South Bank Parklands
Wheel of Brisbane
For a memorable view over Brisbane, take a ride on the riverside Wheel, located a few steps from the Queensland Performing Arts Centre...
River City Cruises
If you just want the sights without the fancy fuss then River City Cruises has 1½-hour cruises with commentary, departing South Bank at...
A good central place for a quick (and free) dip is the artificial Streets Beach on the banks of the Brisbane River at South Bank.
South of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, the Conservatorium hosts opera, as well as national and international artists playing...
Café San Marco
Food and service matter little with a riverside location this good. If the food still matters, go for the rare peppered salmon with...
Lonely Planet review
This beautiful swathe of green park skirts the western side of the Brisbane River. It suffered flood damage during the 2011 flood, but restoration of facilities proceeded quickly. A good thing, as this popular spot is home to cultural attractions, fine eateries, small rainforests, hidden lawns and gorgeous flora. Scattered throughout are barbecues and climbing gyms where youngsters swarm like bees to honey. A scenic esplanade offers spectacular views of the city and the whole area is laden with atmosphere and character.
The stand-out attraction is the Streets Beach , an artificial swimming hole that resembles a tropical lagoon, with an attractive landscaping of trees, bridges and rockeries. The beach even has its own lifeguards, but the lack of rips, undertows and sharks tends to keep the drama to a minimum. It gets packed on weekends.
Nearby, Stanley Street Plaza is a renovated section of historic Stanley St lined with cafes, shops and restaurants; buskers draw crowds in the summer.
On Friday evening and all day Saturday and Sunday there’s a large and popular craft and clothing market in the plaza.
The Suncorp Piazza is an outdoor theatre that screens international sporting events regularly and movies during school holidays, both for free. It’s also a venue for concerts and performances.
The Parklands are located within easy walking distance of the CBD. You can also get there by CityCat or City Ferry, or by bus or train from the transit centre or Central Station.