Are you visiting Brisbane in Queensland, Australia?
Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and has a year-round warm sub-tropical climate. With growing numbers of visitors both domestically and internationally Brisbane has plenty to offer in terms of food, wine, heritage, culture and outdoor activities. And South Bank has it all.
If you are visiting Brisbane one place that has to be on your itinerary is South Bank. South Bank is a fantastic place to visit for lots of reasons – it has a fabulous atmosphere and is on the banks of the river with a great view of the city skyline. But what else does this area of Brisbane offer?
I have Come up With 20 things to Do in South Bank Brisbane!
Who doesn’t want to take a picture of the Brisbane sign? Even better the sign is lit up at night so you can get that perfect shot of the skyline behind!
We buy our box of treats from one of the many lovely restaurants at South Bank – we usually buy some chips too and a couple of drinks! You can take your own picnic of course – just remember to take a blanket, wear a hat and lots of sunscreen! There are lots of green spaces available and finding a great spot is easy.
There are also BBQ’s available for you to use so bring your own food and cook at South Bank!
This is a popular option for lots of people and there is free entertainment too every Sunday at River Quay Green so you can sit back enjoy some music and just relax. For up-to-date information of what is on this month at South Bank check out the official website.
There are lots of birds and more exotic Australian animals to spot as you walk along the river!
These can be found in every city around the globe these days – I prefer my feet firmly on the ground but for a view of Brisbane from a slightly higher viewpoint try the Wheel of Brisbane!
If you want to have a go on the wheel check out the official website!
One of the most popular of things to do in South Bank Brisbane is to go for a swim!!
South Bank Brisbane has the only man-made beach in a city centre in Australia. The facilities are excellent and the pool has lifeguards on duty – be sure to contact the South Bank Visitor Centre on (07) 3156 6366 to double check when they are there. And best of all it is free to use – yes you read that right – FREE!
At Christmas there was an open air cinema screen at the beach so you could enjoy the warm weather with a swim and a movie! One for next Christmas for us – this is a really unique experience!
Check out more things to do in Brisbane with children!
Another free pool to swim in and again this is patrolled by life guards though as mentioned above check before you go!
Aquativity is an interactive water-play park free for all to enjoy but the kids will love it! Again this is open daily and patrolled by lifeguards.
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I kid you not! I have tried both the banana and the peanut butter shakes. My husband is adamant he will stick to the AllSorts milkshake (liquorice). Buy these delicious delights from tapi. in the central cafes area.
The parklands are a wonderful space to enjoy – a veritable oasis in the middle of the city. Take a stroll, get some shade, find a seat or somewhere to sit and enjoy the surroundings! You can even visit the Epicurious Garden and find out about some of the wonderful fruit and vegetables grown there!
If you are a nature lover and are looking for romantic getaways near Brisbane check out My Favourite Escapes for some great ideas of places to stay!
Beautiful bougainvillea surrounds you as you stroll through the arbours – and lights at Christmas make them extra pretty!
The Collective markets can be found at the Stanley Street plaza at South Bank and are open
12pm – 9pm
10am – 9pm
9am – 4pm
For more information about South Bank markets check out their website HERE
Catch the City Cat and enjoy a ride along the river taking in the sights of the city (and the cooler breeze in the summer too!)
The Temple was brought to Brisbane by the Nepalese for the World Expo in 1988. It is only one of 3 Nepalese peace pagodas to be located outside Nepal! I loved looking around the pagoda and this carving caught my eye!
There is free entertainment every Sunday at River Quay Green so you can sit back enjoy some music and just relax. For up-to-date information of what is on this month at South Bank check out the official website.
Bikes available to hire 24 hours a day – what a brilliant scheme! You can use the bike for half an hour for free and it has to be returned to one of the many stations at this point or you will be charged a usage fee. Stations are in close proximity to each other and there are 150 across the city.
To find out more check out the City Cycle website!
If you are the arty type take a stroll along to the Queensland Art Gallery Of Modern Art. We recently visited to check out the art of YAYOI KUSAMA in the LIFE IS THE HEART OF A RAINBOW exhibition but check out what is happening on their website.
Check out events and shows at Queensland’s Performing Arts Centre!
The cineplex South Bank is the cheapest cinema we have yet found in fact I double checked when told the price! We love heading to the cinema in the evening after a day at South Bank so check out what’s on and add it to your itinerary!
Why not take your pooch for a walk along the river? This little beauty is called Cassie and is only 4 months old – so cute!
There are lots of little play areas in South Bank and this huge one! I know my daughter would have loved this when she was younger!
There are so many restaurants to choose from and though I really want to try them all out my waistline dictates that I can’t! So far I can recommend a Sunday roast at the Hop and Pickle if that floats your boat. Otherwise there are so many other choices I will just say you will not have a problem finding one that satisfies your hunger!
- Bring your swimmers!
- Bring a blanket/towel to lie on.
- Don’t forget sun cream and a hat.
- Bring food/buy food.
Bus – check out the Brisbane City Council website for information about buses that run in the city.
CityCat or CityHopper – South Bank stops 1 and 2 are served by the CityCat and stop 3 by the CityHopper. Check out Translink for timetables and fare information.
Train – catch the train to South Bank station and it is a short 5 minute stroll to the riverside.
If you decide to drive into the city there is an underground car park at South Bank with 800 spaces – RED HOT TIP check out this website for parking!
Brisbane has a sub-tropical climate with hot summers and dry warm winters. If you want to make use of the free bathing facilities they make be closed at times for cleaning so make sure to check!
Christmas is a great time to visit with fireworks, parades, festive markets and a cinema at the beach!
But to be honest ANY time of year is a wonderful time to visit Brisbane and South Bank!!
We have a favourite hotel to stay at when we are in the city and it is literally 2 minutes walk from South Bank! The Mantra Hotel South Bank is a fantastic hotel with excellent facilities (pool/gym/amazing breakfast). If you are planning a stay at South Bank I highly recommend the Mantra.
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