Brisbane, known to us locals as ‘Brissy’, the ‘River City’ and even sometimes ‘Bris-Vegas!’, is a wonderful place to spend some time. I moved here from Melbourne over a decade ago, and love calling it home. One of my favourite places is South Bank, located right on the river opposite the CBD. Known for its incredible gardens, art, culture, music and amazing dining, South Bank really has it all – including this year’s ASA conference which will be hosted at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre! There are a multitude of options, all within a stone’s throw of each other, even a sandy beach – complete with lifeguards – so remember to pack your togs! Here are some of my top things to do at South Bank:
Gardens and Riverside Walk
Enjoy the gardens and riverside walk – walk, cycle or e-scooter your way along the wide promenades and admire the incredible gardens. One of the iconic elements of South Bank is its kilometre-long Arbour – a wonderful combination of architecture and stunning magenta bougainvillea. If you look carefully at the Archives Amplified logo, you can see its distinctive shape in the background image
South Bank is a cultural hub and includes the Qld Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (QGOMA), Qld Museum, Maritime Museum, and the Qld Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). As well as visiting these wonderful places, some the best times I’ve enjoyed at South Bank have been attending one of their many free concerts in the open air River Quay Ampitheatre, where you can enjoy a cocktail (or another drink of your choice) with your evening picnic. The river makes a wonderful backdrop. Divine!
There are loads of amazing eateries all around South Bank and I’m on a personal mission to sample them all! From fine river-front dining, to more casual affairs of cafes, bars and cheap eats, South Bank is a foodie’s paradise! One of my absolute favourite places is Popolo Italian Kitchen. With a picture perfect view over the river, here you can enjoy tasty share plates while watching the river ferries (known as ‘city-cats’) coming and going, and later the lights of the CBD shimmering across the water. Buon Appetito!
Image (right): Colleen Sippo enjoying Queensland's Whitsunday Islands