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South Bank is a hive of activity with access to the best museums, iconic tourist attractions, idyllic picnic spots and more. There are plenty of activities to cater to all ages and interests from the latest exhibition or show to a relaxed walk through the Arbour with plenty of outdoor space to chill out in.

The Arbour

Make the most of your time during your visit to South Bank, and plan your next trip with the handy guides below.

South Bank is home to some of Brisbane’s most famous tourist attractions. Visitors can keep busy with an array of activities and sites to see.

Brisbane is known for its warm weather, so it is only fitting that South Bank houses a few different pools. These aqua spaces are free to use.

South Bank has plenty of picturesque picnic areas and free barbecue facilities that are open all year round with stunning views of the Brisbane River and city.


South Bank is uniquely Queensland and one of the best ways to see the precinct's natural beauty is by taking a stroll or going cycling.

South Bank is Brisbane’s cultural epicentre with a thriving precinct of dedicated, world-class theatre, arts and educational institutions.

South Bank is known for its beautiful gardens, inner-city beach and restaurants, but it is also a fantastic place to bring the kids for a fun day out at one of the three specially-designed play areas.

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Fish Lane

Fish Lane is a vibrant inner-city laneway filled with buzzing bars, cool restaurants and an evolving feast of street art. Eat your way around the world with seemingly every cuisine on offer, or slink into a cocktail bar, beer garden or wine bar after dinner.

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Former Victoria Bridge Abutment (Memorial)

A sandstone bridge abutment adjacent to Victoria Bridge in the South Bank Precinct became a WWI memorial because of a 1918 home-coming tragedy. Greek Australian 11-year-old Hector Vasyli was in the crowd cheering returning soldiers when he was struck and killed by a car in the parade. A marble memorial tablet was unveiled on 8 December 1918. It featured a bronze relief portrait of Hector, by sculptor Daphne Mayo. When a decision was made to build a new bridge, it was decided to retain one abutment on the south side of the 1897 structure-the only bridge at that point able to withstand Brisbane River in flood. Leaving the neoclassical-styled remnant also fulfilled the Brisbane Greek community's wish to maintain the memorial plaque for Hector. During the 1969 demolition, the marble tablet was held by the Greek community. The bronze portrait was lost and replaced. The memorial was reinstated prior to ANZAC Day 1971. A memorial service is held at this site on ANZAC Day.

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Grey Street, South Bank

Grey Street buzzes with cultural, creative and lifestyle offerings, making it a charming, stimulating destination for the Brisbane resident and visitor alike.

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John Oxley Library

The State Library of Queensland's John Oxley Library has a wide range of content both contemporary and retrospective chronicling events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape Queensland. Committed to capturing the essence of the Queensland story for current and future generations, this collection is a resource for people wanting to understand Queensland in all its diversity.

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Nepalese Pagoda

The Nepalese Pagoda is one of South Bank’s most treasured attractions. Originally brought to Brisbane as the Kingdom of Nepal’s contribution to World Expo 88, the three-story high Pagoda is now located in the heart of the Parklands.

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Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

QAGOMA is a single entity located across two adjacent riverside locations in the Cultural Precinct. Holding a collection of more than 17,000 works of historical,

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Queensland Conservatorium

Australia’s most comprehensive tertiary music school, Queensland Conservatorium (Griffith University) offers courses in classical, opera and vocal performance, composition, jazz, new music, musical theatre, and electronic music.

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Queensland Museum

Queensland Museum is the State’s centre for natural history, cultural heritage, science and human achievement. Home to permanent and changing exhibitions and collections.

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Queensland Museum and Sciencentre

Queensland Museum is the State’s centre for natural history, cultural heritage, science and human achievement. Home to permanent and changing exhibitions and collections, the museum also provides innovative public programs, educational experiences plus holiday and early childhood activities.

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Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

For more than 30 years, Queensland Performing Arts Centre has showcased the best of local, national and international performing arts. QPAC is home to Queensland

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