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.