15 weekend activities in Brisbane that won’t break the bank
You’ve been slaving away at uni all week, so when the weekend finally arrives you want to the make the most of it. There’s only one problem – you’ve blown your weekly budget on stress-induced chocolate and late night Maccas* runs. #Guilty? Fear not. We’ve rounded up Brisbane’s most fun, weird and feel-good activities that won’t set you back any more than a fifty.
*Aussie slang for McDonalds because we love a good abbrev.
1. Stuff yourself silly at Eat Street
This is undoubtedly one of Brisbane’s most popular and frequented food markets, held at Northshore from 4-10pm every Friday and Saturday, as well as 4-9pm on Sundays. The colorful shipping containers here play host to delicious cuisines from all corners of the globe. Jump on the bandwagon and indulge in a cronut (the illegitimate love child of a donut and croissant) or take your taste buds on a culinary adventure.
2. Seek out wildlife at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
WWhile in the land Down Under you should experience some Aussie icons up close and personal. Lone Pine is home to more than 100 species of Australian animals, so you’ll get the authentic Australian outback experience without the dry heat and swarms of flies. Tickets are discounted for students – but watch out for drop bears!/p>
3. Gather your friends for a barbecue at Kangaroo Point
You haven’t truly experienced the Australian lifestyle until you’ve thrown a shrimp on the barbie and fried up some snags. Translation: hosted a traditional Aussie barbecue. Round up your mates and head to Kangaroo Point to find public barbecue spaces overlooking the river.
4. Get spooked on a ghost tour of Brisbane
This probably isn’t how you pictured spending your weekend, but in the spirit (pun intended) of adventure and experiencing new things, why the hell not? For around $30, participate in a unique experience to share with your friends while learning about Brisbane’s dark and dangerous history.
5. Show your colours on game day
Australians and sport go together like peanut butter and jelly, strawberries and cream, potato and, well, everything. You get the gist – Aussies are mad hot for sports. Get amongst the culture and head along to a weekend footy game at Suncorp Stadium or the Gabba.
6. Reap the benefits of your student card at the movies
One of the many perks of being a student in Brisbane is you get some really good discounts at the cinemas. With your student card, you can see all the biggest blockbusters and arthouse fare at Event Cinemas, Cineplex, Dendy, Palace, Reading and Five Star Cinemas. Save some money for your popcorn!
7. Get bare(foot) and bowl
Commonly left to the Zimmer-frame-toting, knit-clad generation, lawn bowls is a classic Australian sport that’s recently been adopted by the younger crew. Strip off those thongs, crack open the beers (or whatever’s cold) and have a roll by the river at the likes of the Merthyr Bowls Club or New Farm Bowls Club in New Farm, Norman Park Bowls Club in Norman Park or Booroodabin Community and Recreation Club in Newstead, to name a few.
8. Scale new heights at Urban Climb
Embrace your inner Spider-Man and spend a few hours scaling the walls and conquering your fears at Urban Climb. The climbing walls on offer here cater to all levels of experience. You’ll find an Urban Climb in West End, Newstead and Milton – so take your pick and get climbing.
9. Rekindle your love for trampolines
Experience a bit of childhood nostalgia at Bounce Inc., an indoor trampoline centre that brings back all the memories. Whether you’re slam dunking like LeBron, getting your dodgeball face on or jumping into a giant pit of foam, there is never a dull moment. Grab a group of friends and head there this weekend – it’ll have you bouncing off the walls, literally.
10. DIY anything and errrythang
If you’ve ever dreamt of making your own tie-dye shirt, crocheting a blanket or crafting a beautiful summer flower crown, all your dreams have come true in the form of Brisbane’s art and life workshops. Work-shop is a creative haven that provides affordable courses in life skills and alternative art. Head to the Work-shop website to find out more and to see what classes are on this weekend.
11. Literally LOL
If laughter really is the best medicine, then the Sit Down Comedy Club at the Paddo Tavern is just what the doctor ordered. Have a giggle and give your abs a workout for just $30. Check out the gig guide to see who’s performing.
12. Race the clock
The escape room experience has gained worldwide notoriety for its heart-racing, adrenaline-inducing detective games. Play Sherlock Holmes to find the clues and solve the crime before the hour runs out. Try out the Exitus rooms on Queen St Mall or Escape Hunt in West End.
13. Sing, scream or squeal your best tune
Whether you’re a shower singer or a back-seat belter, embrace your inner Britney at Brisbane’s top karaoke spots. Check out Ben’s Chinese, Music City, Newway Karaoke Restaurant, and Fat Louie’s for a night you won’t forget (unless you make the most of BYO).
14. May the (laser) force be with you
Who doesn’t love the thought of shooting strangers with a laser? Laserforce will bring out the Bond in you with its fast-paced, live laser game that sees you battle it out to complete a mission.
15. Make the most of your Sunday afternoon
Wind down with a solid Sunday sesh. Forget about the looming Monday blues and spend the day relaxing in the picturesque River Quay green at South Bank with live music, lawn games and a cheeky bev or two.