Lifeline Bookfest 2021 | Brisbane Bookfest

Lifeline Bookfest Brisbane
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The Lifeline Bookfest is a book lover’s heaven. With more second hand books than you can imagine and so much more, the Brisbane Bookfest is a whole day out that is not to be missed.

We are thrilled our beloved Brisbane Bookfest is back but it will look a little different this year. For example, the event will be more spread out, across three halls of the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre (that means no $1 section this year); and sales will be card-only (no cash).

Lifeline Bookfest Brisbane 2021 Information

When is Lifeline Bookfest?

The Lifeline Bookfest is a long running second-hand book festival held several times a year all over Australia, including in Brisbane. The next Lifeline Bookfest in Brisbane will run from Saturday 26 June -Sunday July 4, 2021. 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.

  • Saturday 26 June | 7:30am to 6pm
  • Sunday 27 June to Thursday 1 July | 8:30am to 6pm
  • Friday 2 July | 8:30am to 9pm
  • Saturday 3 July & Sunday 4 July | 8:30am to 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). 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, BCEC provides undercover parking for up to 1500 vehicles. The car park has direct lift access to the Centre’s multiple convention floors and exhibition facilities. Car parks 2 and 3 are best for Exhibition Halls (Bookfest is located in Halls 3 and 4).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?

pile of books stacked on side - Lifeline bookfest

The Lifeline Bookfest will have stacks of $2.50 books and high-quality books, plus a huge variety of puzzles, magazines, CDs and DVDs over nine massive days. Numbers in the halls will be restricted, but don’t worry – they have 18 months’ worth of books to share and they will be restocking every day, so you won’t miss out. Once capacity is reached in the halls, it will be one person out, one person in. 

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. Volunteers will not be packaging books this year. However, in 2021 Lifeline Bookfest Brisbane will be card-only.

Any other advice?

Wear comfy shoes! With endless rows 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.

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! 

Looking for more family fun? Check out list of all the family friendly festivals around Brisbane here.

8 responses to “Lifeline Bookfest 2021 | Brisbane Bookfest”

  1. JOANNE BLAIR says:

    HAS THE BOOKFEST FOR 2020 BEEN CANCELLED IN BRISBANE FROM COVID19

  2. Peter BRADY says:

    A brand new set of Great Books of the Western World in mint condition, about 60 books in all. May be worth a significant amount. How can I donate them for the next Lifeline Bookfest?

  3. Geneva says:

    Pleeeeeeease do a bookfest in Melbourne!!!!

  4. carol nelson says:

    dear bookfest, would love to see a fest in Melbourne. As it is such a good money spinner, wondering why it could not be organised in other cities.
    You guys did a magnificent job in Brisbane, thankyou for that service.

  5. Charline says:

    Hello, I was wondering if there is a similar festival in Adelaide. I went in Brisbane many times and would love to refill my bookshelves 🙂

  6. Bob Dodman says:

    I need the date for the Bookfest in Toowoomba.

  7. maree Lees says:

    Hi
    Can you let me know the dates for this event for 2019 please if available
    Thank you

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