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by Tricia Ziemer (subscribe)
Television Producer & Photojournalist with a passion for sharing adventures in and around Melbourne, Australia. See my www.youtube.com/user/tmztvaustralia for other adventures. Subscribe to me so I can tell you of upcoming fab things not to miss.
Published September 27th 2022
Get the bathers on slip, slop, slap and head for Brisbane
The last time we were at South Bank, Brisbane was Expo 1988. The question is what do you do with these massive infrastructure sites after the crowds have gone? Brisbane has done it with style. They have converted these structures into family-friendly areas to be enjoyed by all. Most times, high rises take over while open garden spaces and shared spaces meet the bulldozer.

Pools for all to share at waterfront
Pools for all to share at waterfront


Instead, Brisbane has embraced family fun, sandy swimming pools, monster playgrounds, and outdoor eateries with stunning views of the river and the skyline. And they have honoured the old while merging the new.

History of Brisbane South Bank
History of Brisbane South Bank


The history is laid out for all to read and immerse yourself in.

World Expo 1988 remembered by all
World Expo 1988 remembered by all


The sculptured walks are now a delight of Bougainvillea blooms.

Sculptured walks flourish
Sculptured walks flourish


On this trip, we also enjoyed the Brisbane Festival. There were fireworks, music, parades, and fun, fun, fun.

Brisbane Festival brings city alive

The Ferris Wheel was running continuously. They have somehow got the mix right. Not sure where Melbourne went wrong but I think if you look at the price structure, it might become obvious. It is considerably cheaper.

Family Ferris Wheel running continuously


And they have a wonderful water taxi system, so you can spend several hours enjoying a sunny day on the river viewing all the city. You might even spot Gina Rinehart's house! I did! Thanks to the lovely Captain of the water taxi. The Kitty Kat is the quick South Bank to the City Centre. The City Cat is the one that goes down the river and up again used by the regular commuters. It will take several hours to go round trip but it is wonderful and relaxing. Some of the stops are closed due to damage from the floods. They are slowly being rebuilt.

Catch the Kitty Kat to hop South Bank to City
Catch the Kitty Kat to hop South Bank to City


I can highly recommend you take the Kitty Kat. Parking in the Brisbane centre can be up to $25.00 per hour with very few street parking permit spots.

Water Taxis the heart of Brisbane and cheap
Water Taxis the heart of Brisbane and cheap


The city views are stunning from South Bank.

Stunning city views
Stunning city views


There are lovely long walks along the foreshore through treed areas, past waterfalls and you can really stretch your legs.

Lots of lovely places to eat just back from the river
Lots of lovely places to eat just back from the river


There are bikes and scooters for hire everywhere to tap and take and even a "bike repair station". They have really thought this through for the people of Brisbane and tourists.

Brisbane Festival Shines
Brisbane Festival Shines


Book a hotel at South Bank, there are many in all ranges of prices, and enjoy the fun of Brisbane. We had so much fun!
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Why? To explore a family fun area of Brisbane - great for school holidays and weekends
When: Now
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Where: Brisbane South Bank
Cost: FREE entry
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