IN NEED of some free or low-cost Brisbane activities these school holidays? From parks and hiking to free music gigs, check out these options:
Ride a CityCat
YES, it is public transport. But the CityCat, with stops from Hamilton to the University of Queensland in St Lucia, is one of the most scenic ways to see (and travel to) different city locations. Pack a picnic, and stop at New Farm Park to enjoy the playground under heritage-listed fig trees, or head to South Bank with its free artificial beach and adventure playground.
CityCats operate seven days a week.
MORE INFO: www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and www.translink.com.au
Check out a free gig
Artists perform in the Queen Street Mall and Post Office Square in Brisbane City and other places weekly. City Sounds is Australia's largest free live music program.
MORE INFO: www.visitbrisbane.com.au
Take a walk
FOR those with a car, the Mt Coot-tha Forest is a 15-minute drive west of Brisbane's CBD. There are walking tracks and mountain bike trails throughout the 1600ha of eucalypt forest, rainforest gullies and creek lines. The Mt Coot-tha Forest also has nine picnic areas, but two are restricted at certain times.
MORE INFO: www.brisbane.qld.gov.au
Experiment on show
THE Large Hadron Collider Exhibition from the Science Museum in London is still showing at the Queensland Museum in South Bank. The award-winning, immersive exhibition recreates the largest scientific experiment ever constructed - the world's most powerful particle accelerator. The exhibition is on until April 25.
TICKET PRICES AND DETAILS: www.brisbanekids.com.au
THE Eat Street Markets is Brisbane's bustling Asian-style night market of shipping containers at Hamilton Wharf. The markets are open on Friday and Saturday evenings from 4-10pm, and Sunday from May to September from 10am-3pm.
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