Guide to Backpacking Brisbane Queensland

If you’re looking to backpack around Brisbane and Queensland, you are not alone. Brisbane attracts over a million international visitors a year and many like to see what it offers on a budget. Brisbane is known as the ‘River City’ thanks to the Brisbane River that links together the inner city and hosts some of the best activities, adventures, attractions and dining precincts. It is also home to a beach in the middle of the CBD, some of Australia’s best theme parks, the world famous Great Barrier Reef and much more. It boasts a subtropical climate with an average of 283 days of sunshine a year, that means more daylight for the things you want to do.

Whether you’re backpacking on a shoestring budget or want to save some money for other activities and attractions, there are plenty of ways to do it. Here are some tips on how to backpack Brisbane and Queensland without breaking the bank.

1. Stay in hostels or camping grounds

Hostels are a great option for backpackers as they are usually much cheaper than hotels, have a great social atmosphere and often offer free or cheap activities. There are many hostels located around Brisbane and Queensland, so it’s easy to find one that suits your budget and needs. If you’re backpacking on a shoestring budget, camping grounds can be a great option and are often well positioned to take advantage of Queensland’s natural beauty.

2. Eat cheaply

There are many ways to eat cheaply in Brisbane and Queensland. One option is to cook your own meals, which can be easily done in hostel kitchens or at camping grounds. There are also plenty of cheap food options available from fast food outlets and supermarkets. If you want to save money, it’s best to avoid dining out at restaurants and be savvy with good bargains and promotions when they come around.

3. Take advantage of free activities

There are many free or cheap activities available in Brisbane and Queensland. Exploring the city on foot is a great way to see the sights and there are plenty of parks and gardens to enjoy. The beaches are also free to enjoy so why not take a surfing lesson and mingle with the locals and get insights to the things you can do next. Chill out at a beer garden, enjoy the company of friends and share travel stories whilst you watch the sun go down.

Things you must do whilst backpacking Queensland

Visit the Great Barrier Reef

One of the most famous attractions in Queensland is the Great Barrier Reef, which is the world’s largest coral reef system. It’s located off the coast of Cairns and is a popular spot for snorkeling, diving and swimming. There are many tour operators that offer day trips from Brisbane or simply take the opportunity to visit Cairns.

Take a dip in one of Queensland’s Natural Hot Springs

Natural hot springs can be found all over Queensland, from the small town of Magnetic Island to the world-famous Champagne Pools on Fraser Island. Soak up the views and relax in the warm waters, it’s the perfect way to unwind after a day of exploring.

Visit a Rainforest

Queensland is home to some of the world’s most iconic rainforests, including Daintree Rainforest, Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk and Lamington National Park. These lush and biodiverse areas are great for hiking, birdwatching and simply taking in the beauty of nature. Be sure to visit one of these amazing places during your visit for some of the most spectacular remote area bush walking.

Camp on the beach at Fraser Island

Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, located just off the coast of Queensland. It’s a popular spot for camping, 4WDing and swimming in freshwater lakes. Be sure to take advantage of the island’s unique landscape and camp on one of its many beaches for an unforgettable experience.