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36 Things to do alone in Brisbane, Australia

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Brisbane, the capital of the Sunshine State, is Australia’s third-largest city. With mild weather and little rain, “Brissy” as locals lovingly call it, is one of the friendliest cities in Queensland.

I love Brisbane! I love the fantastic weather, all the green spaces, many walking paths around the city that connects all the neighbourhoods. And the city has many excellent spots for good food and delicious coffee. And most of all, Brisbanians are the friendliest people. They are such kind-hearted people that made such a huge impression on me.

If you are travelling solo to Australia, you must include Brisbane in your itinerary. I feel Brisbane is often overlooked as travellers visit other cities like Melbourne and Sydney.

There’s a lot to do in Brisbane! I’ve compiled a list of things you can do by yourself. Keep reading and learn all the things you can do alone in Brisbane!

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Why Brisbane is great for a solo female traveller

As a solo female traveller, I feel safe wandering around Brisbane and not have to be on guard all the time. I never felt once I was in danger even if I walked through neighbourhoods at night. 

As someone who loves being active, there are so many opportunities in the city to stay active. I walked almost everywhere in Brisbane. And there are many bike paths for people who want to be on two wheels. 

And Brisbane is not a congested city. The city is busting with locals and tourists but not the point that it is overwhelming. There is a good balance of things to do in Brisbane at night and during the day that will keep you occupied.

And most of all, Brisbane is close to the most beautiful beaches in Australia. If you travel south for an hour, you can see all the gorgeous beaches of Gold Coast. And if you head north of Brisbane, the beaches of Sunshine Coast and Noosa Heads are just 2 hours away.

Before you go to Brisbane

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How to get to Brisbane

Flying into Brisbane

Brisbane Airport (BNE) is 18 km away from the city. Many domestic and international flights fly into Brisbane Airport each day.

The best way to get to the airport is by taking the Airtrain. The journey takes about 20 minutes, and it costs $16.15AUD. You can use a Go Card for the Airtrain. More info about Go Card below.

Train Travel to Brisbane

Australia has a train system that connects most cities, including Brisbane. It is possible to take the train to Brisbane from Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin and Perth.

However, the distances between each major city are quite far. For example, it takes more than 14 hours to get from Sydney to Brisbane.

Unless you are travelling within Queensland between smaller towns, train travel can take a very long time.

For more information about train travel in Australia, click here.

Long-Distance Bus to Brisbane

Greyhound Australia is Australia’s long-distance bus operator. The bus system has many routes, and many connect different parts of the country. The Greyhound bus has recline seats, USB chargers, and free wifi.

Greyhound services many cities and rural areas in Australia. Check their route map here.

The easiest way to purchase a ticket is online. Go to Greyhound Australia, and search for your route to Brisbane.

Similar to train travel, unless you are travelling short distances to Brisbane, it might be better to fly with an Australia low-cost carrier like Virgin Atlantic or Jetstar.

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How to get around Brisbane

Brisbane is a compact city and you can walk almost anywhere. At least that’s how I enjoyed the city because Brisbane has many scenic walking trails that link different parts of the city.

However, for a less strenuous way to see Brisbane, there are many types of transportation. But first, you should get a Go Card.

Go Card

Go Card is a rechargeable smart card to take public transportation in Queensland. You can use the Go Card for all TransLink bus, train, Airtrain, ferry and tram in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and other urban areas in Queensland.

Buy and top-up a Go Card online, at the station or at convenience stores like 7-Eleven. Initially, you have to purchase the card for $10AUD but you get the deposit back when you return your card.

And best of all, by using the Go Card, the cost of each ride is cheaper than a paper ticket and convenient to travel around Queensland.

Fares are calculated base on zones. Click here for more details.

When you leave Brisbane, you can return your Go Card at the ticket counter at the Airport Station and get your $10AUD deposit and any remaining value.

Brisbane Public Transportation

There are many ways to get around Brisbane. Between the bus, ferry and train, there is at least one option that will take you from point A to point B.

I’ll explain more about the Brisbane Free Bus, and the ferry system including CityCat and CityHopper in my post.

Other forms of transportation in Brisbane

Other forms of transportation including CityCycle and Lime Scooter are fun ways to get around the city. For more info, keep reading!

