Holidays are about accumulating happy memories – not holiday debt – so here at 9Honey we created the ‘$100 Helpline‘ for Aussie holidaymakers who know good value when they see it, and want to get the most out of a destination. Our mission: to find you the best and most unique travel experiences of a particular region for under $100.
Queensland’s foremost river city is something of a chameleon, flittering between culinary show-off, late-night scenester, laneway temptress and nature Mecca.
Don’t believe us? Where else can you explore alleyway art, indulge in a locally-brewed beer paddle on the riverfront, then hop straight on a ferry to visit some of the world’s best ship wrecks, all in one day? And all on the cheap, might we add.
Here’s our pick of the most unique Brissie experiences for under $100.
Take a day trip to the Tangalooma Wrecks
Bet you didn’t know Bris-Vegas was a mere hour’s boat ride from string of idyllic islands, all brimming with natural wonders.
Moreton Island, also one of the world’s largest sand islands, can do you one better, boasting a world-class network of shipwrecks.
Ferry’s depart Holt Street Wharf in Pinkenba a few times a day for Tangalooma Jetty, where the famous wrecks are within walking distance. If you’re happy to splurge, the Tangaloooma Resort also host excellent guided snorkelling tours, which let you get up close to the decaying vessels and take in the splendour of their intricate reef systems.
If you stick around til the last ferry of the day (7pm) you can also catch the 6pm dolphin feeding show, which lets visitors watch — or take part in a delightfully hands-on way — in the nightly feeding ritual.
Cost: return ferry ticket (adult) $84
Sample craft beer on the riverfront at Felons
If you’ve not been to Brisbane lately, the new Howard Smith Wharves precinct is shaping up to be a doozy, lined with trendy bars, restaurants and a cavernous new craft brewery — right under the iconic Story Bridge.
Head straight to Felons Brewing Co — the charming historic warehouse has been stylishly converted into a working brewery, opening its doors in November 2018. Beer-loving patrons can soak up the buzzy good-times vibe or indulge in a beer tasting ($15) featuring five of the Felons best.
Beer nerds can also opt for a brewery tour, which includes a tasting ($20), best capped off in the onsite beer garden where a steady roster of live bands keep things good and lively.
Cost: brewery tour, $20 (includes beer tasting), stand-alone beer tasting, $15
Imbibe street art and cocktails on Fish Lane
It doesn’t get much cuter — or, if we’re honest, more Melbourne — than South Brisbane’s new alleyway de jour, Fish Lane. The suburb’s trendy dining and arts precinct has been growing steadily, and we’re pretty pleased with the progress; think giant murals, tiny bolthole cocktail bars (Maker), breezy open-air shipping container bars (Hello Please), and hatted coffee joints (Gauge). Plenty of reasons to linger.
Cost: FREE — though you’ll want to bring enough coin for a coffee or cocktail, be rude not to