Need some [inspiration for your next destination? If so, then you should include Brisbane on your bucket list. From white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters, to delicious food and a relaxing subtropical climate, you’ll find all these and more in this vibrant city.

Brisbane is Queensland’s capital city, and it is Australia’s third largest city, with a population of more than two million people. No matter where you’re from and what your interests are, there is no shortage of amazing places to visit and exciting things to do.

Due to its ever-growing popularity, travelers from all over the world flock to Brisbane. In fact, the city welcomed more than one million international visitors in 2016, which broke all previous records, according to a recent international visitor survey.

 **Getting there**

If you are arriving by plane, you can quickly reach the city in many ways, either by train or taxi. But if you want to save time, money, and travel comfortably, then your best choice is to get a car hire from the airport, especially if you’re travelling with children or a large group.

**Staying within your budget**

Brissy has many things to offer, and you can enjoy all of them even if you’re travelling on a budget. In fact, there are many outdoor activities you can do for free. For starters, you can head on over to the riverside where you can walk, jog, ride a bike, go skating, and appreciate the warm weather.

**Always find your way**

Even if you don’t have GPS or internet connection on your smartphone, you’ll never get lost. You can easily download a free map around Queensland, which you can find on the Queensland government website. Also, you can get one at the Visitor Information booth or at the place you’re staying.

**Where to stay**

Speaking of accommodations, there are many lodging options you can choose from. If you’ve got money to spend, then splurge on hotels and B&Bs. But if you’re a budget-conscious traveller, then hostels are the way to go. They’re nice, comfortable, and close to restaurants, supermarkets, bars, and local attractions.

 **Where to eat**

One of the best things you can enjoy is tasting the different food from nearly any country you can think of. Brisbane has a thriving dining scene for all types of food lovers. Even if you have a meagre budget, you can choose from a wide variety of restaurants that serve Asian, Italian, Indian, Mexican, Western dishes at reasonable prices.

**Places to visit and things to do**

Here are some great attractions to see and exciting things to do in Brisbane on the cheap or even for free.

**South Bank**

Covering 17 hectares of lush parklands, South Bank is ideal for those who want to relax and unwind. Enjoy the gorgeous river view and picnic spots with your friends and family. You can also find a whole host of restaurants and other places that offer shopping, recreation, culture, and entertainment, among others.

**Story Bridge Climb**

Want to get your adrenaline pumping while taking in panoramic views of the city and its surrounds? You can do both at Story Bridge Adventure Climb. Take Instagram-worthy pictures and be the envy of your followers. You’ll also learn about historical facts and interesting trivia during your climb.

**Moreton Island**

Known as “The Gem of South East Queensland”, Moreton Island is the perfect tropical getaway. You can enjoy swimming in clear blue waters, set foot on white sandy beaches, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, go snorkeling or scuba diving. You can also visit Flinders Reef, which is just north of Cape Moreton. If you’re looking for an actual coral reef and a wide variety of marine life, you’ll find it here.

These are just some of the fantastic attractions and thrilling activities you can experience in Brisbane. If we missed anything, feel free to let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear your thoughts. Happy travels.

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Jonny Duncan is a freelance blogger and photographer. He specialises in budget travel and outdoor adventures with over 20 years of experience. He started blogging in 2013 and has helped many travelers plan their travels since.

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