South Bank Parklands, Brisbane

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Sitting along the Brisbane River, South Bank Parklands sits in the heart of Brisbane. Towering over the park at 60 m (197 ft), the Wheel of Brisbane Ferris wheel offers you a panorama of the city and its surrounding. When your ride finishes, head to Streets Beach, a manmade beach spreading out over 2,000 sq m (21,500 sq ft) and containing a base of 4,000 cubic meters (5,200 cubic yards) of sand with another 70 tons brought in every summer. Here you can swim in chlorinated fresh water and relax under the shade of a palm tree. Other attractions include the traditionally designed Nepal Peace Pagoda and flowering bougainvillea on the 443 curling steel columns of The Arbour. Numerous restaurants and cafes offer dining options. To visit South Bank Parklands on your trip to Brisbane, use our Brisbane trip itinerary planner.
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Popular with tourists and business travelers, Brisbane's lodgings range from luxurious rental apartments with private pools and city views, to economical hostels just minutes from the main attractions in South Bank and the central business district. To soak up some local flavor at an affordable price, consider the city's inner suburbs. Located just north of the CBD, Spring Hill offers quiet accommodations within striking distance of the lively downtown areas. If you want to explore the city's famous nightlife scene, consider neighborhoods like Fortitude Valley or New Farm.
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  • After being in the un-walkable Phnom Penh in Cambodia, this place felt like paradise. Beautiful place to walk by the river, there is an artificial beach and barbecues, and even a street market.  more »
  • Beautiful walkways, pools, park land, restaurants, etc. It's across the bridge from downtown Brisbane, which is a short walk from South Bank. Highly recommend a stop here.  more »
  • One of the perfect places in Brisbane for nice pics and for to relax. The public swimming pool is really nice.  more »
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  • Beautiful spot but often busy. Good thing is that there is always something to do so easy to spend the day here. Great for picnics, dates or just relaxing.
  • Always a lovely location, family friendly during day and night, with also some great restaurants. Parking is expensive though. We spent over $150 at a restaurant and parking still wasn't validated.
  • My wife and I visited Brisbane for 24 hours. We went over to Southbank not knowing what to expect. WOW, what a great riverside walk. You could quite easily spend a whole day or two walking this. So much to see and is so relaxing. Take the river ferry across to the other side. We would be happy to visit Brisbane again just to do this walk. Good on Brisbane Council and Queensland Government, Thanks. Visited April 2014
  • Such a wonderful, modern and useful public space for people of all ages. The lagoon is amazing and the space available so close to the city is brilliant. Nearest parking is a tad expensive but considering the facilities are all free it doesn't cause a problem. Keep coming back to this place as it's so good.
  • Beautiful parklands with a large variety of activities and amenities for all ages. The walk along the river along with the walk through the trees and park are extremely peaceful and relaxing. A variety of events put on throughout the year add to the beauty of the area.