If the best things in life are free, then the second-best things must cost just under ten bucks.
To that end, our budget travel hounds have come up with some great ideas for saving money on travel in these lean times.
Every Wednesday afternoon the Port Douglas Yacht Club offers free sailing for visitors, with live music back at the club.
The Brisbane Jazz Club is one of the only jazz clubs in the world to have its own dedicated premises.
Cost: Most sessions are free or have a gold coin donation, and some events are $10 and under.
South Bank is a must-do while in Brisbane because everything seems to be there. You can swim at the Streets Beach, Australia’s only inner-city beach, and there are a heap of free things to do here, from visiting museums to taking part in exercise classes.
Brisbane is also home to the largest urban subtropical garden in the world. Set in the heart of the CBD, the Roma Street Parklands have different precincts to explore and some of the best city views.
Roma Street Parklands from above
Cruise the river on the CityCats with an unlimited day ticket. Visit South Bank, New Farm Park and other places from only $5.80 (zone two pass). You can hop off and on as many times as you like.
Cost: From $5.80
See the footprints of the world’s only dinosaur stampede at Lark Quarry where more than 3000 dinosaur footprints were discovered after being preserved for 95 million years. Found 110km past Winton, Lark Quarry also has a conservation park to explore.
Cost: From $10 adults.
Catch a film at the State Library of Queensland in Brissy. See classic films such as Deliverance, Touching the Void and Back of Beyond in June.
Cost: Free, just make sure you turn up in time to see the start.
Spend the day at the State Library of Queensland
Queensland has some of the best beaches in Australia. It’s free to lay your towel in any spot (provided it’s not on top of anyone else’s) and relax to the sound of the waves. Try Broad Beach, Burleigh or find your own favourite spot.
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