Brisbane is the 3rd largest city in Australia in terms of population. Even in a big city like Brisbane, you can find many different free things to do on holiday, or maybe you just want to take a few days off for a mini “staycation” without breaking the bank. Brisbane is the perfect place to do this because there are so many fun things to do that are free or almost free. Brisbane is in between the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast on the east coast of Australia in Queensland. Brisbane is metropolitan with a population over 2.2 million and a humid subtropical climate. The warm weather makes a holiday here good anytime of the year. The summers are hot and winters are warm and mild. The city is known as BrisVegas and here is a previous post about vacationing in the area: 5 Day Trips from Brisbane and Things to Do in Brisbane.

Free Things to do in Brisbane

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Map of Brisbane

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Renting a Car in Brisbane

Brisbane Car Rental Map

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Budget offers some great deals on car rentals in Brisbane, so you can see all the free sights in Brisbane without having to spend a ton of money. If you are arriving at the Brisbane airport, that would be your first option. If you are planning on renting a car from another location within or near Brisbane, you can choose from Boondall, Capalaba, or Rocklea. When you rent a vehicle in Brisbane, let your car rental agent know your itinerary and he or she will be able to provide you with a wealth of information including local maps, insider details, and safety restrictions for your car rental.

City Botanic Gardens

City Botanic Gardens

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The City Botanic Gardens are located on the Brisbane River and is a must see location when in Brisbane.  This is a relaxing place right in the heart of the bustling city on the banks of the Brisbane River. You can bring a picnic to eat in the park, walk through the park on your own or take a tour from one of the knowledgeable volunteer tour guides who provide their services because they love the plants and flowers unique to the gardens.

Roma Street Parkland

To even further emphasize the green nature of this city, there is yet another park within the city you can visit for free. Roma Street Parkland is located right in the middle of Brisbane’s city centre. This little park within the city is packed with over 100,000 varieties of shrubs and 1,200 mature trees, making this an oasis of vegetation in the heart of the buzzing metropolitan city. Walk through the pathways of the parkland, stop for some shade or a seat at the many shelters along the path, and take advantage of the barbecue facilities. Everywhere you turn, you will witness magnificent views.

Museum Of Brisbane

Brisbane Museum

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Admission to the Museum of Brisbane is free. You can spend the day or just an afternoon here learning about the community, culture, arts, and history. You can take on the museum on your own or take advantage of the free daily tour.

Free Concerts on Sundays

Free Concerts on Sundays

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Every Sunday at Customs House is a free concert put on by the University Of Queensland School Of Music. It is a delightful way to spend the morning. The Customs House is one of Brisbane’s heritage listed icons. It is on the Brisbane River in the CBD. The building is steeped in culture and history and is owned and maintained by the University of Queensland.

Free Festivals

Valley Fiesta

Valley Fiesta

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The Valley Fiesta is home to the iconic Anne Street Party – Fortitude Valley. The free festival includes music and art.

Valley Jazz Festival

Valley Jazz Festival
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This is an internationally known festival for jazz enthusiasts. It takes place every two years in May.

Brisbane Festival

Brisbane Festival

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This three week-long festival takes place every September. It is a vibrant celebration of art and life. Many of the events and performances are free.

Queensland of Music

Queensland Music Festival

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Every other July this even takes place in Brisbane. The Queensland Music Festival offers up different types of music styles and free performances.