South Bank Parklands
South Bank Parklands
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South Bank Parklands is Brisbane's premier lifestyle and cultural destination. Located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, its 17 hectares of lush parklands, world-class eateries, stunning river views and hundreds of delightful events all year round make it the perfect place to relax and unwind.
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  • Fiona B
    Melbourne, Australia170 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surprising
    Lots of place to stop and take a rest and take in the location or people watch. Interesting beach/ pool area in the hear of the city. Also a rain forest walk and a Nepalese temple that was donated during Expo 88. Stoll along the Brisbane river, grab a meal or an ice-cream and lots of the restaurants in the area
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 25, 2023
  • SarahH70
    Manchester, United Kingdom253 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Beach and fabulous shops and restaurants
    We spent our last afternoon in Brisbane on South Bank. We rode the big wheel and spent time on the beach enjoying the sunshine. There are a great selection of shops bars and restaurants in the area and a lovely walk along the riverfront from the beach to the main bridge near the theatre.
    Visited April 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Annenberg
    Auckland, New Zealand89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gardens and walking paths beautiful
    The South Bank Parklands are beautiful. I highly recommend a visit for walking, swimming or relaxing. During the Day it's great, however the South Bank restaurant area is not very vibrant, something negative is going on here, compared to other parts of central Brisbane.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Rachel Todd
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    South bank Parklands
    South bank is a very tranquil place to stroll through or stop at to have a bite to eat. Mega clean. beautifully kept and with lovely views of the river. The council are providing a lovely facility for the people.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 2, 2023
  • LSQRD1
    Kent, Ohio824 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    World class riverside area
    This is such a fantastic riverside area! We enjoyed walking along and seeing all the plants. There is a neat natural pool, a food garden, tropical forest, places to eat, etc. We often go to waterside areas along a similar vein to this one around the world and this one is amazing. Truely unique and very well done!
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Lenny H
    Auckland, New Zealand812 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go and see it
    Either just go for a walk or enjoy one or more of the activities on offer. Many buskers put on a great performance. There are plenty of places to stop for a drink or a meal. Pretty garden areas offer different sights and places to enjoy.
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 22, 2023
  • Bozeman-Dublin
    Trim, Ireland10,876 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Part of the City
    We spent quite a bit of time in or near Southbank while staying in Brisbane. The fanzone was there for the Women's World Cyp so there was a bit of a buzz anyway. Even without that, it's a lovely area, nice greery, the riverfront views and lots of good bars and restaurants all along. It's dominated by the bug ferris wheel, so you can miss it. Loads of museums and galleries run alongside too, and it's a stop on the metro.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 22, 2023
  • ItchyFeet
    Camarillo, California10,849 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice walking area
    We walked to the area from the W Hotel and wandered through the area, the beach, rain forest, rode the wheel and saw the Brisbane sign. There are bats in the trees by the sign so be careful. My wife got bat pooped on while walking under the trees. We walked around the area both in the daytime and at night.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 28, 2023
  • Aussie_2012
    Melbourne, Australia897 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning foreshore area in the heart of Brisbane
    Stunning foreshore area in the heart of Brisbane. This area is over 30 years old but it is truly a beautiful place filled with so many places to visit from vegetarian gardens, a beach and pools, bars and cafes, stunning gardens, markets, cultural and exhibition centres and walkways. Takes about 20 minutes to walk the length but you'll be stopping so frequently so you could easily spend hours here. It's clean, peaceful and amazing to visit right in the heart of the city.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 26, 2023
  • AllanJGJ
    Wellington, New Zealand4,194 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Central are to stay in Brisbane
    The whole of the South Bank is interesting, not just the Parklands and the cultural precinct. If you're in high-rise accommodation as were there's great views across the river to the CBD. Also some interesting buildings and good cafes around Fish Lane. And of course the area is very central; easy to get to Paddington and the West End as well as downtown.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 10, 2023
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Dean
Brisbane, Australia11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Bad- ffs people put your phones away while swimming all you stuck ups taking photos while in the water.We don’t want our kids in the back ground of your photos.
So many people doing this pissed me off

Good- Great water temperature in a great spot
Written January 7, 2020
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Jonique Life
Australia1,607 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Southbank has amazing restaurants with such a chilled out vibe with an awesome ferris wheel also ( fee is involved!)

There is also a lovely swimming area. This is hands down the best free public lagoon we have found so far on our travels.
It has several pools with a variety of functions/ages. There are shallow pools for the kids and a deep beach section with real sand giving it a beach feel in the middle of the city.

