The outer suburbs of Queensland’s capital, Brisbane, sprawls seamlessly out into its neighbouring city of Logan. If you’re not paying attention to the “Welcome to Brisbane/Logan” signs, it’s hard to tell when one ends and the other begins.
While it looks like a residential area for the most part, with not a whole heap to do for the peeps passing through, there are a few things here and there that are worth a little look-see.
Meanwhile, its coastal neighbour, Redland Bay, whilst not a destination oceanside town, also has a few lovely places to see should you find yourself close by.
And if you’re looking for things to do that are budget-friendly, you’re in luck. Here are seven awesome free things to do in Logan and Redland Bay.
Visit Some Fluffy Koalas
Daisy Hill Koala Sanctuary
Australia’s beloved narcoleptic marsupial, the koala, is delightful and loveable in every way. Sadly, they are in very short supply in the wild and on a rapid decline, but one place that you can see numerous koalas snoozing to their heart’s content is Daisy Hill Koala Sanctuary. Best of all, it’s completely free.
Here, you get to be close to the sweet animals and watch them as they toss and turn to get the most comfortable sleeping position or watch them snacking endlessly on specially chosen eucalyptus leaves.
It’s a great way to spend your time, especially if you have children, not only because they’ll instantly fall in love with these docile creatures, but also because they’ll have to be quiet so they do not disturb the grey furballs, which will allow you some quiet time too.
If you want to extend your stay, the sanctuary is surrounded by bushland with numerous walks with a central picnic area. Pack some sandwiches or prepare a BBQ and dine in a lovely bush setting.
As a bonus, if you’re there early, you might even see Australia’s other iconic animal, the wallaby snacking on the grass too. All-in-all, it’s a delightful day out amongst nature at Daisy Hill Koala Sanctuary.
Transport Yourself To China
At the end of an unsuspecting road in the middle of suburbia lies a gateway to another world. Fo Guang Shan Chung Tian Temple sits in the quiet backstreets of Logan City in the suburb of Priestdale and with its distinctive architecture immediately transports you to China.
Beautiful and authentic, the stunning buildings and lovingly kept gardens slow down and catch your breath while simultaneously taking it away, and with numerous activities to engage in, it’s a neat way to experience another culture without having to travel halfway across the world.
Watch The Water Tower Displays
Shailer Park, Underwood and Hillcrest – 6-10pm
If you’re looking for something free to do that’s going to light up your night, Logan City Council runs a light display from three of their water towers.
The suburbs of Shailer Park, Underwood, and Hillcrest each have their own and the coloured light shows displayed from each of them every night between 6-10 pm are a pretty and soothing sight to see.
You can see the illuminating displays from far away but to appreciate them on all their calming serenity, I’ve marked them on a map to help you find your way to them up close as a couple of then involve a lot of zigzagging around residential streets.
It’s almost like an Easter egg hunt or where’s Wally and it’s a delightful way to entertain the young or the young at heart.
Glide Down The Logan
If you’re looking to swap chaos for calm, a lovely free activity you can do is kayaking the waterways. Taking to the Logan River is a lovely way to relax and unwind. Move down the river at your own pace and take the edge off as you “row, row, row your boat gently down the stream.
Eat Hot Chips While Watching The Sun Set Over Raby Bay
For a much more quiet and relaxing experience, head east and ocean-bound towards Cleveland Point and it’s calm ocean tides.
This small peninsula that juts out north over alongside Raby Bay is one of the few places on the mainland in these parts where you can watch the sunset over the ocean. Combine that with some hot chips from the local eatery and the adorable Old Cleveland Lighthouse that resides here and you’ve got yourself a quintessential coastal experience.
Go With The Tides
Sometimes island, sometimes mainland. King Island is, for all intents and purposes, an island that sits off the mainland at Wellington Point, but during certain times of day, when low tides comes into swing, the sea reveals a sandbar, and like Moses parting the sea, you can now access the island by foot.
It’s a tiny island that’s only an easy 1km out and makes for a fun experience for people of all ages, but be sure you look up the tidal times.
You don’t want to get stranded there or get your socks soggy, or maybe you do. Why are you wearing socks? Why are you wearing shoes? It’s all sand. Well, why not?
It’s also a cool place to do a bit of photography, but due to its popularity, it gets quite busy, so for a calm relaxing photography adventure by the sea, plan your excursion on a day when the tide compliments the sunrise.
For tidal times see here.
While the regions to the south and south-west of Brisbane aren’t as attraction-heavy as the areas surrounding it, there are still numerous lovely free things to do in Logan and Redland Bay, between all the suburbs and along the coast.
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