South Bank Parklands, Brisbane

South Bank Parklands, Brisbane (must see)

The South Bank Parklands is a large leisure area on the southern bank of the Brisbane River. It is a popular area for both local and visitors to relax, play or experience local festivities. Open since 1992, the parklands are located on the site of the Brisbane World Expo 88.

The area features free swimming facilities, public picnic areas and walking tracks. The riverfront promenade, the Queensland Conservatorium, the Grand Arbour Walkway and Street Beach are all part of the South Banks Promenade. Visitors will also see rainforest, grassy areas and the Brisbane River while they spend time in the parklands.

This is arguably the most visited areas in Brisbane thanks to the festivals that take place throughout the year. Many festivals take place in the South Bank Piazza amphitheater. Even when not being used for festivals and community celebrations, the amphitheater utilizes its screens to show sports and news.

Another popular feature in South Bank Parklands is the Nepalese Peace Pagoda. The pagoda was constructed in a traditional architecture by architect Jochen Reier with approval of the Kingdom of Nepal. Indigenous Nepalese timber and authentic Nepalese artwork was used in the building and decor of the pagoda. All construction was overseen by Nepalese supervisors.

Those who wish to spend time at the beach in Brisbane can head to Streets Beach. The man-made beach was designed by Desmond Brookes International in 1992. It uses chlorinated fresh water and sand that is sourced from Moreton Bay. It is a safe beach for families as it is very clean and always patrolled by lifeguards.

Why You Should Visit:
- To spend some leisure time in the midst of the city
- To access a number of culturally significant areas in Brisbane
- To ride the Wheel of Brisbane

Tips:
Arrive hungry! Little Stanley Street and Grey Street both have a large number of cafes, bars and restaurants that feature local eats and cuisines from around the globe.

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South Bank Parklands on Map

Sight Name: South Bank Parklands
Sight Location: Brisbane, Australia (See walking tours in Brisbane)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Brisbane, Australia

Create Your Own Walk in Brisbane

Create Your Own Walk in Brisbane

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Brisbane South Bank Walk

Brisbane South Bank Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Brisbane Introduction Walking Tour

Brisbane Introduction Walking Tour

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Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
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Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Historical Churches Tour

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Our first point of interest is Saint John's Cathedral, an iconic Anglican...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles