And not get your car impounded.
Brisbane is a fantastic city, there’s no denying it. We have an amazing selection of awarded restaurants, shopping precincts for all your retail therapy needs, and plenty of free events available year round. If we are being truly honest, we don’t always feel like getting public transport. There’s no shame in that – sometimes you just want to enjoy the comfort and convenience of your own car! But when it comes to parking in the CBD, there seems to be a misconception that it’s difficult or expensive. Thankfully, we can honestly report that this is not the case, and we are happy to impart all of the vital tips you need to ensure you nab cheap parking in Brisbane CBD. Less time commuting, more time adventuring!
1. Two words: Weekend rates! If you’re planning a shopping and brunch date in the city, scoping out the best weekend rates is the first step. It’s a little-known secret that the Brisbane City Council car parks at King George Square and Wickham Terrace offers $5 parking all weekend, leaving more $$$ for breakfast at Felix For Goodness. Or, if you’re keen to do some shopping, the Myer Centre offers a flat rate of $5 on weekends – just remember to pre-book online!
Just a quick note: This post is sponsored, but we only write about things we reckon you’ll love. Thanks Brisbane Marketing for all the top tips on CBD parking!
2. This one has the potential to be the greatest tip you will read in this whole list, so get ready: PARK ‘N’ PARTY. On Friday and Saturday nights at Wilson Parking at Eagle Street Pier, you can drop your car off for $15.50, go get loose at Riverbar, and leave your car until you crawl out of bed the next afternoon to retrieve it. Amazing initiative.
3. It might sound obvious, but it needs to be said: book online. Bless the internet and the convenience it unleashes on our lives! Countless times I have been en route to the city and had my shotgun passenger book parking online. It’s the easiest way to pay for parking, it minimises the “where should we park?” debate, and it’s often significantly cheaper. The Myer Centre has crazy good rates if you’re savvy enough to book an hour ahead of time. If you lack the foresight to book in advance (same) Secure-A-Spot at Wintergarden requires bookings a mere 15 minutes before entry.
4. Street parking is for amateurs, as the CBD can be a tricky place to navigate. Why risk parking in a clearway and copping a fine – or worse, getting your car towed? Been there, done that.
5. Early-bird rates! Not only does the early-bird get the worm, they also get crazy good discounted rates. Park at King George Square Car Park before 7am on weekdays for a flat rate of $20! This allows you plenty of time to fit in a run before work, or a slow morning in one of our amazing CBD cafes. Whatever you’re into.
6. Evenings are an abundance of parking deals, perfect for after-work dinner (or gym – whatever you fancy) and Friday late-night shopping. Throughout the week you can park at King George Square and Wickham Terrace car parks for only $5 from 4.30pm, or for $12 from 2pm at QueensPlaza.
7. With so many parking lots available throughout the city, there’s always an option close to your destination. Park at Wintergarden, Myer Centre, or QueensPlaza for shopping, or Secure Parking Edward Street and Wilson Parking Albert Street for some of Brisbane’s best dining.
8. Do not attempt a parallel park. Parallel parking in the CBD is a rookie error and will probably result in angry motorists yelling at you. No one wants to wait for someone to attempt to get into a park three times.
9. Be cut-throat! Take no prisoners! If you’ve been prowling the parking lot for prime real estate, don’t let some cheeky driver sneak in and steal what you’ve been waiting for. Nip in!
10. But in saying that, be a smart motorist. You don’t want to be careless with your motoring manoeuvres and end up stuck against a pillar in the Wintergarden parking lot and have to call RACQ to come get you out. Again: been there, done that.
11. Make use of fringe parking options. Roma Street Parkland, South Bank, Petrie Terrace, Spring Hill, and Fortitude Valley are all within reasonable walking distance of the city and all offer cheap parking. While we don’t recommend street parking in the CBD, we have no qualms with nabbing a good spot in the fringe ‘burbs. Score!
Just a heads up, all the parking rates mentioned here were correct at the time of publishing, but we also recommend checking in with the carpark operator or taking a quick look here just to make sure!