Picnic Facilities

South Bank has plenty of picturesque picnic areas and free barbecue facilities that are open all year round. All picnic spaces are surrounded by shady trees and have stunning views of the Brisbane River and city skyline.

Barbecues

South Bank’s barbecue facilities are located at Picnic Island Green, Riverside Green and Aquativity and they are completely free to use. Unfortunately we don’t reserve barbecues for private use, so please make sure that you get in early to secure your spot on the hotplate. We also request that you move your food away from the barbecues as soon as you’re finished so that others can have their turn.  

Little Stanley Lawns

Located opposite South Bank’s bustling Little Stanley Street, the Little Stanley lawns are an inviting green space dotted with leafy fig trees. They are ideal for kicking back on with a book or picnic, and they also provide a scenic backdrop for many of South Bank’s signature events including the Young Designer Markets. The lawns also feature plenty of free seating including large wooden benches underneath the shady trees and colourful sling-back chairs, which are part of South Bank’s Unfold program.

River Quay Green

Known as one of Brisbane’s most spectacular locations, River Quay Green is the ultimate place for kicking back on with a picnic and unwinding. Nestled on the edge of the Brisbane River, this idyllic location has uninterrupted views of the water and city skyline; plenty of cushy grass to unfurl on; and a natural amphitheatre that hosts a variety of family-friendly entertainment throughout the year. River Quay Green is licensed between the hours of 10am and 8pm daily. Please note that to consume alcohol at South Bank, you must be 18+ and you must have food to accompany your drinks.

Riverside Green

Stunning river views and thriving foliage make Riverside Green a truly beautiful picnic space. The area is a popular destination for families with its gentle breezes and free leisure facilities (including barbeques and a playground), and it’s conveniently located in the heart of the Parklands, next to Streets Beach and the Boat Pool. Riverside Green is also licensed between the hours of 10am and 8pm daily. Please note that to consume alcohol at South Bank, you must be 18+ and you must have food to accompany your drinks.

Rainforest Green

Tucked away amid a canopy of sub-tropical rainforest, Rainforest Green is one of South Bank’s most ambient spaces. Whether you’re settling down with a book on the rolling green lawn or spreading out a picnic, you’ll love the area’s secluded feel. It’s also located close to the Arbour and the Clem Jones Promenade, so you can easily follow up your downtime with a leisurely stroll.

The Liana Lounge

Liana Lounge

For a picnic space with a cultural twist, head to South Bank’s Liana Lounge. Inspired by Australia’s native liana vines (which are found in South Bank’s rainforest walk and other rainforests across Queensland) the Liana Lounge is a public art piece that doubles as seating. The lounge is flanked by a rambling lawn and is made from precast concrete and recycled plastic.

Picnic Island

There’s always room for fun and games at Picnic Island. This nifty green space is one of Brisbane’s favourite family-friendly destinations – it has a state-of-the-art playground, free undercover barbeques and scenic pond filled with lots of colourful native fish. Picnic Island is also licensed between the hours of 10am and 8pm daily. Please note that to consume alcohol at South Bank, you must be 18+ and you must have food to accompany your drinks. 

Cultural Forecourt

As the centre-point for many of South Bank’s annual events, including Brisbane Festival and New Year’s Eve, the Cultural Forecourt is one of South Bank’s liveliest green spaces. It is situated on the edge of the Brisbane River and has an abundance of grassed areas and benches to sit on, making it the perfect spot for picnicking on with friends and family.  

Formal Gardens

It has resplendent flora, stunning water features, a towering Confucius statue and waterfront views, but there’s more to the Formal Gardens than just its visual appeal – this pristine space has a tranquil atmosphere that will beguile and entice. It’s often used for a spot of quiet reading and of course, spreading out a chequered picnic blanket.