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Written April 16, 2021
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Fiona S
Canberra, Australia76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Great place to pick up some handicrafts, art and clothing at the markets - Friday to Sunday. Multiple bars, restaurants and cafes. The parklands are lovely to walk around, perfect place to bring a picnic and watch the life of the river. Check out the kitchen garden to the east and the Tibetan temple to the western side. One of the best things is the man made beach and free form pools - there is also a water park for littlies. There are toilets, showers and lockers available. The large Ferris wheel is to the west. Also walking distance to the art galleries and museums. Just be warned that parking is expensive but if you park in the Arts Precinct to the western side it is cheaper at $17 per day. Better yet catch the train, citycat, free city hopper or an Uber
Written February 8, 2020
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland28,600 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Crossing over the pedestrian Kurilpa Bridge to the South Bank I walked past several cultural institutions to the Parklands area, always with great views over the river to the CBD with its skyscrapers. En route I saw the Ferris Wheel, the Nepalese Peace Pagoda with its intricate woodcarvings and the Streets Beach with swimming pools and sandy beaches.

It was a beautiful sunny day and a lot of people seemed to have a great time, also at the many restaurants, bars and cafés. I don't remember having seen a similiar set up, especially with the beaches, anywhere so close to a city center. For nature lovers there is a small rainforest left and I saw quite a few - for an European - interesting birds. Back to the northside I went over the also pedestrian Goodwill Bridge.
Written February 7, 2020
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Jan N
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Swimming lagoons are supervised by trained lifeguards even at night, I was surprised to see. With eateries for all budgets, walking trails along the river, transport on cute little ferries, dramatic cityscape views,exciting climbing activities, market stalls, lovely vegetation and even an authentic exotic wooden temple leftover from the old Expo. South Bank has it all.
Written March 12, 2020
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margaret f
Coolangatta, Australia11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
I had great day strolling around Southbank before and after a show at the Lyric Theatre. Caught the City Hopper from Eagle St Pier to Southbank and wondered through the market and a festival that was on at the time. The Bouganvilea was in flower that covers the arched walkway and it was so beautiful. the gardens were so lush and green at the time and it was a lovely sunny day. lots of families were about enjoying the bike ways and picnic areas and festival. After our musical at the Lyric Theatre we walked back to the Emporium Hotel overlooking Southbank and the River and had a cocktail the rooftop bar and took in the beautiful city and river lights
Written February 11, 2020
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Luke Hauritz
Brisbane, Australia232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
One of my favourite places in Brisbane is South Bank, Grey St & Little Stanley St will definitely be a great day out for you and your family.

Huge pool that attracts hundreds or people during the holidays and so many places to eat whether it's a restaurant, confectionery, ice cream and drinking.

There is an outstanding lolly shop for the whole family with lots of American stuff in that you probably haven't seen before, they come up with some crazy stuff.

Also a NZ Natural ice cream and sorbet place near a Subway.

Bavarian Brauhaus if you want some pub grub and beers.

A couple of my favourite restaurant there include Yellowfin Seafood and grill, Ahmet's & Harajuku Gyoza.
Written January 5, 2020
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Brad Sawyers
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
I had a lovely day in Brisbane made so by the South Bank Parklands. Breakfast, followed by a swim in the lagoon, an afternoon stroll under the arch trellis, followed by an ice-cream and relaxation under a big shady tree in the park. This area has it all.

I was so impressed as I don't really like cities and find them a bit too busy and overwhelming. Not the case with South Bank Parklands. It is a calm, relaxing, inviting space that breathes life into and revitalises the city of Brisbane. I can't wait to visit again one day.
Written March 17, 2021
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STEPHEN N
Brisbane, Australia23,290 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
During our 2 wk holiday in Brisbane from Cairns we spend a considerable amount of time exploring South Bank Area, some new construction work going on & unfortunately the Brisbane Channel 7 Wheel wasn't operating. Many Cafe's Restaurants open for all tastes & budget. Overall a beautiful area to explore for all ages.
Written July 29, 2020
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Carol R
Brisbane, Australia50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Each time I stroll through Southbank, I seem to discover something new. The man-made beach is always popular, and it's setting is just lovely and there are life guards. There are casual eating areas abound, as well as dine in restaurants, whatever your choice happens to be. With plenty of beautiful grassed areas, you can sit and watch the comings and goings while having a picnic lunch, and watch the boat traffic on the lovely Brisbane River.
Written January 26, 2020
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