I decided to walk across Victoria Bridge to Brisbane's Southbank rather than take the ferry across and very pleased I did this because the views up and down Brisbane river was worth it.
I started out from the treasury building which is now a casino and onto the bridge with other people and traffic coming and going.
I stopped many times to take photos and appreciate the Brisbane river and the busy water craft crisscrossing to and fro.
It is a great place to see the city skyline and across to Southbank with all the entertaining areas, the riverside pathways and the giant Ferris wheel which kind of suited this area.
Best of all it's free and has access for wheelchairs and prams.
In 1988, Brisbane hosted World Expo and the area of Brisbane just south of the Victoria Bridge was developed as the site for Expo. It had, up till that time, been rather a seedy part of town and for many many years, was where you would find the fish markets. Suffice to say, major work had to be done to get it ready for Expo.
Expo88 was a huge success and one of the legacies to Brisbane of this fabulous six months was that the site was redeveloped again after Expo to give us what today is known as Southbank Parklands.
The park and gardens are exquisite with many a little bridge or rockpool to be seen. The prime feature however, would have to be the artificial beach which has pride of place in a large section right in the middle. Here you can swim under the watchful eye of a lifeguard, free of charge. There are plenty of showers and facilitities available to make it comfortable.
There are plenty of lovely restaurants, ice creameries and other food outlets on hand as well as barbecue areas (no liquor allowed).
There are markets held in the park on weekends and when you have seen enough, you can go and stroll along the river or just sit and watch the world go by.
Southbank is serviced by both the CityCat and the City Ferry as well as buses and trains. This is a hugely important must see for any visitors to Brisbane.
Every Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday, the South Bank Lifestyle Market is on.
This market is really great if you are looking for the arty, crafty items, designer clothing, home made fudges, drinks, icecreams, I guess you could say exotic wares, and of course, Buskers! It really is quite interesting walking around, even if you do not buy. For the tourist, it is a chance to buy a unique hand made Australian gift, I did see some "VERY" different items for sale here!
The Markets are popular, and it is easy to see why, when they are located in such a nice place as Southbank.
It’s the only 3 day market in Brisbane, on Friday nights, they have the Moonlight Markets, I haven't been to that one.
Fridays from 5 - 10 pm
Saturday 10 -5pm & ,,,Sundays from 9 - 5pm
As its name suggests, Brisbane's South Bank Parklands is located on the south bank of the city's river.
This scenic area of parkland, riverside walks, artificial beaches, cafes, restaurants and shops occupies the whole of the riverfront between Victoria bridge and Goodwill Bridge.
One of the highlights of the South Bank Parklands is Streets Beach - a sandy beach and shallow lagoon right in the centre of the city! I first visited Streets Beach on ANZAC Day and, with most locals off work for the day and the hot sun shining, the crowds were out in force. Every inch of sand and grass was occupied by people sunbathing, picnicking or playing ball games. It was far too busy to enjoy a relaxing sunbathe or swim - this is the problem with having a beach in the city centre! The following day, with many people back at work, the beach looked far more relaxing and inviting.
Another highlight of the parklands is Stanley Street Plaza, a walkway lined with cafes, shops and restaurants. The eating establishments are strung out along the plaza, in three distinct areas: "Stanley Street Plaza", "Central Cafes" and "Arbour View Cafes". Many of these have outdoor seating areas with views of either the park, the river or Streets Beach. Choose from a selection of Mediterranean restaurants, pizzerias, ice cream parlours, juice bars, a branch of Subway, a fish and chips shop, a kebab kiosk and many more. The food is a little more expensive than average in some cases, but the atmosphere is excellent.
The paths through the park are often flower lined and there are small ponds with water birds flocking around them. There is lots of open grassland and plenty of childrens play areas.
It is possible to catch a ferry to various points along the river. There are three ferry piers along the South Bank Parklands stretch of riverfront.
It was so nice strolling along the Southbank boardwalk and seeing the restoration after the devastation of the 2011 Brisbane floods. Work is still being done to the inner city beach and swimming areas.I visited Southbank in August 2012.
I thought the giant Ferris wheel would look out of place but I was pleasantly surprised how it adds to the varied entertainment of Southbank.
The arbour walk is a delight and I can only imagine the shade this provides during the hot summer months.Lots of bbq's and shady picnic spots throughout and plenty of seats to rest on or have one of those tasty ice creams you can purchase from ice cream vendors.
