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Brissy on a budget – 6 Brisbane weekend activities for under $200

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Young woman kayaking in the Brisbane River at sunrise

Whether you identify as a tourist to the sunshine state, or you’re a local Brisbanite, there’s never been a better time to don your Maroons jersey, grab a brolly (a freak afternoon downpour can hit on even the sunniest of days) and have a healthy exploration of the city that’s known as the Vegas of the south. And, with our list of Brisbane activities that burn calories, you won’t be out-of-pocket more than two Kermits (that’s $200 for those not up on their Aussie slang).

1. Cedar Creek Swimming Holes, Free (just cash to cover the petrol!)

It’s the city so acclimatised to warm weather that anything under 19° will see locals wearing their winter woollies, but for outsiders Brisbane’s mid-20s temperatures make for the perfect climate.

So, you want to escape the stifling heat, but you’re not interested in wading through the concentrated chlorine in South Bank’s Streets Beach? The Cedar Creek waterfalls are great for a dip.

During the wet season, you’ll be able to wade beneath the tumbling waterfalls and soak in the natural pools. Pack a picnic lunch, get ready to explore the rock pools and spend the day at arguably Brisbane’s second most famous natural wonder (obviously The Veronicas are #1).

2. Abseil Kangaroo Point Cliffs, $49 per adult

Take your Brisbane adventure up a level with an abseil off Kangaroo Point Cliffs. As you step off the 20-metre high ledge, you’ll get views over the CBD and watch some of the less daring tourists as they head out on the Brisbane River in the safety of the city cats.

3. Adult ballet at Queensland Ballet, $18 (casual visit) or $153 (10 class package)

Keen to relive your childhood dream of becoming a prima ballerina? The Queensland Ballet offers a range of different courses to take you through the foundations of the dance, as well as barre and centre exercises. And, with the option of signing up for the 10-class package, you’ll be pirouetting your way across the dance floor with the grace of a gazelle in no time.

4. Brissy ghost tour, $26 (adult ticket)

There’s no rest for the wicked with Haunted Brisbane Ghost Tours. If you can afford to dig up the $26 ticket price, you’ll be taken on a 90-minute walk through the boo-tiful River City as you hear real ghost stories and visit some of the most haunted sites – legend has it you might run into an undead politician along the way!

5. Kayak Brisbane River, $49 per adult

The beauty of kayaking is that you can make it as high-intensity or as leisurely as you like. Suitable for all fitness levels, a row along Brisbane River will let you explore the city from another angle. You can paddle under the Story Bridge or past South Bank without trying to dodge the myriad of landlubbers (pedestrians) listening to Powderfinger or Savage Garden (both Brisbane legends).

6. Get a massage, price varies

If you’ve spent the last hour stuck talking to that guy you went to high school with (because although Brissy is a capital city, you’re very likely to run into someone you know), it’s probably time to relax with a remedial massage. Despite a massage only burning minimal calories, the impact on your stress levels will do you a world of good.

Prices vary depending on where you go, but with a little research, you should be able to find a one hour massage for well under your $200 budget. The best bit? nib offers a number of Extras policies that pay back Benefits for remedial massage. You should check with nib before you go to be sure your massage provider is covered by us. If you don’t already have nib health insurance, you can get a quote online in just a few minutes.

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