Across the river from Brisbane CBD, a remarkable transformation twenty years ago changed South Brisbane’s tired industrial and wharf precinct into a showpiece exhibition destination for the 1988 World Expo. Although the Expo has since moved on and all the pavilions have gone, the wonderful legacy of that time lives on.
While essentially a new suburb, there are still reminders of period architecture of Brisbane’s early years like the Plough Inn and the Ship Inn. Called ‘South Bank’, the precinct provides an energetic focal point and a place of pride for the people of Brisbane. And the ripple effect of that urban renewal continues to spread further through South Brisbane. Its proximity and excellent transport links to the city makes South Brisbane a great place to live, study, work and play.
Getting around Brisbane and South Brisbane is easy if you are staying there. However, if you are staying further afield, cheap car rentals Brisbane is the good value way to go. Try the people at Cut Price Car Rentals – they may just have the right Brisbane car hire service to help you make your Brisbane stay even better than you were hoping for. Young couples and singles gravitate to the South Brisbane for its amenities and lifestyle. Interstate and international visitors put this destination at the top of their ‘Brisbane ‘must see’ list similar reasons.
• It’s easy to reach. Take a bus, train, taxi or just walk over the Goodwill Bridge. South Bank is just 1KM from Brisbane’s heart.
• Breathing space. South Bank Parklands – with its 17 hectares of fabulous gardens and lawns – and the riverbank Boardwalk provide valuable passive recreational space
Stroll the 1 KM winding grevillea-lined arbor into the heart of the Parklands – pausing along the way to take in the beauty that surrounds you and the view across the city skyline. You soon reach Streets Beach – a real surprise – with its man-made swimming lagoon with crystal clear water and a white sandy beach set among palm trees and exotic plantings. Its permanent life saving presence provides reassurance for parents.
• Little Stanley Street is a magnet for locals and visitors, alike. It has some fabulous shopping including fashionable boutiques, bars and an excellent choice of restaurants and cafes offering local and international food styles that will satisfy almost every palate and budget.
• Don’t miss the open lifestyle markets held each Saturday and Sunday at Stanley Street Plaza, or the Moonlight Market on Friday evenings. You’re sure to find a creative hand-made gift, artwork or clothing item to take back home as a fond memento of your stay.
• Opera and art lovers are drawn to some of Australia’s finest cultural centres that cluster about South Bank. Queensland Opera, Australia’s second largest opera company, presents numerous operatic productions each year. Musicals, plays, operas and ballets are regularly performed at The Queensland Performing Arts Centre while the Queensland Theatre Company showcases provocative local and interstate plays. The’ Buddy Holly Story’ is its current production while the musical “Cats” is playing between July and August.
Check out the concerts held at Queensland Conservatorium at Griffith University. See the permanent display of modern and indigenous art, sculpture and photography at the Queensland Art Gallery or more contemporary works in Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.
• Step back into the past. Climb aboard HMAS Diamantina in the Maritime Museum or visit Queensland Museum and its displays of prehistoric and giant modern animals in the Museum Zoo.
• Get an eagle’s eye view of South Bank and the city from the 60 metre high ‘Wheel of Brisbane’ ferris wheel
• When Brisbane celebrates, it’s usually at South Bank – especially in September and October each year. Fireworks. Festivals. A year-round events calendar ensures there is always plenty to see and do. The big festival this May is the Paniyiri Greek Festival showcases Greek food, music, wine, dance and culture. Not to be missed.