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The Complete Guide to Brisbane Parking | Easy, Cheap or Free Parking Brisbane

Brisbane parking

If the thought of Brisbane parking fills you with dread, fret none, we’ve found easy, cheap or free parking in Brisbane.

Cheap and free parking Brisbane City does exist – you just have to know where to look… and when! Whether you want free street parking in Brisbane CBD or cheap parking under cover, then we’ve got your list of where to park in Brisbane right here!

Cheap Brisbane parking – does it exist?

It can feel like chasing a white whale, can’t it? Driving into Brisbane city or surrounds, kids in tow, to try and find that mythical perfect public parking spot. Parking needs to be not too far away, safe, easily accessible and that you won’t have to sell an organ to be able to afford!

We HEAR you. What we’ve done is tried to compile a list of the best Brisbane parking spots for families. If you’ve had success somewhere and you want to share it (we understand if you want to keep that info to yourself, though!) please let us know and we can add it to our guide.

Free parking Brisbane

On street parking in Brisbane is hard to come by, but we know of these locations in Brisbane that are free to park:

  • Suburban shopping centre carparks are generally FREE for the first couple of hours. Make sure that you keep your parking ticket with you.
  • Spring Hill Marketplace has free parking for city-goers. It’s free for the first two hours and you do need to be a customer. It’s a hike into the city from there but if you’re willing to walk it’s achievable. Uber is also sometimes a cheaper parking option after you use this free carpark. This is the closest parking spot for free parking near GOMA.
  • The Woolworths at Kelvin Grove Urban Village is free for those that shop there. It is a 5 minute bus ride to the CBD from there.

Cheap Brisbane parking in the CBD

All of these places require online booking ahead of time. You can do it on your phone but it will require you inputting your credit card details.

Weekend and public holiday parking in Brisbane

King George Square parking / Wickham Terrace BCC Car Park offer a flat rate of $5 on Saturdays and Sundays. You can enter after 7am and exit before 11pm.

You can park at the Myer Centre on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays for $5 if you book online ahead of time.

Families Tip: Sometimes parking further away and getting an Uber to your city location can be a thrifty surprise. We’ve parked ALL DAY outside the ‘controlled parking district’ and paid $6 each way to Uber into the city! Great for weekdays when city parking is uber expensive, but an Uber isn’t… (did you see what I did there!) 😉

Brisbane and South Bank cheap parking

Families Magazine has partnered with Secure Parking and we have a code that will give you a discounted fee. The trick is that you have to book online in advance – super easy to do and you can have a nice big window to arrive in. We would definitely recommend arriving quite early (is there any other option when you’ve got kids?) to make the most of the day. Its the cheapest parking in South Bank and Brisbane City when booked online in advance.

You can save up to 60% if you book online and then receive and additional 25% discount on TOP of that rate when you use our parking code!

Secure Parking have lots in Elizabeth Street, Roma Street, North Quay, Queen Street, Edward Street, MacArthur Central, Adelaide Street, Cathedral Square, Mary Street, Makerston House, Turbot Street and Albert Street (best for River Stage).

You can also find Secure Parking in inner city suburbs like Paddington and Milton. They’re the best choice for cheap parking at South Bank as well – particularly for a visit to GOMA or South Bank Parklands. We park in SW1, but there are 3 carparks over there to choose from!

When you use our code (below) you will gain cheap parking in Brisbane – check them out and book here.

Brisbane parking discount code

If you are looking for a code to apply at checkout, use FAMILIES in 2019 for 25% off the discounted online rate.

(Does not apply to: Early Bird. Promotion Code may be limited by a daily maximum usage at certain car parks’)

Myer Centre parking voucher code

Located at 66 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane’s Myer Centre can also offer good rates for parking if you want to park in the Brisbane CBD. Although they don’t have a Myer Centre parking voucher code that we know of, we think these prices are a good deal for cheap parking in Brisbane!

As always booking online in advance is the cheapest way to go!

Myer Centre online pre-booked rates Monday to Friday (Peak)

  • 0 to 1 Hr – $10
  • 1 to 2 hrs – $15
  • 2 to 3 hrs – $20
  • Over 3hrs – $25

Myer Centre Weekend and Public Holiday Parking

Saturdays, Sundays and Brisbane Gazetted Public Holidays – all charges recommence daily at 7.00 AM with the new day’s standard rate.

Day Standard Drive Up Rates are $10 and the online pre-booked rate is $7​. Find out the prevailing rate for your trip here.

Free parking South Bank

Free parking in South Bank is only possible out of hours and out of the controlled parking district.

To get free parking in or around South Bank, use street parking in South Brisbane OUTSIDE the controlled parking area as set by the Brisbane City Council. Then, (and I have done this with success), Uber into South Bank.

Map of parking areas around Brisbane and South Bank

The Brisbane Central Traffic Area regulated parking area covers the Brisbane Central Business District and nearby suburbs and localities.

The two hour limit applies to all on-street parking spaces within the Brisbane Central Traffic Area between 7am-6pm, Monday to Friday, and 7am to midday on Saturday.

Street parking is free on Sunday in the Brisbane Central Traffic Area.

Brisbane City Council has installed signs on the boundaries of the Brisbane Central Traffic Area. Please read them carefully.

Use the map below to find the best street to park in that is not controlled.

Do you have any secret Brisbane parking spots?

Willing to share? We’ve sleuthed our hearts out but surely there are more hidden gems available for city-goers. If you’re willing to give us the scoop, let us know in the comments!

6 responses to “The Complete Guide to Brisbane Parking | Easy, Cheap or Free Parking Brisbane”

  1. Dee says:

    Where is there parking for mini buses closest to Southbank as I work with school aged children at a Long Daycare centre.

  2. Bron says:

    Hey Dee
    Did you find any mini bus parks ?
    I’m looking for some too and woukd be interested.
    Cheers Bron

  3. Parkagility says:

    I think it’s much better to choose the free ones when you have no budget for parking but if you have and you want your car to be really secured it is best to just pay…

  4. Glenn says:

    Sw1 in South Brisbane has 2 hrs free if you buy something in the IGA and get your ticket validated, or 3 hrs if you get something at the Vietnamese place or pig and whistle. I do the short walk to the museum and gallery, come back and get a drink at the IGA and I’m done 👍

  5. moorookamick says:

    Street metered Parking on Sunday is robbing retailers of potential customers. Who wants to shop in the CBD when there is free shopping centre parking in the ‘burbs?
    Wakey, wakey all you struggling CBD retainers, the BCC is killing your businesses!

  6. Captain Obvious says:

    CBD parking is free on Sunday…

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