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.
On the way to the fake beach we came across a nice little ferris wheel, not as big as the ones I've seen here on vt at overseas destinations, but we thought we'd try it out anyway :o)
‘Beach in the City’ is a small man made swimming area complete with a sandy beach, palm trees and life guards. The lagoon has enough water n it to fill five Olympic swimming pools. Quite different to have a beach in the heart of a major city.
Brisbane Arbour is a pleasant 1 km walkway through the South Bank parklands and is certainly one of the architectural highlights. Bright bougainvillea flowers climb and spill over the unusual shaped arches creating a tunnel-like affect.
The Southbank of Brisbane River is littered with tourist sights. Cross the river via Victoria Bridge. On your right, you'll find plenty of art galleries and museums, of which I will cover separately.
On the left, the first main structure you'll encounter is the cumbersome Performing Arts Centre. Unless you are going for a performance here, proceed on and you'll enter the South Bank Parklands proper.
At some stage, you'll walk past the Nepalese Pagoda, a remnant of the 88 Expo held in Brisbane. The so-named Peace Pagoda is rare in that it is the only international exhibit remaining on the old Expo 88 site. It is also the only example of a Nepalese temple in Australia, being one of only three that exist outside Nepal. The craftwork is quite intricate and certainly worth a closer look.
Beyond that, lies Streets Beach, an artificial swimming hole crafted into the park, worming its way around into a lagoon. Extremely popular (since it's free), you may be hard pressed to find some space for yourself on sunlit days!
Benches hug the walk and it's a great spot to look back on the northern shore with its tall buildings and heavy traffic. Not bad for a cool evening romantic stroll for 2.
This is a new and very popular area right in the heart of Brisbane’s cultural and entertainment area. Just across the river, South Bank covers 17 hectares of parkland and provides a wide range of activities not to mention 20 different eateries. South Bank was the winner of Australia’s most prestigious urban development award (the Energex). This was the site of the 1988 World Expo.
Open daily 9am-9pm
Southbank was the site of Exppo 88 in Brisbane. After Expo residents of Brisbane were keen to see much of the parkland atmosphere retained. Hence Southbank was developed and opened around 1992. Over 10 years on the Southbank area remains one of Brisbane's significant mixed parkland and restaurant areas.
Centrepiece to Southbank is a hugely popular lagoon beach. It's jam packed in Summer on the weekends.
In addition Southbank also plays host to many events and concerts in the amphitheatre.
If you're after a bite to eat Southbank has over 30 restaurants and takeaways to choose from.
The lagoon on southbank was my favourite thing about Brisbane, I love the idea that they built a beach to make up for the fact that they don't really have a natural one! Although it gets pretty crowded up there on sunny days and at weekends, you still shouldn't really have too many probs finding a spot to stretch out in the sun and relax. There's a sandy beach, or grassy areas, whichever you prefer and there are also cafes and shops to buy refreshments. The lagoon itself is really nice with a sandy bottom and is a great way to escape the Brisbane heat, although you're likely to get splashed by children during the school hols!
The Southbank Parklands are a really nice area to be in, and it's a good place to go for a walk and chill out for an afternoon. There are plenty of bars and cafes, music performances and other special events, details of which can be found on the website below.
Southbank is a great place to spend some time...Stroll along the river and just admire the view. Visit the markets that sell anything imaginable..or dine at one of the great cafes!! It has got such character,yet is still laidback.
Man-made beach for swimming all year round. Heaps of places to eat, and next to the Museum and Art Gallery.
New bridge to walk over the river from Southbank to the City side.
Huge Cinema complex including an IMAX Theatre.
Markets on Friday nights, all day Saturday and Sunday.
Visit South Bank, just over the bridge from the city.The Concert Hall and Conservatorium of Music are right next door, and the Museum, and Art Gallery and State Library just a short walk.
It's a great place to meet friends and family, bike, jog, have a meal or snack. There's quiet seating by the river looking to the city, and watching the world go by. And you can swin at the man-made beach, sand and all,in a tropical setting.There are also markets on, with craft etc., and a farmer's market also, every second week.
Built on the Expo 88 site, South Bank has become a mecca for locals and visitors to Brisbane. It's a great place for a picnic, a stroll or ride along the river front, an evening out or a family gathering. On special events, the places is packed, and there is often fireworks displays. South Bank is across the river from the City, and you can walk across the bridge or catch the bus/ train/ ferry/Citycat. Parking is also available. The Queensland museum, State library and Performing Arts Complex and Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre are also all located around South Bank.
The parklands includes:
Spread across the parklands and overlooking gardens, the beach, Brisbane city and the river, facilities include BBQ's, covered seating areas, water and public toilets. You can bring your own food or opt for something from the numerous snack bars and take away places.
On hot summer days in Brisbane, locals and tourists flock to South Bank to cool off at the beach, situated in the middle of South Bank, overlooking the city. The beach is patrolled by a life guard, but if you don't want to get wet you can relax on the sand and enjoy the view. If you're looking for a place to enjoy the quiet, avoid South Bank in summer!!
The South Bank Art and Craft markets, which operates Friday 5pm until10pm, Saturday 11am until 5pm, and Sunday 9am until 5pm. The Farmers and Fresh Seafood markets are held from 7am to 12 noon on every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month.
Restaurants, bars and coffee shops:
South Bank and the surrounding area has developed into a funky little community of restaurants and bars. The cuisine varies (check out the website for a full list), as do the prices, but there are some good eats to be found.
For information about upcoming events, accommodation options and any other information you'd like about South Bank, contact the Visitor Information Centre.
Stanley Street Plaza, South Bank
PO Box 2001
SOUTH BANK QLD 4101
On the other side of the river in downtown, this is a nice place to take a rest and relax... or hide from the summer heat and sun between noon and 2 p.m. former expo area, with public pools and snack bars...THE place to take a break from walking thru the concrete jungle =)
The thing I would suggest travelers to do while in Brisbane city itself, is to go and have a swim at our man made beach. The attraction of this is it's almost in the middle of our growing CBD. It is very different going to the beach when your almost in the middle of town. Best of all, it's free. Head down the highway about an hour and visit four of the best theme parks in the Southern Hemosphere.