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South Bank

Known for Dining, Walking and Museums

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

How do you get to South Bank?

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.

Activities in South Bank

Expand your mind in this learning facility, with informative exhibits, scientific shows and interactive displays relating to light, time and the human brain.

Swim in the sparkling water of an inner-city beach, stroll through lush gardens and taste gourmet gelato all while staying close to Brisbane’s busy downtown area.

A stunningly landscaped park showcasing luscious rainforest, a scented garden, waterfalls and lagoons, where you can see eastern water dragons, turtles and eels.

Visit the largest koala sanctuary in the world to hug a koala, feed the kangaroos or watch a bird of prey show at this beautiful natural wildlife park.

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Cruise over Moreton Bay and spend a day soaking up the island ambience of Tangalooma Island Resort. Take part in your choice of a desert safari tour with sand tobogganing, a marine discovery cruise, a snorkel tour or jet boat tour, plus hand feed wild dolphins.

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In the Brisbane suburb of Fig Tree Pocket, a tiny paradise for Aussie animals exists. Cruise down the Brisbane River to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, where you can get an unforgettable, up-close look at these lovable, tree-dwelling creatures plus a whole array of only-in-Oz animals.

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Combine a wonderful cruise on the magnificent Brisbane River with a delicious dinner aboard this Kookaburra showboat cruise. Absorb the scenery around Brisbane and listen to live music on board the cruise. Make your way to Eagle Street Pier, where your cruise awaits.

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Spend a day in the paradise of Moreton Island, where you can enjoy one of the most spectacular spots off the Australian coast. Relax on the golden beaches, take to the water for some incredible views on a transparent kayak or paddleboard, or ride a toboggan down the island's dunes.

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All aboard a traditional paddle wheeler to cruise down the Brisbane River to see many of the city's waterfront beauties. Relax on the deck of the boat as you cruise through town, and at mid-day get your appetite ready for a delicious buffet-style lunch menu.

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Recharge before your flight with a 6-hour pass to the Plaza Premium Lounge at Brisbane International Airport. Partake in a luxurious experience providing comfort, convenience, and award-winning services regardless of what airline or class you travel.