There is no more relaxing way to explore Brisbane on a  budget than to sit back and cruise along the river using the FREE CityHopper Ferry.

The CityHopper Ferry is the perfect way to spend your holiday visiting the key tourist sites in the Brisbane CBD. It is a ‘must do’ activity and you should add it to your Brisbane Bucket List ideas.

Explore Brisbane on a budget

The FREE CityHopper Ferry runs every 30 minutes from 6am through to midnight, seven days a week. It stops at eight different locations along the river from North Quay, which is a short walk to the top of the Queen Street Mall, to the Sydney Street Terminal at New Farm. You can sit back and enjoy the entire round trip which will take about 90 minutes or you can hop on and hop off as often as you like.

To help you get the most out of your holiday and explore Brisbane on a budget I’ve put together a list of FREE attractions that are within walking distance of the Cityhopper Ferry Terminals. Some of the attractions are accessible from multiple ferry terminals but I’ll leave it up to you to plan your itinerary based on how far you’d like to walk.

You may even like to combine your trip on the FREE CityHopper Ferry with a ride on the FREE City Loop bus.

Free Tours

Brisbane Greeters offer FREE tours of many of the Brisbane tourist attractions mentioned below or you can download the Brisbane Heritage Trail Map and take a self-guided tour.

CityHopper Ferry Terminals

Explore Brisbane on a budget with a Free CityHopper Ferry

Free Cityhopper Ferry Terminals

North Quay Ferry Terminal (Queens Wharf Road)

Entry to all of the activities listed below is FREE except QAGOMA. At QAGOMA most of the exhibitions, screenings and programs are FREE.

AttractionsAddressOpening HoursDistance from Terminal
Brisbane Square Library266 George Street,
Brisbane
Mon-Thurs: 9am-6pm
Friday: 9am-7pm
Saturday: 9am-4pm
Sunday: 10am-3pm
600m - 750m
See Google Maps
City Sounds - Queen Street MallQueens Street Mall,
Brisbane
See programme for details650m - 800m
See Google Maps
Farmers Markets - Queen Street MallReddacliff Place,
George St end of Queen Street Mall
8am to 6pm
Every Wednesday
700m
See Google Maps
Museum of Brisbane - City HallLevel 3,
64 Adelaide Street,
Brisbane
10am - 5pm daily
10am-7pm Fridays
800m
See Google Maps
Clock Tower - City HallLevel 3,
64 Adelaide Street,
Brisbane
7 days a week.
10am to 5pm.
800m
See Google Maps
Melbourne Street Green, QPAC
(Queensland Performing Arts Centre)
Cnr Melbourne & Grey Sts,
South Bank
Friday, 5:30 to 7:30pm
(Excludes Good Friday).
950m - 1.1km
See Google Maps
Parliament HouseCnr George and Alice Sts,
Brisbane
Click to view tour times1km - 1.2km
See Google Maps
Vault GamesLG 123 Charlotte St, BrisbaneMon - Sat 10am - Late
Sun 10am - 6pm
1km - 1.3km
See Google Maps
State Library of QueenslandStanley Place,
South Bank
Click to view opening hours1.2km - 1.5km
See Google Maps
Brisbane City Botanic GardensAlice Street,
Brisbane
24/71.3km - 1.7km
See Google Maps
Brisbane City Botanic Gardens - Guided WalksAlice Street,
Brisbane
Mon-Sat, 11am and 1pm.
Meet at Rotunda.
Not available - public holidays or Sundays.
1.3km - 1.7km
See Google Maps
QAGOMA
Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art
Stanley Place,
South Bank
Open daily 10.00am - 5.00pm1.3km - 1.4km
See Google Maps
Old Windmill BrisbaneWickham Terrace,
Brisbane
Mainly external access.
Open to the public for a pre-booked tour during Brisbane Open House.
1.3km - 1.4km
See Google Maps
Roma Street ParklandsParklands Blvd,
Brisbane
Open to the public 24 hours a day
(Spectacle Garden is closed from dusk to dawn).
1.5km - 2km
See Google Maps
Collective MarketsStanley Street Plaza,
South Bank
Friday 5pm - 9pm
Saturday 10am - 9pm
Sunday 9am - 4pm
1.6km - 1.7km
See Google Maps
Albert Street Uniting Church

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South Bank 3 Ferry Terminal (South Bank Parklands)

Click here to read about 20 Free Activities at South Bank.

