Lifeline Bookfest 2020
The Lifeline Bookfest is a book lover’s heaven. With well over 4 kilometres worth of second hand books and so much more, it’s a whole day out that is not to be missed.
When is Lifeline Bookfest?
The Lifeline Bookfest is a long running second-hand book festival which is held a couple of times a year all over Australia, including in Brisbane. The next Lifeline Bookfest in Brisbane will run from Saturday 18th January 2020 to Monday 27th January 2020. You can visit at any time during the day that suits you. However, it is advised to visit as early as possible in order to get the greatest selection of millions of quality books.
Here are the opening times for January 2020:
Saturday, 18 January, 7.30am-6pm
Sunday, 19 January, 8.30am-6pm
Monday, 20 January, 8.30am-6pm
Tuesday, 21 January, 8.30am-6pm
Wednesday, 22 January, 8.30am-6pm
Thursday, 23 January, 8.30am-6pm
Friday, 24 January, 8.30am-9pm
Saturday, 25 January, 8.30am-6pm
Sunday, 26 January, 8.30am-6pm
Monday, 27 January, 8.30am-6pm
Where is the Lifeline Bookfest held and how can I get there?
The Lifeline Bookfest is always held in the same place in Brisbane – The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (Corner of Merivale and Glenelg St in South Brisbane). The Bookfest is always located in Halls 3 and 4 of the Exhibition Centre. There are plenty of signs everywhere so it isn’t hard to miss. Entry is always free.
Getting there is easy as you have plenty of transport options to choose from. For train travellers, the Exhibition Centre is a ten-minute walk from the South Brisbane Train Station. It is also close by to the Cultural Centre Busway for bus travellers. Did you know that kids travel on public transport for FREE on the weekends?
If you are thinking of driving to the Lifeline Bookfest, be sure to check out the discounted parking codes that can be used at the venue’s Secured car park. Use our code FAMILIES for a discounted booking! You can book via the Secure Parking website. We would suggest parking in SW1 if you can swing it as it’s by far the closest.
Find more tips for cheap city parking here.
How much is entry?
The Lifeline Bookfest is free entry for all who attend so you can save your money to spend on books!
What kind of books can you find?
The Lifeline Bookfest is usually made up of three sections – the $1 section, the $2 section and the main section where prices can vary, but usually go from $5 to $7. All three sections offer quality books, so be sure to peruse all three of them!
There are heaps of different genres to look in, from fiction to science to cooking to philosophy. There are also several huge tables of children’s books. Ranging from old classics to brand new editions and from picture books to young adult novels, there is something for every child. Last Bookfest saw books from authors such as Paul Jennings (Deadly! And Wicked! series), Lemony Snicket (Series of Unfortunate Events), R.L. Stine (Goosebumps series) and Anthony Horrowitz (Alex Rider series).
Despite it’s very specific name, the Lifeline Bookfest doesn’t just sell books. Among the four kilometres of shelves there are also second hand board games, comics, DVDs and CDs. It’s the perfect place for families to pick up cheap entertainment for the kids that is also of high quality.
If you are keen to get your kids into reading, start with our ABC Reading Eggs review – click here.
Are there bags provided?
When it comes to carrying your books around the bookfest, it’s best advised that you bring along either a big sturdy bag or a trolley. As you may find yourself with a huge amount of cheap books, a trolley is probably your best options. Don’t own a trolley? You can hire one for a small cost.
At the end of your book finding spree, you’ll be pleased to know that the checkout is quick and simple for each section. A line of volunteers will wrap your books in a plastic bag so they know you bought them from that section. You will also receive the choice of paying with either cash or EFTPOS, so there is no need to take out cash if you don’t carry it.
Any other advice?
Wear comfy shoes! With over four kilometres of tables, you will be spending a few good hours browsing books, DVDs, records and other items. If you bring the kids along, make sure they have an idea of the books they want. The books at the bookfest aren’t in any particular order, so you may have to have a good rummage in order to find any specific titles. The best part about Bookfest is discovering new books so your kids may even pick up a few new favourites along the way.
Can I donate books to the Bookfest?
Do you have a bunch of books you don’t read anymore? Consider donating them to the Lifeline Bookfest. The Lifeline Bookfest survives on donations from the general public! You can either bulk donate them to Lifeline or place them in the giant containers once you get into the venue. They’re right outside the entrance so they’re easy to spot.
If you’re an avid book reader and you have time to spare, be sure to visit the Lifeline Bookfest. You’ll get some amazing books for both you and the kids at an affordable price.
Looking for something else to do after or before Bookfest?
You’re in the heart of South Bank! Here are some fabulous ideas for low or no cost to keep the whole family happy!