Have a ball for free!

130000-Ball-290x290Sometimes, the best things in life are free. Instead of spending a million dollars (approximately) on a candle-lit, horseback, catered tour through the National Gallery of Australia, why not just relax and enjoy any number of free activities in our fair country? Here are some free day out ideas! You can bask in the natural beauty of beaches and gardens, or hit up free concerts and events – every state has its gems. The opportunities are limitless, and also mean that you can spend your time bonding with friends instead of fussing about cash.

It’s warming up as we head toward the end of the year, making it the perfect time to head to the beach – think Bondi, St. Kilda, Scarborough, Glenelg and Broadbeach for some of the more famous Aussie spots. After all, there’s nothing like a bit of beach cricket, and the Australian water is amazing!

For an awesome picnic (and a great date spot!), head to your local botanic gardens. The picnic areas and plant life make for beautiful scenery, and there’s no better way to enjoy a cold drink and cheese than in the blissful surroundings of a well-kept garden.

Then, of course, there’s the exercise things. I should exercise more, come to think of it. Anyway, why not spend a day or two going on a great hike? There are popular hiking tracks in every state, offering incredible views and a range of different bushwalk types. Check out this list for some great Aussie trails.  If bicycles are your thing, perhaps look in to investing in a good one (the Co-op sells a great range of fun helmets and other accessories too) or even hire one for a day – it can be pretty cheap so shop around.

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If you’d rather go to an organised event, or for more cheap day out ideas, each state plays host to a ridiculous variety of free events – this includes free public lectures, concerts, art exhibitions and performances. Bars are good places to find free gigs, and there are free art galleries dotted around each city. For an immensely comprehensive list of events coming up (free or not), check out EverGuide.

So, fight the man! You don’t need to spend heaps of money to have a good time – just do some research and you’ll have a blast on a shoestring budget. Enjoy!

P.S. Just so we’re clear – no actual balls are being given out for free…


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