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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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. It makes exploring South Bank easy - the CityHopper departs South Bank from Terminal 3 every 30 minutes runs from 6am until midnight daily. It stops at several points along the Brisbane river including North Quay, the Maritime Museum, Thornton Street, Eagle Street Pier, Holman Street, Dockside and Sydney Street. What a perfect way to explore the river city!
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. The Wheel of Brisbane is open seven days from the following times: Sunday to Thursday 10am – 10pm; and Friday and Saturday 10am – 11pm. If you have any questions, for price information or to book tickets, please contact the South Bank Visitor Centre on 07 3156 6366 or [email protected].