Our local area


​​ As a visiting family to the QCHS South Brisbane campuses, you may have the opportunity to explore the local area ​and the wonderful sights, experiences and services that this vibrant river city has to offer.

The School's South Brisbane campuses are nestled within a cultural hub of Brisbane, offering our School families so much to do and see within walking distance or a short bus or train ride from the School.

Whether it's a tour of the Brisbane Clock Tower​, channelling your inner scientist at SparkLab​, or taking in the vivid murals that line Brisbane's streets, there really is something for everyone in the family to enjoy – and many unique sights and experiences that even some Brisbane locals may not know about!

We've put together some recommendations to help our families plan exciting day trips, or just a couple of quiet, much needed hours of 'me' time.

Be sure to check the websites below for the most current information on opening hours/exhibitions and special events.

Plan your bus or train journey via Translink.


Places to see & things to do

Take a stroll through the scenic South Bank Parklands and restaurant precinct. 


Pick up a book, and settle in to a reading nook at the Brisbane Square Library.

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1.4km from QCH. See it on the map.


Photo: © Brisbane City Council 2016.

2.2km from QCH. See it on the map.

Sample the fresh produce at South Bank's Epicurious Garden.


Delve into Brisbane's rich history, and get the kids involved in fun activities at the Museum of Brisbane.

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650m from QCH. See it on the map.

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 2.4km from QCH. See it on the map.


Meet a local ambassador and discover some of Brisbane's hidden gems. Tours available in 20 different languages with Brisbane Greeters

Brush up on your knowledge of Queensland history at the Commissariat Store Museum (Brisbane's Convict Museum and Queensland's most significant heritage building).

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Various locations.

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 1.9km from QCH. See it on the map.


Be a scientist for a day… Visit The Cube: a digital interactive learning and display space from the Queensland University of Technology's Science and Engineering researchers. 

Get inspired at GOMA: Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art — a cultural gem of Queensland and an exciting destination for kids, with hands-on art activities offered at the QAGOMA Children's Art Centre.

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1.0km from QCH. See it on the map.

Photo credit: Visit Brisbane

1.9km from QCH. See it on the map.


Discover a diverse range of research and collections, eResources for families, and literary services for children at the State Library of Queensland.

Explore the story of Queensland through natural history, science, cultural heritage and human achievement at the Queensland Museum.



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1.9km from QCH. See it on the map.
Photo credit: Visit Brisbane

1.8km from QCH. See it on the map.

Take in the detailed displays at the Queensland Maritime Museum, including BIG warship exhibits. 

Walk, ride and enjoy a picnic spread at Brisbane City Botanic Gardens.


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400m from QCH. See it on the map.

Photo credit: Visit Brisbane

1.4km from QCH. See it on the map.

Last reviewed 11 March 2024
Last updated 11 March 2024