South BankAustralia

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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.

Top hotels in South Bank

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Rydges South Bank
Rydges South Bank
4.5 out of 5
9 Glenelg Street, South Bank, South Brisbane, QLD
AU$127
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in the heart of South Brisbane, this luxury hotel is steps away from Queensland Conservatorium and Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Wheel of ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,346 reviews)

"Very helpful staff. Pleasant decor and very comfortable bed."…"

Reviewed on 2 Feb. 2020

Rydges South Bank
Novotel Brisbane South Bank Hotel
Novotel Brisbane South Bank Hotel
4.5 out of 5
38 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane, QLD
AU$152
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

Located in the heart of South Brisbane, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank Parklands, and Queensland ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (489 reviews)

"The decor was modern and inviting and staff really friendly. Little touch ups required here and there but a well maintained hotel overall. We would definitely stay there again if visiting Brisbane, we thought it was great and would highly recommend! Great location for the train station and Southbank ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Feb. 2020

Novotel Brisbane South Bank Hotel
Swiss-Belhotel Brisbane
Swiss-Belhotel Brisbane
5 out of 5
218 Vulture Street, South Brisbane, QLD
AU$149
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Situated in the entertainment district, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mater Private Hospital Brisbane and South Bank Parklands. Brisbane Convention ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,216 reviews)

"Nice neat hotel with dinning facilities connected to it."…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb. 2020

Swiss-Belhotel Brisbane

Popular activities in South Bank

South Bank Parklands
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South Bank Parklands

4.5/5(2,617 reviews)

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.

Queensland Performing Arts Centre
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Queensland Performing Arts Centre

4.5/5(686 reviews)

Transport yourself to another world as you experience world-class musicals, operas, comedy shows and plays in this exceptional performance venue.

Wheel of Brisbane
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Wheel of Brisbane

4/5(197 reviews)

Get a magnificent view over Brisbane and spot the city’s landmarks from this giant Ferris wheel in the middle of the South Bank Parklands.

Queensland Art Gallery
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Queensland Art Gallery

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Visit Queensland's most popular free art gallery, showcasing an extensive array of works from Europe, Asia and Australia.

Gallery of Modern Art
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Gallery of Modern Art

4.5/5(109 reviews)

Be inspired by the diverse range of exhibitions at Australia's highly esteemed modern art institution, a great day out for all the family.

Queensland Museum
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Queensland Museum

5/5(23 reviews)

Learn Queensland’s fascinating stories at this museum, which takes visitors on a whirlwind ride through the state’s past, present and future.

Top activities in South Bank

Sightseeing River Cruise with Admission to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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Sightseeing River Cruise with Admission to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

98% of travellers recommend
AU$80
Per adult
Aboriginal Live Theatre & Dinner Experience incl Transfers
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Aboriginal Live Theatre & Dinner Experience incl Transfers

92% of travellers recommend
AU$120
Per adult
Scenic River Cruise
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Scenic River Cruise

100% of travellers recommend
AU$29
Per adult
Express Cruise with Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission
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Express Cruise with Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Admission

100% of travellers recommend
AU$90
Per adult
Guided Morning Bicycle Tour with Morning Tea
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Guided Morning Bicycle Tour with Morning Tea

100% of travellers recommend
AU$73
Per adult
Introductory Offer
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Introductory Offer

AU$22
Per adult

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