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South Bank Overview

The heart of Brisbanes culture, entertainment, recreation and education, Brisbanes South Bank is a lifestyle precinct unlike any other in the world.

Enjoying one of Brisbanes best locations, at South Bank the elements which comprise an idyllic Queensland lifestyle blend to form a vibrant precinct which attracts more than nine million people annually and which has earned the precinct the reputation of Brisbanes number one tourist destination and "people place".

The popular precinct just across the Brisbane River from the citys CBD has a diverse range of activities, tastes, cultures and experiences.

Enjoy the delights of a lush, sub-tropical, 17-hectare parkland that includes Australias only beach in the heart of the City, South Bank Beach, rainforest walks, picnic and barbecue areas, water features and a picturesque riverfront promenade on which to walk, run and rollerblade.



A visit to South Bank is also an experience for the tastebuds with more than 30 restaurants, cafes and takeaways available catering to all tastes and appetites.

South Bank is also Brisbanes arts precinct - home to the Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Opera Queensland, Queensland Theatre Company and State Library - all of which take pride of place along the bank of the Brisbane River.

Recognised internationally as one of the most successful redeveloped World Expo sites in the world, the South Bank precinct is used by other Expo cities as the benchmark for creating a premier destination.

A year-round events calendar ensures there is always plenty to see and experience.

For further information, telephone the Visitor Information Centre on 3867 2051 or visit the website


With more than 30 restaurants, cafes and bars, visitors to South Bank can dine at a different establishment every day of the week!

South Bank has the cuisine and location to suit all tastes, appetites and budgets ranging from Turkish, Indian and Asian to Mediterranean, Modern Australian and Italian.

At South Bank you can dine riverside and take in the majestic views across the river to the city, soak up the atmosphere of the eventful Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, enjoy a dinner before a show at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Queensland Art Gallery, go casual or formal at Rydges Hotel or dine alfresco at one of the many eateries along the bustling Little Stanley Street.

An array of takeaway outlets is also available ranging from fish and chips and kebabs to burgers, ice-cream and pizza.

The café society is alive and well at South Bank where you can enjoy more than six different styles of coffee from the precincts many cafes, from Merlo, Vittoria and Lavazza to Steam, Golden Espresso and Belaroma.

You dont have to look far for a stunning location to enjoy a relaxing drink either. In the centre of South Bank, The Plough Inn, a South Bank institution, is a casual location with its relaxed beergarden and picturesque balconies while Greystones Bar in Little Stanley Street has a wine cellar to be proud of. CBD at Rydges Hotel is both stylish and casual and offers extensive beer and wine lists and menus to match.


A day out at South Bank would not be complete without a spot of shopping. Whether its food, fashion or gifts you are after, there is plenty of choice.

Fashion followers will enjoy a visit to South Banks newest retail strip, Little Stanley Street. Opened in November 2001, the stylish retail precinct is where you will find a range of boutique f