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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, 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.

Lose yourself at Lifeline Bookfest

Event info

  • When and where

    Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank

    When: June 4-12, 2022


    Saturday, June 4: 7.30am-6pm

    Sunday-Thursday, June 5-9: 8.30am-6pm

    Friday, June 10: 8.30am-9pm

    Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12: 8.30am-6pm

  • Cost

    Entry is free. Books from $2.50.

  • What's on and facilities

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

    To be advised

  • COVID-safe guidelines

    Our priority is the health and safety of our team members, volunteers and the people in our community, and we will continue to take advice from Queensland Health and Australian Government officials. Learn more about our COVID-safe guidelines for events.

  • Parking and transport

    Getting to BCEC

    The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) has two entrances, one on Grey Street and our main entrance on the corner of Merivale & Glenelg 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 adjacent 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 corner of Colchester and Tribune Streets are closest to BCEC.


    City Cat 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 Convention Centre Grey Street entrance.

  • RSVP on Facebook

    RSVP to our Facebook event for all the latest event information.

  • Bookfest categories

    We have heaps of 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 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 Convention & Exhibition Centre
Merivale Street & Glenelg Street
South Brisbane, QLD 4101

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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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