The Parklands' Top 10 Free Experiences

Can’t decide how to spend your day? That’s where we come in – save your hard-earned coin and enjoy one of these fun-filled experiences in the Parklands.

1. Embark on a leisurely stroll

Make the most of Queensland’s beautiful climate with a walk along the Clem Jones Promenade, the Arbour or the Rainforest Green boardwalk. These scenic strolls are lush and inviting all year round.

2. Head to Sunday Sessions on the Green

Every Sunday from 2pm-5pm, the River Quay lawns are buzzing with free, live music. The space is licensed between 10am and 8pm daily, so feel free to bring a bottle of wine and some cheese and crackers to nibble on during the show.

3. Relax at Streets Beach

Whether you’re taking a dip or relaxing on the golden sand with your favourite book, Streets Beach provides year-round fun and unmatched city views.

4. Explore the Nepalese Pagoda

This beautiful structure is begging to be explored. It was originally brought to Brisbane for World Expo 88 and features 80 tonnes of hand-carved Nepalese timber.

5. Giggle and play at Little Days Out

Little Days Out is South Bank's free children's program. It takes place in the Parklands every Tuesday from 9am-1pm. The activities change every week, so there’s always new adventures to be had.

6. Fire up a barbeque at Riverside Green

Riverside Green’s barbeques are completely free to use and overlook the Brisbane River and the CBD. There’s also playground facilities for the kids and the area is licensed between 10am and 8pm daily.

7. Get fit at parkrun

Start your weekend off the healthy way with parkrun, a free running group that operates every Saturday from 6:45am at Riverside Green. parkrun takes you on a 5km trek along the Clem Jones Promenade and times your run so that you can improve each week.

8. Kick back with Chairs to Share

Hanging out in your living room isn’t nearly as fun as settling into one of the Parklands’ bright and beautiful Chairs to Share. Located on the Little Stanley lawns amidst leafy trees and lush grass, they’re perfect for a spot of reading, coffee-drinking or people watching. 

9. Play in the Epicurious Garden

South Bank's kitchen garden, Epicurious Garden, has quickly won over local hearts. Head along to touch, smell and taste fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs, and learn about sustainable living.

10. Take the kids to Rain Bank

Rain Bank is South Bank’s multi-award winning urban stormwater harvesting and reuse centre. Head along to its viewing deck to teach the little ones about water recycling and see the tanks in action.

Need a hand finding these wonderful spaces? Check out our South Bank map.

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