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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  • Shazyean
    Subang Jaya, Malaysia130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must if in Brisbane
    One of the best things in Brisbane. The view of the river and its nearby buildings are so clear. Right next to the Griffith University city campus, the ride takes you 4 spins with a short stop whilst you are at the top. The cabins are all air conditioned so very cool ride. It was slightly windy given the autumn winds but the sway was acceptable. You can hit an emergency button in every cabin if you feel uncomfortable so very assuring. You can bring drinks into the cabin however the nearest toilets are quite a walk away. Ride takes about 12 minutes so really quick. Booking online can come with good discounts. Walk in is about AUD21 per person.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 2, 2023
  • Anita T
    Forster, Australia86 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous Place to Visit
    We were waiting for our son and family to arrive before going for lunch at one of the many really nice restaurants in the area, and decided to go for a walk. What an inviting place to visit with so much to do. The waters edge walk is beautiful. The kids were having so much fun in the playground and splash pool area. The beach is also great and is patrolled. We lived the gardens and the big shade trees as well as the snaking walk way covered in flowering Boganville. We were there when the markets were in which added to the carnival atmosphere.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 20, 2023
  • Prof Lee Berger
    Johannesburg, South Africa89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A "Must Not Miss" day AND night in BrisbaNE
    The South Bank parklands are an extraordinary feat of cultural development for Brisbane, running from the excellent Queensland Museum along the river course. It includes the Brisbane wheel and scores of resteraunts and drinking establishments. Night or day, it's an experience. Parents of young ones don't be afraid to pack a bag with a swimsuit and towel. There's a kid friendly night/day beach and pool. Lovely greenery, lots of views, world-class dining. Check out attractions along the way, like the museum. A whole day on this side of the river sampling breakfast, lunch and dinner aren't wasted. On the Queen Street side? It's literally a ten minute walk across the bridge. Don't be afraid of the distance, and the bridge views are worth it.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 23, 2023
  • NZBunny
    Auckland, New Zealand124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    South Bank park a must see
    great place to walk and enjoy what's on offer here, there is a great series of pools one has sand, other is a regular pool and there is a stream for kids to play in.Aattendants on duty too. Changing rooms and plenty of atmosphere around the pool, it was very busy but people were coming and going. The walkway is from the evnts-centre and finishes around the maritime museum with lots of lovely plantings and sitting areas. Behind the park was lots of cafes and shops (shops mainly closed on the Sunday we went) also a small market tucked in there. We picked up the small KItty Cat ferry and had a free ride down river and back, you can get on and off as you like this is a regular commuter ferry, there is a paid one too which is bigger and faster. Currently the ferry stop at the city side is out of action so we got on at South Bank This is a must area to visit when in Brisbane
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 2, 2023
  • Evie2011
    Perth, Australia118 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fun place for everyone.
    AMAZING place for everyone - families, teens, oldies like me etc. The general behaviour of everyone was outstanding - nothing anti social at all. Great eateries around the 'beach'. Lovely safe swimming.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 7, 2023
  • Fiona B
    Melbourne, Australia172 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 Kingdom236 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 Zealand91 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, Ohio807 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
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Dean
Brisbane, Australia8 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
Australia2,540 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, Australia85 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, Switzerland26,268 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, Australia10 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, Australia246 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
Cairns, Australia23,723 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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