Enjoy water fun and picnicking with the kids, get healthy with walking & cycling fun along South Bank, see the city from all new heights, learn some history, and revel in some “grown-up time” with a dinner river cruise and some casino fun.
Brisbane is famous for gorgeously warm weather, and South Bank give you a variety of water fun. From Streets Beach with a man-made beach and lagoon, to Boat Pool with it’s cool, refreshing pool, to Aquativity that’s a fun, interactive water-play park. All water fun is free to families to soak up some fun in the sun. Ever water conscious, the water is recycled for use within The Parklands.
Family Quality Time
If you’re in the mood for some good old-fashioned family time, South Bank offers three free playgrounds: Riverside Green Playground, Picnic Island Green Playground and Aquativity. All of these playgrounds have picnic areas and BBQ pits so that you can enjoy a full day of fun and quality time.
Walking & Cycling Fun
The best way to see the flourishing and vibrant landscape of South Bank is by cycling or taking a leisurely stroll or cycling through all the outdoor spaces South Bank offers. My top picks are: The Arbour, Rainforest Walk, Clem Jones Promenade, the Goodwill Bridge, and the Victoria Bridge.
CityCycle is a great place to utilise Brisbane’s bike hire program. Not a local, no worries. You can still cycle through the city and collect the bike and return it to any CityCycle station across Brisbane when finished.
Appreciate South Bank from New Heights
If you want to see the sights of South Bank from every angle, The Wheel of Brisbane is worth a ride. It offers 360-degree, panoramic views from a comfortable, air-conditioned gondola. For a special occasion, plan a Cupid’s Gondola or a Sky-High Picnic with that special someone.
Explore Great History
If you’re wanting to learn some of Australia’s vast history, spend some time at the Queensland Maritime Museum. It’s one of Australia’s largest maritime museums with historic vessels of all shapes and sizes. This is a great venue for the entire family and the kids will delight over their huge exhibits such as the warship Diamantina and the lugger Penguin.
Discover Fun for Big Kids at South Bank
A great way to spend some quality time with your partner while leaving the kids at home, is to relax with a dinner cruise or enjoy some excitement at the casino.
Step aboard an old-fashioned wooden paddlewheel boat to enjoy an evening on the water viewing Brisbane’s stunning sights while enjoying an evening dinner cruise. Leave the kids at home and bring your partner for a buffet meal of local Australian products then after enjoy onboard live entertainment.
If you enjoy a more fast-paced night on the town, try your luck at the historic Treasury building, with 1500 gaming machines and 100 gaming tables, while marvelling at the night sky under the four-storey atrium on the main gaming floor.
South Bank is a collection of collective markets, designer markets, delicious dining options, art exhibitions, and more. Whether you are a tourist or a local rediscovering your roots, South Bank, the cultural heart of Brisbane, is a must-see.
Next, take a trek back in time to learn about the mystery and fascination of Boggo Road Gaol.