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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 a million pre-loved books on sale over nine massive days – 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, textbooks, magazines, comics, sic-fi, games, CDs, DVDs and special rare finds.

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!

This Bookfest will be cashless and remember to bring your own bags, as we won’t be packaging books at checkout. So come along and fill a bag (or a trolley) with books from the endless rows of tables. Lifeline bags are available to purchase for $1.

Lose yourself at Lifeline Bookfest.

Event info

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  • When and where

    Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane

    When: January 13th - 21st, 2024

    Saturday, January 13: 7.30am-6pm
    Sunday-Sunday January 14-21: 8.30am-6pm

  • Cost

    Entry is free. Books from $2.50.

  • What’s on

    • Cards preferred.
    • Trolleys available.
    • Please BYO bags/suitcases, or purchase a $1 Lifeline bag. 
    • Cafe. 
  • Floorplan


  • 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; computers; cooking; economics; gardening; hardback fiction; health; history; hobbies; humour and oddities; languages other than English; literature and classics; magazines; paperback fiction; Penguins and Pelicans; philosophy; reference; religion; science; science fiction; sociology; sport; textbooks; travel; and vehicles, comic, puzzles, games and war craft.

  • Book donations

    Thank you for thinking of us! We will be accepting donations at this event. We also 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.

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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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