Southbank is a definate 'must see'. This was all new to me :o) How unusual,.... a beach right in the city!! And it's only a short walk across the bridge from the CBD. We really enjoyed our wander through this lovely place. Don't think I'd like to swim there though,....bit crowded for my liking :o)
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.
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.
Address: South Bank Parklands - close walk from the station
‘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.
Address: South Bank, South Brisbane
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.
Address: South Bank, South Brisbane
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
Address: South Bank
South Bank park is a great area, on the "south bank" of brisbane. You can take a walk through the rainforest path, or spend the day suntanning on the man made beach and swimming area, (which is kinda odd to try and relax on the beach, while overlooking the city of brisbane, and hearing the traffic). There are also lots of cafes and restaurants within the park, and some tourist shops as well. There is a museum located within the park as well.
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.
Directions: Southbank Parklands
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.
Address: Brisbane City
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.
Address: Southbank Parklands, South Brisbane.Add to your Trip Planner
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 =)
Directions: Downtown, at the Casino across the bridge over the river
South Bank Parklands, Roma Street Gardens, in the heart of the city,
South Bank, park has food court, markets on Fridays, large pool and beach,popular hang out on hot days,always some thing on
Roma Street Gardens , the old railway yards, converted into a central garden paradise well worth the look ,entry is free to both Parks
Directions: Both in the city center about 1 km apart, catch the train to both parks, or 20 minute walk from each other, train stops within 200mt of Parks
This area next to the south bank of the Brisbane River has restaurants, bars, a city beach, walkways and even a Nepali temple.
Just in case you missed my Brisbane page, this is where I spent most of my time, the fantastic man made lagoon on the Southbank.
Walking through Southbank there are many attractions, some beautiful gardens but one very striking scene is the Bouganvillia Pathway. When flowering the scene is magnificent.
Address: Southbank, Brisbane River
Directions: Catch the train from the city, only a 5 minutes ride.