Sightseeing at South Bank
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 like riding The Wheel of Brisbane, visiting the Nepalese Pagoda, cooling down at Streets Beach, marveling at the Arbour and more.
The Nepalese Pagoda is one of South Bank’s most beloved attractions – this treasured structure was the Kingdom of Nepal’s offering to World Expo 88. This stunning, three-story high piece of architecture now resides permanently in the Parklands. It is comprised of 80 tonnes of hand-carved timber and took more than 160 Nepalese families two years to complete. The pagoda was built by German architect Jochen Reier on behalf of the Kingdom of Nepal, he was responsible for the design and planning, the production process in Nepal and the reconstruction of the pagoda at South Bank for World Expo 88.
This one kilometre-long walkway is comprised of 443 curling, galvanised steel posts that are each clad with vibrant magenta bougainvillea flowers. The Arbour has won several architectural awards and is perfect for strolling under – the ribbon of yellow steel running along it offers shade and protection from the weather for Parkland visitors.
With its exotic plants, fragrant herbs and lush, tranquil surrounds, South Bank’s stunning Epicurious Garden is a must-see for locals and visitors alike.
To ensure the garden remains in beautiful condition for everyone to enjoy, produce can only be harvested by our volunteers and horticulturists. If you would like to taste the produce, please either taste from the herbs in our big pots, collect samples from the harvest cart ask our volunteers to pick some for you.
The harvest cart is open from 7am-11am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Produce on display is free and it operates on a first-in, best-dressed basis, so get in early to avoid disappointment. Our skilled and friendly team of volunteers who assist maintaining the garden are also onsite during these times, so if you have any questions please feel free to ask them.
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 – Riverside Green Playground, Picnic Island Green Playground and Aquativity. Find out more about South Bank’s playgrounds – here.
Feel like a leisurely afternoon on the Brisbane River? Take advantage of one of Brisbane’s gorgeous cruises! There’s no better way to enjoy Brisbane’s beautiful weather and scenic surrounds. Check out South Bank’s must-do cruises now to plan your visit. While you're in town you can also enjoy the CityHopper, Brisbane’s free ferry service.
The Wheel of Brisbane
If you aren’t afraid of heights and are eager to see the sights of South Bank and beyond, The Wheel of Brisbane is worth a visit – it offers a 360-degree, panoramic outlook from the comfort of an air-conditioned gondola. You can either book online or at The Wheel itself.
South Bank Collective Markets
Every Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday, The Collective Markets at South Bank feature an exciting range of arts, craft, homewares, collectibles, exotic items, designer fashion and much more. The Markets are an ideal way to find a unique gift, or simply stroll through and enjoy the atmosphere or a bite to eat.
Young Designers Market
The Young Designers Market features cutting edge designs across a range of exciting fashion, jewellery, home design, prints and much more from up to 80 of Brisbane’s most talented new designers and artists.
Take a tour around the Parklands with a difference with Green Cabs – a pedicab service which travels along cycle paths and through Brisbane’s beautiful parks and gardens.
Riverlife located at the base of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs offer various adventure activities including kayaking tours, stand up paddle boarding and abseiling.
South Bank Cineplex
See the latest movies in air-conditioned comfort at South Bank Cineplex located on Grey Street.
The Liana Lounge offers trendy outdoor seating with plenty of creative flair. The design was inspired by the native liana vines (found in South Bank’s rainforest walk and other rainforests throughout Queensland) and it is constructed from sustainable materials such as precast concrete and recycled plastics.
Rain Bank is South Bank’s award winning urban stormwater harvesting and reuse centre. It delivers a sustainable, drought-proof water supply for South Bank by collecting and treating stormwater from a 30 hectare catchment across West End and South Brisbane to redistribute around the Parklands. Rain Bank can harvest up to 77 million megalitres of water each year, which is equivalent to 30 Olympic swimming pools!