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South Bank
Travel Guide

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 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.

Emporium Hotel South Bank
Emporium Hotel South Bank
5 out of 5
267 Grey St, South Brisbane, QLD
The price is AU$299 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Located in South Brisbane, this luxury hotel is steps away from Griffith University South Bank and South Bank Parklands. Mater Private Hospital Brisbane and ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (459 reviews)
"Very nice hotel, location was great"

Reviewed on 9 May 2021

Emporium Hotel South Bank
Novotel Brisbane South Bank Hotel
Novotel Brisbane South Bank Hotel
4.5 out of 5
38 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane, QLD
The price is AU$199 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Located in South Brisbane, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank Parklands, and Wheel of Brisbane. ...
4.4/5Excellent! (620 reviews)
"I liked the room in general. It was spacious and well keeped. Staff were very friendly and polite. It was close to public transport and withing walking distance to many top attractions."

Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2021

Novotel Brisbane South Bank Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott Brisbane South Bank
Courtyard by Marriott Brisbane South Bank
4.5 out of 5
218 Vulture Street, South Brisbane, QLD
The price is AU$199 per night from 10 May to 10 May
Located in South Brisbane, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mater Private Hospital Brisbane and South Bank Parklands. Riverstage and Queensland ...
4.1/5Very Good! (19 reviews)
"Always a great place"

Reviewed on 8 May 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Brisbane South Bank
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Menso at South Bank
Menso at South Bank
4 out of 5
68 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane, QLD
The price is AU$177 per night from 5 Jun. to 5 Jun.
Located in South Brisbane, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Griffith University South Bank, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and Southbank ...
4.1/5Very Good! (382 reviews)
"Just stayed the one night but easy check in and check out with friendly staff. The room was clean and comfortable and tastefully furnished. It also had a great big balcony with a great view to the N.W of Brisbane which we enjoyed along with a few beers."

Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2021

Menso at South Bank
Arise Atlas
Arise Atlas
3.5 out of 5
39 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane, QLD
The price is AU$214 per night from 11 May to 11 May
Located in South Brisbane, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, South Bank Parklands and Brisbane Convention ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (296 reviews)
"Room was very clean, the staff were friendly, the parking was great and beautiful furnishings."

Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2021

Arise Atlas
Quest South Brisbane
Quest South Brisbane
3.5 out of 5
46-50 Water Street, South Brisbane, QLD
The price is AU$135 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in South Brisbane, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Mater Private Hospital Brisbane and South Bank Parklands. The Gabba and Riverstage ...
4.1/5Very Good! (98 reviews)
"Property was clean and comfortable and close to the hospital"

Reviewed on 8 May 2021

Quest South Brisbane
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