Brisbane experiences

South Bank

Across the river from Brisbane CBD is South Bank an entertainment and shopping area with plenty of parkland and river walks.

brisbane south bank

These magnificent South Bank parklands in the heart of the city are situated on the western bank of the Brisbane River. Covering 16 hectares, which include restaurants, playgrounds, markets, walking and cycling paths and a beach. It really has something for everyone.

South Bank Parklands include Australia's only beach in the city heart as well as the beautiful arbour, rainforest walks, picnic and barbecue areas, water features and a picturesque riverfront promenade.

South Bank is also Brisbane's arts precinct - home to the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, Opera Queensland, Queensland Theatre Company and State Library of Queensland.

South Bank has a giant ferris wheel to view Brisbane and stands 60 metres tall illuminating the South Bank skyline and river with thousands of LED lights at night. The wheel has 42 air-conditioned, fully enclosed capsules each capable of seating up to 6 adults and 2 children. Each ride is of 12 to 15 minutes duration (which roughly equates to 3 or 4 wheel rotations) and offers unique panoramic 360 degree views of the river and city.

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The Turrbal and Yuggera people are South Bank’s original inhabitants and the area was used as a meeting ground until the 1840s. South Bank was the original CBD until flooding in 1893 moved the business area to the north side of the river (the 2011 flood was also severe in South Bank). Then it became a port and industrial area and a long period of decline. That all changed with the World Expo 88 which changed South Bank.

The City Cat stops in the parklands, there are train stations at either end and buses stop at the two Busways. There is an underground car park at South Bank and at the Cultural Centre and Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

south bank city cat terminal

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