Southbank has restaurants and shops and even weekend markets.
The cultural centre at Southbank has every thing for everybody including the QLD Art Gallery,Museum,Playhouse,Lyric theatre,movie theatre etc etc..it really is a city of entertainment.
So if you are in Brisbane and looking for something to do then go on over to and explore Southbank.You can walk across Victoria Bridge or the Goodwill Bridge or take one of the ferries over.If you are driving then you need to refer to the road map.If you are going by bus then refer to the bus timetables.
The Ferris Wheel is one of the newest attractions at Southbank. It was built to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of World Expo '88, at South Bank Parklands
This huge, 60 metre Ferris Wheel gives you spectacular views over the CBD and South Bank areas and much further. No worries about getting too hot in one of the 42 Gondola's, they are all climate controlled!
Evidently, it is not going to remain here for ever, only 2 years, so if you want a ride on it, go now, before its too late!
OPEN....7 days a week from 10AM - 10PM
COST in 2011.... $15 for adults, $10 for children 12 years and under, $2 for children aged between one and three.
THE RIDE TAKES.....15 minutes
When coming to Southbank, there is no need to go hungry as there is plenty of everything here.
You can fetch your own meat, and have a BBQ at any of the many nice areas around the park. There is even an island they call "Picnic Island"
This would be the cheapest option.
Takeaways, and once again, there is a good choice, but I found them very expensive, pay at least $2 more per item to else where, the same with drinks, make sure you bring your own bottle of water with you as it is expensive here.
The eating area is really nice, beside water & fountains, the beautiful bouganvillea, just a very nice, relaxing setting.
Restaurants, and plenty of these too, if you wish to have a sit down meal and be waited upon.
Southbank Parklands was the site of the World Expo in 1988 and really put Brisbane on the map as one of Australia's most important and beautiful cities. The creation of Southbank gave the city a kind of cosmopolitan feel that had previously been lacking.
The Parkland is situated directly across the river from the Brisbane CBD. There is a man-made beach and lagoon, picnic and barbecue areas, water features and a picturesque riverfront promenade on which to walk, run and rollerblade. There are more than 30 restaurants, cafes and takeaways and the arbour, draped in bougainvillea, which winds its way through the length of the parklands is just beautiful.
The Southbank markets which operate on Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays are also a real highlight. Southbank is also home to the Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Opera Queensland, Queensland Theatre Company, Queensland Museum, and State Library of Queensland and the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Victoria Bridge and the Goodwill Bridge directly link pedestrians at Southbank with the CBD and is therefore extremely accessible.
On walking through Southbank yet once again, I happened to come across a new Sculpture, it was of the Great Chinese philosopher and thinker Confucius.
It hasn't been here long, only being unveiled in December 2009.
The bronze statue of him is quite large measuring 2.7 metres high, and it weighs about a ton! It was created by artists from East China's Shandong province, where Confucius was born and lived about 2,500 years ago and the idea is .... that it will contribute to greater mutual understanding between Chinese and Australian people.
Set in a nice setting, with a large pond in front
It can be quite hot in Brisbane, and for a nice, sandy beach, we really need to head to the Gold or Sunshine coast, that means a drive, bus or train trip.
Well, Southbank, located right in Brisbane city, has a lovely man-made Beach, nice clean water, and even Life guards on duty. Plenty of seating to watch the littlies, they have their own area, plenty of shade to sit in the cool, Ice-creams and drinks and Toilets right there!
It is a beautiful area, and as you may have guessed, in the hot weather, it is very popular!
Catch the Train, and get off at either Southbank or South Brisbane stations. It is only a short walk or ferry ride from the city! So easy to get to, come and enjoy!
South Bank Parklands, Brisbane Australia
Every Fri 5pm - 10pm, Sat 11am - 5pm, & Sun 9am - 5pm
This day-and-night weekly craft market has handmade goods and ambience galore and a profusion of cafes and eateries onsite. From the close of normal business hours each Friday, this boutique bazaar throws open its 150-plus stalls under the glow of an army of spotlights.
Here, Friday-night shoppers can roam the market's laneways in search of handmade goods ranging from clothing and crockery to unique artworks, fresh produce and gourmet preserves.
Amuse yourself by listening to the live buskers and paid performers who roam the aisles, or by having your astro chart done or tarot read.
