Brisbane on a budget… Two 19 year old awesome and incredibly active nursing students, with 8 hours to spare to see Brisbane and not a big budget. I love a challenge!
Being a tour guide in your own city makes you really appreciate the beauty and the sites. My cousin and his lady have been in Queensland on holidays from New Zealand before uni goes back. They have spent their holiday on the Gold Coast. I was lucky enough to have them catch a train to come and see me for the day on Sunday.
Brisbane on a budget – City Cycle: $2 per person
City Cycle is a public bicycle hire service with stations scattered at 140 different stops around Brisbane City. I hired two of these for the day for $2 for unlimited use and cycled down on my bike. The positive thing about having the bicycles was that it was a novel way to travel, it made the time between our destinations much shorter and we were able to do a lot more.
We used the bikes three times over the day, to cycle from the city to South Bank, from South Bank to the Botanical Gardens and across to the Riverside ferry and later on in the day to cycle from Riverside back to the Central train station.
Brisbane on a budget – Morning tea at Max Brenner: $50.10 for three people
You cannot come to Brisbane without going to Max Brenner. When I first moved over here from New Zealand my best friend and I spent around an hour lining up to get our chocolate fix.
On Sunday we all had a choc-tail each and my cousin and his lady shared a chocolate brownie sundae and a chocolate lick – so yum!
Brisbane on a budget – Wheel of Brisbane:
$40 for two people $11.50 per person
The Wheel of Brisbane is a great way for visitors to get a view across the city and South Bank. It is a large Ferris wheel that runs most of the day and night and although it’s a fraction of the size of the London Eye the short queues and pretty views make it worthwhile. As I have done this attraction many times before I sat on the lawn and enjoyed the sunshine while my cousin and his lady enjoyed the views.
Economiss tip: Make sure whenever you are in a new city that you investigate the internet first for deals. Groupon is doing a deal at the moment for two people to go on the Wheel of Brisbane for $23 instead of the $20 per person it costs to buy the ticket on site, a massive 39% discount!
Brisbane on a budget – Swimming: Free
There is an artificial beach at South Bank where you can swim and enjoy the Brisbane sunshine and even make sandcastles. When I first moved to Brisbane and was job hunting I really enjoyed visiting the beach but as a local you often forget about just how nice it is. It was a sweltering 37 degrees when my cousin was here so we were pretty happy to spend an hour or so cooling down in the water.
Botanical Gardens: Free
The Brisbane Botanical gardens are a beautiful spot. I took my cousin and his girlfriend here to check out the large lazy water dragons that sun themselves by the ponds. They are truly majestic animals and for a Kiwi something that is very different to see out in the city.
Brisbane on a budget – Citycat Boat Ride to Eat Street: $5.20 return per person
One recommendation I always give to people coming to Brisbane is to invest in a GoCard at the beginning of a trip. The public transport over here is phenomenal and a GoCard means you can use the trains, boats and buses for a fraction of the cost. At the end of your trip even if you have money left on your card you can cash it back at the airport.
One of my favourite ways of viewing Brisbane is on the Citycat. I used to catch the ferry to work and couldn’t stopping snapping beautiful photographs. Nothing beats sitting on the deck and having the wind in your face and seeing the sun sparkling on the water.
On Sunday we got a ferry from Riverside to Northshore to get to our next tourist spot, Eat Street Markets.
Brisbane on a budget – Eat Street Markets: $2.50 per person entry plus food and drinks
Eat Street Markets are a large shipping container food and music marketplace at Northshore. The thing I love about Eat Street is that there is food from everywhere around the world, the live music is always really talented acts and it is based right next door to the Northshore ferry terminal which makes it very easy to get to.
We enjoyed a range of food here and sat back for the awesome live music before jumping on the ferry back to Riverside.
This is the one place where I can’t tell you what I spent as my cousin and his lady bought their own snacks (mac and cheese, ribs and butter chicken). I bought a softshell crab burger and shouted our Sailor Jerrys (run, ginger beer, lime with lots of ice).
I can’t recommend this place enough for some weekend fun and I always enjoy taking visitors to somewhere that’s really unique and fun.
Brisbane on a budget – Anzac Square: Free
The eternal flame memorial at Anzac square is a fitting memorial to the men that have lost their lives at war. There is an eternal flame at the top and various statues around the park that tell a different story. My cousin and his lady are in the New Zealand Army so it only seemed fitting to visit Anzac Square.
Where are your favourite spots around Brisbane?
The Economiss is a single, female, millennial on a mission to buy her first home in Australia. A Kiwi by birth, she jumped over the ditch after she finished her tertiary qualifications in search of employment. The narratives quite often showing up online overshadowed her thoughts of buying a house alone changed in 2017 The Economiss started super charging her finances and saved over 30% of her after tax income towards her house deposit as well as cash flowing four overseas trips. In 2018 The Economiss decided to create a new narrative and share her journey saving 36% of her after tax income for a $60,000 house deposit by December 2018. Do you have some tips to share or want to be featured on the blog, please get in touch!