Sightseeing at South Bank

South Bank is home to some of Brisbane’s most famous tourist attractions. Visitors can ride The Wheel of Brisbane, visit the Nepalese Pagoda, which was originally brought to Brisbane for Expo 88, take a dip in Streets Beach and marvel at The Arbour, a bougainvillea clad steel awning that spans 1km.

The Arbour

Those with a penchant for colour and creativity will love the Arbour, a kilometre-long walkway awning located in the Parklands. The Arbour has won multiple awards for its architecture and is comprised of 443 curling, galvanised steel posts that are each clad with vibrant magenta bougainvillea flowers. It also has a ribbon of yellow steel running along it to provide shade and weather protection for its patrons.

The Liana Lounge

Liana Lounge

The Liana Lounge isn’t your average chair – this trendy piece of outdoor furniture has plenty of creative flair and is well-worth a sticky-beak. Its design was inspired by Australia’s native liana vines (which are found in South Bank’s rainforest walk and other rainforests across Queensland) and it is made sustainably from precast concrete and recycled plastic.

Nepalese Pagoda

The Nepalese Pagoda is one of South Bank’s most treasured attractions. Originally brought to Brisbane as the Kingdom of Nepal’s contribution to World Expo 88, the three-story high Pagoda is now located in the heart of the Parklands. It features 80 tonnes of hand-carved Nepalese timber and took more than 160 Nepalese families two years to build. It is also one of only three Nepalese peace pagodas in the world to be located outside of Nepal.

Rain Bank

Rain Bank

Rain Bank is South Bank’s multi-award winning urban stormwater harvesting and reuse centre. It provides a sustainable, drought-proof water supply for South Bank by collecting and treating stormwater from a 30 hectare catchment across West End and South Brisbane and redistributing it around the Parklands. Rain Bank can harvest up to 77 million megalitres of water each year, which is equivalent to 30 Olympic swimming pools! If you head along to Rain Bank’s viewing deck, you can see the recycling centre in action.

River City Cruises

A leisurely cruise along the Brisbane River is one of the best ways to see South Bank, and the easiest way to do it is with River City Cruises. This family-owned business has been operating for more than 10 years and offers twice-daily guided cruise tours that will suit all schedules. It’s also affordable – prices are:

Adult - $29.00
Seniors (Australian Seniors cardholders only) - $24.00
Child - $15.00
Family (2 adult and 2 children) - $65.00.

River City Cruises depart from the Parklands, just outside the Wheel of Brisbane. For more information or to book tickets, head to their website.

City Hopper


One of the best things about South Bank is how easy it is to access and explore, and the CityHopper, Brisbane’s free ferry service, is a prime example. The CityHopper runs from 6am until midnight daily and departs South Bank from Terminal 3 every 30 minutes. It travels along the Brisbane River and stops at North Quay, the Maritime Museum, Thornton Street, Eagle Street Pier, Holman Street, Dockside and Sydney Street. Visitors are invited to hop on and hop off as many times as you like, while taking in Brisbane’s sights. Head here for more information.

The Wheel of Brisbane

If you’re feeling adventurous and keen to see the sights of South Bank from a unique viewpoint, hop aboard The Wheel of Brisbane. The Wheel of Brisbane offers astounding 360-degree panoramic views of South Bank and beyond, all from a comfortable, climate-controlled gondola. There is no need to book – simply buy your ticket and head along. Tickets can be bought from the South Bank Visitor Centre and the prices are:

Adult - $20
Child (4-12 years) - $12.50
Infant (3 years and under) - Free
Concession - $14.50
Student - $15.50
Family (2 adults and 2 children) - $50
Private Gondola - $95 (bookings required).

The Wheel of Brisbane is open seven days a week at the following times: Sunday to Thursday 10am – 10pm; and Friday and Saturday 10am – 11pm. If you have any questions, please contact the South Bank Visitor Centre on 07 3156 6366.