9 tips to finding happiness at South Bank

Winter is here with a vengeance! If the shorter hours of sunshine are giving you the blues, try some of these hot tips to boost your inner happiness.

Rainforest Green picnic

Go outside 

In a serendipitous turn of events, August 6 is National Picnic Day. Sure that’s a Northern Territory tradition, but we’ll claim it as a neighbourly activity. Pack some scrumptious snacks, a rug, a hat and rope your besties into a day in the fresh air. Choose from any of South Bank’s gorgeous green spaces to while away the hours.

Plan your next vacation 

Holidays make everyone happy, and August is the perfect month to plan a spring fling, or a summer break in an exotic location. Swing by the World Travel Expo or Scenic Tours Information sessions at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in early August.

Riverlife Kayaking

Cross something off your list

So, there are no soaring waterfalls to swim in, or tall towers to base-jump from, but South Bank is home to some of Brisbane’s most iconic experiences. Have you ever ‘actually’ waded at Streets Beach? Or taken a spin on the Wheel of Brisbane? Paddled a kayak down the river at twilight? Challenge issued!


If you’d rather zen-out than thrill-seek, we invite you to spend a quiet hour in the rainforest. Bring your favourite guided meditation recording, or just sit and be still in one of the quiet rest areas along the Rainforest Walk, or on the grassy knolls to either side.

The Sound Society South Bank

Chill out with some tunes

Music is one of the best ways to shake off the blues. Seek out South Bank’s two signature free live music gigs – The Sound Society or Sunday Sessions – and gather your tribe for an afternoon of alfresco eats and beats. Dancing on the green is always encouraged.


Laughter is the best medicine – just ask Trevor Noah, Kitty Flanagan and Dan & Phil, who are all selling tickets to giggles in the South Bank area this August. 

River Quay Green Fitness

Get some exercise

It’s a well-known fact that moving your body is a great way to move that grey cloud in your mind too. Whether a brisk stroll or ride along the bikeway is your preferred mode of exercise, South Bank’s riverfront Clem Jones Promenade is the most picturesque spot to get the blood pumping and the body temperature rising.

Expand your mind

South Bank’s Cultural Precinct is home to the works of some of the most creative minds, provocative thinkers, and talented brains in all of Queensland. Take in an exhibition at QAGOMA, learn something new (or old!) at the Queensland Museum, or seek out an alternative perspective at the State Library of Queensland.

Main Street Market Doughnuts

Treat yourself

For some people, sugar is still the fastest way to put some pep in your step. And South Bank's cafes can certainly help you with that. Main Street Market’s donuts; Lost Bean’s dreamy caramel slices; Max Brenner’s chocolate delicacies and Nitrogenie’s frosty treats will all do the trick. If sugar is a no-no, then a sophisticated beverage at one of River Quay’s fabulous restaurants and bars will also lift your spirits, gazing at the twinkling city lights reflected on the river.

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