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Possibly the best design hotel in Brisbane: The Calile Hotel
Possibly the best design hotel in Brisbane: The Calile Hotel

Where to stay in Brisbane

There are many accommodation options in Brisbane, including the cheap-and-cheerful hostels to the most luxurious resort-like hotels.

Budget hostels concentrate around Roma Street Station while plenty of mid-range hotels are in CBD. Or if you want to splurge, I highly recommend The Calile Hotel as it is one of the best hotels in Brisbane. More information below.

And if you want to stay in an Airbnb accommodation, look for private rooms or entire apartments in New Farm where you can get the most out of your money and stay in the best neighbourhood in Brisbane.

Budget accommodation

  • Cost: up to $100AUD per day
  • Bunk Backpackers
    • There are many backpacker hotels in Brisbane, but I like this one the most. Located in Fortitude Valley, the hostel is clean and has plenty of space for travellers to hang out. Get a bunk bed in one of the spacious dorm rooms or your double room.
    • Check prices & reviews: Agoda

Mid-range accommodation

  • Cost: $100 – $250AUD per day
  • Art Series – The Fantauzzo
    • If you like modern contemporary hotels, then you must stay at the Art Series – The Fantauzzo. The hotel is located in a prime location – just under the Story Bridge and next to Brisbane River. Stay in a Studio Suite and enjoy first-class facilities and services during your stay in Brisbane.
    • Check prices & reviews: Agoda
  • Capri by Fraser Brisbane
    • Capri by Fraser Brisbane is a popular hotel with travellers either for pleasure or business. Located in CBD, enjoy a modern contemporary room while you are in Brisbane. There is an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and other facilities.
    • Check prices & reviews: Agoda
  • NEXT Hotel Brisbane 
    • Located on Queen Street Mall, the location of NEXT Hotel Brisbane cannot get any better. Besides the great location, the hotel offers clean and modern rooms at a moderate price. Enjoy the outdoor swimming pool overlooking Queen Street Mall.
    • Check prices & reviews: Agoda

High-end accommodation

  • Cost: $250AUD+ per day
  • The Calile Hotel
    • The Calile Hotel is probably the best hotel in Brisbane. As an Interior Designer in my previous career, I still love good design and design and the concept of The Calile Hotel is spectacular. Get an Urban Room for your short stay in Brisbane and make sure to enjoy a meal at the hotel restaurant. Enjoy every bit of the resort-like atmosphere at Calile Hotel.
    • Check prices & reviews: Agoda

Airbnb accommodation

  • Cost: average price is about $115AUD per day
  • There are over 300+ Airbnb listings in Brisbane to choose from. Plenty of options in CBD, Spring Hill and South Bank.
  • My recommendation is to stay in New Farm, an inner-city suburb with a beautiful park, quiet neighbourhood and proximity to CBD.
  • I stayed in a private bedroom in the leafy loft in the heart of New Farm, and it was one of the best Airbnb experiences I ever had. The hosts are generous and wonderful to communicate with, and the room is comfortable and clean.
  • Before you book your Airbnb accommodation, always read reviews and see all the fine print before booking.
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36 Things to do alone in Brisbane

I travelled solo to Brisbane and spent a few weeks in the beautiful city. Throughout my time there, I saw many things and did many things on my own. So, I compiled all the things you can do by yourself in Brisbane. Check it out!

All the places to visit in Brisbane are pinned in the interactive map below. You can find more information about each attraction by clicking on the individual pin.

Queen Street Mall is the shopping street in Central Business District (CBD) of Brisbane
Queen Street Mall is the shopping street in Central Business District (CBD) of Brisbane

1. Shop at Queen Street Mall in CBD

Queen Street Mall is the main shopping street in Brisbane. Located right in the middle of CBD, the street has over 700 retail stores, restaurants, hotels and other businesses.

Even if you are not a big shopper, walking through Queen Street Mall is a must for every visitor.

Check out Brisbane Arcade, which is a heritage-listed shopping arcade with high-end retailers.

2. Wander around James Street Precinct in Fortitude Valley

James Street Precinct is an area in Fortitude Valley that has the swankiest boutique stores selling the fanciest clothing, jewellery, etc. Take your time to browse through James Street and also the little plazas in between.

