South Bank Se­crets

Where Brisbane - - Contents - By Tiana Tem­ple­man

IT IS EARLY evening at South Bank and things are hot­ting up. The sound of peo­ple hav­ing fun min­gles with soft jazz from a nearby restau­rant and the heady scent of frangi­pani fills the air. El­e­gant fash­ion­istas share the streets with tourists wear­ing t-shirts and there is no cut-off age limit for en­joy­ing a night out.

South Bank has an ex­cite­ment all its own and some of the best shop­ping, drink­ing, din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment op­tions in Bris­bane. With charm­ing mar­kets, ex­cel­lent restau­rants, al­fresco bars and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties galore, there has never been a bet­ter time to visit.

THINGS TO DO

South Bank is well known for its swim­ming la­goon Streets Beach, but there are plenty of al­ter­na­tive ac­tiv­i­ties for those who pre­fer to stay dry.

The Gallery of Modern Art, or GOMA as it is af­fec­tion­ately known, has an in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion for host­ing ex­hi­bi­tions that are the envy of other gal­leries with the likes of Pi­casso, Matisse and Warhol draw­ing record crowds.

Cul­ture afi­ciona­dos can also ex­plore the more tra­di­tional Queens­land Art Gallery or the Queens­land Mu­seum and Scien­cen­tre which con­tin­ues to evolve with the ad­di­tion of high-tech in­stal­la­tions. The lat­ter is a big hit with kids of all ages.

Across the road at South Bank Park­lands you can take to the sky on The Wheel of Bris­bane, a gi­ant ob­ser­va­tion wheel which takes you high above the city. If you would pre­fer to take to the wa­ter, River City Cruises of­fer a range of re­lax­ing tours which in­clude a hop-off op­tion so you can ex­plore fur­ther afield.

Another pop­u­lar at­trac­tion with a mar­itime theme can be found at the south­ern end of the Park­lands. The Queens­land Mar­itime Mu­seum houses his­tor­i­cal mar­itime arte­facts, pho­to­graphs and paint­ings in its col­lec­tion, along­side nu­mer­ous ves­sels which you can ex­plore, such as the World War II frigate HMAS Dia­mantina and the pow­er­ful steam tug Force­ful. It is a hands-on mu­seum run by pas­sion­ate vol­un­teers, many of whom are re­tired ship masters, ma­rine engi­neers and ex-naval per­son­nel.

Photo: Tourism and Events Queens­land. Photo: © Ash­ley Roach.

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