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Guide to Brisbane's South Bank

Posted on 10 Dec, 2011

South Bank is a major tourist district in Brisbane. The suburb is well within walking distance if you’re staying at one of the serviced apartments in Brisbane CBD. With art galleries, great restaurants, atmospheric cafes, and a city beach, the South Bank is a must-see place for visitor. Use this quick guide to some of South Bank’s key highlights.

South Bank Parklands

The South Bank Parklands are situated on the southern bank of the Brisbane River, across the Victoria Bridge. The Parklands are a great place to visit for families, with rainforests, grassed areas, the Streets Beach, and many other attractions. Over 11 million people are said to visit the Parklands every year.

Some of the other attractions at the Parklands include:

  • The Nepal Peace Pagoda – a popular architectural feature and space with a meditation area
  • The Suncorp Piazza – an amphitheatre where many local events are held
  • The Brand Arbour – a lovely walkway made of over 400 curling columns and striking bougainvilleas.
  • The Wheel of Brisbane – The Wheel’s gondola rides last for 12 to 15 minutes. Open seven days a week, the Wheel is a wonderful 360 degree vintage point from which to see the city’s skyline.

Visitors can access the Parklands from the city by a taxi, bus, car, or bike trip. If you’re staying at one of the serviced apartments in Brisbane CBD, they’re just a short walk away.

Swim at Streets Beach

South Bank’s own beach is an award winning one. Streets Beach is a completely man-made beach. The beach is surrounded by around 4000 cubic metres of white sand, subtropical foliage, and rocky creek areas, guaranteeing an unique beach experience. This attractive beach is very popular in summer and at other times during warmer days and it boasts views of Brisbane city’s skyline.

Dining Out

Along with the Parklands and galleries, South Bank is famed for its cuisine. This major food precinct is home to a range of international restaurants ranging from Chinese, Indian, Lebanese, Japanese and Turkish, to modern cafes, and casual and takeaway places. South Bank is home to a selection of funky bars and cafes.

Shopping

South Bank offers a range of casual and boutique shopping opportunities. Markets, too, are popular here. There is the Lifestyle Markets, which operate every Friday to Sunday. The Lifestyle Market offers arts, crafts, home-wares, and clothing. For keen shoppers, the Young Designers Market is held on the first Sunday of every month and features Brisbane’s edgiest young designers.

Cultural Exploration

As well as being a major dining hub, South Bank is a major cultural precinct. Some of the major centres and galleries to visit include:

  • The Queensland Performing Arts Centre – QPAC is a major venue for live performances.
  • The Gallery of Modern Art – The GoMA is famous around Australia and attracts around one million visitors every year.
  • Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre – around 900 events are held at the Centre every year, including concerts, exhibitions, and galas.
  • South Bank Cinemas – showing the latest blockbusters and art-house favourites.

Festivals and Events

The South Bank precinct hosts major cultures and festivals every year, including Riverfire, New Years Celebrations, and the Australia Day Festival.

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