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South Bank Parklands

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by Annie Riley (subscribe)
Published March 25th 2012
I've just arrived in Brisbane and it's time to start exploring. My cousin, a Brisbane local, recommends we hop on the City Cat and head to South Bank, Parklands, describing it basically as a garden-area with a man-made beach, and some barbecues.

Given her minimal description of the area, I had little expectation and was pleasantly surprised that it was easy to spend a whole day at South Bank.

My Kiwi companion, Alex, and I went down on a Saturday, it was raining so we didn't feel like swimming in the man-made beach that runs parallel to the river.

Lucky for us the lifestyle markets are on a Saturday (they're also on Friday nights 5pm-10pm and Sunday 9am-5pm). Here you can purchase everything from a henna tattoo to designer clothing, or if you're feeling spiritual, you can even have your tarot cards read.

The market is great for bargain hunters, but don't expect a piece of corn on the cob to cost you any less than $3.

The adjacent streets are lined with places to eat and the over-sized burgers at Beastie Burgers are awesome value for money, and vegetarian options are available.

South Bank Parklands is definitely the place to go, and it is just a short walk over the bridge back to the city, or jump back on the City Cat and explore the next riverside destination.
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