Things to do in South Bank today

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: January 24, 2019

Reading time: 3 mins

Enjoy Brisbane’s coastal city region by a day of swimming, art, theatre, food and much more!

Famed for its glorious views, and bustling activities, South Bank is Brisbane’s favourite backyard! Kick back and relax at Brisbane’s sunny south bank. Regardless of whether you’re after some activities to fill an entire weekend or just a couple of hours, South Bank is full of laid-back vibes, captivating culture, delicious dining, and plenty of fun to be had.

  • South Bank Parklands

    Spanning 17 hectares of riverfront land, South Bank’s Parklands is covered in lush greenery and entertaining activities for the whole family. With endless picnic spots, scenic walking tracks, and a range of subtropical plants, folk can spend endless hours in the green wonderland. The area is also used year-round for public events, so make sure you check the calendar for when you go for a festivity in the gardens!

  • Little Stanley Street

    Regardless of whether you are looking for a night with drinks and a view, or a place to satisfy your appetite, Little Stanley Street is for you. It is home to some of Brisbane’s best restaurants and bars around. Serving platters of delicious fresh food that go perfectly with the area’s stunning view. Stroll down the street and stop into the 30 different cafes, bars and restaurants that line this sunny street and take your pick from the array of cuisines choices including Thai, Italian and more.

  • Grey Street

    Similar to Little Stanley street but with less foot traffic, Grey Street promises you plenty of different dinner and drink spots to choose from. Giving you just as many delicious dinner and drink spots, but with half of the crowd.

  • Swimming Pool

    To cool off from the hot summer sun, take a dip into the South Bank’s stunning freshwater man-made lagoon and beach. The pool is surrounded by smooth white sand and subtropical greenery. It is a central hub for both travellers and locals alike, but being as big as five Olympic swimming pools put together, there is plenty of room for all inhabitants to co-exist happily. Lie on the soft sand, swim to the deep end, or simply people watch as you stroll down the boarded walkway.

  • Epicurious Garden

    If you haven’t had enough of nature during your travels, venture into South Bank’s picturesque Epicurious gardens. Spanning around 1500 square metres of land, the garden is filled with a huge collection of vegetable patches. Letting you understand what fresh food produce looks, feels and smells like! Touch, taste and learn about a range of different foods at this hub of inner-city gardening. Visit from Tuesday to Thursday to enjoy free samples of the fresh produce as you wander through this stunning garden.

  • Cineplex South Bank

    If your wallet is getting a bit light after your fabulous holiday activities, head to South Bank Cineplex, which is renowned for its cheap prices. Giving you both the perfect cultural hit without having to break the bank while doing it!

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Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.