Head to South Bank for the best bang-for-your-buck outing
If you are inching slowly towards pay day but still need to get out of the house, ditch the two-minute noodles and dodgy daytime TV and head to South Bank, where there is plenty of cheap eats and free activities to take in.
The City Sounds: The best things in life are free, and free music is the best of the best. Across South Bank, up-and-coming musicians and song-writers perform live sets on Saturday afternoons from 3:00-8:00 pm.
Medibank Feel Good Program: Shake off the cobwebs by shaking your booty at this free exercise series. Dance, swim, stretch – if you need a boost to help get into shape but don’t want to be locked into a gym contract, head to South Bank and enjoy exercise for a change. The program is on until April 30.
Little Days Out: This handy program offers a huge range of free activities for children including sports, science demonstrations and art and craft workshops. It’s on every Thursday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the South Bank Parklands.
Epicurious Garden: Foodies and gardening enthusiasts will get a kick out of a visit to this green community garden. Visitors can learn all about gardening techniques, how to grow organically and also take home some free produce from the Harvest Cart.
Young Designers Market: Wander among dozens of stalls along Little Stanley Street on the first Sunday of each month, where more than 80 designers sell gorgeous fashion, jewellery, homewares and art of the highest calibre.
The Parklands: There are ample things to see and do in South Bank’s Parklands. Grab some friends and enjoy a picnic or barbecue amongst the trees (you can even take a bottle of wine if you have food! Head here for more information.), wander along the walking tracks of the Rainforest Walk, Clem Jones Promenade and the Arbour, have a dip at Streets Beach and the Boat Pool before drying off and taking a quick selfie to commemorate the day in front of the iconic BRISBANE sign.
Pig & Kraut – If you are getting the belly rumbles, Pig and Kraut serves tasty German sausages for $10 and refreshing jars of iced tea for $5 (with $2 refills).
Tippler’s Tap – This haven of craft beer is also a handy haunt for cheap eats. Every Tuesday Tippler’s Tap offers $2 tacos from 5:00 pm, as well as the usual value eats such as five sliders for $20.
Mister Fitz’s Finest Ice Cream – Should you fancy a sweet treat, this dreamy dessert location can hook you up with an ice-cream sandwich for $7, with a mind-boggling selection of toppings for $1 each.
Gandhi Indian Kitchen & Laneway Stall – This authentic Indian restaurant offers delicious daily specials from its very own street-food cart.
Cactus Republic – Nothing is more satisfying than cheap tacos. Go nuts at Cactus Republic and order three tacos for $12.50 or a mighty burrito for $11.95.
More cheap eats: There are plenty of other spots to satiate your hunger on a budget – check out Harajuku Gyoza for dumplings, Zeus for authentic yiros, Viet de Lites for fresh Asian nibbles, Beach House for healthy sandwiches or Olé for sharable tapas.