When holidaying in South Bank, Brisbane there’s so many things to see and do you will be amazed at your options. One of the best ways to see Brisbane’s premier cultural and relaxation precinct is by foot, which is why we have created a walking map of South Bank’s best attractions and must-dos in the area.
Start your epic walking circuit by taking in the sweeping river views and views of the Brisbane City skyline from the dedicated pedestrian and cyclist river crossing of Goodwill Bridge. There is even a café in the middle of the bridge, ‘Brendan’s Café on the Goodwill Bridge’, so you can enjoy your morning coffee and begin the day on a high note.
After you’ve had your morning coffee, it’s time to explore the lush 17 hectare Parklands. Immerse yourself in sub-tropical rainforest, explore stunning water features or lay low at one of South Bank’s many grassy picnic spots. If you’re after a nice breakfast, you will be spoilt for choice at the Parklands too with many cafes and restaurants offering delicious eats in beautiful surroundings. Make sure to also pay a visit to the Epicurious Gardens, a community run fruit & vegetable garden which is amazing to see and a great educational activity for kids as well!
After breakfast it’s time for a swim! Luckily, Brisbane’s very own inner city oasis – Streets Beach is located within the South Bank Parklands. Whether you feel like a swim in the sparkling blue lagoon or simply want to relax at the white sandy beaches, is up to you. Best of all, it’s free to use and patrolled by qualified lifeguards all year round (make sure however to check current lifeguard hours at the South Bank Visitor Centre just in case).
After a cool dip, let’s explore the Brisbane sign! A short stroll down the river past the Wheel of Brisbane, you’ll arrive at the Brisbane Sign. The iconic eight letters were erected in 2014 for the G20 Leader’s Summit and have since become an unmissable feature of South Bank. Set against an iconic city skyline backdrop, they are perfect for capturing some vacation pics.
Congratulations! After viewing the iconic Brisbane letters, you’ve now arrived at Brisbane’s cultural heart. Some of Queensland’s best art (Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art) and museum (Queensland Museum) exhibitions, as well as the best live performances (Queensland Performing Arts Centre) are found at the cultural centre. It’s up to you to decide with which to begin, but rest assured that you could spend hours at each of the above venues. If cultural experiences don’t excite you, you can also opt to take the ferry to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Fig Tree Pocket. A favourite destination of thousands of travelers over the years to get a cuddle and a picture with a Koala.
After a long day outside, it’s lucky for you that Brisbane’s #1 traveler rated restaurant is also located at South Bank. That’s right, Spice Central Kitchen & Bar takes the cake for the city’s best restaurant, as rated on TripAdvisor. Featuring fresh, local produce, brought together by inspired dishes to create a divine dining experience, all perfectly paired with the best Australian and international wines. Let the team at Spice Central take you on a journey around the world’s great food markets.
We’re certain you’re just about ready to fall back into one of our live n dream beds here at Novotel Brisbane South Bank now, after all you’ve had a massive day of exploring some of South Bank’s best attractions.