Books galore and a whole lot more

Brisbane we are back – bringing you over a million books across 10 massive days – all to raise vital funds for Lifeline. Gather your fellow book lovers to browse the 4.5 kilometres of tables holding up 22 semi-trailer-loads of books!

But it’s not just books up for grabs at the Lifeline Bookfest Brisbane. You’ll also find comics, magazines, records, stationery, puzzles, DVDs, CDs, vinyl, board games, sheet music and more.

Come early – we restock regularly throughout Bookfest, but the most popular books always sell out quickly. Entry is free with books from just $1.


Download the Bookfest floor plan

Event info

  • Where and when

    Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank

    When: 18-27 January, 2020


    Saturday, 18 January, 7.30am-6pm
    Sunday, 19 January, 8.30am-6pm
    Monday, 20 January, 8.30am-6pm
    Tuesday, 21 January, 8.30am-6pm
    Wednesday, 22 January, 8.30am-6pm
    Thursday, 23 January, 8.30am-6pm
    Friday, 24 January, 8.30am-9pm
    Saturday, 25 January, 8.30am-6pm
    Sunday, 26 January, 8.30am-6pm
    Monday, 27 January, 8.30am-6pm

  • What's on

    Apart from bagillions of books we have some other delights for Bookfestians, from author talks to family fun and our Summer of Pre-Loved bonanza. Read more for details.

    Revive Zone

    Looking for a break between treasure hunting among the books? Take a breather in our Revive Zone before heading back into the fray.

    Author readings

    • Andrew Stafford – see the Pig City author and journalist read from his most recent book, Something to Believe In, followed by a Q&A session. It’s happening in the Revive Zone on Sunday, 19 January, from 2-2.30pm.
    • Simon Cleary – catch the respected author reading from his most recent book, The War Artist, followed by a Q&A session. Simon will be in the Revive Zone on Saturday, 25 January, from 2-2.30pm.

    For the little Bookfest fans

    • Making Rainbows – little ones will love this music and sensory session for babies, toddlers and children. Join in at the Revive Zone on Sunday, 19 January from 9am to 12noon.
    • Colouring in – we’ll have colouring-in paper and pencils with kid-sized tables and chairs in the Revive Zone to keep the little ones entertained for the duration of Bookfest.

    Summer of Pre-Loved

    We’re on a mission to save lives, save the planet and save money this summer. Check out our Summer of Pre-Loved events at Bookfest.

    • Lifeline Pop-Up Shop – grab some pre-loved fashion at Valerie, our Lifeline van. Special offer: Spend $20 or more at the Pop-Up Shop to receive a voucher for a FREE pre-loved band/graphic t-shirt or a $10 voucher to be redeemed in-store at our Lifeline West End, Annerley or Stones Corner stores (terms and conditions apply). Visit our Lifeline Summer of Pre-Loved page for more Pop-Up shop locations over summer.
    • Special guest – Hannah Klose of Never Ever Pay Retail will offer styling advice at our Lifeline Pop-Up Shop (aka a van named Valerie) at Bookfest on Saturday, 18 January, from 1-2pm.
    • Bands at Bookfest – catch these amazing local acts at this free gig on Friday, 24 January, from 5-9pm.
  • Facilities

    • Hire a trolley for as long as you like for $2.
    • BYO bags or purchase an enviro bag for $1.
    • Food and drink available for purchase.
    • EFTPOS available.
    • ATMs on main exhibition concourse.
    • Download our Brisbane Bookfest map to plan your day
  • 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.

  • Bookfest categories

    The books are divided into categories for ease of browsing:

    Art/Music, Australiana, Biography, CDs, Children’s, Comics, Cooking, DVDs, Family, Foreign Language, Games/Puzzles, Hardback Fiction, Health, History, Humour/New Age, Lifestyle, Literature/Classics, Magazines, Paperback Fiction, Rare and Collectables, Records, Reference, Religion, Science Fiction, Science/Politics, Sports, Stationery, Textbooks, Travel, True Crime, War/Vehicles, Young Adult

  • Book donations

    We would be delighted to accept your donation! Thanks so much for thinking of us.


    Donating at the event


    You can donate your books at the Brisbane Bookfest, so please see one of our volunteers at the event for assistance.


    Donating anytime


    We welcome donations all year round through your nearest:

Lifeline Pop-Up Shop

The Summer of Pre-Loved is here! Follow our Lifeline Pop-Up Shop (aka a van named Valerie) on a summer festival road trip and you can help save lives, save the planet and save money.

Lifeline Bookfest Brisbane


Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Merivale St & Glenelg Street

South Brisbane, QLD, 4101


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elderly lady browsing books
Bookfest wouldn't happen without our wonderful volunteers!
If you would like to lend a hand, please let us know!

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.