Fun Things To Do In Brisbane Series: South Bank Things To Do, The Parklands

Fun Things To Do In Brisbane: South Bank

Fun Things To Do In Brisbane South Bank! South Bank is Brisbane’s top tourist destination. If you pre-plan your trip you will come away with a reasonably cheap day packed with things to do.

  • Leisure – Biking, Swimming & more
  • Art & culture
  • Entertainment inc music & film
  • Architecture & Science
  • Special Annual Events
  • History

Every year South Bank hosts over 150 events such as the Out Of The Box Festival, RiverFire, and the Regional Flavours Food Festival which draws hundreds of people to Brisbane for the weekend.

Playing At The Aquativity, Southbank

Families wishing to visit South Bank can take advantage of  two of Brisbane’s best playgrounds, Streets Beach Lagoon as well as the Aquativity area with pools in between. Brisbane has created a space for cyclists to ride and enjoy the river views through the wide pathways set out for both bikes and pedestrians.


Getting To South Bank Brisbane

The trip to South Bank offers many options. You can travel by city cat from one of the many terminals for under $10, getting off right at South Banks doorstep. The train & bus station is within walking distance. Paid parking is offered throughout South Bank varying in price. Fun things to do in Brisbane don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. If you’re looking for free options there are many as well as low-cost activities.

Waiting For The cityCat, Bulimba


South Bank hosts one of Australia leading art museums – QAGOMA is open daily from 10am – 5pm. Entry to QAGOMA is free however some exhibitions & events will require a paid entry.

There are several Art & Culture attractions including :

  • State Library of Queensland [SLQ]
  • Queensland Conservatorium
  • Queensland Performing Arts Center [QPAC]
  • Queensland Maritime Museum
  • South Bank Lifestyle Market
  • Queensland Museum & Science centre

The Brisbane science centre does have an admission fee however it is a must see activity at least once for families. Both educational & fun kids will enjoy every element of what’s on offer in a top class educational environment at South Bank.

Brisbane Museum also has different exhibitions on including Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous. This Exhibition has now finished for the season and it is now Townsville’s turn. We currently do not have a return date, but it is a travelling exhibition. Inside The Dinosaur Discovery.



The Queensland Museum

Open daily from 9.30am – 5.00pm.  Sciencentre Ticket Prices are available at The Museum Website Here

Fun Things To Do In Brisbane maritime museum


South Bank is tourist friendly with heavily signed areas, maps for locating your next stop and walkways throughout the 17 Hectares of parkland. Facilities are all taken care of including toilet & showers, lockers, lost property, ATM machines , parents rooms, bike repair racks and convenience stores close by.

For tips on Parking & how to secure the cheapest rates visit HERE once you have finished this article.


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The Wheel Of Brisbane, One of South Banks largest iconic features. The WOB opens until 11 pm on weekends so you can enjoy the city lights . Booking a family online will save you $6 (2 adults and 2 children 4-12 years). The Wheel is located at the Cultural Forecourt alongside the giant ever-changing BRISBANE lettering.


Fun Things To Do In Brisbane Wheel

Fun Things To Do In Brisbane


There is plenty on offer for all ages at South Bank. The riverside destination boats over 90 restaurants, Street Performers, An outdoor Amphitheatre and regular events designed for families. Young children can join The Little Days Out program which is held every Thursday from 9am-1pm.


Fun Things To Do In Brisbane South Bank
Out Of The Box Festival 2016


Packing A Picnic For South Bank

If you prefer to pack your own lunches don’t worry, South Bank has you covered. Chairs are provided throughout the area including undercover areas. Picnic Island has free barbecues available and is adjacent to a playground for the kids to shake their sillies out.


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The Bridge Over to Picnic Island

When Your Tummy Is Full & You Can’t Walk Any More

Visit the Brisbane Cineplex for a movie. Under $10 for an Adult and $4.50 for a child, the former IMAX Cinema is an inexpensive treat especially during school holidays when the kids are bored and they can enjoy the whole of South Bank before and after seeing a film.

Laze around by the lifeguard manned pools listening to the distant sound of live music in the nearby restaurants and cafes. When you’re ready to head home I hope your experience is as exceptional as mine every single time.

To read more about Family Activities including the Dinosaur Exhibit at The Cube Brisbane Click Here

These are just some of the Fun Things To Do In Brisbane in South Bank.

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