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South BankAustralia

This iconic public waterfront parkland is a lush haven in the city, with tropical pools, restaurants, cafés, a Ferris wheel, markets and free BBQs with playgrounds.

Enjoy the Queensland sunshine in a lush, inner-city setting. Have a BBQ, go for a swim, discover the local flora and fauna and shop for souvenirs. Visit one of the restaurants to enjoy alfresco dining with river views.

South Bank was developed for the World Expo in 1988 and has been maintained as free parklands for everyone to enjoy. Set aside a day to explore the riverfront venue, which is just a mile wide (1.6 kilometers) wide but packed with entertainment.

Start at the Maritime Museum at the foot of the Goodwill Bridge. Its historic dry dock harbors a significant World War II naval frigate. Across the road, the former sailor’s drinking den The Ship Inn from 1864 is now a classy pub.

The Arbor, South Bank’s iconic bougainvillea arch, guides you through the parklands. You’ll pass a creek and playground and can take a little detour to some chic riverfront restaurants.

In the heart of the parklands are the tropical outdoor pools of Streets Beach. Cool off in the water or rest under a palm tree while the kids explore the water-play park. Rent a locker for your bags outside the free showers and change rooms.

Visit a typical Australian pub to try the local fare, enjoy a BBQ picnic on the lawn or have lunch on a terrace. The kiosks, cafés and restaurants sell everything from sandwiches to eclectic European cuisine.

Visit the tourist office on Stanley Street Plaza to find out what is on. Browse the weekend market, with locals selling crafts and clothing, or be entertained by street artists. Join free sports events or visit a festival in or near the public stadium.

Board the huge Ferris wheel see Brisbane from above. At its base, almost hidden in the rainforest, is a beautiful Nepalese Pagoda. From here, continue west to visit some of Queensland’s major museums and theaters.

It is best to reach South Bank by public transport, including ferries. South Bank Station is on the east end and the Cultural Centre bus station is on the west end. There is parking available on site however it is reasonably expensive.

Where to stay in South Bank

South Bank which includes a bay or harbour, tropical scenes and a beach

South Brisbane

South Brisbane is a destination visitors seek out for its ample dining options, fascinating museums and beautiful river views. You might also want to check out attractions like South Bank Parklands or Queensland Performing Arts Centre while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

South Brisbane

Top hotels in South Bank

Emporium Hotel South Bank
Emporium Hotel South Bank
5 out of 5
267 Grey St, South Brisbane, QLD
The price is £135 per night from 19 Nov to 20 Nov

Located in South Brisbane, this luxury hotel is steps away from Griffith University South Bank and South Bank Parklands. Mater Private Hospital Brisbane and ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (342 reviews)

"Thankyou so much for the wonderful stay and personal touches to celebrate our honeymoon. Facilities were top notch. Pool was always clean and staff available. Check in team were professional, relaxed and helpful. Wouod definitely reccomend and stay again. Tip - pre-purchase brekky the night before ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2020

Emporium Hotel South Bank
Novotel Brisbane South Bank Hotel
Novotel Brisbane South Bank Hotel
4.5 out of 5
38 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane, QLD
The price is £97 per night from 8 Nov to 9 Nov

Located in South Brisbane, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank Parklands, and Wheel of Brisbane. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (580 reviews)

"When I book my room they say free wife and when I check out they want me to pay the wife that make me upset"…"

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2020

Novotel Brisbane South Bank Hotel
Mantra South Bank
Mantra South Bank
4.5 out of 5
161 Grey Street, South Bank, South Brisbane, QLD
The price is £90 per night from 8 Nov to 9 Nov

Located in South Brisbane, this luxury hotel is steps away from South Bank Parklands and Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Wheel of Brisbane and Queensland ...

4.2/5Excellent! (994 reviews)

"Was great, good location, great water pressure in shower"…"

Reviewed on 5 Oct 2020

Mantra South Bank
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in South Bank

 Arise Arena
Arise Arena
4 out of 5
9 Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane, QLD
The price is £100 per night from 29 Nov to 30 Nov

Located in South Brisbane, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and Queensland Performing Arts Centre. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,296 reviews)

"the apartment was very spacious and clean... it had an awesome courtyard as it was ground floor and for being a weekend, was relatively quiet."…"

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2020

Arise Arena
Arise Atlas
Arise Atlas
3.5 out of 5
39 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane, QLD
The price is £92 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Located in South Brisbane, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, South Bank Parklands and Brisbane Convention ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (275 reviews)

"Hotel was in a great location. Staff were friendly & very helpful. Room was very neat & tidy with everything that you could need. Really enjoyed our stay."…"

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2020

Arise Atlas
Vine Serviced Apartments
Vine Serviced Apartments
4.5 out of 5
27 Russell Street, South Brisbane, QLD
The price is £176 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Located in South Brisbane, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wheel of Brisbane and The Markets. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (350 reviews)

"Great location between sth bank and west end. Clean and well appointed apartment. However fridge was a bit wobbly as it appeared to be missing a foot. Also, we found out that there is no hot tub in the room, it’s is on the roof floor level, so it’s a shared one :)"…"

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2020

Vine Serviced Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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