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Embracing Brisbane on a Budget

Embracing Brisbane on a Budget

| On 21, Mar 2014

Somewhere in-between studies and the daily hustle and bustle, we all need a little bit of ‘downtime’… If you are anything like me, one of the reasons you hardly carry any cash around with you relates to the uncanny manner in which our $20 and $50 notes appear to slip through our fingers far too quickly. With time to kill and that in mind, I have become quite accustomed to the process of embracing Brisbane with new eyes by finding inexpensive ways to truly explore what this city has to offer. Quirky, lifestyle-related and with just the right balance of trendy charm – here are a handful of old favourites.

Kangaroo Point

In this breezy and sunlit city, a wonderful way of embracing some downtime whilst staying true to our financials revolves around nature, views and a good old picnic. When I think secluded inner city picnic spot, I think Kangaroo Point. Whether you decide to spend your time from the top or bottom of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, be sure to pack that picnic blanket and all that an ideal spread of nibbles entails.  Good company, a gorgeous city skyline and if you get your spot by sunset, those cliffs and the twinkling buildings against in the twilight present their own ethereal beauty – and it’s all just al little way out of the CBD!  Here’s to a good afternoon and to having some left over cash for a second sundowner drink.


Kangaroo Point by dusk. Image: Pinterest

Kangaroo Point by dusk. Image: Pinterest

Spend some time along the river

Don’t get me wrong, I love the quainter side of Brisbane’s bordering suburban neighbourhoods, but I find that jogging along the river gives an insight as to what Brisbane must feel like from a foreigner’s perspective. Be it around Southbank or Eagle Street Pier, eateries, café culture and wonderful infrastructure for leading an active lifestyle abound. It doesn’t really get old. There is something that sets the mind at ease knowing you can pick up a coffee (single origin, thanks) for a whole $3.80 and still meander along, soaking in the lifestyle that this city has to offer – for free! Furthermore, if catching the City Cat home is an option and you have time to spare, do it. I am not joking. We live in a river city, so one might as well embrace it!


Gallery Immersion

Brisbane offers so much in the field of creative arts; we are actually more privileged than we let on. At the moment, a stand out for me is the Gallery of Modern Art. I sometimes find myself dropping by after a long day of class, or in-between catching the train home from the city. A little bit of cultural exposure goes a long way and there are some outstanding exhibitions around at the moment. Cai Guo-Qiang’s ‘Falling Back to Earth’  is potentially the most Instagrammed exhibition I’ve seen in a while too, which makes a third visit all the more worthwhile.


When one has some downtime, it’s all about loosening the stress levels and not the purse strings.  Each of the above activities guarantee at least $20 left over to do it all over again and I truly think that it’s little things like these that are worth a lot more than their costs.