Free Activities in the South Bank Parklands
Just outside the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center, the Southbank Parklands offer a number of free fun filled experiences and activities.
Stroll along the Clem Jones Promenade, the Arbour or the Rainforest Green boardwalk. These scenic strolls are lush and inviting all year round.
- Sunday Sessions on the Green
Every Sunday from 14:00-17:00, the River Quay lawns are buzzing with free, live music. The space is licensed between 10:00 and 20:00 daily, so feel free to bring a bottle of wine and some cheese and crackers to nibble on during the show.
- Streets Beach
Australia’s only inner-city, man-made beach, boasts a sparkling lagoon surrounded by white, sandy beaches and sub-tropical plants. Streets Beach is free to use and is patrolled by qualified lifeguards all year round.
- Nepalese Pagoda
This beautiful structure is begging to be explored. It was originally brought to Brisbane for World Expo 88 and features 80 tonnes of hand-carved Nepalese timber.
- Parkrun - Running Group on Saturday
Saturday from 6:45 at Riverside Green, parkrun takes you on a 5km trek along the Clem Jones Promenade.
- Epicurious Garden
South Bank's kitchen garden. Head along to touch, smell and taste fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs, and learn about sustainable living.
- Rain Bank
Rain Bank is South Bank’s multi-award winning urban stormwater harvesting and reuse centre. Head along to its viewing deck to teach the little ones about water recycling and see the tanks in action.
Free Tours and Guided Walks
Brisbane Greeters City Walking Tour
Free Brisbane Greeters tours depart at 10:00 from the King George Square (in front of the City Hall), seven days a week and run for two to four hours each. Reservation is required.
Brisbane Greeters are locals who love living here so much that they are enthusiastic about introducing you to their city, and sharing their intimate knowledge.
City Hall Tour
Brisbane City Hall tour (45 min) daily at 10:30, 11:30, 13:30, 14:30
The heritage-listed Brisbane City Hall is seen as the heart of Brisbane and has been the backdrop to many cultural, social and civic events. Reservation required.
Clock Tower Tour
Brisbane City Hall Clock Tower - daily every 15 minutes from 10:15 to 16:45
Roma Street Gardens Guided Walk
Free one-hour guided walks throughout Roma Street Parkland leaving from The Hub at 11:00 and 13:00 daily.
South Bank Walking Tour
Free Brisbane Greeters tours depart at 10:00 from the South Bank Information & Booking Centre, seven days a week and run for two to four hours each. Reservation is required.
City Botanic Gardens Walk (free entry)
Free guided walk (1 hour) to learn about the plants and features of the City Botanic Gardens. Walks leave Monday-Saturday from the Rotunda at 11:00 and 13:00. The attractions of the Gardens include Bamboo Grove, Weeping Fig Avenue, Riverstage, ornamental ponds and more.
Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mount Coot-tha Tour (free entry)
Visitors can enjoy free guided tours Monday to Saturday at 11:00 and 13:00 (public holidays excluded). Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha features Japanese Gardens and a Freedom Wall monument; The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is also located on the grounds.
Museum of Brisbane
Brisbane City Hall (level 3) Open daily @10:00-17:00
GOMA – Gallery of Modern Art
The permanent exhibitions, Children's Art Centre, screenings and most programs are free
Special Events and Exhibitions have an entry fee. Congress participants obtain 20% off with presentation of their delegate badge.
City Hopper Ferry Service
CityCyles which have 150 stations around the Brisbane CBD and fringe. You can ride for free as long as you check in your bike at a station every 30 minutes.
Wi-Fi in Brisbane
Brisbane City Council now offers free wireless internet (Wi-Fi) access in 22 parks and public spaces across Brisbane, as well as the Queen Street Mall, Reddacliff Place, Victoria Bridge, South Bank Parklands, Roma Street Parkland, Valley Malls, Mt Coot-tha Summit Lookout, Brisbane Libraries and on CityCats.