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Free Things In and Around Brisbane

Updated on October 23, 2015

Brisbane Visitor Center Free Guided Walk

Seeing attractions within Brisbane CBD is a great start to know Brisbane, and what a start it is when the way to do this is free!

The Brisbane Visitor Center Free Guided Walk is offered on a daily basis, Monday to Friday, and it gives a chance for visitors to see prominent landmarks, icons and places of interest in the city.

"Some days, we may not be able to make it," a spokesperson from the Visitor Centre said, "so it is a good idea to contact the Centre first to make a booking.

The Brisbane Visitor Centre is located at the Regents at the Queens Street Mall, phone Phone 07 30066290. Their email address is visit@brisbanemarketing.com.au

The free guided walk starts at the Visitor Centre at midday and runs between 1 to 2 hours, depending on the requests of the participants or the availability of the guide.

Brisbane marketing's website lists the usual route for the walk: "Brisbane Arcade, City Hall, Treasury Casino, Queens Gardens, Old State Library, the Botanic Gardens, Old Government House, Brisbane Club and the only statue of Queen Victoria."

The Brisbane Visitor Centre at Queen Street Mall
The Brisbane Visitor Centre at Queen Street Mall | Source

Brisbane City Hall Free Clock Tower Tour

With its close proximity to many hotels and accommodation within the Brisbane CBD, the City Hall Clock Tower Tour beckons locals and visitors to visit this historical icon for the city of Brisbane. It provides an eye opener experience to the early life and days of Brisbane. Best of all it is free.

The free guided tour is offered by the Council to all residents and visitors of Brisbane. They run five times a day, seven days a week. The times for the free guided tours are: 10:30AM, 11:30AM, 1:30PM, 2:30PM, and 3:30PM.

To attend the free guided tour, one must call the Museum of Brisbane to book through its hotline 07 33390845.

Alternatively, the City Tower Clock can also be accessed without the guided tour. Booking will not be required then. It is also for free and it is open between 10AM and 5PM. One has to obtain a ticket from the Museum of Brisbane on Level 3 of the City Hall.

The Spokesperson from the Council explained why the Brisbane Clock Tower is worth a visit. In its time, the Brisbane Clock was the largest public clock in Australia. The size of the clock is 5 metres in diameter, the minutes hand alone is 3 metres long.

The Council's website describes the chime from the clock: "The clock chimes are known as Westminster or Cambridge and consist of four bells weighing over three tonnes that chime every 15 minutes and a 4.3-tonne striking bell that marks the hour."

With regards to the Tower, it was the tallest structure in Brisbane CBD until 1960s. It had to be fitted with a red light to warn aeroplanes of its presence.

The Brisbane City Hall Clock Tower
The Brisbane City Hall Clock Tower | Source

Free Internet in Brisbane

Thanks to the generosity of Brisbane City Council - it has installed free WiFi in popular parks within the City and around the suburbs so that residents and visitors can access the Internet 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

All electronic devices that can access the Internet may be used to make use of this free facility. They include: smart phones, Ipads, tablets, laptops and games consoles.

It is easy to connect. Simply find Council Wifi on the list of available network on your device, accept the terms and conditions and you can access the Internet for free.

Council Spokesperson warned that inappropriate and offensive website may have been blocked but useful and social network sites are readily available for this purpose.

"We are just happy when our people can connect with each other because of the wonderful facility we provide," said the Council representative.

The parks in Brisbane CBD that have free Internet connection are:

  1. City Botanic Gardens, between QUT and the Lake
  2. King Edward Park, near the corner of Wickham Terrace and Berry Street
  3. King George Square, halfway between Anne and Adelaide Streets
  4. Post Office Aquare, at the southern side of the park halfway along the pathway

Other Council Internet hotspots are also located in the following suburbs:

  1. Ascot - Oriel Park
  2. Bellbowrie - Booker Place Park
  3. Calamvale - Calamvale District Park
  4. Carindale - Carindale Recreation Reserve
  5. Chermside - 7th Brigade Park
  6. Clayfield - Kalinga Park
  7. Everton Park - Teralba Park
  8. Fitzgibbon - Hidden World Park
  9. Forest Lake - Forest Lake Parklands
  10. Holland Park WEst - Glindemann Park
  11. MacGregor - DM Henderson Park
  12. New Farm - New Farm Park
  13. Paddington - Gregory Park
  14. Sandgate - Einbunpin Lagoon
  15. Seventeen Mile Rocks - Rocks Riverside Park
  16. St Lucia - Guyatt Park
  17. Toowong - Brisbane Botanic Gardens
  18. Westend - Orleigh Park

Bicycle for Hire around the city, by the Brisbane City Council
Bicycle for Hire around the city, by the Brisbane City Council | Source

Free City Loop Buses

Locals and visitors can see popular Brisbane City spots through the free bus services that the Council provides. The City Loop and the Spring Hill Loop Bus services provide fast and enjoyable rides through the CBD and the suburb of Spring Hill. Passengers can hop on and off at different stops.

Click here to access the timetable of his free bus service.

The City Loop Bus service stops at red signposts. The Council's website lists popular stops of this service: "QUT, Botanic Gardens, Queen Street Mall, City Hall, Central Station, Riverside and Eagle Street Pier."

The Spring Hill Loop Bus service stops at yellow signposts. The Council's website lists popular stops of this great service: "Post Office Square, St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, Brisbane Private Hospital and Central Station."

More information can be obtained from Centrelink, the public transport company for the Southeast Queensland on 131230 or www.translinkcom.au.

QUT, Botanic Gardens, Queen Street Mall, City Hall, Central Station, Riverside and Eagle Street Pier.

Free Brisbane River Cruise

While we are on the subject of free transport, check out, too, the free ferry service that services the banks of the Brisbane River. Click here for more information.

Look the red and yellow signposts to access the City and Spring Hill Loop Bus Services
Look the red and yellow signposts to access the City and Spring Hill Loop Bus Services | Source
The Free Brisbane City Loops
The Free Brisbane City Loops
The Brisbane River - a view from the 72nd Floor of City's tallest Hotel.
The Brisbane River - a view from the 72nd Floor of City's tallest Hotel. | Source

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