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10 Free Activities For A Day Off

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by Kath Chown (subscribe)
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Published October 21st 2014
Got a day off but no money? No worries
We are always looking for fun things to do on the weekend or when my partner and I have a day off together. When the time rolls around however, we've usually forgotten all the great ideas we came up with when we were busy and dreaming of a day out of the office.

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Photo Courtesy of QAGOMA

Here's a list of 10 free things we now have planned - see if you can tick them all off over the next few days off you have.


Livespark - Have a Sunday Recovery Session while watching some great indie pop bands from Brisbane and beyond. With two bands playing from 3:30pm, you can sit back and relax inside in the air conditioning at The Turbine Platform. If you do want to spend a little dosh, you can also purchase a drink from Alto Bar which is just beside the stage area.

Boundary Street Markets - If you want to catch some live music for free, these markets have some great bands on in their Motor Room Bar each weekend. You can sit and watch from the faux-turf-covered crates in the courtyard or up at the bar if you want to purchase a drink while you're there.

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The Motor Room at Boundary Street Markets - Photo by Kath Chown
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Boundary Street Markets - Photo by Kath Chown


The City Sounds - Each week the city hosts a range of live music events giving local talent a public stage and giving shoppers and locals a taste of original Brisbane music. You will find a few seats around to relax and watch.

Games Night - On the last Thursday of each month, King George Square becomes home to a super-sized set of board games which you can play free of charge. With mega-chess and giant playing cards, you'll feel like Alice after she drank the potion. Very fun to do with a group but you can also join in with others who are already there.

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Photo Courtesy of Game Night


Mt Coot-tha Lookout and Forest - A reserve just fifteen minutes out of the CBD, this oasis has the best view of Brisbane while you eat your packed picnic. There are beautiful nature walks and lots of animals to see in the forest as you stroll around.

O'Reilly's Tree Top Walk - For over 25 years this suspended walk has allowed you to walk through the canopy of the rainforest. It was the first of it's kind and is 180 metres in length and much of it is over 15 metres from the ground. Not for the faint of heart, this is a great place to bring the botanist in your life.

The City Hopper - Did you know that you can catch a ferry for free down the Brisbane River? Leave your goCard at home and enjoy the leisurely bobbing of the City Hopper which stops at North Quay, South Bank 3, Maritime Museum, Thornton Street, Eagle Street Pier, Holman Street, Dockside and Sydney Street terminals.

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Photo Courtesy of Brisbane City Council

Geocaching - Never heard of it? Well if you're into adventure or love a good treasure hunt, these events are happening all over the world all the time. Head to the website and enter your postcode or generically search for 'Brisbane' and you'll find everything in our area. You might opt for a hunt where you find a box and replace the item with something you bring yourself or sometimes it could be a book where you add your own poetry and leave it there for the next person to find. Geocaching comes in many different forms so make sure you read all about it before you get your adventure on.

Heritage Trails - Brisbane City Council has slowly been adding to it's range of great heritage walking trails on it's website which allow the user to take themselves on a self-guided tour of many areas of the city. Choose one of the 12 trails to follow and you'll be taken on a journey through time of our richest historical areas.

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Photo Courtesy of BCC - 29 July 1920 - The Prince of Wales lays the foundation stone for the Brisbane City Hall

QAGOMA (Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art) - If you've got kids or are simply a lover of art, these two galleries are Brisbane's crowning cultural jewel. GOMA itself is a modern monolith on the banks of the river in South Brisbane and it has great activities which are usually free of charge. You can pay extra to see the roving exhibition but there is so much to see that you'll find it's unnecessary unless your favourite artist is in residence and you must buy a ticket. There's cafes, restaurants and a gift store too if you feel like spending a little money and need a break or you can pack your picnic and eat on the lawns which surround the structure.
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Your Comment
Giant Scrabble looks like lots of fun.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2396 days ago
Great idea re: geocaching - we live in Adelaide and have quite a few locations to hunt out!
by Jenny Pickett (score: 3|1720) 2378 days ago
Congratulations for getting first place.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2368 days ago
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