Brisbane’s South Bank – a cultural highlight

Having family in Brisbane provided Iggy and me with the strongest motivation to visit this Queensland city. Somehow I had formed the impression that the city was a stop-off point for Surfers Paradise and Noosa – a transit lounge for melanoma seekers. I did not expect Brisbane to become one of my favourite cities in the world. And – apart from the lure of family – why has Brisbane become a favourite destination? Because of South Bank.

South Bank, across a walking bridge from Brisbane's city centre.

South Bank, across a walking bridge from Brisbane’s city centre.

South Bank is on the site of the World Expo 88. It opened to the public as a cultural precinct in June 1992. A pleasant ride on the Brisbane River by City Cat is an easy way of reaching South Bank, where there are shops, a beach, an auditorium, a conservatorium, a gallery of traditional art, a gallery of contemporary art, a library, café, book shop and more.

Iggy is happy to take a break in the café - sheltered above and on three sides while open on its fourth side - while I indulge in the contemporary art exhibitions.

Iggy is happy to take a break in the café – sheltered above and on three sides while open on its fourth side – while I indulge in the contemporary art exhibitions.

Looking out from the open side of the café.

Looking out from the open side of the café.

He usually joins me in my favourite book shop in the whole world.

He usually joins me in my favourite book shop in the whole world. I don’t think we have ever managed to leave this shop empty handed.

It's worth a look around the corner at the selection of books for all ages and the beautiful gift wrap.

It’s worth a look around the corner at the selection of books for all ages and the beautiful gift wrap.

The shop by the contemporary art gallery stocks art books and high quality, novel gifts.

The shop by the contemporary art gallery stocks art books and high quality, novel gifts.

After being absorbed in a rich display of Aboriginal art, we crossed the bridge to the city side and made our way to the station for an easy train ride out to the airport. Off to Perth!

After I had my fix of magnificent Aboriginal art, brilliantly exhibited in the gallery of contemporary art, we crossed the bridge to the city side where this charming colonial building took my eye. From here, we made our way to the station for an easy train ride out to the airport. Off to Perth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Brisbane’s South Bank – a cultural highlight

  1. Ana says:

    *sniff* we miss Brisbane.

  2. Iggy says:

    Free wi-fi allowed me to catch up with emails while Kiwicommunicator soaked up the art.

  3. Abuela says:

    …an added benefit to a quiet afternoon at South Bank.

  4. Southbank is great. I worked in the old fashioned sweet shop near the beach during high school and university. The whole place has had a bit of a revamp lately which was sorely needed. And the gallery bookshop is good. Next time you are passing through I will take Iggy to some other great bookshops.

  5. Kiwicommunicator says:

    Must do so! Thank you for that, Bree.

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