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8 things every Brisbane local should have experienced at South Bank

Whether you’re from the northside or southside, a trip to South Bank is a rite of passage for any Brisbanite. But you can’t call yourself a true local until you’ve tried these eight experiences while you’re here.

River Quay
A picnic at River Quay
River Quay undeniably has one of Brisbane’s best views and, even better, it’s licensed from 10am-8pm daily!* So, grab your picnic basket, dig out a comfy blanket and spend some time feasting and watching the Brisbane River roll on by.

A stroll through the Arbour
More often than not, a mention of the words "South Bank" conjure up images of the Arbour’s vibrant bougainvillea flowers. So, it only makes sense that a walk through said Arbour be added to your to-do list. The walk starts at the Cultural Forecourt and snakes through the Parklands, finishing at The Ship Inn, behind River Quay. 

A dip at Streets Beach
Forget Bondi, Streets Beach is where the real action is at! Located in the heart of South Bank, Streets Beach is Australia’s only inner-city, man-made beach and it comes complete with plenty of golden sand where you can kick back and relax after your swim.

Clem Jones Promenade
An ice-cream on the Promenade
Spanning the entire length of South Bank, the Clem Jones Promenade is famous for its beautiful river frontage and shady trees. Make sure you grab an ice-cream from one of South Bank’s many dessert shops and enjoy a sugar hit while you stroll. 

A Brisbane Greeters tour
Think you know all there is to know about South Bank? Think again! The Brisbane Greeters free Parklands tour is full of little-known insights like how The Ship Inn got its name – book your tour today.

Epicurious Garden
Taste the Epicurious Garden
You don’t have to go all the way to the country to learn about farm-to-fork eating. Instead, you can do it right in the heart of Brisbane at South Bank’s Epicurious Garden. It’s full of fresh produce like herbs, fruit and vegetables and is replanted several times a year to remain seasonal.

A show at QPAC
The Queensland Performing Arts Centre is one of Brisbane’s finest attractions. Hosting everything from world-famous musicals to theatre productions, live music and comedy, even the pickiest of people will find something to enjoy. 

Free art at QAGOMA
If your ears don’t pick up at the world "free", you’re not a true Brisbane local! QAGOMA knows this so it offers a host of free exhibitions and installations, year round to look at. They suit all ages (including children) so head to the website to see what’s on.

To find these locations, check out the official South Bank map. For more details about what's on at South Bank, plus the latest news in restaurant openings, events and competitions, sign up to the South Bank Insider's Guide e-newsletter or visit our What's On section.

*except during major events like Australia Day, which are alcohol-free for public safety reasons.

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