Sharing the wonders of travel & everyday adventures
I used to consider myself a very conscientious saver. But as my pay packet has grown, so has the time between consulting those handy budgeting spread sheets that I used to religiously maintain. I have learnt to love the financial and social freedom allowed by full time work: museums, restaurants and cafes, regular gigs, movies, even cocktails … I’m practically out of control.
So now I find myself in the first-world dilemma of wanting a double-cake life: an active, exciting social life and a savings account as fat as Jabba the Hut to fund my travel addiction. Oh dear.
With my 2012 Europe travel adventure only weeks away, I have reaffirmed my personal challenge to seek entertainment that is more suitable to a travel-budgeter’s expendable means.
I present to you: adventures around Brisbane under $20.
Markets, markets markets: This is a classic (and regular) Brisbane adventure for me. Weekend mornings present a lovely suite of market choices across the city, my favourite being Davies Park in West End. You can walk, cycle, bus, ferry or drive there with ease, and only spend:
Then, sit in the sunshine (free), read a book (can be free), chat to friends (should be free) or listen to the range musical delights on offer (donation only). This is a seriously chilled out weekend adventure.
Other Brisbane markets include: weekly Saturday Kelvin Grove Markets; The Valley Markets every Saturday and Sunday; Northey Street Organic Markets early on Sundays; Portside Boutique Markets every second Sunday; Eagle Farm Markets every Sunday ; New Farm Markets on the second and fourth Saturday of every month … and the list goes on!
A night out in Chinatown: Anywhere near The Valley on Friday night is bound to be an adventure. Known for its nightlife and rowdy crowds, The Valley can seem like a daunting evening choice. But rest assured, there are plenty of more ‘low key’ options to consider. The dinner options under $20 in Chinatown are endless, especially if you’re sharing, but I have to recommend ‘The Vietnamese’ as a lively and flavoursome night out!
Trip along the Brisbane River: This trip can be done on foot, bicycle and CityCat for a great view of the Brisbane CBD and inner suburbs.
For a full tour, I recommend starting at Park Road in Milton (a classic cyclist coffee spot), riding along the river bikeway across the Go Between Bridge, past GoMA and the cultural precinct and along the South Bank Bougainvillea path, across the Green Bridge, into the Botanical Gardens (for a picnic lunch), the back towards the city along the river to Milton. For a little extra adventure, head towards New Farm from the Botanical Gardens until you reach New Farm Park and the Powerhouse (for a glass or wine or peak at the free exhibitions) then catch the CityCat back.
Brisbane cultural adventure: There are plenty of low cost cultural highlights in Brisbane to take advantage of. I recommend combining some of the following options.