Southbank and West End


On the southern side of the Brisbane River from the CBD is Southbank. This is the cultural hub of the city and has some beautiful parklands along the river. West End is a bit hipster and a bit hippy. Great vibe here and lots of young people around.


This is a great place to meet girls. The parklands along the river are beautiful and very busy in the afternoon. There are 2 unis here so there are plenty of students. This is the place to be for backpackers and travellers in Brisbane. Boundary St in the West End draws a lot of hippy girls. There are a lot of backpackers here as there are some big hostels in the area.  ... ... ... ...


West End is more laid back and has more of a hippy vibe than the CBD and the Valley. It is walking distance to Southbank.

The Fox

This is the best place in town on Sundays. Prime time to come here is about 10pm. Lots of attractive girls, mainly students. The crowd here is young. There is often a long line to get in.


Really pretty girls here but not the most social place. Good on a Sunday.

The Boundary Hotel

Old school pub that is being revamped for a more suburban crowd.

Archive Beer Boutique

Cool beer bar that draws a pretty good crowd. Beer is cheaper on Sunday. Lots of hipsters.

Rumpus Room

Nice during the day and draws a good crowd on Saturday nights. Sundays they host the Boundary St Markets.

Brisbane Brewing Co

Good beer garden and tasty burgers.

The Bearded Lady

Nice little hole in the wall venue for local bands and acoustic acts. You will probably have to pay $10 or so to get in.

The End

Really great vibe here friendly staff. Small place and the prices are on the high side. Good music.

Story Bridge Hotel

Huge bar that fills up for major events.

Brisbane Jazz Club

Nice little jazz bar by the river.

Southbank Lagoon

Really nice artificial beach. Big crowds especially on the weekend in summer. Great for sunbathing and hanging out.

Southbank Parklands

Beautiful park along the river with great BBQ spots. There is also a giant Ferris Wheel that will give you a great view of the city. Lots of cafes and bars along the river. Great spot to chill and watch the sun go down.

Kangaroo Point

You can walk up the steep stairs here for a great view. Great spot for rock climbing and abseiling.

Riverlife Kangaroo Point

They run climbing and abseiling as well as hire of kayaks, bikes & rollerblades.

Collective Markets

Great markets that run all weekend from Friday nights. Lots of food & clothes. Can be a bit expensive.

Davies Park Market

Nice relaxed market every Saturday in the West End.

Queensland Art Gallery and GOMA

Free entry to these great Art galleries. The modern art gallery is particularly good.

Story Bridge

Beautiful bridge and a nice park underneath. You can climb the bridge for between $119 and $159. Book through this website (

Southbank Cinemas

Cheap movies here $8.50.

Little Greek Taverna

Buzzing little Greek spot with great food.

King Ahiram

Cheap wraps and probably the best falafels in town. Everything here is cheap and good.

Three Monkeys

Great coffee and chai. Nice cakes and good food. BYO.

Wandering Cooks

Cool warehouse style restaurant where different chefs take over on different nights. You can get some great food here.

Zum Kaiser Restaurant

Great German food and the biggest selection of beer you will see. It is inside the German Club which you will have to join for an additional $5.

Bar Spritz

Climb up the steep path from the river to have a coffee on the balcony.

Lower River Tce Kangaroo Point

At the eastern end there is a parking time limit of 4 hours but the time limit is not enforced. You can sleep uninterrupted. There are BBQs and toilets here and showers at the nearby Southbank Lagoon.

Somewhere to Stay Backpackers Hostel

Friendly hostel with a pool and great prices. Little bit dirty and the kitchen is small.

Some Rooms Backpacker

Quiet residential spot but only a few minutes walk from the West End. Fridges in the dorm rooms.

Gonow Family Backpacker Hostel

Basic place with great prices and a BBQ. Very sociable.

Brisbane Backpackers Resort

Free pickups and drop offs and a great pool.

Minto Colonial Accommodation

Nice place a bit. A of a walk from town. They can help with longer term stays.