Five cheap things to do in Brisbane

A city cat cruising the Brisbane River. Pic: Joanne Lane,

Continuing in our series of “cheap things to do” in Australian cities (see the Sydney and Melbourne entries), here’s five things to do in Brisbane that won’t break the budget.

Swim or sunbathe at Southbank
It sounds corny but Brisbane has its very own man made beach. It might not quite be Bondi but it’s not too far off and seriously, it’s pretty cool to lay on a beach and look across at the high rise of the CBD. Southbank has an array of restaurants, barbecues and other entertainment from markets to open air movies and other events – there’s wicked New Year’s Eve fireworks too. It’s a great place at any time of the night and day.
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10 things the Queen loved about Australia

The Queen in Brisbane. Pic: Joanne Lane,

The Queen has been visiting Australia over the last week or so and during her visit she toured Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne and is now in Perth.

Here’s a list of some of the experiences she enjoyed during this trip that we think you should consider if you’re visiting Australia.

Not only will they give you a royal tinge to your holiday but they are everyday activities anyone can enjoy whether you be of the House of Windsor or just an average backpacker. Continue reading

Best Christmas Experiences

Here in Australia we have a green – or perhaps I should say brown – Christmas. I start the day by swimming with my dad at Southbank, a man-made beach here in Brisbane. Yep, you guessed it, Christmas day is piping hot here! After that the whole family goes to my uncle’s place by the beach at Wynnum / Manly where we eat a lot of salads, cold meat and icy drinks. If the heat is not too unbearable, we muster up a bit of energy for backyard cricket and then wander down to the waterfront to enjoy the afternoon breeze, or pretend there is one…
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