About South Bank

Courier mail - 6 September 2017

South Brisbane is the second biggest economic zone in brisbane, after Brisbane city.

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The Precinct

The South Bank Precinct provides a relaxed and welcoming business and leisure environment across the river from Brisbane’s CBD.

Once the home to Brisbane’s original city heart – the colony’s earliest commercial wharves and supporting industries – and then Expo 88, South Bank is now a significant commercial address and Queensland’s foremost culture and leisure precinct.

Within our boundaries are the cultural centrepieces of Brisbane and Queensland – the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Queensland Art Gallery, State Library of Queensland, Queensland Museum, the Maritime Museum and the theatres of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).

Adding to the cultural and education strength of South Bank are the ABC, university facilities and three of Brisbane’s leading schools.

The Parklands is Brisbane’s community gathering place for special occasions, a 17-hectare oasis loved by Queenslanders and tourists alike for its environment and restaurants. In recent year's it has hosted The G20 Leaders Summit with the team at Brisbane's best tourism venue, the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) involved in hosting the largest gathering of world leaders in the history of Australia.

More recently, The Queensland Museum was proud to host The World Science Festival which brought some of the world’s greatest thought leaders to Queensland, showcased local scientists and performers from around the Asia Pacific region, and hosted the brightest and the best from previous events in New York.


In the past decade, South Bank has developed as an extension of the commercial heart of Brisbane, the business location of choice for national corporations and local professional services and service industries.

The success of South Bank has now generated development in bordering precincts and the substantial residential development appearing along Montague Road.

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The precinct is easily accessible by bus, train, ferry, CityCycle and car. It is serviced by two train stations – South Brisbane Station and South Bank Station. The Cultural Centre busway station is a principal bus interchange for buses from the north and south. Whilst the South Bank busway connects the precinct directly to the South-East busway.

The precinct’s location on the river makes it ideal for commuters travelling by citycat or ferry.

Pedestrian and cyclist accessibility is outstanding with many bike and walkways throughout the precinct, punctuated by the pedestrian/cyclist-only bridges - The Goodwill Bridge and the Kurilpa Bridge.

The precinct is also home to numerous CityCycle stations.

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The precinct is an easily accessible extension of the CBD, connected to the north bank by six bridges:

  • Victoria Bridge - car lanes, bus lanes with pedestrian/cyclist paths
  • William Jolly Bridge - car lanes, with pedestrian/cyclist paths
  • Kurilpa Bridge - pedestrian and cyclist
  • Merivale Bridge - rail
  • Goodwill Bridge - pedestrian and cyclist
  • Go Between Bridge - car, separate pedestrian and cyclist lanes

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Attractions and events

The South Bank precinct is the cultural hub of Queensland and is home to many arts and events organisations including the most visited gallery in Australia, the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) and the internationally awarded, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

  • Queensland Performing Arts Centre
  • Queensland Museum South Bank and Sciencentre
  • Queensland Art Gallery and GoMA
  • State Library of Queensland
  • Queensland Theatre Company
  • Queensland Symphony Orchestra
  • Opera Queensland
  • Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium
  • Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Brisbane Festival

Events of an international calibre are constantly occurring across the precinct - including plays, musicals, markets, conventions and exhibitions - bringing the area alive.

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Shopping, restaurants and bars

Shopping, restaurants and bars are mainly located along Grey St, Little Stanley St, River Quay and Melbourne Street. It is estimated that there are 257 restaurants, bars and cafes, 53 fashion boutiques and 157 specialty stores in the area. 

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The Parklands, Little Stanley Street and Grey Street

One of South Bank's most popular attractions is The Parklands, South Bank. The Parklands include green space, South Bank Piazza, cafes, restaurants, playgrounds and the famous Streets Beach, an urban beach with views of the CBD. 

Adjacent to The Parklands is Little Stanley and Grey Streets which house a wide variety of retailers, cafes, bars and restaurants alongside residential apartments and office space.

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The precinct is also a centre for education. It is estimated that there are 80,000 students within 1.5km radius. Education facilities include three Griffith University campuses - Queensland College of Art, Film School and Queensland Conservatorium, TAFE Queensland Brisbane, Brisbane State High School, Somerville House and St Laurence's College. 

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