South Bank

Directly across the river from the CBD lies South Bank, Brisbane’s cultural heart and home to the beautiful South Bank Parklands.

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Neighbourhood Details

  • Rentals from around $250 pw
  • 3km from the CBD
  • Parklands in the city centre

Relaxed and laid-back vibes

With parkland in the city centre and a year-round events calendar, South Bank is a lively and laid-back place to live, but just a quick stroll across the bridge from the CBD.

South Bank’s Cultural Centre is home to museums, art galleries and theatres, including GOMA, the largest contemporary art gallery in Australia and QPAC hosts world-class musicals and performances year-round.

South Bank also has a more playful side and is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike who come to enjoy the glorious sunshine or swim at Streets Beach, Australia’s only inner-city man-made beach. Locals and visitors take advantage of Brisbane’s 300-plus days of sunshine per year and dine outdoors at South Bank’s many cafes, bars and restaurants. Wander further along the river and you’ll find people relaxing to the sounds of live music at River Quay with picnics and their dogs, or wandering through the Epicurious Garden.

South Bank’s relaxed and laid-back vibes, combined with a variety of accessible transport options, education providers and leisure activities make it an ideal place to call home.

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South Bank is home to Streets Beach, Australia's only inner-city man-made beach.

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Local Interests

  • Woolworths South Point Grey Street Retail
  • IGA Supermarket Melbourne Street Retail
  • Hong Lan Asian Foods & Seafoods Vulture Street Retail
  • The Collective Markets Stanley Street Plaza Markets
  • Spice Merchants of AussieIndia Boundary Street Retail
  • Coles Supermarket West End Boundary Rd Retail
  • Little Big House Grey Street Bar
  • Harajuku Gyoza Grey Street Restaurant
  • Fish Lane Fish Lane Dining
  • Bamboo Basket Grey Street Restaurant
  • Suki Grey Street Restaurant
  • Max Brenner Chocolate Bar Little Stanley Street Plaza Dessert
  • South Bank Parklands South Bank Park
  • Streets Beach South Bank Activity
  • Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) South Bank Cultural Centre Museum
  • Queensland Museum South Bank Cultural Centre Museum
  • Queensland Performing Arts Complex South Bank Cultural Centre Art
  • Cineplex South Bank Grey Street Cinema

Transport Options

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Brisbane provides a reliable network of travel and transport links, as well as paths and walkways that make up one of Australia’s most compact and foot-friendly city centres.

TransLink, Brisbane’s integrated ticketing system, provides students with the flexibility to travel on train, bus and ferry services using just the one card. Go cards can be bought at Queensland Rail stations and selected ticketing agents and provide fares cheaper than buying paper tickets at transit stations. The green student Go card offers full-time students even further discounts.

  • Airport line Varsity Lakes via Brisbane City to Airport
  • Gold Coast line Airport via Brisbane to Varsity Lakes
  • Shorncliffe line Cleveland via Brisbane City to Shorncliffe
  • Cleveland line Shorncliffe via Brisbane City to Cleveland
  • Ferny Grove line Beenleigh via Brisbane City to Ferny Grove
  • Beenleigh line Ferny Grove via Brisbane City to Beenleigh
  • Doomben line Beenleigh via Brisbane City to Doomben
  • Cultural Centre bus station Connections to UQ, QUT, Griffith University and Brisbane City
  • South Bank bus station Connections to UQ, QUT, Griffith University and Brisbane City

Neighbourhood Ambassador

Hear from a current student who loves living in South Bank.

There is always something happening

South Bank always has something happening – events such as Brisbane Festival and World Science Festival are held here. It’s a very beautiful place to spend time along the river or in the parklands. A picnic is never a bad idea when you live in South Bank!

Sekar Wibowo