Ah South Bank! The one relic left over from Expo 88 that we all know and love... Except that many people are stuck in the past, lost under the misapprehension that South Bank is merely a tourist trap. Well shake it off, people, because South Bank is actually Brisbane’s premier lifestyle and cultural destination, don't you know! It was recently named Queensland Retail Property of the Year by the Property Council of Australia in recognition for its excellence in design, marketing, presentation and food retailing. And because it's awesome.
Renew your love for South Bank precinct and get the most out of this local haven with these seven sneaky South Bank hacks:
1. Cheap cinema tickets
An adult ticket to the latest blockbuster at a traditional cinema can set you back up to $20, and that’s before snacks (and we ALL need snacks. The smell of popcorn gets us every time)! That’s why all locals should know that South Bank’s Cineplex adult tickets are only $8.50 ($11 for 3D films) and on budget Tuesdays they’re only $6.50 per ticket. Plus, see any film and they’ll validate your cinema parking. Bargain!
2. Parking spots
Parking can be a huge deterrent for people who don’t particularly want to fork out $20 for a casual two-hour visit. It’s worth checking for parking specials on the VisitBrisbane website. With their current Monday to Friday midday special, you’ll only pay $5 when you enter after 11.30am and exit before 2.30pm.
If you miss out on those hot deals, don’t lose hope! It’s worth checking some sneaky street park finds before hitting the underground ramp and boom gates. Check out Colchester Street and Tribune Street (behind the South Bank bus terminal/train station). QPAC’s capped rate of $15 makes this a popular option, but you’ll need to make it back by midnight unless you want your car locked away until morning.
3. Free fitness
Group fitness classes and gym memberships can be expensive, so we suggest getting your sweat on in the fresh air at a free fitness class. These classes are running as part of the Medibank Feel Good Program until November 19, 2015. Check the timetable to choose between low-impact, high-energy and relaxing classes.
If you’re looking for cardio or are training for a fun run, Parkrun hosts a free five-kilometre timed run at 7am from South Bank every Saturday. Just register online to receive your unique barcode to participate and you’re good to go! Track your times on the site to watch your progress. Did we mention it was FREE?
4. Last-minute event tickets
There’s always something happening in or around the South Bank forecourt. If you’re keen to indulge in a show, it’s always worth checking Lasttix for last-minute discounted tickets. At the moment you can buy cheap tickets to Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema, screening at South Bank’s Rainforest Green until November 15.
5. Foodie hacks
Can't decide on what to eat but KNOW you want to go out to eat? Look no further than South Bank. The foodie mecca has something for every taste, budget, culture and dining experience so you can wander up and down the strip for inspiration. Or have a progressive dinner and have entree, main and dessert at different restaurants! But the BIGGEST secret for food lovers is that there are a constantly revolving number of specials and deals. This is the motherlode of discount deals that are the precinct's best kept secret.
6. Streets Beach Activities
Every month, without fail, there's an event, festival or celebration at South Bank’s forecourt to enjoy. Every night from December 17 to December 23 2015, locals can watch family-favourite Christmas movies from their towel on the sand or floating in the water for a true dive-in experience.
7. Free ferry
After a full day of fun, you might not feel up to a stroll across the Victoria Bridge. Or maybe you don’t want to waste your precious go card money on a trip across the river (public transport is expensive, man). No problem! Jump on the CityHopper ferry! This free service runs every half hour from 6am to midnight, seven days a week. With stops at North Quay, South Bank 3, Maritime Museum, Thorton Street, Eagle Street Pier, Holman Street, Dockside and Sydney Street terminals you can give your exhausted legs (and wallet) a well-earned rest.
Get in on the South Bank action and stay a little longer with one of Central Apartment Hotel’s three close locations, including their Central Hillcrest Apartment Hotel (walking distance from the precinct), Central Cosmo in Milton (a quick ferry ride from the new Milton CityCat ferry terminal), or Central Dockside at Kangaroo Point location (accessible by the free CityHopper ferry).
There’s even a special deal on at the moment to stay at Milton’s Central Cosmo location, where guests can stay in a studio apartment at Central Cosmo from $120 per night for a two-night minimum stay*.
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