Coming to Brisbane for the IPEd Conference? Here are some free or inexpensive ways to make the most of your non-conference time.

Brisbane Festival – the gorgeous Brisbane Festival runs throughout September around the city. There are free art exhibitions, live music and plenty of opportunities to lounge by the river soaking up the culture. Festival central is the Cultural Centre Forecourt, across the road from the conference venue.

CityHopper – travel around the city areas on the free CityHopper ferry. The CityHopper travels regularly between the CBD and New Farm, stopping at South Bank, the Maritime Museum and Eagle Street Pier.

CityCycle – bike your way around the city with CityCycle. Only $2 for the first hour, CityCycle is a great way to see Brisbane for only a few bucks. And if you don’t have a helmet, you can borrow one at the CityCycle station.

City Hall – take a free tour of Brisbane City Hall, including the Museum of Brisbane. Get a sense of the history and culture of an old city with a young spirit.

Cultural Centre – the Cultural Centre includes the State Library of Queensland (one of our wonderful conference sponsors), Queensland Museum, Queensland Art Gallery and GOMA, the Gallery of Modern Art – one of Australia’s most popular art galleries. All offer free and paid exhibitions including modern art, Indigenous art and history exhibitions. The Cultural Centre is a short walk from the conference venue.

Not enough fun? Check out our full list of things to do while you’re visiting Brisbane.