Budget Friendly City Activities - Raiz Invest

With prices on the rise, finding fun things to do in our major cities on a budget can be increasingly challenging. We’ve put together a nationwide list of activities for you to entertain yourself, friends, and family without bankrupting you!



  1. Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk: Get your steps in and enjoy stunning coastal views along this scenic walk that won’t cost you a thing!
  2. Royal Botanic Garden: Explore beautiful gardens and enjoy free guided tours right in the heart of the city.
  3. Art Gallery of New South Wales: Soak in some culture and admire an impressive collection of Australian and international art.
  4. Manly Beach: Getting the ferry over is half the fun! Once you’re there, check out the iconic beach and explore the area.
  5. Circular Quay & Sydney Opera House: Watch street performers, enjoy the views, and soak up the atmosphere. While some Opera House events are ticketed, you can still appreciate the architecture and take photos of the iconic building and harbour.
  6. Museum of Contemporary Art: Discover modern art and exhibitions for free.
  7. Walk along the Harbour Bridge: While climbing the bridge may be expensive (on our bank account AND your dignity, being scared of heights in a grey onesie flatters no one) walking along at road level offers incredible views for free.


  1. Australian War Memorial: The Australian War Memorial is your go-to spot for diving deep into our military past. Before you go, grab a free timed ticket to enter the Memorial galleries and attend the daily Last Post Ceremony.
  2. National Museum of Australia: Discover the nation’s history, culture, and people without breaking the bank.
  3. Parliament House: Interested in experiencing the inner workings of government? Parliament House is the epicentre of political activity, offering guided tours that provide comprehensive insights into the functioning of our nation’s governance. Who knows, you might even catch a glimpse of some pollies in action.
  4. Australian National Botanic Gardens: The Australian National Botanic Gardens is a treasure trove of our unique plants and trees. You can wander around and soak in the greenery, learning a thing or two about our amazing natural world.
  5. Lake Burley Griffin: Relax by the lake or take a walk or bike ride around it. Hiring a boat with a group of friends can also be an inexpensive day out.
  6. National Gallery of Australia: Admire the extensive art collection, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, entry is free!


  1. Federation Square: Embrace Melbourne’s vibrant cultural scene at Federation Square, where you can catch live events, concerts, exhibitions, and even outdoor screenings of classic movies. It’s a melting pot of creativity and entertainment in the heart of the city.
  2. Street Art in Hosier Lane: Hosier Lane is an ever-evolving outdoor art gallery! Stroll through the narrow where you’ll find an explosion of colourful street art and thought-provoking murals at every turn. It’s a free visual feast for art enthusiasts and Instagrammers alike.
  3. Royal Botanic Gardens: Escape the urban hustle and bustle in the Royal Botanic Gardens. These meticulously landscaped gardens offer a tranquil retreat where you can meander through lush greenery, admire exotic plants, and even have a relaxing picnic amidst nature’s beauty.
  4. National Gallery of Victoria (NGV): The NGV is a treasure trove for art lovers. From ancient civilizations to contemporary masterpieces, it houses a diverse collection that spans centuries. You can immerse yourself in the world of art and culture while exploring its vast galleries.
  5. Queen Victoria Market: Queen Victoria Market is no ordinary market! As you wander through its historic lanes, you’ll encounter loads of fresh produce, gourmet foods, unique crafts, and international cuisine. Don’t miss the chance to sample some local delicacies.
  6. Melbourne Museum: This museum offers a fascinating journey through a wide range of exhibitions. Explore the wonders of natural history, delve into Victoria’s indigenous culture, and even come face to face with dinosaur skeletons. Adult tickets are $15 but entry for kids is free!



  1. Adelaide Botanic Garden: Wander through themed gardens, admire rare plants, and simply unwind in the tranquil surroundings – all completely free.
  2. Glenelg Beach: Glenelg Beach is the epitome of a laid-back coastal lifestyle. Whether you’re basking in the sun, swimming in the crystal-clear waters, or exploring the nearby shops and cafes, it’s a perfect spot for a chilled out day.
  3. Art Gallery of South Australia: Dive into the world of art at this gallery, which features an eclectic mix of artworks spanning different periods and styles. You’ll encounter everything from classic European masterpieces to contemporary Australian creations.
  4. Adelaide Central Market: Adelaide Central Market is definitely for the foodies! Savour a diverse range of fresh produce, gourmet treats, and multicultural cuisine. It’s a bustling market where your taste buds can travel the world and you can spend as much or as little as you like!
  5. Hiking in Belair National Park: Nature enthusiasts can hit the trails in Belair National Park. You’ll have the chance to explore scenic nature paths, encounter local wildlife, and breathe in the fresh air of the Aussie bushland.
  6. South Australian Museum: Expand your knowledge at the South Australian Museum, where you can delve into natural history, cultural heritage, and anthropology. It’s a place to satisfy your curiosity about the world around you, from ancient fossils to indigenous artifacts all for free.