I’m not a big shopper but I liked window shopping in James Street Precinct. This is also the area where I found an Australian clothing store, Assembly Label.

Located in New Farm, Brisbane Powerhouse is the urban cultural centre in Brisbane
Located in New Farm, Brisbane Powerhouse is the urban cultural centre in Brisbane

3. Watch a show at Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm

The former power station at the base of New Farm is now the centre of urban contemporary culture.

Brisbane Powerhouse hosts many cultural events including comedy, musical, dance, film and other theatre productions. With over 1,250 performances and events each year, and the host to many festivals, Brisbane Powerhouse is one of the best venues for live shows.

4. Hang out in the artsy bohemian neighbourhood in the West End

Wander around Boundary Street in the West End and see the artsy bohemian part of Brisbane. You will find local ethnic restaurants, eclectic bars and vintage shops.

Eat at one of the food stalls at Boundary Street Market on the weekends or enjoy a cocktail at the Bearded Lady.

And of course, like most neighbourhoods in Brisbane, you can always find good coffee and yummy brunch cafes. 

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5. Search for vintage treasures and antiques at Paddington

If you like to search for vintage treasures and antiques, then you must visit Empire Revival (also known as the Paddington Antique Centre) in Paddington.

While the store used to be an old theatre, it is a large antique store today and full of antique furniture, retro light fixtures, vintage clothing and jewellery. You never know what type of treasure you can find!

CityCycle has over 150 stations all over Brisbane
CityCycle has over 150 stations all over Brisbane

6. Rent a bicycle from CityCyle

A fun way to see Brisbane is by renting a bike from CityCycle. There are over 2000 bikes and 150 stations across the city. Not only can you see the city at a much faster pace, but you can also get some exercise as well.

As a member, you can ride the bicycle free for the first 30 minutes of each trip. Or you can purchase a casual pass for $2AUD for 24-hour access.

7. Take a self-guided Brisbane River ferry tour

You don’t have to join any special boat tour to see Brisbane. Hop on a CityCat at any terminal and tour around Brisbane River yourself.

The best part about the ferry tour is the fare only costs $2.65AUD during off-peak hours and $3.31 at other times if you use your Go Card. And you can stay on the ferry for as long as you want.

Download MyTransLink app to find out about a real-time schedule.

You can also take the free ferry, CityHopper. See more information under the “free things you can do alone in Brisbane” below.

Travelling solo in Brisbane is so much more fun when you can zip around with Lime Scooter!
Travelling solo in Brisbane is so much more fun when you can zip around with Lime Scooter!

8. Zip through Brisbane with Lime Scooter

Instead of walking around Brisbane, rent a Lime Scooter and zip around the city.

Lime Scooter is an electric scooter sharing program in Brisbane. It is great for commuting short distances, a fun way to see the city and also an excellent mode of transportation while being kind to the planet.

It costs $1AUD to unlock a scooter and 30 cents per minute.

Download the Lime app, locate a scooter and start scooting around the city. And make sure you wear a helmet (which is provided).

9. Watch a show at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

Catch a show in one of the four theatres in The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). Part of the Queensland Cultural Centre in South Bank, QPAC hosts over 1000 performances each year including ballet, musical, opera and comedy shows.

Purchase a ticket online or at the box office.

10. Visit local markets around Brisbane

There are so many different types of markets in Brisbane. Visit the farmer’s markets to get the freshest produces or other markets for clothing and other knick-knacks.

Check out some of these markets around Brisbane:

  • Jan Powers Farmers Market at Powerhouse – every Sunday morning, locals and tourists head over to one of the best markets in New Farm. Look for fresh produce, organic products, baked goods and many coffee stands.
  • Brisbane City Markets – every Wednesday, vendors set up their stalls at Reddacliff Place at the end of Queen Street Mall and sell the tastiest treats!
  • South Bank Young Designers Market – if you like one-of-a-kind design and want to support up-and-coming designers, visit South Bank Young Designers Market on the first Sunday of every month between 10-4 pm on Stanley Street Plaza in South Bank
  • Suitcase Rummage – people sell their second-hand goods from their suitcases. You will find all kinds of second-hand clothing, jewellery, and shoes. It is the same spot as Brisbane City Markets but only during the first and third Sunday between 12-5 pm.
Eat the best food and listen to live music at Eat Street Northshore
Eat the best food and listen to live music at Eat Street Northshore

