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A million ways to lose yourself at Bookfest

With a good book, you can be transported to magical places, travel without moving your feet and live a thousand lives. Lifeline Bookfest Brisbane is back, with more than a million pre-loved books on sale for four days only – that’s a million stories in which to lose yourself.

With free entry and book prices starting at $2.50, you’ll find all kinds of fiction, non-fiction, biographies, magazines and special rare finds. Plus we’ll have more registers, brand new complimentary trolleys, and a brand-new Comic Fest section filled with more than 10,000 comics, memorabilia and other collectables.

Plus, you’ll save with every book – not only are there great prices, but every book you buy helps support the 24-hour 13 11 14 Lifeline Crisis Support Line so we can answer more phone calls from Queenslanders in need. Books really can save lives!

So come along and fill a bag (or a trolley) with books from the endless rows of tables.

Lose yourself at Lifeline Bookfest.

Event info

  • When and where

    Where: Halls 3 & 4, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane

    When: June 17-20, 2023

    Saturday, June 17: 7.30am-7pm
    Sunday-Tuesday, June 18-20: 8am-7pm

  • Cost

    Entry is free.

  • Facilities

    There will be a cafe with seating for refreshments, and to enhance your Bookfest experience we have also introduced:

    • Double the number of registers (cards preferred).
    • An additional 590 shopping trolleys.
    • Wider aisles.
    • Comic Fest!

    Please remember to BYO bags/suitcases or purchase a $1 Lifeline bag.

  • What’s on

    Some special guests are volunteering their time to appear at Brisbane Bookfest. Check out the line-up* below:

    • Saturday, June 17 at 11am: Victoria Carthew, MC and Weekender presenter.
    • Saturday, June 17 at 2pm: Daryl Green of TWICE SHOT, inspirational speaker and former police officer.
    • Sunday, June 18 at 11am: TBC
    • Sunday, June 18 at 2pm: TBC
    • Monday, June 19 at 11am: Kerrie Atherton, author, inspirational speaker and trauma and addictions counsellor.
    • Monday, June 19 at 2pm: Ian Healy, Australian and Queensland cricket legend.
    • Tuesday, June 20 at 11am: Justin Geange, mental health and suicide prevention advocate, lived experience speaker, MATES field officer and ex-NRL mascot.
    • Tuesday, June 20 at 2pm: Alastair Lynch, AFL legend, Brisbane Lions co-captain for three championship wins, Fox Sports commentator and public speaker.

    *Appearances may be subject to change.

  • Floorplan

    Coming soon!

  • Accommodation deal

    Bookfest-goers, get 20 per cent off your stay at the Heritage-listed Adina Apartment Hotel in Brisbane, thanks to our supporter TFE Hotels.

    This online-only deal is available from June 13 to June 20, 2023 (including the night of June 20) and must be booked by June 12.

    That’s 20 per cent off the BAR-Best available rate of the day, subject to availability upon booking.

    Click here to book or visit the Adina Hotels website and enter the promo code: TH15688656.

    Adina hotel logo
  • Parking and transport

    Getting to BCEC
    The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) has three entrances, the main entrance on the corner of Merivale & Glenelg streets, the Grey St entrance, and the exhibition entrance at the corner of Melbourne & Merivale streets.

    Walking to the centre
    BCEC is a short stroll across from the Brisbane CBD connected by Victoria Bridge. Hotels, restaurants and bars, South Bank beach and its parklands are all within walking distance from BCEC.

    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 in Halls 3 and 4).

    Public transport
    Getting to BCEC via public transport is easy and efficient with bus, ferry and train options available. More information about planning your journey via public transport can be found on the TransLink website.

    South Brisbane Railway Station next to the Convention Centre on Grey Street, or South Bank Railway Station, are the most convenient stations to the BCEC.

    Bus services
    The Cultural Centre Station on Melbourne Street and the South Bank Busway Station on the corner of Colchester and Tribune streets are closest to BCEC.

    CityCat and ferries
    CityCats operate every day and stop at the South Bank River Terminal on the Clem Jones Promenade. The inner-city ferry travels between the CBD, North Quay and Kangaroo Point, stopping at South Bank Terminal 1 and 2 on the Clem Jones Promenade.

    Taxi ranks are located outside the main entrance to the centre on Merivale Street and a taxi drop off located at the centre’s Grey St entrance.

  • RSVP on Facebook

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  • Bookfest categories

    We have heaps of soft and hard-cover second-hand books, covering such genres as:

    Animals; art and music; Australiana; biography; children’s books; comics; collectables; computers; cooking; craft; economics; gardening; hardback fiction; health; history; hobbies; humour and oddities; languages other than English; literature and classics; magazines; memorabilia; paperback fiction; Penguins and Pelicans; philosophy; reference; religion; science; science fiction and fantasy; sociology; sport; teens and pre-teens; textbooks; travel; and vehicles and war craft.

  • Book donations

    Thank you for thinking of us! We gratefully accept second-hand book donations year-round through our:


Lifeline Bookfest Brisbane

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Glenelg St, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Sign up to volunteer

Our Lifeline Bookfests are a lot of fun. From sorting and pricing books to serving our amazing customers, you could be part of a great community of volunteers. Every minute you give helps us support life.

To become a volunteer, visit our Volunteering Portal

Simply follow our three-step sign-up:

  1. Search and select a volunteer activity.
  2. Fill in an application by creating an account.
  3. Scroll down and click Sign Up in the schedule.

If there are no current activities or opportunities that interest you, please sign up to a waiting list or select “Volunteer My Way” to register your interest.

Every dollar you give helps us save lives

Money raised at Lifeline events supports the Lifeline 13 11 14 Crisis Support Line, offering 24/7 suicide prevention and crisis support. If you can’t make an event, why not make a donation?

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