AttractionsAddressOpening HoursDistance from Terminal
EpicuriousClem Jones Promenade,
South Bank Parklands
24/787m
See Google Maps
Flowstate — Creative Collisions : Made and SeenThe Arbour,
South Bank
Subject to programme200m
See Google Maps
Streets Beach, Boat Pool and AquativityStanley St Plaza,
South Bank
Lifesaver Patrol Hours:
Dec 1st - Jan 31st, 7am - 10pm
Feb 1st - March 31st, 7am - 7pm
April 1st - Sept 20th, 9am - 5pm
Sept 21st - Nov 30th, 7am - 7pm
350m - 450m
See Google Maps
Nepalese Peace Pagoda
Clem Jones Promenade,
South Bank Parklands
850m
See Google Maps
Melbourne Street Green QPAC
(Queensland Performing Arts Centre)
Cnr Melbourne & Grey Sts,
South Bank
Friday, 5:30 to 7:30pm. (Excludes Good Friday)
1.1km
See Google Maps
State Library of QueenslandStanley Place,
South Bank
View opening hours1.4km - 1.7km
See Google Maps
Brisbane City Botanic GardensAlice Street,
Brisbane
24/71.5km
See Google Maps
Brisbane City Botanic Gardens - Guided WalksAlice Street,
Brisbane
Mon-Sat, 11am and 1pm.
Meet at Rotunda.
Not available on public holidays or Sundays.
1.5km
See Google Maps
Parliament HouseCnr George and Alice Sts,
Brisbane
View tour times1.5km
See Google Maps
QAGOMA
Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art
Stanley Place,
South Bank
Open daily 10.00am - 5.00pm1.5km - 1.6km
See Google Maps
Collective MarketsStanley Street Plaza,
South Bank
Friday 5pm - 9pm
Saturday 10am - 9pm
Sunday 9am - 4pm
1.6 - 1.7km
See Google Maps

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Maritime Museum Ferry Terminal (Dock Street, South Brisbane)

Entry to all of the activities listed below is FREE.

AttractionsAddressOpening HoursDistance from Terminal
South Bank ParklandsLittle Stanley Street,
South Bank
24/7300m - 350m
See Google Maps
Kangaroo Point Cliffs Lookout200 River Terrace,
Kangaroo Point
24/7700m
See Google Maps
Kangaroo Point CliffsLower River Tce, Brisbane24/7900m
See Google Maps
City Botanic Gardens
Alice Street,
Brisbane
24/71.2km
See Google Maps

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Thornton Street Ferry Terminal (Thornton Street, Kangaroo Point)

Entry to all of the activities listed below is FREE.

AttractionsAddressOpening HoursDistance from Terminal
Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park - River Tce461 Main Street,
Kangaroo Point,
at the intersection with River Terrace.
24/7550m - 650m
See Google Maps
Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park - Lower River TceLower River Tce,
Brisbane
24/7600m - 700m
See Google Maps
Captain Burke Park117 Holman St,
Kangaroo Point
24/7700m
See Google Maps
Story BridgeStory Bridge,
Brisbane
24/7700m
See Google Maps
Kangaroo Point Cliffs Lookout200 River Terrace,
Kangaroo Point
24/71.2km - 1.3km
See Google Maps

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Eagle Street Pier Ferry Terminal (Eagle Street, Brisbane)

Entry to all of the activities listed below is FREE.

AttractionsAddressOpening HoursDistance from Terminal
St Stephen's Cathedral249 Elizabeth Street,
Brisbane
Sunday: By appointment
Weekdays: 10:30am
(following Mass)
240m - 500m
See Google Maps
Brisbane City Botanic GardensAlice Street,
Brisbane
24/7500m
See Google Maps
Vault GamesLG 123 Charlotte St, BrisbaneMon - Sat 10am - Late
Sun 10am - 6pm
500m - 550m
See Google Maps
ANZAC Square MemorialAdelaide Street,
Brisbane City
24/7500m - 700m
See Google Maps
St John's Cathedral405 Ann Street,
Brisbane
9:30am-4:30pm daily700m - 950m
See Google Maps
Chinatown MallDuncan Street,
Fortitude Valley
1.3km - 1.5km
See Google Maps
Brisbane RiverwalkHoward St wharves24/71.5km - 1.6km
See Google Maps
Story BridgeStory Bridge,
Brisbane
24/71.9km - 2.2km
See Google Maps

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Holman Street Ferry Terminal (Holman Street, Kangaroo Point)

Entry to all of the activities listed below is FREE.

AttractionsAddressOpening HoursDistance from Terminal
Captain Burke Park117 Holman St,
Kangaroo Point
24/7130m
See Google Maps
Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park - River Tce461 Main Street,
Kangaroo Point,
at the intersection with River Terrace.
24/71.2km - 1.3km
See Google Maps
Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park - Lower River TceLower River Tce,
Kangaroo Point
24/71.4km - 1.6km
See Google Maps
Story BridgeStory Bridge,
Brisbane
24/71.5km - 1.6km
See Google Maps
Kangaroo Point Cliffs Lookout200 River Terrace,
Kangaroo Point
24/71.8km - 2km
See Google Maps

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Dockside Ferry Terminal (Ferry Street, Kangaroo Point)

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Sydney Street Ferry Terminal (Sydney Street, New Farm)

Entry to all of the activities listed below is FREE.

AttractionsAddressOpening HoursDistance from Terminal
Brisbane RiverwalkMerthyr Rd,
New Farm
24/7400m
See Google Maps
New Farm Park1042 Brunswick Street,
New Farm
24/71km - 1.3km
See Google Maps
Brisbane Powerhouse119 Lamington Street,
New Farm
Free on Friday night1.3km - 1.5km
See Google Maps

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