South Bank Parklands is one of Brisbane's most outstanding recreational facilities and is enjoyed by over five million visitors a year.
Perfect for families, it consists of South Bank Beach, rainforest walks, cafes and restaurants, markets and landscaped parklands. The South Bank area covers 17 hectares and runs over one kilometre along the banks of the Brisbane River.
It also serves as a cultural centre for Brisbane with the Queensland Art Gallery, the State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Museum, Queensland Performing Arts Complex and The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre nearby.
South Bank Beach is a manmade swimming beach constructed in 1992 that has views over the Brisbane River to the city.
The beach consists of a beautiful clear fresh water lagoon. Surrounding landscape consists of white sandy beaches, bubbling creeks and shady tropical gardens.
The beach is well serviced with public amenities including showers and change rooms and is patrolled by professional life guards seven days a week.
Always check that lifeguards are on duty before you swim.
The South Bank Art & Craft Market is held over the weekend from 11am to 5pm on Saturday and from 9am to 5pm on Sunday. For an evening market head to South Bank on Friday nights between 5pm and 10pm for the charming Lantern Village Market.
South Bank is also the site for Brisbane's largest annual festival, the Riverfestival. From August 27 to September 5 the Riverfestival is a showcase of entertainment, education, food, fireworks, symphonies and more where locals and visitors alike celebrate the spirit of Brisbane.
South Bank Visitor Information Centre is open seven days from 9am to 6pm (8pm on Fridays) and can be found at the Stanley Street Plaza in South Bank. Contact them on 61 7 3867 2051 or visit www.visitsouthbank.com.au