Best Free Experiences on Brisbane's Doorstep
It's easy to enjoy the best that Brisbane's beautiful backyard has to offer without spending a cent.
Nobody knows our home town better than the Brisbane Greeters. Apart from New York City, Brisbane is the only other city in the world to offer visitors a range of wonderful welcoming greets for free. Let the Greeters help you to discover all that Brisbane and its regions have to offer. You can’t miss our wonderful Greeters' big smiles and bright red outfits.
If you love the great outdoors without the fuss, the Wynnum Wading Pool, built during the 1930s, will have parents relaxed and children delighted. The “tidal pool” fills with seawater at high tide and is only thigh-deep. Squirting whales and a nearby playground make this a fun and safe day out.
For a family picnic with a twist, head to New Farm Park, with its peaceful surroundings and abundance of shade. After lunch, pop next door to the Brisbane Powerhouse, which hosts live music and shows, weekend farmers' markets and a stunning moonlight cinema.
Nature lovers should head to Logan’s Daisy Hill Forest. This huge park offers plenty of space, barbecues, picnic tables and nature walks, as well as the famous Koala Centre where you’ll be sure to spot one of Australia’s best-loved animals.
While in the area, why not visit Logan's 80ha Berrinba Wetlands with 8km of walking trails, five bridges and an interpretive centre, or head to Mt Cotton Park for some kangaroo spotting.
For history buffs, the Moreton Bay Region's amazing museums pay tribute to the region’s first-settlement status and the gallant persistence of early explorers. The Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology contains a priceless collection of antiquities from around the world, while the Bribie Island Seaside Museum specialises in showcasing the colourful past of characters such as reclusive artist Ian Fairweather.
Love a drive? Then the Scenic Rim is for you. Try the Spring Bluff Drive, where you’ll experience the challenges faced by railway engineers of the 1860s constructing tracks up the notoriously steep "Main Range", travelling to Spring Bluff Railway Station for spectacular views, historic buildings and beautifully landscaped gardens.
Or the Cobb & Co Tourist Drive - a historic drive celebrating the early days of the stage coach in South East Queensland. Follow the "wagon wheel" directional signs to make the same journey that Cobb & Co made over 140 years ago.
Those hoping for some fresh air, there’s no going past the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Hide 'n' Seek Children’s Trail. Children and adults alike can enjoy the purpose-designed walk through the gardens, stopping and learning about particular plants and wildlife along the way.
For a relaxing day out full of variety, head to Ipswich’s Top of Town. This precinct was once home to carriage works, saddlers, boot makers, bakers and jewellers, and many of the original buildings still grace the area. Today, you’ll find an eclectic mix of irresistible retail, bustling bars, delectable dining, alluring art spaces and a trove of antique and pre-loved treasures.