15 things to do with visiting friends and relatives - Visit Brisbane


15 things to do with visiting friends and relatives

When you ask most Brisbanites where they’d take their visiting friends and family, ‘South Bank’ is usually the first response. But what should do you actually do while you’re here? Why, these 15 things of course!

River Quay

1. Drinks and nibbles at River Quay. Look. At. This. View. There’s nowhere else quite like it, why wouldn’t you want to show it off? 

2. Relax with an ice-cream by the pool. Some would say that this is the quintessential South Bank experience and we wouldn’t disagree – a trip to South Bank’s free pools, accompanied by a cool, sweet ice-cream is a must.

3. Stroll through the Arbour and along the Clem Jones Promenade. The Arbour’s brilliant fuschia flowers are synonymous with South Bank – show your guests how we grow them in Brisbane with a jaw-dropping stroll. To make it worth your while, loop along the Clem Jones Promenade for a riverfront view.

The Sound Society South Bank Parklands

4. Listen to live music at The Sound Society, Green Jam or Sunday Social on the Green. We Brisbanites are known for our love of live music, and South Bank is no exception. Enjoying incredible local artists in a relaxing outdoor show on lush green lawns, is the perfect way to spend an afternoon or evening.

5. Dessert binge at Max Brenner, San Churro or Cowch. We’ve yet to meet a human being whose ears don’t prick up at the word ‘dessert.’ South Bank is bursting with chocolatiers to satisfy your sweet tooth – check out our food directory for details.

6. Visit the Maritime Museum. Tucked away next to the Goodwill Bridge is the Queensland Maritime Museum. This gem isn’t often talked about, but it should be. They have important items from history, including the heritage-listed South Brisbane Dry Dock.


7. Ride on a CityCat. People spends thousands of dollars for a taste of #yachtlife, but it’s really not necessary. Instead, jump on a CityCat and cruise along the Brisbane River to or from South Bank. For times and costs, head to Translink’s website.

8. Have a picnic or a barbeque by the river. We can’t all have waterfront views at home, but we can all enjoy them at South Bank. Pack a picnic or pick up your favourite snags and head on down to Riverside Green for a feast. 

9. Down a cocktail and take a swim at Soleil Pool Bar. More often than not, Brisbane is hot! But rather than fighting it out with the masses as your local pool, tap into a local secret and head to Soleil Pool Bar. Not only can you take a dip while you’re there, you can also enjoy a cocktail, wine or beer once you’re done.

The Terrace Emporium Hotel South Bank

10. South Bank, Brisbane River and city views don’t get much better than from Emporium Hotels South Bank. Take in the scenery at The Terrace, a luxe rooftop bar that will suit visitors with the most discerning tastes.

11. Get your culture on at QAGOMA and Queensland Museum. There are myriad reasons why you should pop into QAGOMA and Queensland Museum, but we’ll just highlight the main two: they have must-see, internationally renowned exhibits touring throughout the year, and they have plenty of free things to see and do if you want to save some cash.

12. Lunch it up on Little Stanley Street. No matter what your tastes are, you’ll find a restaurant to suit on Little Stanley Street. With dozens of options to choose from, you can devour Vietnamese, Indian, Italian, American, Turkish and more.

Victoria Bridge Abutment

13. Wander to the city via the Goodwill Bridge or Victoria Bridge. This to-do item has dual benefits; you can take in Brisbane’s stunning city skyline and you can also treat yourself to a spot of shopping in the city afterwards! If you’re taking the Victoria Bridge route, make sure you stop by the Victoria Bridge Abutment for a lesson in local history.

14. Get on The Wheel of Brisbane. With sky-high views of the river and CBD, The Wheel of Brisbane has worked its way into the hearts of locals and visitors alike. Head along, settle in, and enjoy the ride.

15. See a show at QPAC. Officially called the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, locals have affectionately dubbed this institution ‘QPAC’. Show your guests what it’s all about with a matinee or an evening show. Shows change throughout the year and can be found at QPAC’s website.

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