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If you’re heading to Brisbane, Australia to see the latest theatre production, big sporting game, festival, or you’re visiting just to check out some of the fun family attractions, then staying in the South Bank precinct is perfect.

We spend a lot of time in Brisbane every year and more often than not, we end up somewhere in or around South Bank, because that’s where most of the attractions are. With the likes of the Sciencentre and Museum, Queensland Performing Arts Complex, the Brisbane River, and South Bank Parklands with its beach, playgrounds, eateries and entertainment, you’ll definitely never be bored. Plus, if you need some retail therapy, South Bank is an easy 15-minute walk across the river to the CBD and main shopping area.

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Our stay at Rydges South Bank Brisbane

We recently stayed the night at Rydges South Bank Brisbane and were thoroughly impressed. I had always thought of Rydges South Bank as being somewhere to stay for business, but strangely I hadn’t even considered it as being somewhere to stay for a fun family weekend. How wrong was I? When I asked around my friends, many recommended Rydges, so we asked Rydges if they would put us up for the night, so we could tell you all about it.

Rydges has recently completed a $30 million upgrade of all their rooms, which is wonderful for guests because everything is sparkly and new.

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We stayed in a Junior Suite and had a fantastic view overlooking the Brisbane River, South Bank Parklands and the Brisbane Wheel. The Junior Suite has a bedroom with a really comfortable king sized bed (essential for every parent suffering from a lack of sleep), television, balcony, and a bathroom with a shower, toilet, and basin.

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There is a separate lounge room to relax in during the day in between activities, and then converts into a room for the kids to sleep on the convertible queen sofa bed.

I’ll do just about anything to avoid sharing a room with my kids (as much as I love them), so a Junior Suite is a good compromise. They might take over the lounge room at night but there is still a big TV and a balcony in the main bedroom, meaning we parents can have time to ourselves without having to tiptoe around.

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In the room there is also a minibar fridge, microwave, nice glassware, tea and coffee making facilities, plus a small table and chair. You’re not going to be able to cook up a storm but there’s space enough to keep the kids happy with cereal, snacks and a microwave meal. There are so many amazing food outlets at Rydges and close by, save yourself the mess and go out to eat. (See our restaurant recommendations below).

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Why Rydges South Bank is great for families

For us it is all about the fantastic location being close to a huge number of attractions, the staff were very helpful and friendly, the rooms were extremely comfortable and clean, and there are lots of amazing places to eat in and around the hotel.

Where to eat near Rydges South Bank Brisbane

Now finding a great place to stay is one thing but having plenty of choice when it comes to food is essential when travelling with the family.

Well, the choice of family-friendly restaurants and cafes within easy walking distance of Rydges is huge, with our favourites being Mucho Mexicano, Julius Pizzeria, and the amazing Nitrogenie ice cream.

If you’ve ditched the kids for the weekend, you’re in for a treat. Start your stay with a drink at the Soleil Pool Barand then head over for dinner at the highly acclaimed Bacchus Restaurant at Rydges. Make sure you make a dinner reservation well in advance. We tried to make a reservation at Bacchus and a number of other nearby restaurants a few days before our visit and they were all booked out. Busy place! We did finally find a lovely French restaurant along the river.

Some of our favourite places to eat without the kids include Stokehouse, The Jetty, Popolo, Chu The Phat, South Bank Surf Club, or The Charming Squire for a drink.

Now my husband and boys love a good breakfast buffet but I have never liked them. Never, ever! But in the spirit of travelling and trying new things I gave the breakfast buffet at Bacchus Restaurant at Rydges a go and was absolutely blown away. It was the best hotel breakfast I’ve ever eaten (and I’ve eaten a lot). Will I go back and eat there – absolutely!

Best accommodation for families with…

  • Kids of all ages – babies to teenagers
  • Smaller families of up to 4 plus a baby (larger families will need two rooms – make sure you ask for adjoining rooms)

What to be aware of

  • If you have a toddler and a room with a balcony, be aware the small table and chairs would be easy to move to the railing for a better look over the edge – aargh! This is the case in most hotels, so the usual toddler proofing comes into play.
  • To park your car at the hotel or in a nearby car park is expensive (around $40) and there is no long-term street parking. The cheapest place nearby is the Convention Centre at $30 a day.

Attractions nearby Rydges South Bank Brisbane

Take a look at our story on all the free things to do for families around South Bank or see what piques your interest in the list below.

Facilities at Rydges South Bank Brisbane

  • Pool and Soleil Pool Bar
  • 24-hour reception
  • Concierge
  • Undercover car parking (paid)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Gymnasium
  • Spa and sauna
  • Bacchus Restaurant and Bar
  • Business centre
  • Guest laundry on-site
  • Same day dry cleaning
  • Currency exchange

In-room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Mini-refrigerator
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Television
  • In-room movies
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Telephone
  • Safe
  • Room service
  • Work station

Some rooms also have:

  • Kitchenette and microwave
  • Balcony
  • Bath tub

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Getting around

Rydges South Bank is within walking distance to a huge number of attractions but if you need to go further, it is close to the South Brisbane train station, public bus stops and City Cat terminals. Taxis and Ubers are also very easily accessed from the area.

Where to find Rydges South Bank Brisbane

9 Glenelg Street, South Brisbane, Queensland 4010, Australia

Disclosure: We were guests of Rydges South Bank. The opinions expressed are solely ours and were in no way influenced by the hotel.