  1. Kings Park and Botanic Garden: It’s not just a park; it’s like a nature wonderland with killer views of the city. You can check out all kinds of Aussie plants and flowers. Plus, it’s the best spot in town for a picnic with a view that’ll knock your socks off.
  2. Perth Cultural Centre: For a bit of culture, the Perth Cultural Centre is the place to be. You can suss out the Western Australian Museum for some local history and then hop over to the Art Gallery of Western Australia for some world-class art. It’s like a mini-museum crawl, right in the heart of the city.
  3. Cottesloe Beach: If you’re looking for some cheapy beachy vibes, Cottesloe Beach has got you covered. Kick back, soak up the sun, and let the waves of the Indian Ocean wash your worries away. And don’t miss the epic sunsets – they’re like a painting in the sky.
  4. Elizabeth Quay: Take a lazy stroll by the river at Elizabeth Quay. Chill out and watch the boats go by. Plus, there are some cool spots to grab a bite or a bevvy, so you won’t go hungry or thirsty while you’re enjoying the view.
  5. Explore Fremantle: Fremantle’s like a time machine to the past, full of history and character. Wander the old streets, hit up the markets for some awesome finds, and soak in that maritime atmosphere. You might even want to grab some fish and chips – they’re famous around these parts.
  6. Matilda Bay Reserve: Picnics don’t get much better than this. Matilda Bay Reserve is the spot for a laid-back day by the Swan River. Pack your own lunch and soak in the view. It’s like a little slice of paradise right in Perth.



  1. Salamanca Market: Dive into a vibrant marketplace where you can explore stalls brimming with local crafts, delicious food, locally distilled spirits and unique treasures. It’s a must-visit for anyone looking to soak up Hobart’s creative spirit. Resisting impulse spending will be tricky here!
  2. Mount Wellington: Head to the summit for breathtaking panoramic views of Hobart and its surroundings. You can enjoy the cityscape below and witness the mountain’s ever-changing weather, which can range from sunny to snow-covered in minutes.
  3. Battery Point: Take a leisurely stroll through historic streets adorned with charming architecture. This picturesque neighbourhood feels like a step back in time, offering a glimpse of Hobart’s rich heritage and it won’t cost you a dime.
  4. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery: Tasmania has a lot to offer art lovers. Visiting MONA can be a bit pricey, but the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery offers a look into Tasmania’s history and artistic culture through captivating exhibitions for free (though donations are welcome). It’s a place where you can unearth the stories of the island and appreciate its diverse art scene.
  5. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens: Grab a map and explore all 14 hectares of incredible gardens! Ambling around on your own is free or tours start from $25.
  6. Constitution Dock: Experience the bustling waterfront atmosphere as you watch fishing boats come and go. It’s a prime spot to enjoy Hobart’s maritime charm and check out some freshly caught seafood.



  1. Streets Beach: Unwind at Australia’s only inner-city, man-made beach at South Bank. Whether you’re lounging on the sand or swimming in the crystal-clear lagoon, it’s a unique urban beach experience. Streets Beach is free to use and is patrolled by qualified lifeguards all year round.
  2. City Botanic Gardens: Meander through lush gardens along the river, providing a peaceful escape from the urban hustle and bustle. It’s an oasis of greenery right in the heart of Brisbane.
  3. Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA): Immerse yourself in contemporary art at GOMA, where you can admire thought-provoking exhibitions and innovative installations that push the boundaries of artistic expression. Entry is free and includes most exhibitions, screenings and programs.
  4. Mount Coot-tha: Hike or drive up to the lookout and be rewarded with sweeping panoramic views of Brisbane and its skyline, perfect for a picnic. It’s a favorite spot for both tourists and locals to take in the city’s beauty.
  5. Queensland Museum: Dive into the world of natural history, cultural heritage, and interactive exhibits. You can explore everything from ancient fossils to modern innovations in this engaging museum.
  6. Kangaroo Point Cliffs: Marvel at city views from the iconic Kangaroo Point Cliffs. It’s not only a fantastic lookout spot but also offers rock climbing opportunities for the adventurous.
  7. West End Markets: Rock up early for the eclectic atmosphere of West End Markets. Browse through diverse stalls offering an array of food, crafts, and unique finds, reflecting the vibrant culture of the neighbourhood.


Published 26/09/2023

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