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Cheap areas to stay in Brisbane

Bustling and cosmopolitan Brisbane – the culturally-rich, sun-struck capital city of Australia’s Queensland state – sings with cheap hotels. The central business district – a buzzing area of skyscrapers and shopping malls – is dotted with inexpensive accommodations. The quieter West End neighborhood – on the south bank of the shimmering river – is another cheap area to stay, and provides easy access to the museums and galleries of the South Bank cultural precinct. The budget-friendly Fortitude Valley area, meanwhile, boasts a trendy shopping scene, and is home to Brisbane’s eclectic Chinatown.

Cheap hotels in Brisbane

Brisbane brims with totally cheap hotels for city explorers traveling on a budget. Book a stay in the Ibis Budget Windsor Brisbane for no-frills private ensuite rooms with TVs – the friendly staff here will offer tour and ticket assistance, too. The Ibis Budget Brisbane Airport offers similarly inexpensive accommodation with immediate airport access, as well as free WiFi and free parking. The Brisbane Manor Hotel is more centrally located – a quaint and cutesy low-rise hotel with airy guestrooms, free WiFi, and a relaxed bar lounge.

Where to find cheap food in Brisbane

Brisbane brims with inexpensive restaurants serving cheap and tasty cuisine. The Albert and Elizabeth streets, in the city center, are specked with fast food burger grills, Asian takeaways, and big bars boasting large menus of filling, affordable grub. Lovers of Asian cuisine can dine in Brisbane’s bouncing Chinatown area, near Fortitude Valley – here, Chinese takeaways and cozy hole-in-the-wall restaurants abound. For totally cheap eats, however, stock up on snacks from the grocery store and enjoy a picnic along the riverbank.

Cheap things to do in Brisbane

Culture vultures traveling in Brisbane on a tight budget will find plenty of free and affordable attractions. The City Botanic Gardens – a tranquil riverside stretch of soft green lawns, fringed with towering palm trees and tropical flowerbeds – dates back to 1825, and you take a free guided tour of the gardens. Art lovers will be happy to find that entry to Queensland’s 2 key art museums – the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art and the Queensland Art Gallery – is free. The Gallery of Modern Art is a futuristic glass-walled structure capped with a sleek silver roof, and houses Asian and Australian masterworks. The Art Gallery, meanwhile, contains European masterpieces by the likes of Picasso. Outdoor adventurers can tackle the New Farm Riverwalk – a snaking, shady riverfront fitness circuit that zigzags around the city.

Cheap ways to get around Brisbane

It’s easy to explore Brisbane on the cheap – if you’re spending most of your time in the central areas, you can even get around on foot alone. To cruise around the whole city with ease, make use of Brisbane’s efficient and inexpensive public transport network of buses, rail, and ferries. This network is interconnected by the Translink ticketing system – to get the cheapest fares, purchase a refillable Go Card. Bicycle rentals are also a popular means of city transport – the CityCycle service rents bikes per day or week.

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