11. Sample cuisine from around the world at the best food markets

Australian food markets have an amazing selection of food. From the tastiest Greek food to Turkish, and any type of Asian cuisine. Whatever your heart (or tastebuds) desire, you will find something you want to try at one of these food markets:

  • Brisbane Night Market – bring an empty stomach to one of the best night markets in Brisbane. Opens every Friday from 4-10 pm.
  • Boundary Street Markets – if you are not heading over to Brisbane Night Market, visit the smaller Boundary Street Market in the West End. Sample the best ethnic food while sitting at one of the big patio tables. The market opens every Friday and Saturday from 4-10 pm.
  • Eat Street Northshore – you may want to browse through all the food stalls before you buy anything. There is a lot to choose from! It is also one of the best things to do in Brisbane at night as the venue has several stages for live music. The huge market opens every Friday and Saturday from 4-10 pm and Sunday from 12-8 pm. And it costs $3AUD to enter the market.

12. Try a local specialty: Moreton Bay Bug

Moreton Bay Bug is a species of slipper lobster. The shellfish can be found in the waters of Australia’s northeast coast, in Moreton Bay. And the delicate seafood can be found in restaurants in Queensland.

You can find Moreton Bay Bug on the menus of these restaurants:

  • Three Blue Ducks – the modern restaurant in W Hotel grills several Moreton Bay Bugs and serve with charred cavolo nero and XO butter. So delicious!
  • Jimmy’s on the Mall – the popular restaurant on Queen Street Mall serves Moreton Bay Bugs with other seafood. Definitely a dish for seafood lovers!

13. Indulge in Australian Coffee culture

I can’t get enough of good coffee in Australia! They really know how to make a good cup of flat white. No matter where I go, I always seem to find the best coffee shops. And it is no exception in Brisbane.

While you are in the city, try some of these coffee shops:

  • Frisky Goat Espresso – one of the best flat whites in the city. It was so good I went back twice!
  • John Mills Himself – the entrance of the coffee shop is not very obvious. Just enter at Charlotte Street and walk down the flight of stairs and follow the sign.
  • Edward Speciality Coffee – close to Anzac Square, get a coffee to go!
  • Pablo & Rusty’s Coffee Roasters – excellent flat white and delicious brekkie. They only take credit cards as payment.
  • Coffee Anthology – locals love this coffee shop! Pick a bold or fruity flavour.
  • Fonzie Abbott Coffee Roasters – they set up their coffee cart at farmer’s markets like Jan Powers Farmers Market.
  • End of the Road – literally at the end of the road in New Farm but it has a great patio by Brisbane River.
  • Blackstar Coffee – a superb coffee shop in the West End. Very popular with locals and tourists.
  • Bellissimo Coffee – you know the coffee is excellent when there’s always a long queue. And they won multiple awards and is the highest awarded coffee roaster in Australia.
Brunch at Nodo: the prettiest and tastiest brunch ever!
Brunch at Nodo: the prettiest and tastiest brunch ever!

14. Brunch at the best cafes and restaurants

There is a strong brunch culture in Australia. Many cafes and restaurants serve the best-looking plates. Think smashed avocado on toast, acai smoothie bowls and flat white. Everything on the brunch menu is presented in the most visually pleasing way.

And of course, every brunch item on the menu tastes as good as it looks. While you are in Brisbane, try some of these popular brunch spots in the city:

  • Nodo – they are known for their delicious donuts but their cafe also serves excellent food.
  • Morning After – enjoy eggs on toast (or anything on the menu, they all look so pretty) in this lovely white-washed Scandinavian design inspired space
  • The Frond Cafe – the Frond Pancakes with lemon curd and blueberry compote and ice-cream will satisfy your sweet tooth.
  • Chouquette – their chocolate croissant is to die for! I’m not a fan of flakey pastry, but I would go back in a heartbeat!
  • Botanica Real Food – every salad looks colourful and delicious! Each dish is Instagram-worthy!