Rain or shine, the market is open every Friday night and weekend day except Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
There is only one in the southern hemisphere and it was built by craftsmen from 160 Katmandu Valley families for the people of Brisbane as part of World Expo 88. Situated in its current site, amongst the Southbank Rainforest near the Queensland Performing Arts Complex, the pagoda is a replica of a traditional Nepalese temple and is constructed from 80 tonnes of indigenous Nepalese Terai forest timbers.
If many of the carvings seem slightly pornographic in nature, it is said to protect the pagoda and is probably a symbol of virility.
South Bank Parklands offer several BBQ huts where it is lawful to consumer liquor if you are having a substantial meal. In other words, they allow you to have a wine or beer with a meal cooked on the BBQ. This is valid from 10am in the morning until 8pm at night.
The Parkland and river is absolutely stunning late afternoon in April and May with a gorgeous crisp sky and the sun painting a magnificent canvas against the cityscape.
Some of the BBQ huts near waterways are off limits for obvious safety reasons. They don't want broken glass where it may result in injuries. However, these are marked with signs.
It's just 20 minutes by City Cat to Oxford Street, Bulimba. Here you'll find more than 15 casual dining restaurants and lots of alfresco dining. All this plus a boutique cinema complex, several fashion stores and a bookstore.
Just a short road that leads into Petrie Terrace, Caxton Street has a couple of trendy pubs and some of the city's best seafood dining establishments, clubs and bars. A popular nightclub zone.
Eagle Street Pier
Go ashore here and try one of the many excellent restaurants. There are also specialty shops and a busy market featuring arts, crafts, clothing and local produce on Sundays.
This suburb, Brisbane's liveliest and most multicultural, is known as 'The Valley'. The area has shed its past seedy image and now has a cosmopolitan look and feel that is rare in suburban Brisbane. A vibrant Chinese community has long called the suburb home and this is the best place in the city to obtain Asian food items. Some of Brisbane's best nightspots and pubs are here and there is a market on weekends.
Home to a large migrant population for years, New Farm is a vibrant suburb with plenty of ethnic restaurants. Brunswick Street is the main thoroughfare and it is lined with alfresco eating places and chic bars, cinemas, art galleries and bookshops.
New Farm Park
Found at the eastern end of Brunswick Street, this park is a mass of purple jacaranda blossoms from October to December each year. The park always has splendid displays of flowering plants. This great family destination has playgrounds, barbeques and sports ovals.
Just to the west of the city centre, and west of Caxton Street, lies the trendy suburb of Paddington. Given Terrace and Latrobe Terrace follow the ridges here and along this busy shopping and alfresco eating strip are interesting secondhand stores, antique shops, bookshops and boutiques. The leafy hills and valleys here are covered in weatherboard houses, many of which have been lovingly restored to their former glory.
Park Road, Milton
Miltonís main thoroughfare, Park Road has an interesting assortment of specialty clothes and furniture shops, a range of good eating establishments and a couple of Brisbane's best bookshops. Look out for the mini Eiffel Tower.
Check out Brisbane's newest theatre and performance space, the Powerhouse. Built in 1926, and abandoned in the 1970s, it has been restored and rebuilt, even retaining some of its original graffiti.
This riverfront suburb, once known for its woolstores, is undergoing urban renewal. With lots of new apartment buildings, specialty shops, furniture warehouses, cinemas and fine dining establishments, the suburb is well worth a visit.
Centred on Boundary Road, on the southern side of the river and nearby South Bank, bohemian West End has many ethnic restaurants, some interesting secondhand bookshops and multicultural food shops.
I have plenty of ideas but you will see when you get there everything is at your door step. Southbank is full of things to do. Here are just a couple I am sure others can give you more.
1. Southbanks man made beach is great for kids (and generally it should be warm enough to swim)
2.Get a zone 1-2 daily ticket for the ferries and cruise around the river(cheap)Hop on and off and different stops like newfarm, hamilton etc.
3.musuem and art gallery very close to your accom.
4.Walk around to the KangarooPoint cliffs for a picnic or rock climb
5.Walk across the foot bridge into Brisbane and explore the Botantical gardens.
6. Heaps of good resteraunts at southbank.
These are just a few ideas all very close to where you are(waliking distance)
If you want to venture further for a day trip. Try Australia Zoo on the sunshine Coast. Take a train to Landsborough station and the Zoo bus picks you up from there.Kids will love it. Train station also walking distance from accomm.