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Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Be amazed when watching one of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC) many live spectacles of dance, theatre, puppetry, choral music, comedies and music. Events for children and families are on the program throughout the year too. Performance isn’t the only reason to visit, either. Take High Tea at The Lyrebird restaurant or find refreshments at another of QPAC’s bars, cafes and restaurants, just 600m from the Novotel Brisbane South Bank.

For information on current shows and performances, visit What’s On in South Bank.

Immerse yourself in the QPAC experience

Go on a journey with international artists and theatre companies. QPAC is consistently entertaining and challenging audiences with a range of performances in South Bank’s cultural precinct.

  • Explore your emotions and expand your imagination during a show from one of the four theatre venues, with a fifth to open in late 2022.
  • Get lost in conversation after the performance with a refreshing beverage at Bistro by QPAC.
  • Bask in the pre-show excitement during a high tea experience at the Lyrebird.

Novotel Brisbane South Bank is some of the closest Brisbane accommodation near QPAC Brisbane, in the South Bank Parklands. Step out from our striking building and stroll down the road to take in the wonders of live performance. It’s a great way to enhance your stay in Brisbane by coming home to a stylish room and suites and resting your head on our dreamy Live N’ Dream beds and bedding.

Vibrant history of QPAC

The Queensland Performing Arts Centre is the centrepiece of storytelling and has been operating since 1985. It’s part of the cultural precinct in South Bank and works to serve the community and travellers from all over the world. This is done by working with artists and fostering good relationships with theatre companies to bring the audience performances that inspire new ways of thinking.

Brisbane’s cultural hub has evolved over the years from the city’s first entertainment venue called Croft’s Amphitheatre, which opened in 1847. South Brisbane was home to the well-known theatre, Cremorne. It was owned by John McCallum’s father, a notable Australian actor. The theatre has a rich history and while the original building turned to ash in 1954, the name still lives on as the Cremorne Theatre, one of the venues within QPAC.

What to do at QPAC?

The Queensland Performing Arts Centre is centrally located in the heart of Brisbane. Offering artists the perfect stage to showcase their performances.


Travel into another world with an art-infused performance and embrace the intimacy of a live show. Bask in the beauty of human connection with the performers and the audience members, all sharing the same sensory experience.

Music & Dance

Experience music and dance on a deeper level with a live performance. Watch the performers master movement and sound in truly unique viewings. Bask in the ambience of the venue and leave with significant and lasting memories.


Sit back and soak in the melody of laughter. Elevate your mood with the undeniably therapeutic benefits of good comedy. Watching live comedy can entertain, inspire and even encourage new ways of thinking through an articulate delivery.

Cafe & Dining

Stimulate your taste buds with QPAC’s cafe and dining options. Even the cafes and restaurants boast artistic expression. Allow time to stop while you unpack the themes of a live show or savour in the quiet buzz of anticipation before watching one.