South Bank

Brisbane
South Bank
This popular waterfront playground is a perfect place to shake off the city heat and enjoy some typical Australian hospitality.

South Bank was created for the 1988 World Expo and when the fair left town the venue remained as a free facility for the people of Brisbane to enjoy. The waterfront park is packed with a variety of attractions, making it a magnet for locals and visitors alike. Spend a day chilling out Australian-style and get a flavour of the indigenous way of life.

Make your way through the vibrant bougainvillea blossoms of the Grand Arbour to enter the parklands and head straight for a refreshing dip in the tropical waters of Streets Beach. Adults will enjoy watching the kids having fun in the waterpark while they relax in the shade of a palm tree. There are lockers for rent to stash your stuff in while you swim.

When it’s time to eat you’ll be spoilt for choice. The riverfront is lined with stylish restaurants where you can sample a cornucopia of world cuisines at your leisure, or grab a quick sandwich from one of the park’s kiosks. Do it yourself with a picnic spread, or opt for a liquid lunch in a typical Australian pub – try The Ship Inn, an old sailors’ haunt dating from 1864, for authentic atmosphere. While you’re there, pop into the Maritime Museum opposite to see a World War II naval frigate and other historic artifacts.

There’s always something going on at South Bank, ranging from sporting events, music festivals in the public stadium, or free entertainment from talented street artists. At weekends the park fills up with market stalls where you can browse to your heart’s content and maybe pick up a bargain from the huge variety of local crafts, clothing, jewellery and accessories.

One of the best ways to see Brisbane is from the top of the giant Ferris wheel, and no visit to South Bank is complete without taking a ride in one of its gondolas. At the foot of the wheel is a miniature rain forest enclosing the Nepal Peace Pagoda, one of only three outside Nepal, which features a beautiful tea house on the second level.

Reaching South Bank is easy by ferry or bus on-site parking is available but can be expensive.


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Best Western Plus Hotel Diana
Best Western Plus Hotel Diana
4.5 out of 5
12 Annerley Rd, Woolloongabba, QLD, 4102
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$139 per night from 14 Aug. to 15 Aug.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Brisbane. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (999 reviews)
"Great customer service."

Reviewed on 7 Aug. 2022

Best Western Plus Hotel Diana
Emporium Hotel South Bank
Emporium Hotel South Bank
5 out of 5
267 Grey St, South Brisbane, QLD, 4101
The price is AU$369 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Brisbane. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and 4 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in their reviews. Popular ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (745 reviews)
"Good hotel in a nice area. Nice room with good facilities. Room maintenance could be improved, broken drawers and bathroom fixtures."

Reviewed on 6 Aug. 2022

Emporium Hotel South Bank
Rydges South Bank
Rydges South Bank
4.5 out of 5
9 Glenelg Street, South Bank, South Brisbane, QLD, 4101
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$247 per night from 14 Aug. to 15 Aug.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Brisbane. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants and breakfast. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,004 reviews)
"Great location"

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 2022

Rydges South Bank
Arena Apartments
Arena Apartments
4 out of 5
9 Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane, QLD, 4101
The price is AU$239 per night from 10 Aug. to 11 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Brisbane. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,463 reviews)
"We loved the apartment it had a fantastic view of the city very new and modern. All restaurants were close by and shopping also, a short walk to the train station and south bank"

Reviewed on 1 Aug. 2022

Arena Apartments
Novotel Brisbane South Bank Hotel
Novotel Brisbane South Bank Hotel
4.5 out of 5
38 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane, QLD, 4101
The price is AU$199 per night from 4 Sep. to 5 Sep.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Brisbane. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (746 reviews)
"Fabulous place to stay. Nothing negative to say apart from I wish I could’ve stayed longer. Wonderful staff. Amazing beds. Great for kids. Love the place. Fantastic on-site restaurant ❤️"

Reviewed on 1 Aug. 2022

Novotel Brisbane South Bank Hotel
Atlas Apartments
Atlas Apartments
3.5 out of 5
39 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane, QLD, 4101
The price is AU$284 per night from 28 Aug. to 29 Aug.
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Brisbane. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall value ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (405 reviews)
"Excellent location Easy to walk to nearby dining options and Southbank"

Reviewed on 31 Jul. 2022

Atlas Apartments
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