Picnic spots at South Bank

South Bank has plenty of picturesque picnic areas and free barbecue facilities that are open all year round – take your pick and relax, escape, and enjoy.


Picnic Spots

No matter what your mood, you’ll find a picnic spot to suit it at South Bank. River Quay Green, Riverside Green and Picnic Island Green are the most popular.

As their names suggest, River Quay Green and Riverside Green also have stunning views of the Brisbane River and city skyline, while Riverside Green and Picnic Island Playground have free, state-of-the-art playgrounds for the kids to play on.

Consumption of alcohol is permitted from 10am - 8pm at River Quay Green and Picnic Island Green, to consume alcohol in these spaces you must be 18+ years old and have food to accompany your drinks. Please note on New Year's Eve and Australia Day, South Bank Parklands is alcohol-free for public safety reasons.

If seclusion is your aim, take a trip to Rainforest Green or the Liana Lounge. Both are shrouded in tall, leafy trees and the Liana Lounge has the added benefit of a gorgeous art piece (inspired by Australia’s native liana vines) that doubles as seating.

Finally, there’s the Little Stanley Street Lawns. Located opposite South Bank’s bustling Little Stanley Street, the Lawns are an inviting green space dotted with leafy fig trees. They’re ideal for kicking back on with a book or picnic, and they also provide a scenic backdrop for The Collective Markets.

Riverside Green South Bank Family Picnic

Riverside Green, South Bank Parklands

Free Barbeques

South Bank’s barbecue facilities are located at Picnic Island Green, Riverside Green and Aquativity and they are completely free to use.

Barbecues are not reserved for private use, so please make sure that you get in early to secure your spot on the hotplate. We also request that you move your food away from the barbecues as soon as you’re finished so that others can have their turn. 

Riverside Green Playground South Bank Kids Playing

Riverside Green Playground, South Bank Parklands


South Bank has three free playgrounds – Riverside Green Playground, Picnic Island Green Playground and Aquativity, a water playground. For more information, head to our playground page.


To locate all of the above spaces, check out the official South Bank map.

A distant shot of a couple sitting on a tree trunk on a beach