The southern bank of the Brisbane River has long been a gathering place, a fact compounded by the creation of the South Bank parklands and cultural precinct. Developed on the former World Expo 1988 site, the precinct covers over 17 hectares and is home to many of Brisbane’s landmark buildings and attractions.
Attracting more than 10 million visitors annually, the South Bank precinct is an appealing blend of parklands, leisure facilities, bars, restaurants, and arts and cultural centres. The abundance of spaces in which to relax and be entertained makes it the perfect location for many of the city’s big events such as the annual New Year’s Eve and Australia Day celebrations.
Since the 1960s, the northern end of the precinct has been developed as home to the city’s finest artistic and cultural institutions, including the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Opera Queensland.
These creative meccas exist in harmony with educational facilities such as the State Library of Queensland and the Queensland Museum and Science Centre, as well as the more family focused southern end of the precinct. Australia’s largest inner city beach lagoon is one of Brisbane’s most popular attractions and, along with the nearby rainforest green, Nepalese pagoda and Wheel of Brisbane, offers a cooling respite from Queensland’s summer heat.
Of course it’s not all play and no work at South Bank. The area is also home to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, TAFE Queensland and the College of Tourism and Hospitality. An abundance of apartments, cafés and restaurants are scattered throughout creating an idyllic community oasis for locals and visitors alike. There are plenty of things to see and do, but you can always simply stroll the parklands and enjoy those dazzling Brisbane River views.