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Southbank Parklands Holidays

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 artefacts.

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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AU$108
Riverside Hotel Southbank

Riverside Hotel Southbank

20 Montague Road, South Brisbane
3.8
of 5, from 220 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in South Bank, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Gallery of Modern Art and Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Suncorp Stadium and Queen Street Mall are also within 1 mi (2 km).

AU$196
Rydges South Bank

Rydges South Bank

9 Glenelg Street, South Brisbane
4.2
of 5, from 263 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

A 10-minute walk from the Central Business District, this hotel is next to the Brisbane Convention Centre and across from the South Bank Parklands. The Queensland Performing Arts Centre is 0.3 km away.

AU$150
Mantra South Bank

Mantra South Bank

161 Grey Street, South Brisbane
4.2
of 5, from 144 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly South Brisbane hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Southbank Parklands, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, and Queen Street Mall. The Gabba and Suncorp Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

AU$138
Fleet Lane

Fleet Lane

25-27 Hope Street, South Brisbane
4.0
of 5, from 56 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in South Bank, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Queensland Art Gallery and Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Queen Street Mall and Suncorp Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km).

AU$150
Spice Apartments

Spice Apartments

23 Bouquet Street, South Brisbane
4.5
of 5, from 42 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in South Bank, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Gallery of Modern Art and Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Queen Street Mall and Suncorp Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

AU$135
Morgan Suites

Morgan Suites

14 Merivale Street, South Brisbane
4.3
of 5, from 81 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in South Bank, this luxury apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Gallery of Modern Art and Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Queen Street Mall and Suncorp Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km).

AU$135
Menso at South Bank

Menso at South Bank

68 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane
4.2
of 5, from 10 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in South Bank, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Southbank Parklands, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, and Queen Street Mall. The Gabba and Suncorp Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

AU$127
The Capitol Apartments

The Capitol Apartments

35 Peel St, South Brisbane
4.3
of 5, from 95 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in South Bank, this spa apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Queensland Art Gallery and Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Queen Street Mall and Suncorp Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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