5 affordable family outings at South Bank - Visit Brisbane


5 affordable family outings at South Bank

Creating a fun day out for the whole family is easier said than done, especially when you have to factor in costs. Treat your family to a fun day out without blowing the budget at South Bank.


Picnic and play

With sparkling views of the Brisbane River and a state-of-the-art playground, South Bank’s Riverside Green is a must-visit for families – children will love the playground’s towering pink skywalk, climbing net, slide, supernova and mouse-house. The playground is located next to free barbeques and the area is licensed from 10am until 8pm daily, so the big kids can kick back with food and drinks while the little ones burn off their energy.

The great outdoors

South Bank has some of the best scenery in Brisbane, so make the most of it by cycling or walking down the Clem Jones Promenade and soaking up stunning views of the Brisbane River. Once you’re done, head to one of South Bank’s many ice-creameries and enjoy a sweet bite to eat. Just some the places you can choose from include New Zealand Natural, Cold Rock Ice-Creamery, and Cowch.

Sweet beats

If your kids are a bit older, gather them and their friends for an afternoon of free live music. Sunday Social on the Green is on from on from 2-5pm on you guessed it, Sundays, and is located at the picturesque River Quay. The area is licensed from 10am-8pm daily, so parents can bring along nibbles for the kids and a bottle of wine for themselves. If you’re heading in to South Bank throughout the year, don’t miss The Sound Society, on quarterly at Rainforest Green. It's licensed and food is available for purchase onsite. Head to The Sound Society page for details.

Bucket and spade

It’s important to know where our food comes from – teach your kids about garden to table eating without a lengthy country road trip at South Bank’s Epicurious Garden. The garden is bursting with seasonal, organic produce that you and your kids can touch, smell and taste. Make sure you head along from 7am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and take advantage of the free garden clippings at South Bank’s harvest cart. These can be taken home for cooking. When you’ve finished exploring the garden, wander over to Streets Beach for a dip and a yummy bite from our affordable Central Café vendors. They include Main Street Market, Subway and more.

Arts and craft

Get some fresh air and sunshine by heading to Kids Collective’s free children’s activities, on every Thursday from 9am-1pm in the South Bank Parklands. Activities change weekly and range from sport and music classes to science workshops and all those in-between. Parents can get involved in the activities or relax on the Parkland’s soft lawns with a coffee while the kids get stuck in. Head to the Kids Collective event page for full details. Once you’ve had your fill of the class, follow up with a stroll through the Parklands to QAGOMA to check out their latest free exhibit and kid’s activation.

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