Cheap family fun at South Bank

Riverside Green Playground Family

A day out at South Bank doesn’t need to cost the earth or whip you into a frazzle! Explore South Bank Parklands with your kids and discover some free and budget friendly options while you're here.

Did you know how well connected and easily accessible South Bank is to public transport? There are a wide range of options available with South Bank and South Brisbane train stations, the Cultural Centre bus station and City Cat terminals at the Parklands doorstep. 

Why not start your visit with a relaxing, shady stroll through the Rainforest Walk? Surrounded by tropical plants and trees, wander along the pathways and spot the wildlife inhabitants.

If the little ones are looking to expend some energy, the Riverside Green Playground is a big hit with the kids! There is also Picnic Island Green Playground at the southern end of the Parklands, which offers a bit more extra space for the kids to run free. 

On warmer days, water playground heaven awaits at Aquativity. An interactive water play area which can be enjoyed with your kids whilst keeping cool. Streets Beach adjoins, so you can feel the sand between your toes, wade through the cool water and build some old-fashioned sandcastles.

Forego the packed lunch and grab a sandwich at Subway to enjoy in one of the many green spaces throughout the Parklands. Or pick up some take-away sushi at San Kai. Other reasonable options are available at the Arbour View and Central Cafés.

You may wish to go a little further afield and check out the latest exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art. The free Children’s Art Centre will keep the young ones amused with the opportunity to explore their artistic abilities.

On the way to the gallery stop by the Brisbane Sign. It is a great spot for an impromptu photo-shoot with vibrant colours and the cityscape as your back-drop.

Should you happen to be at South Bank on a Thursday morning, head along to South Bank’s free kids program, Little Days Out. The program runs every Thursday morning from 9am – 1pm and includes a variety of activities including dance, music, gardening and more.

Check in and chill-out in South Bank Parkland, you’ll enjoy a wealth of nature in the inner-city, a place to unwind with a splash of fun for adults and children alike.

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