BOTANIC BEAUTY; Located at the south end of the CBD, the City Botanic Gardens has ornamental ponds, a 23-species bamboo collection, a big playground.
BOTANIC BEAUTY; Located at the south end of the CBD, the City Botanic Gardens has ornamental ponds, a 23-species bamboo collection, a big playground.

Budget-friendly options for a Brissie family day out

THINKING about taking your grandkids for a fun-filled day out?

From world-class gardens to free workshops, historical tours and interstellar adventures, there are plenty of budget-friendly things to see and do in Brisbane, all easily accessible by free off-peak public transport for seniors, and free or discounted travel for accompanying kids.

Best of all, the journey becomes part of the adventure, with travel on buses and CityCats an engaging treat for many children.

Use your senior go card and your travel will be lighter on your pocket too. Brisbane City Council has made seniors travel easier with free off-peak travel on buses and ferries.

Here are our top picks

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium:

Take a journey through space at the planetarium, where the Cosmic Skydome holds out-of-this-world shows to captivate the kid in all of us. The 12.5m-diameter projection dome features shows six days a week, including Capturing the Cosmos, We are Aliens! and Dark Universe.

The planetarium also has an observatory, the Galaxy Gift Shop and Sundial Courtyard.

Council libraries:

Visit one of council's 33 libraries across Brisbane, to explore the collection of over 1.4 million items, including children's books, best-sellers and the latest magazines and DVDs.

Brisbane libraries also run a range of free and low-cost classes, workshops, activities and events suitable for children, including craft classes and storytime. It's a great way to spend a day with the family. If you're not a library member, sign up for your free membership today.

City Botanic Gardens:

Located at the south end of the CBD, the City Botanic Gardens is the place to find stunning views of the Brisbane River and Story Bridge. There are ornamental ponds, a 23-species bamboo collection, a big playground and plenty of space to let the grandkids run around.

CityCat and City Ferry terminals are located at the bottom end of Edward St, and bus stops are just outside the gardens' entrance.

Museum of Brisbane and City Hall Clock Tour:

Enjoy a free Clock Tower tour and rise above Brisbane City Hall, one of Brisbane's most iconic buildings and the symbolic heart of our city since 1930. Free tours operate daily, taking visitors up 64m to the observation platform in a beautiful old hand-operated lift.

Once you've enjoyed the bird's-eye view of the city, check out the Museum of Brisbane's range of creative art and design experiences, all free and a great way to inspire children and adults alike.

Bus connections can be found along Adelaide and Ann Sts, as well as in King George Square bus terminal, located a short walk from City Hall.

Travel tip: Check TransLink's journey planner for your best public transport routes to all locations. You will also find details on how and when to take advantage of free off-peak travel for seniors and discounted or free travel for kids aged five to 14 years at translink.com.au.


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