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.
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
Entry is free.
There will be a cafe with seating for refreshments, and to enhance your Bookfest experience we have also introduced:
Please remember to BYO bags/suitcases or purchase a $1 Lifeline bag.
Some special guests are volunteering their time to appear at Brisbane Bookfest. Check out the line-up* below:
*Appearances may be subject to change.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Simply follow our three-step sign-up:
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.