South Bank Se­crets

Where Gold Coast - - Contents - By Tiana Tem­ple­man


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.


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.

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.


South Bank is home to a num­ber of eclec­tic creative mar­kets. If you have an ap­petite for the un­usual and like to browse, visit the Col­lec­tive Mar­kets. Here you can pick up hand­made fash­ion, vin­tage col­lectibles, jew­ellery, home­wares and fur­ni­ture at af­ford­able prices.

Lit­tle Stanley Street plays host to the Young De­sign­ers Mar­ket on the first Sun­day of ev­ery month. Ev­ery­thing at this mar­ket is hand­made by the stall hold­ers.


South Bank has a daz­zling se­lec­tion of restau­rants and cafés, many of which cap­i­talise on Queens­land’s love of out­door din­ing. South Bank Surf Club over­looks the fa­mous swim­ming la­goon and gives an in­ner-city twist to the tra­di­tional Aussie surf club. It is a great spot for a drink and a bite to eat on a sunny af­ter­noon.

Along­side the river there is River Quay, a col­lec­tion of sleek din­ing op­tions rang­ing from cham­pagne break­fasts at River Quay Fish to rus­tic Ital­ian share plates at Popolo and the steak­house so­phis­ti­ca­tion of Stoke­house Q. Fresh seafood, home-style favourites and an In­done­sian in­flu­ence can be found at The Jetty, while Fran­cophiles will ap­pre­ci­ate Aquitaine Brasserie, a charm­ing al­fresco diner of­fer­ing a de­li­cious taste of France with clas­sic dishes such as Mar­seille bouil­l­abaisse.

A trip to The Plough Inn is a must. This fam­ily-owned Aussie pub was es­tab­lished in 1864 and is a Bris­bane icon. Hang out on the deck, or head to beer gar­den, where there’s live en­ter­tain­ment seven nights a week. Dine at The Plough Inn’s Steak­house, which of­fers tra­di­tional pub fare with a mod­ern twist.

Above: Popolo. Photo: Sa­van­nah van der Niet.

Left: South Bank views. Photo: © Full­frame Pho­to­graph­ics 2016/ Tourism and Events Queens­land.

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