Books galore and gifts to explore

Get ready Brisbane, for the first ever Lifeline Book and Gift Fair! You're sure to find something treasured for yourself, your friends and family.

There will be 2,000 tables of preloved books and hundreds of gifts to explore. Get your Christmas shopping started early - every purchase helps save a life.

The demand for Lifeline's suicide prevention services continues to grow, and with your support, we can be there for anyone who needs a listening ear, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Event info

  • Where and when

    Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

    Dates: 23 - 31 October

    Times: Saturday 23 October 7:30am to 6:00pm | Every other day 8:30am to 6:00pm

  • COVID-safe guidelines

    We have implemented the following COVID-19 safety measures and ask you to:

    • Please stay home if you have any cold/flu-like symptoms, headache or temperature, have visited any venues or hotspots listed by Queensland Health, or are waiting on COVID results.
    • Check in on arrival using the Queensland Government’s Check In Qld app.
    • Wear a mask.
    • Use cards to pay (this will be a cashless event).
    • Practise social distancing.
    • Clean hands often with soap and water or sanitiser.

    Please understand that the wellbeing and safety of the community, our volunteers and our staff is of utmost priority. If there is a COVID-19 outbreak, we will follow health advice and let you know of any cancellations or postponements as soon as possible.

  • Parking and transport

    Getting to BCEC
    The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre 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 & 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 located 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.

    South Brisbane Railway Station adjacent to the Convention Centre on Grey Street or South Bank Railway Station are the most convenient stations to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

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

    City Cat and ferries
    The public transport ferries CityCats operate everyday 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 event on Facebook.

Lifeline Book and Gift Fair


Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Merivale St & Glenelg Street

South Brisbane, QLD, 4101


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Lots of volunteer opportunities!

To help out at Book and Gift Fair, sign up via our Volunteering Portal. Simply:

  1. Select an activity.
  2. Fill in an application (you’ll need to log in or create an account first).
  3. Sign up to the shift you’d like.

Your support can help someone in need today

Money raised at Lifeline events supports the 24-hour Lifeline 13 11 14 Crisis Support Line, which offers suicide prevention and bereavement support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you cannot make an event, you are welcome to donate below.