you.
  • Did you know Fish Lane is home to stunning street art and hidden bars?! Head down to check out hidden cafes and bars while you up your culture intake with some of the city's coolest graffiti. 
  • Kangaroo Point has a public art trail that runs into South Bank! So hop on a CityCycle and follow it from start to finish.

  • The later you turn up to local markets like Davies Park and the Jan Powers markets, the cheaper (and free-er!) the produce will be.
  • e’cco Bistro does a two-course lunch for only $39 per person. Expect beef short rib with smoked Jerusalem artichoke and parsley oil or the market fish with mushrooms, white polenta and red butter sauce—but without the eatery's usual price tag.
  • Kim Than does a pretty epic banh mi for $4.50, or you can grab equally delicious eats at super-hidden bar Honto in Fortitude Valley. It's hidden down a super stealthy Valley back street, so arrive early with time to find it. Check these spots out if you don't have the means to make your way to Inala and Darra. 
  • Maru Korean BBQ in the city does some of Brisbane’s best meal deals. For example, their happy hours come with cheaper drinks and half price menu items. Plus, during lunch you can score bibimbap for only $12.80, or dosirak (that’s kind of like a bento box) for the same price.
  • If you’re sick to death of disposable coffee cups, you can score yourself an ‘ugly mug’ instead at Wandering Cooks. You get to keep it, AND it's cheaper than a keep cup!

  • If you ever get lost in the city, here’s a handy hack: all streets with a male name run parallel to each other, while female named streets run parallel to other female named streets.
  • Did you know there's also free exercises classes on in Brisbane parks? Check out Brisbane City Council's Active Parks program here and ditch that gym membership. 
  • Did you know you can DIY your own cheeseboard at The Stores in West End? Head into their cheese room, grab a tray and start loading up. Bam, it’s that easy.
  • If you’re a Brisbane rates payer, you can score free native plants from the council! Give your local nursery a call to find out if they're participating. 

As if you needed any more hacks to help you own Brisbane, you can also score a CityCycle membership for $5 a month.

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.

Image credit: Grace Elizabeth Images, Ariana Gillrie, Griffin Simm

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