Busking at South Bank



Buskers are an important part of South Bank – there’s nothing like the gentle strum of a guitar or the mystery of a magician to create a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. All of the details for busking at South Bank are listed below.

Short Term Permits

South Bank issues two types of short term permit:

  • Short Term Permit - This applies to interstate or international performers who are in Brisbane for a short period of time (up to three months) and wanting to busk in the precinct.

  • Special Short Term Permit - This applies to interstate or international performers who are in Brisbane for a short period of time (up to three months) and wanting to busk in the precinct using high risk elements in their performance such as ladders, fire, juggling knives, unicycles, balancing acts and so forth. Performing with whips is not permitted. For special permits, a copy of your Public Liability Insurance Certificate for a minimum of $20 million Australian dollars is required.

If you would like to apply for a short term permit, please fill out the short term busking permit form and submit it to lstrong@brisbanemarketing.com.au. Please also note that Brisbane Marketing’s decision on the allocation of busking licenses is final and no correspondence or comment will be entered into.

Annual Permits

Applications for annual busking permits are now closed.

Audition details will be confirmed by email to successful applicants at the beginning of November. Walk-ins will not be accepted during the auditions.

Please note if you are unable to attend the auditions hosted, unfortunately we are not in a position to make exceptions.

Please note that there are limited busking areas in South Bank Parklands. Brisbane Marketing’s decision on the allocation of busking licenses is final and no correspondence or comment will be entered into.

Busking Policy

The Busking Policy for South Bank Parklands can be found here.