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Lifeline Bookfest 2024: Brisbane Bookfest

In this article you will learn about the Brisbane Bookfest including what to expect at the Bookfest, when it is on, and other tips for a successful trip.

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.

Lifeline Bookfest Brisbane 2024 Information

Below you will find the Brisbane Bookfest information for 2024.

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 29 June – Sunday 7 July 2024. 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.

DatesSaturday 29 June – Sunday 7 July 2024

Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane 

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 Streets in South Brisbane). There are plenty of signs everywhere so it’s easy to find. Entry is 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 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).

Families tip: We would suggest parking in Secure Parking SW1 if you can as it’s by far the closest. But you can 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?

Lifeline Bookfest Brisbane 2024
Books at 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. Books will be restocked every day, so you won’t miss out. 

There are heaps of different genres to look at, 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 its 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 option. Don’t own a trolley? You can borrow one for free! You can also buy a Lifeline bag for $1.

At the end of your book-finding spree, you’ll be pleased to know that the checkout is quick and simple for each section. Cards are preferred, but cash payment is available.

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 activities in South Bank to keep the whole family happy! 

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

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

12 thoughts on “Lifeline Bookfest 2024: Brisbane Bookfest”

  1. I never new of this festival, and unfortunately by the time I realised about this it was already over! Can you please tell me of any future dates or when the next one is held?
    Thank you

  2. I have probably around 200books for you. I live in Burpengary East and would need someone to pick them up for your next book sale.

    I also have many classical repertoire music books and music history books.

    Please let me know if it is possible to arrange for someone to collect them. I am house bound right now so will be at home 90 percent of the time. I live at Pacific Palms Village on Eastern Service Road, Burpengary East.

    I do hope you can help me get rid of these books.

  3. I am cleaning the house out and have a lot of books that I would like to give to the book fest. I would like to know where I can drop the books off, I live at Carseldine

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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 🙂


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