Free local activities
Brisbane Greeters is a FREE public service open to everyone. Whether you’re a local, here on business, a student, visiting or choosing Brisbane as your new home, we’re looking forward to meeting you. Brisbane Greeters are locals who love living here so much that they are enthusiastic about introducing you to their city, and sharing their intimate knowledge. To book a tour or for more information click here.
The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is a single institution located across two adjacent river-side buildings in the Cultural Precinct at Brisbane’s South Bank. Our vision is to be the leading institution for the contemporary art of Australia, Asia and the Pacific. QAGOMA holds a Collection of over 17,000 works of historical, modern and contemporary art, and stages a dynamic program of Australian and international exhibitions. We are home to the Children’s Art Centre which collaborates on interactive artworks with leading artists from around the world, and the Australian Cinémathèque, the only dedicated cinema facility in an Australian art museum. QAGOMA operates its own retail outlets and cafes and restaurants, proceeds from which support the Gallery. Entry to QAGOMA is free. This includes most exhibitions, screenings and programs. Some exhibitions and special events have an entry fee and tickets can be purchased online or on site at the ticket desk.
Queensland Museum & Science Centre
This fascinating museum of natural history, cultural heritage, science and human achievement tells the changing story of Queensland. A popular destination for school groups, the Museum also provides entertaining holiday activities and an innovative early childhood program. Entry into the Queensland Museum is free.
The Sciencentre offers hours of interactive, science-based fun for kids of all ages (including the ‘big kids’!) in the heart of Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct. There are no ‘visitors’ at the Sciencentre – everyone is a ‘participant’. This place is a one hundred percent hands-on experience! Admission to the Sciencentre starts at $14.50 for adults. For more information, opening times and admission prices click here.
CityCycle has 150 stations available across Brisbane’s city centre, stretching from Newstead to West End and Toowong. CityCycle bike hiring and returning is available 24 hours 7 days a week. Located in close proximity to each other, every CityCycle station has a minimum of 10 bike racks making it an easy, reliable and convenient transport option. Once a CityCycle Membership or Casual Pass is purchased, you can hire and return a bike at any CityCycle station within the network. You can ride all day for free, as long as the bikes are returned within half-hour intervals. After this half-hour of free use expires, a usage fee applies. A Casual pass for 24 hours access is as little as $2 AUD.
For more information and city cycle station locations click here.
South Bank Markets
As the only 3 day weekend market in Brisbane, the Collective Markets at South Bank enjoy an unrivalled reputation amongst stallholders in the region. Set in the centre of vibrant South Bank, Brisbane’s cultural heart, these markets attract Brisbanites and tourists alike – in droves, week in and week out. Featuring live music, trending fashion and vintage clothing, unique collectibles, photography and art, this is a market for the people. A place to hit up the foodie stalls while taking in live music on a Friday night, to find that perfect on-vacation memento gift, or to soak up some rays and indulge in some retail therapy on a lazy Sunday.
The markets are open on Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday located at Stanley Street Plaza, South Bank.
Local Area Delegate Discounts
Southbank Concierge Program
The International Conference on Robotics & Automation is working closely with the South Bank Concierge Program – a new initiative where the sole focus is to ensure delegates have a wonderful time whilst in Brisbane. There is nothing better than getting out to experience the local surrounds of a new city and South Bank, only a short stroll away from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, is brimming with incredible conference exclusives awaiting ICRA2018 delegates. By using the South Bank Concierge website, delegates can unlock incredible conference exclusives throughout the South Bank precinct. Not only will they receive 10% off at participating retailers, they can also book event tickets, plan their itinerary and access special offers, plus so much more.
Visit www.southbankconcierge.com.au now to unlock incredible conference exclusives as an ICRA2018 delegate.
River City Cruises
River City Cruises offers a cost effective, relaxing and informative perspective of Brisbane’s distinctive river scene for both locals and visitors with its year-round river tours. During the 1 ½ guided tour, you will be entertained by the informative commentary with taking advantage of the fantastic photo opportunities as we cruise past Brisbane’s most iconic sights including the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, the city centre and the Story Bridge. Daily departures at 10.30am and 12.30pm from Jetty A South Bank Parklands on the river right in front of the Wheel of Brisbane.
Visit us at www.rivercitycruises.com.au
Village Roadshow Theme Parks – Gold Coast
If you are staying a little bit longer in Queensland why not enjoy endless fun during stay and visit the Village Roadshow Theme Parks on the Gold Coast. Just 1 hour from Brisbane. With a choice of six unique venues famous for their exhilarating rides, exciting shows and amazing animals, Village Roadshow Theme parks is Australia’s best adventure playground. For special Conference delegate discounts visit www.themeparks.com.au/conference