If you’re wondering how to celebrate Australia Day this year, it looks like South Bank is the place to be! In addition to all the usual family-friendly attractions at South Bank, it will also be the location for the Great Australian Bites event, and the Australia Day fireworks!
Great Australian Bites at South Bank
Great Australian Bites is a celebration of food, culture and music on Australia Day, hosted by South Bank in Brisbane, as well as other locations around Queensland. As part of the festivities, you can eat locally-prepared Queensland produce while enjoying music and entertainment by home-grown artists.
South Bank Restaurants will be preparing delectable tasting plates to try – including old favourites and new culinary delights. Best of all, entry to the Great Australian Bites event is free! It’s also the perfect way to spend time before the fireworks begin. Great Australian Bites runs from 26th to 28th January 2017 at South Bank. For more information, you can read our detailed review here.
Australia Day Fireworks at South Bank
The fireworks displays at South Bank are always spectacular, and definitely something to add to your family bucket list. You may even like to make it an annual tradition! The Parklands do get busy for the fireworks, so it may be a good idea to catch public transport, arrive early to secure a spot, and wait for the crowds to disperse a little before making your way home. Some families also take ear muffs/plugs for younger children that may be frightened by the noise. The fireworks begin at 7.30pm on Australia Day, and the best vantage point is along the Clem Jones Promenade.
More for families to do at South Bank
South Bank is undoubtedly one of the most family-friendly locations in Brisbane. There’s a swimming lagoon and beach, an aqua fun park, gardens and playgrounds, paths for walking and riding, as well as many cafes and restaurants. South Bank is also walking distance to the Gallery of Modern Art, The Queensland Art Gallery, The State Library, the Queensland Museum and the Science Centre, which all offer dedicated spaces and activities for children. If you don’t want to eat out, there are lovely picnic areas and barbecue facilities at South Bank so you can self-cater. Entry to South Bank is free, and it is open seven days per week, but you will need to pay for parking. South Bank is fully wheel chair and pram accessible, including toilets which are suitable for those with a disability.