While staying in Brisbane why not take in a show? There is always something happening at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre or QPAC as it is locally known.
QPAC is part of the Queensland Cultural Centre on the south bank of the Brisbane River which includes the Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Museum, the State Library of Queensland and the Gallery of Modern Art. It was opened in 1975. There is a walkway over Melbourne Street joining QPAC to the Museum and Art Gallery.
There are four performance spaces. The largest is the Lyric Theatre which stages Musicals, Opera, and Ballet followed by the Concert Hall used for Orchestra. The Playhouse stages Theatre and Ballet and the Cremorne Theatre stages Theatre, Comedy and Cabaret.
There are a number of restaurants and bistros and the Lyric Theatre and Concert Hall have foyer bars.
There is a good underground car park but it can get full early so I usually book a prepaid ticket when getting my theatre tickets. Otherwise there is a bus station directly outside and the South Brisbane railway station is also very close. If you are coming from the CBD it is a short walk over the Victoria Bridge. There is a City Cat jetty at close by South Bank Parklands.
Situated in the expansive Southbank precinct, there are a number of theatres of varying sizes and a concert hall in the complex - The Playhouse, Lyric Theatre, Cremorne and the Concert Hall. There's a great little theatre museum, where there are always interesting and innovative displays for the real buff as well. The theatre gift store always has high quality goodies, and is well worth a visit as well.
A range of local, interstate and international acts are enjoyed here throughout the year.
What is Qpac?
Well Qpac is the Queensland Peforming Arts Complex where shows such as Mummamia, Quidam and the likes peform.
Ideally situated on the banks of the Brisbane River at South Bank, alongside 17 hectares of river walks, manicured parks, rainforest settings, restaurants and craft markets, QPAC is a five minute walk from the city heart. QPAC is part of the dynamic South Bank precinct. Right next door to Qpac is the Brisbane Art gallery and Musium. Well worth a look.
Dining at the Complex
Telephone 07 3846 2434
The Promenade Cafe
10.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Saturday
and to curtain-up on performance nights
Optus Playhouse Coffee Shop
Lunch Monday to Saturday 12.00 noon to 2.00pm
pre- and post-theatre light meals on performance nights
The Lyrebird Restaurant
Open for lunch of matinee performance days
and pre-theatre meals and post-theatre suppers on performance nights
For arts and culture, the serious head to South Bank, home of the Queensland Museum, with its hands-on interactive displays, and the Queensland Art Gallery, its walls adorned with a magnificent collection of artworks.
Or you can catch a world-class performance at the Performing Arts Centre where international theatre companies and performing artists take the stage along with Australian performing arts companies.