Brisbane’s inner city playground for young and old, South Bank is a wonderful place to explore, eat, shop, hang out, and have fun in the sun.
This riverside lifestyle precinct boasts many attractions – beautiful parklands and gardens, a picturesque public beach and swimming lagoon, playgrounds, picnic spots, museums, galleries, and many great cafes, restaurants and boutiques.
Major cultural events are staged at South Bank. They include the Australia Day Festival and Brisbane Festival’s famous Riverfire fireworks spectacular.
Things to do at South Bank Brisbane
South Bank is ranked Brisbane’s top attraction for a host of very good reasons! This 17-hectare, family-friendly precinct is a perfect package of cool things to see, do and experience both day and night.
- Go for a stroll along the river and through the rainforest gardens
- Hire a bike
- Dine alfresco at one of the many very good eateries
- Enjoy a BBQ or BYO picnic
- Get memorable shots of your kids having a blast in the water features
- Find that unique gift for a special someone
- Take in the great views and watch the world go
- Linger to the evening to see the stars and the city lights brighten the night sky
Streets Beach is one of the big draw-cards of South Bank. With its pristine sand and crystal-clear lagoon edged by palm trees, this award-winning man-made beach is an idyllic place for swimming, sunbathing, and chilling out on a hot Queensland day.
The Nepal Peace Pagoda was originally built for Brisbane’s World Expo, which was held at South Bank, back in 1988. The Pagoda is now a much-visited and photographed attraction, thanks to its traditional architecture and artwork.
The Young Designers Market, held on the first Sunday of the month, has the latest exciting fashions from talented young designers looking to make a name for themselves.
The Wheel of Brisbane is a giant slow-moving Ferris wheel with 42 gondolas that takes visitors on an awesome 15-minute ride up to 60m. The views up there will make your day.
Getting to South Bank Brisbane
Located on the Southern bank of the Brisbane River, a stone’s throw from the CBD, South Bank Brisbane is easily accessed via bike, car, or on foot. You can also catch a bus or jump on a ferry to South Bank Brisbane.
Check out the official South Bank Guide.