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10 free things to do in Queensland


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Australia has a reputation for being expensive – but in Queensland there are loads of things that you can do not only cheaply, but also for free. Come on in...

Top five free activities in Brisbane

1. Wednesday Afternoon Go Sailing: There is no better way to spend a weekday afternoon than on a yacht on the crystal waters of Moreton Bay. Wednesday Afternoon Go Sailing (WAGS), offering visitors a chance to enjoy sailing free of charge.

2. Brisbane Greeter tour: locals love living in Brisbane so much that they’re enthusiastic about introducing visitors to their city and sharing their intimate knowledge. Greeters are very familiar with the interesting locations and hidden corners that bring this beautiful city to life. There are more than 100 Greeters (who speak over 20 different languages) offering free tours of the city.

3. Swim at South Bank: Australia’s only inner city beach boasts white sands and crystal clear water. This man made beach in Brisbane is ideal for families looking to call down and have a swim.

4. The Brisbane Powerhouse: The old power station on the river has been converted into what is arguably Brisbane’s hottest inner-city venue.  Comedy festivals, live bands, plays and art exhibits all unfold inside the graffiti–heavy walls, most of which have no entry fee.

5. The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) and the Institute of Modern Art both present extensive programs of exhibitions, artist-run workshops, festivals and performances often themed around feature exhibitions.

Top five free activities in the Whitsundays!

1. Markets on the foreshore: The Airlie Beach Markets are situated on the Airlie foreshore. Stalls include fresh fruit and veg, food, sweets and coffee, clothing, souvenirs, art, fishing supplies, books, massage, and much, much more.

2. Cedar Creek Falls: Located approximately 20 kilometres from Proserpine on Saltwater Creek Road, off Conway Beach Road is the picturesque Cedar Creek Falls. These waterfalls are spectacular in the wet season and offer a year-round natural swimming pool at the base of the falls. They are set in a natural rock amphitheatre, surrounded by lush rainforest. There are also bush walks up and around the falls.

3. Whitsunday Great Walk: On the rugged Conway Range behind Airlie Beach lies Conway State Forest, home to the Whitsunday Great Walk. This beautiful forest contains lowland tropical rainforest remnants and picturesque rocky creeks. Walking through this wildlife haven is a unique experience with different sights, smells and sounds. Visitors may see the blue flash of a Ulysses butterfly after rain, smell lemon myrtle flowers in summer, or hear the distinctive call of the wompoo fruit-dove when the trees are fruiting.

4. BBQ at the Lagoon: For a great day of relaxation with no admission fee, the Airlie Beach lagoon, surrounded by grassy knolls and BBQ facilities, is the perfect spot. The sandy beach area at one end provides gentle waters for paddling in the shallows.  

5. Twilight Sailing: The Whitsunday Sailing Club conducts Twilight Yacht Racing every Wednesday between 3.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. To be part of the Whitsunday sailing experience, yachts are often short of crew, so people are encouraged to just turn up at the Whitsunday Sailing Club at 3.00 p.m. and they will most likely find a crew position, even as a novice. Afterward, crews gather at the club for results, dinner, the video replay and stories of mayhem and mishap.

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