15. Sample the best gelato in Brisbane

If you like sweets as much as I do, try the gelato from either (or both) of these gelaterias:

  • La Macellaeria – they make their gelato in-house. Try the castiglione flavour which is fresh local buffalo ricotta and caramelized fig flavour. And try bacio, which is a chocolate and hazelnut flavour.
  • Gelato Messina – there are two locations in Brisbane: one near James Street and the other is in South Bank. They have new flavours each week or try one of 35 of their classic flavours. 

16. Try craft beer from a local brewery

The breweries in Brisbane make some of the most sophisticated beers. Try different types of lager and IPA from some of the breweries:

  • Felons Brewing Co. – one of the newest brewery in Brisbane and has the best spot in the city – in Howard Smith Wharves by Story Bridge. Try one of 56 beers on tap and some delicious food too. The brewery seats 500 people and has a combination of indoor and outdoor seating. There’s got to be a spot that you can enjoy a cold beer!
  • Green Beacon Brewing Co. – located in a Tenerife warehouse, the brewery serves six preservative-free beers.
  • Newstead Brewing Co. – try one of the 12 beers on tap in the lofty microbrewery.

17. Buy one-of-a-kind edible souvenirs

I’m not big on buying souvenirs but I made an exception for chocolate. Of course, it is chocolate after all!

Noosa Chocolate Factory makes the best-handcrafted chocolate, and you can only buy it in Brisbane and Noosa. Grab a paper bag and start filling up chocolate. You pay by the weight. And their flat white is not bad as well.

18. Cuddle with Koalas at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Visit the world’s largest koala sanctuary where 130 cute koalas live. You can even cuddle with a koala and take a photograph with one.

The sanctuary has other animals like wallabies, wombats and dingoes. And you can also hand-feed kangaroos!

How to get there: take the bus 430 from Queen Street Bus Station to Fig Tree Pocket Road, and walk about 11 minutes to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Or take a scenic river cruise from Cultural Centre Pontoon in South Bank. The terminal is just outside of the State Library.

Hike around Mount Coot-Tha and search for the lookout point!
Hike around Mount Coot-Tha and search for the lookout point!

19. Hike Mount Coot-Tha and see the best view of Brisbane CBD

To catch the best view of Brisbane CBD, hike up Mount Coot-Tha to the lookout point. It is also an excellent spot to watch the sunrise.

From the lookout point, there are many hiking trails around including Mt Coot-tha Summit Track, Mahogany Trail and other small trails around Consitution Hill.

The hiking trail is relatively easy. Also, the trails are shared with bikes as well. So don’t be surprised if someone zooms by on their mountain bike!

How to get there: hop on the train in Brisbane and go to Indooroopilly Station. From the train station, you have to walk past the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre and a residential neighbourhood. Follow the direction on Google Maps and walk up a hill. Google Maps takes you to a steep hill, but it is the shortest way to get to the top.

20. Visit Mount Coot-Tha Botanic Garden

There is a large botanical garden at Mount Coot-Tha. With over 128 acres of land, the diverse garden includes Japanese gardens, indigenous plants, cactus and other plants. There is a visitor information centre at the entrance and a cafe as well.

How to get there: After visiting Mount Coot-Tha lookout, follow the trail parallel to the main road, Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, and will lead you to the Botanical Garden.

21. Day tripping to the best beaches in Gold Coast

One of the best things about visiting Brisbane is its proximity to the best beaches. Gold Coast is only 78km away and takes less than an hour and a half by public transportation. Visit the stunning beaches at Surfer’s Paradise, explore rock pools at Coolangatta and watch the most beautiful sunset at Burleigh Heads.

How to get there: take a train on Gold Coast Line to Varsity Lakes, then take a bus to Burleigh Heads. Or take the same train and get off at Helensvale and change to tram and it will take you all the way to Broadbeach South Station

22. Find Fairy Pools in Noosa

If you want to go for a day trip or weekend trip, visit Noosa Heads in Sunshine Coast. Some of the trip highlights include hiking in Noosa National Park, searching for Laguna Lookout and finding Fairy Pools.

