20 Top Free Things To Do In South Bank
South Bank, Brisbane’s premier tourist attraction and all-ages playground is a mecca for young and old. And with so many things to do and see, culturally, food, drink and leisure wise, here are the top 20 free things that should not be missed on a visit or three.
The world’s only city beach, manned by surf lifesavers is open all year round to either soak up the winter sun on fine white sand or cool off in summer in the infinity edged pool.
Not only is GOMA Australia’s leading museum of contemporary art, but the majority of exhibitions here are free, along with their fantastic two level children’s art centre and the world class permanent art collection on show.
GOMA APT 7
Discover for the history of Queensland art & artists in the priceless collection here that includes Nolan, Drysdale and Vida Lahey and make the most of a visit with free gallery i-tours.
Books are only one of many reasons to visit the State Library. With a constant stream of exhibitions and events for both kids and adults, there’s always something to see, listen to or experience.
Live! Qld Band Culture SLQ
On most Sundays at the State Library there are free films showing at the Auditorium. From classics to cult, blockbuster to family, check the program for details.
Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery
Up on the 4th level of the library, this gallery has an ever changing often quirky exhibition spotlighting aspects of culture, literature or history. While on this level take a peek at the commemorative tea cup collection adorning the Queensland Terrace.
From the plane that Bert Hinkler flew across the world in to Queensland’s own dinosaur, from a world of indigenous and islander arts and crafts to hands-on zoological displays, there’s plenty to soak up for free at the museum.
Held monthly in the foyer of the Griffith Conservatorium & showcasing the leading talents from the jazz department of the Con is the pop up Jazz Café. Last gigs for 2013 are a night of Brazilian in Sept and a day of jazz in Oct.
Herb and Tea Garden
Pick some fresh herbs or tea leaves to take home from this secret community garden that stretches along Clem Jones Boulevarde from the Victoria Abutment. There’s also a tiny budding citrus orchard.
South Bank Lifestyle Market
From Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, the white peaks of the South Bank Lifestyle Market stretch all the way along Stanley Plaza with merchants peddling everything from homewares, jewellery and fashion to art, gourmet goodies and ethnic snacks.
Herb and tea garden
Catch a glimpse of Expo ’88 ate this intricate hand carved wooden pagoda that sits nestled in a rainforest glade. Then take a walk along the boardwalk that winds through the rainforest, the perfect antidote to hot summer days.
The Seed Project
Listen to the bands and musos that are poised to be the next big thing in music at these Friday night concerts under the stars at the Melbourne St Green.
Tony Gould Gallery
Tucked away next to the Cremorne Theatre is this intriguing little theatrical museum that exhibits everything from a history of costumes from the ballet, theatre or opera to retrospectives on actors and musicians.
The Seed Project
Griffith University Art Gallery
See what the next generation of artists are up to with expos such as the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize as well as artists talks and panel discussions.
Talbot Family Treasures Wall
Catch a glimpse of 200 years of local history via this fascinating montage of photos, and unique and rare items from the SLQ’s prize collection.
Free Computer Access at the State Library
Free computers are available at the State Library for the public to access. Otherwise BYO notebook/laptop and enjoy free wi-fi with some of the best river and city views in town.
Tucked away on the east end of South Bank is the lush Picnic island Green complete with giant fig playground and a BBQ pavilion on a tiny man made tropical island
South Bank Young Designer Market
Emerging designers of fashion, jewellery and homewares gather along Stanley St once a month on a Sunday.
A Night by the Fire
Gather round the open campfire for indigenous yarn time with storytellers and artists, once a month on Friday night just outside the State Library.
River Quay Amphitheatre
There are few better ways to end a weekend in Brisbane than chilling out on the green lawns of the amphitheatre opposite the River Quay restaurants and watching the setting sun’s rays reflect on the city buildings.
And if in the city you can reach South Bank for free via the Goodwill or Kurilpa Bridges or the city hopper that departs from Gardens QUT.
River Quay Amphitheatre