Brisbane - Southbank Parklands Hot

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Address
Little Stanley Street
Southbank
State
Qld
Post Code
4101
A cultural hub for Brisbane, Southbank Parklands are home to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, the Queensland Museum, The State Library of Queensland, Sciencentre, The Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art and the Maritime Museum. The Griffith University Conservatorium is here and Southbank TAFE and an Imax cinema are two blocks back near the Rydges Hotel. Disability friendly toilet facilities are found throughout the parklands and in all of the institutions mentioned above.
**Note** The Queensland Museum and Sciencentre are closed from 3 October, 2011 for a $12.5 million redevevelopment.  They will reopen in January 2012.
The South Brisbane Train Station will also be closed from Monday 31 October until Friday 9 December, 2011 for a refurbishment, which will include a new wheelchair accessible toilet.  This will not affect trains travelling through the station to other stations.  A shuttle bus will be provided from South Brisbane train station to Southbank, if you indicate when getting on the train that you are going to Southbank.  Accessible shuttle buses will be provided frequently as part of this shuttle service. Customers with disabilities requiring assistance during the South Brisbane station closure are requested to contact Passenger Service Officers on 3606 5555, use the Emergency Help Phone, or via the text messaging service on 0428 774 636.
 
Southbank Parklands – Brisbane
Getting there:
Just across the Brisbane River from the Brisbane CBD, Southbank Parklands is disability friendly and can be accessed by car, train, bus or city-cat ferry (ferry operates 5.50 a.m. To 10.30 p.m.). If you're in the city and want to get there under your own steam, you can head up the gentle slope in Queen Street Mall and cross over to Southbank using the footpath on the Victoria Bridge. This will bring you closest to the museum, galleries, library and theatres etc. Alternatively you can cross over using the pedestrian only Goodwill Bridge which starts near the city Botanical Gardens and brings you out at the other end of Southbank. There are carparks (for a fee) underneath the parklands accessed from Little Stanley Street. Level B1 has 8 parking spaces for people with disabilities, close to the lifts and there are 4 bays at each of the north and south ends of the carpark near lifts. There are also other carparks nearby including in the Convention Centre (also for a fee). There is some street parking in the area and you might get lucky. The Southbank train station is only a level two blocks behind Southbank.
What you will find:
Southbank has three children's playgrounds reached by the meandering paths, a beach and swimming lagoons (with changing areas and showers), including a ramped and railed entrance to the boat pool and children's waterplay area nearby. Pool wheelchairs are available for only in the Boat Pool and can be hired from the Visitor's Centre near the Plough Inn. You can also hire beach wheelchairs and push-chairs from here. Visitor's Centre is online (visitsouthbank.com.au) or phone 61 7 38672051 between 9 – 5 daily except Christmas Day and Good Friday at Easter. There are also barbecues throughout Southbank, but you need to be quick to snag one of these at peak times as they are very popular. The area is packed with cafes, pubs and restaurants and you will often see/hear buskers providing entertainment and hoping for your patronage.
Southbank is the base for many festivals and events each year including Riverfire Festival in September and the Australia Day celebrations in January. There are markets Friday nights 5 - 10 and during the day at weekends (Saturday 10 – 5 and Sunday 9 – 5) and if you want an overview from higher up, the ferris wheel is wheelchair friendly. Just ask at the ticket counter and staff will provide a ramp. The ferris wheel cost $12.80 when check September 2011 for a concession ticket. The Wheel of Brisbane – open Monday to Thursday 11 a.m to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. To 11 p.m. And Sunday 9 a.m. To 5 p.m.
Image Guide: Southbank Parklands; Southbank city-cat ferry terminal; Victoria Bridge; Goodwill pedestrian bridge; the bougainvillea covered boulevarde; The Wheel; rainforest boardwalk (still closed for repair September 2011); ramp into boat pool (suitable for swimming); barbecue;  cafetaria sign; Clem Jones Promenade; Imax cinema; The Wheel

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