How to get there: take a direct Greyhound bus to Noosa. From the bus stop in Noosa, walk towards Noosa Heads. Walk past Noosa Heads Main Beach, and continue your way to Noosa National Park. There isn’t any sign indicating where the Fairy Pools are. But if you input the location in Google Maps, it will show you exactly where you need to go.

FYI, bring sensible shoes, so you walk across the rocks to the Fairy Pools!

23. Visit Australia’s best beach town, Byron Bay

A weekend getaway to Byron Bay includes surfing and swimming at the best beaches, a tour of Cape Byron and a visit to Australia’s most easterly point. Byron Bay is a favourite spot for most travellers. So don’t miss it!

How to get there: take a Greyhound bus from Brisbane to Byron Bay. The bus drop off is right in the middle of town in Byron Bay. There are four direct buses each day from Brisbane to Byron Bay, and the journey takes about 3 hours.

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Free things to do alone in Brisbane

Besides the 23 activities, there are many free things to do in Brisbane on your own. Keep reading to find out more!

View of Brisbane CBD from Riverwalk in New Farm
View of Brisbane CBD from Riverwalk in New Farm

24. Take scenic walks around Brisbane

One of my favourite activities as a solo traveller is exploring a new city on foot. It is one of the best ways to see a new city and get some exercise as well.

Brisbane has many trails for walking and biking. Typically, the paths are along the shores of Brisbane River. Here are some of my favourite promenades and boardwalks around Brisbane:

  • CBD to Teneriffe via City Reach Boardwalk and Riverwalk – the path starts from CBD and continues all the way to Tenerife. Along the way, you will come across the Story Bridge, Howard Smith Wharves and Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm.
  • South Bank to CBD via Goodwill Bridge – from Gallery of Modern Art, the scenic walk along South Bank allows you to see CBD from afar. Make sure to cross the Goodwill Bridge, and it will bring you back to CBD.
  • Crossing Story Bridge to Kangaroo Island – from Fortitude Valley, follow the signs and walk across Story Bridge. There are paths along the perimeter of Kangaroo Island that will give you spectacular views of CBD and New Farm.

25. Tour the city in Brisbane Free Bus

Touring around Brisbane couldn’t be easier. Brisbane has free buses for anyone who wants to hop on and hop off around the city centre.

There are three free city loop buses in Brisbane. Route 30 loops around CBD and Spring Hill, while Route 40 and 50 take you around different parts of CBD.

Simply wait at the bus stop, hail the driver when the bus approaches and start your journey.

Brisbane's CityHopper is a free ferry that takes you from North Quay in CBD to Sydney Street in New Farm
Brisbane’s CityHopper is a free ferry that takes you from North Quay in CBD to Sydney Street in New Farm

26. Cruise Brisbane River with CityHopper

Brisbane has several types of ferries that can take you to different parts of the city.

The CityHopper is a free inner city ferry that can take you from North Quay in CBD to Sydney Street in New Farm. But of course, you can hop off at any of the stops in between.

If you want to see Brisbane from another angle, hop on a CityHopper and take a self-guided cruise around Brisbane River. It is one of the best things to do in Brisbane for free!

There is a schedule at every terminal, or you can see the timetable online.

27. Attend Free Yoga Class…with Beer

Yes, I said yoga AND beer!

Every Monday at Felons Brewing Co. at Howard Smith Wharves, there is a free yoga class just on the lawn outside of the brewery. The atmosphere is quite lovely as the sun sets, and the glittery outdoor lights shine over the park.

Bring a yoga mat and purchase a Felons beer before the yoga session. The class is 45 minutes and starts promptly at 5:30 pm.

28. Enjoy free facilities and wifi at the public library

One of the best things for people who work on the road is the free facilities at the public library throughout Australia. The libraries are modern and have a reliable wifi connection.

While I was in Brisbane, I worked quite a bit at the New Farm Public Library. The space is newly renovated and it even has a quiet room.

When I wasn’t working in New Farm Public Library, I worked at the State Library of Queensland in South Bank. The State Library is modern, spacious, quiet and has unlimited wifi. There are many open workstations on the third floor. My favourite spot was one of the tables facing the Brisbane River.

