South Bank Parklands

An inner-suburban recreational area on the banks of the Brisbane River opposite the Central Business District. It began life as the site of Expo 88, a landmark exhibition event in the history of Brisbane which provided the launch pad for an exciting period of growth and development. The theme of the Expo was "Leisure in the Age of Technology", and the mascot for the Expo was an Australian platypus, named "Expo Oz".

The precinct is today set among parklands, tranquil setting for numerous attractions, including Streets Beach, a calm, blue salt-water man-made beach; garden and rainforest walks, including the Energex Arbour Boulevard; picnic and barbecue areas; more than 20 restaurants and cafes. Rydges Hotel South Bank, Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and the Queensland Maritime Museum are located around the perimeter of South Bank. A sightseeing ferris wheel is located at South Bank near the Nepal Peace Pagoda. Free admission.

Streets Beach, Brisbane: one of South Bank's most popular attractions and the only man-made beach in Australia in the middle of the city. A unique swimming location, Streets Beach overlooks the Brisbane River and Central Business District. Conceived as a major piece of landscape, it has a sparkling, crystal clear lagoon with white sand beaches, palm trees, pebbled creeks and shady shallows surrounded by sub-tropical trees and exotic plantings.

Contact: (07) 3867 2051. Location: How to get there: from Brisbane, cross the Victoria Bridge from Queen St; by rail, train to South Bank of South Brisbane station on the Cleveland or Beenleigh lines.

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