Must-dos at South Bank to start 2018

2018 is already well underway and with a new year comes plenty of new things to do! Don’t miss these pearlers at South Bank. There'll be plenty more additions to this list later this year - stay tuned for updates.

Feel Good Program

Medibank Feel Good Program | 29 January to 31 March

Tired of the blank grey walls in your suburban gym? Get a new perspective on fitness at the free Medibank Feel Good program. Held in the beautiful South Bank Parklands, it offers yoga, pilates, tai chi, aqua aerobics, dance, high-energy cardio classes and even a mums and bubs gentle exercise session.

Clem Jones Promenade

parkrun | Every Saturday

If you’re more of a solo exerciser, then perhaps the weekly parkrun gathering is for you. Every Saturday morning at 7am, runners gather in the Parkland to do a 5km loop including along the beautiful riverfront Promenade. Racing only against yourself, you can run in a friendly group or blaze your own path and get into ‘the zone’.

World Science Festival Brisbane

World Science Festival | 21 to 25 March

Brisbane is home to some of the world’s best scientific minds, and they are all on show, along with a wealth of international researchers and experts at World Science Festival Brisbane. The event takes over South Bank – from the Queensland Museum to the Cultural Forecourt and auditoriums at the Convention Centre, QPAC and Griffith University’s South Bank campuses for four days of spirited discussion, mind-blowing demonstrations and good old fashioned exploratory fun for kids. Some events are ticketed but many are free, so make time to expand your mind this March and check out their program for a session that piques your interest.


Brisbane Bullets | Various dates

Prefer to watch your sport live, rather than inside a teeny-tiny electronic box? The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre is home to some Brisbane Bullets games, our national basketball league team. The season runs over summer months, so you can still catch a fast-paced game of b-ball in February.

Commonwealth Games

Queen’s Baton Relay | 31 March

Be inspired by the global journey at the Queen’s Baton Relay, part of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Celebrations. Held in conjunction with each Games, the baton is uniquely designed and made to represent the host city. It makes its way around each Commonwealth territory before arriving back in the host country just in time for the Games to begin. The Baton contains a message from Queen Elizabeth II, which will be read at the opening ceremony of the Games. Brisbane will have its moment of relay glory on 31 March, when the Baton passes through South Bank in the afternoon, complete with a free community celebration in the Cultural Forecourt. Expect live music, sporting stars, games and fun for the whole family while we wait to see which athlete will carry the Baton into the Parkland.

Festival 2018 | 4 to 15 April

The Baton Relay is just the beginning - Brisbane will be in full celebration mode throughout the Commonwealth Games event, with live performances, exhibitions, and more through the Games’ Festival 2018 program. South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt will be a hub for some of these celebrations, right through the Easter school holidays with live performances, hands-on art activities, a giant screen broadcasting Games events each day. Stay tuned to the Commonwealth Games social media channels and the Visit South Bank website for more details as the program is announced.

Regional Flavours River Quay

Regional Flavours | 21 and 22 July 

Us Brisbanites are a lucky bunch – Australia’s largest free food and wine festival is located right here in our own backyard! Regional Flavours presented by The Courier-Mail is annual foodie extravaganza held at South Bank Parklands. It features a market with more than 80 fresh produce stalls, demonstrations from celebrity chefs and cooks plus more.


Eat | Year-round

South Bank is a popular place to eat - breakfast lunch, dinner or snacks. Venture in and try one of the new eateries that have opened – Paper Fish for fast and fresh seafood and P’Nut for Asian noodles. A little further down the road is the Fish Lane precinct, with plenty more casual and funky dining options. For those who like the classics, there’s plenty of ol’ faithfuls to enjoy along Little Stanley Street, Grey Street and River Quay. 


Flowstate | Opening in late January

A brand-new pop-up exhibition and performance space will open in South Bank Parklands at the end of January – Flowstate. Situated on Little Stanley Street towards the River Quay end of the park, Flowstate is a unique open-air pavilion and creative space, which will host a curated program of live performances and gallery-style exhibitions throughout 2018. Be sure to check it out next time you visit South Bank. 


QPAC | Year-round

The big shows and big names are booked in at QPAC this year, with a stellar line-up of music, theatre, discussion and laughs destined for their stages. Two big hits in the first half of the year are sure to be sell-outs - the musical Aladdin, which will open in February, and an evening with the inimitable Barry Humphreys in May. 


Emporium Hotel South Bank | Opening in mid-2018

There will be even more places to rest your head in South Bank with the anticipated opening of the luxury Emporium Hotel in the South Point development later this year. A five-star experience completed with bars, restaurant, hotel rooms, conference facilities, a grand ballroom as well as rooftop infinity pool, Emporium Hotel South Bank is sure to go on your list of must-do destinations in 2018.

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