May 16th 2016 7:43am
Head to Southbank Brisbane for a great day out with lots of FREE activities, we have put together a one-day itinerary of things-to-do-for-free for you to enjoy!
Start the day by heading into the city, you can walk if you please or take the free city loop bus from the bus stops with the yellow signs. For more information, see city centre Free Bus Loops. This service will take you from Spring Hill to the city, hop off at Queen Street where you can take a short walk to Eagle Street Pier.
Next it’s a free ferry ride to Southbank, take the City Hopper for a pleasant 15minute cruise along the Brisbane river board at Eagle Street Pier and disembark at Southbank 3. The service operates every 30 minutes up and down stream, see the timetable for more details.
Now you have arrived, Southbank is your oyster! You might like to start your adventure on the south side with a leisurely stroll through the Epicurious Garden, Brisbane cities edible display garden. See herbs, fruits, vegetables, teas and medicinal plants growing happily under the sun. Please don’t pick the produce, free foods are available from the produce harvest cart from 7am-2pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, stop by and talk to the knowledgeable and dedicated volunteer gardeners.
Take in some of Brisbane unique and eye catching architecture, The Ship Inn built in 1864, The Plough Inn built in 1885, The Arbour is a beautiful bougainvillea clad 1km art work installation built in 1999. The Goodwill Bridge built in 2001 is a 450m long footbridge linking Southbank with the city’s Botanical Gardens.
The buildings in Brisbane’s cultural precinct encompass Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) 1985, State Library of Queensland 1988, Queensland Art Gallery 1982, Queensland Museum and Sciencecentre 1986. They are classic examples of Australia’s ‘brutalists’ architecture and provide locals and visitors with world class performance, art and more. Many exhibitions at QAGOMA are free, visit their page for more information. There is also the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) which is the newest addition completed in 2006.
By now your most likely feeling peckish, head to some of Southbanks recreation areas to relax and enjoy your pre-packed morning tea or picnic lunch.
Picnic Facilities are located at Liana Lounge, Barbecues at Picnic Island green and Riverside Green and Aquativity, Little Stanley Lawns, River Quay Green, Rainforest Green, Cultural Forecourt and keep an eye out for ‘chairs to share’, these are free deck chairs put out for you to enjoy the green space at Southbank.
If you have children there’s plenty of ways to entertain them with the new state-of-the-art playground at Riverside Green featuring suspended rope bridges, toddler boat and more while Picnic Island has an interactive play wall, basket swing and play plates. Both playgrounds are suitable for all ages. If it’s a warm day pack everyone’s swimmers and sunscreen and enjoy the free swimming lagoons and sandy shores open all year round!
There’s lots more to discover at Southbank, come and explore under the sun by the river.
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