Having the right work environment is important for any digital nomads, so take advantage of the free facilities and workspaces in the libraries in Brisbane.

Spacious modern interiors of the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
Spacious modern interiors of the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)

29. Gallery hop in the South Bank Cultural Precinct

Going to the art museum and gallery is one of my favourite things to do as a solo traveller. Also, because I love learning about other cultures through art.

The Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) and Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) display modern contemporary art with a focus on the art of Australian and Asia. Both galleries have permanent and seasonable exhibitions. Past seasonal exhibitions include installations by James Turrell and Yayoi Kusama.

You can see the artworks in both galleries for free. However, there is an entrance fee for special exhibitions and events.

Colourful outdoor murals for the Pillars Project in South Bank, Brisbane
Colourful outdoor murals for the Pillars Project in South Bank, Brisbane

30. Search for outdoor murals in South Bank

The Pillars Project was part of the G20 Cultural Celebration, where it features outdoor murals by eight local graffiti artists. The outdoor gallery has seven-metre tall murals on concrete pillars under the South Brisbane Underpass.

After visiting GOMA And QAC, walk over to Merivale and Montague Streets, and you will find these colourful outdoor murals.

River Quay Green in South Bank is the perfect spot to relax on Sundays
River Quay Green in South Bank is the perfect spot to relax on Sundays

31. Enjoy free music on Sundays at South Bank

Every Sunday between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm, enjoy Sunday Social, which features music performances on the green lawn of River Quay Green in South Bank. The peaceful green space with CBD as the backdrop is the perfect spot to wind down.

32. Have a picnic in one of Brisbane’s beautiful green spaces

Brisbane is blessed with lots of sunshine and great weather. While you are in Brisbane, make sure to spend a lot of time outside.

And you can do that by bringing some food and snacks and have a picnic at one of the green spaces around the city. New Farm Park is a very popular spot, and there are plenty of green spaces around South Bank in front of Brisbane River as well.

And if you are just outside of the city, there are picnic areas near Mount Coot-tha.

Enjoy Streets Beach, a city beach right in the middle of Brisbane.
Enjoy Streets Beach, a city beach right in the middle of Brisbane

33. Swim and suntan at the Streets Beach in South Bank

If you want a little beach time in Brisbane, then you must visit Streets Beach in South Bank.

Streets Beach has a large man-made lagoon pool with a white sandy beach around it. The beach is free of charge, which is probably why it is super busy on the weekends. So go early and grab a prime suntanning spot!

34. Stay hydrated with free water from public drinking fountains throughout the city 

Okay, this isn’t exactly an activity, but it’s good to know that there are public drinking fountains all around Brisbane. The water foundations are usually near public parks. The city even thought about water for dogs as many public drinking fountains have a drinking spot for dogs too!

I always bring a water bottle with me while I travel because I don’t want to buy bottled water and consume unnecessary waste and plastic. And I save a bit of money.

I am really impressed with Brisbane! The city of really thought about their citizen’s well being.

35. Barbecue at the free facilities in one of Brisbane’s most scenic spots

Barbecue is a big part of Australian culture and there are over 370 barbecue facilities in Brisbane parks. Typically, the barbecue is either wood, electric or gas. And the grill is cleaned regularly.

Have a barbie at one of the many scenic spots around Brisbane including Kangaroo Point Cliffs, New Farm Park and South Bank Parklands.

Outdoor exercise equipment in New Farm
Outdoor exercise equipment in New Farm

36. Workout with free outdoor exercise equipment 

There is free outdoor exercise equipment in over 150 parks across Brisbane. The equipment varies in each park. You will find simple equipment like chin-up bars and other moveable equipment for cardio.

Between all the walking trails and free outdoor equipment in Brisbane, you can easily stay active and keep a good workout routine even if you are travelling.

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Are you ready to take a solo trip to Brisbane?

Solo travel in Brisbane can be so much fun! Brisbane is often overlooked, but there are so many (free) things to do in Brisbane on your own. So make sure to include the beautiful city on your Australia trip itinerary.

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Hi, my name is Queenie, and I've been a solo traveller for 18+ years and currently based in Hong Kong. Follow me on my adventures through Instagram and my blog!

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