Author: 
Sam Mortimer, Queensland Council of Social Service

Are you looking for suggestions for easy and inexpensive ways to enjoy the New Year break? We’ve compiled a list of our favourite free things to do around the state, great causes to support, books to read and where to find a helping hand if you need it.

Free things to do

  • Catch the CityHopper along the river
  • Jump on a Brisbane City bicycle or Lime Scooter and explore the sights
  • Visit the Queensland Museum – check the website for opening times over the festive period
  • Take a picnic to New Farm park
  • Take in the sights at Mt Coot-tha
  • Go for a dip at Wynnum Wading Pool
  • Have a barbecue at Kangaroo Point Cliffs
  • Explore the beachside on a bike
  • Head to Currumbin Rock Pools
  • Explore the Gold Coast City Gallery
  • Browse one of the many markets across the coast
  • Strap on your hiking shoes and take an adventure in the Hinterland
  • Visit one of the many beautiful beaches
  • Climb a mountain
  • Go fishing
  • Take a scenic drive in the hinterland
  • Jump into a waterfall
  • Explore the Noosa National Park
  • Spot dolphins from Double Island Point lighthouse
  • Explore the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
  • Immerse yourself in the art at Rockhampton Art Gallery
  • If you’re in Cairns go for a swim at lagoon on The Esplanade
  • Hike to the top of Walsh’s Pyramid

Great causes to support

Best books to read

  • Silos, Politics and Turf Wars by Patrick M Lencioni recommended by Annette Schoone, QCOSS Senior Manager of Organisational Services 
  • Fukushima by Mark Willacy recommended by Karen Murphy, QCOSS Senior Manager of Communications 
  • Econobabble by Richard Denniss recommended by Laura Barnes, QCOSS Senior Manager of Policy, Advocacy and Capacity 
  • The Uncollected Plays of Shaun Micallef by Shaun Micallef recommended by Sam Mortimer, QCOSS Communication Officer 
  • If I was Prime Minister by Beck Feiner and Robin Feiner (Kid-friendly) recommended by Louise Mullins, QCOSS Communication Officer 

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