The ultimate guide to visiting South Bank
Whether you’re a Brisbane local or visiting from out of town, a trip to South Bank is a must-add to your to-do list. Here’s everything you need to know before, during and after your visit.
Known around the world for its beautiful green space, bustling events program and incredible dining, South Bank retains a special place in the hearts of those who visit. Don’t miss these experiences while you’re here:
Whether you're taking a dip or lazing by the water's edge, South Bank's swimming facilities are pure bliss.
Enjoy free barbeques, gorgeous landscapes and licensed picnic spots during your visit.
South Bank's walking and cycling tracks feature riverfront views and beautiful greenery.
Spend a day marveling at South Bank's vibrant Arbour, stunning Nepalese Pagoda and more.
South Bank is cultural heart of Brisbane – use your visit to see art exhibitions, theatre, comedy, music, dance and more.
South Bank has four key dining precincts, each with their own distinct personality. Little Stanley Street and Grey Street are back to back, pulsing with casual dining and cafes; the Arbour View cafe serves up delicious takeaway fare; Stanley Street Plaza has a mix of relaxed cafes and bars; and River Quay is fine dining at its best. For a complete list of restaurants, cafes, bars and ice-creameries at South Bank, head to our dining guide.
It’s no secret that South Bank is a bustling events hub – there’s plenty to see and do, no matter when you visit. Year-round events in the Parklands include the Collective Markets, the Young Designers Markets and The Sound Society, while Kids Collective (South Bank’s free children’s program) and Sunday Social on the Green are on for most of the year.
There’s also annual events like Australia Day in January, Regional Flavours in July, Christmas in Brisbane in December, New Year’s Eve celebrations and plenty of festivals in-between. Check out our comprehensive event guide to see what’s on when you’re in town.
Getting to South Bank is a breeze! There are several car parks in and around the precinct and plenty of public transport options including bus, train, CityCat and ferry. If you require disabled access, check out our accessibility page.
Where to stay
South Bank has four hotels in the precinct – Rydges, Mantra, and Emporium which are all located on Grey Street and Novotel on Cordelia Street. If you would like more choice, our tip is to stay at nearby suburbs (which are only a 15 minute walk away) including the CBD, South Brisbane and West End.
If you need a hand planning your visit, make sure you touch base with the friendly team at the South Bank Visitor Information and Booking Centre. They can be reached on 07 3156 6366 or [email protected] and are always happy to help.
Once you’re home…
Make sure you share your trip with us! We’d love to hear what you did and see photos of your adventures. You can share them on social media by tagging @visitsouthbank on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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