Brisbane Bookfest

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.

Event info

  • When and where

    Saturday 19th: 7.30am - 6pm
    Sunday 20th: 8.30am - 6pm
    Monday 21st: 8.30am - 6pm
    Tuesday 22nd: 8.30am - 6pm
    Wednesday 23rd: 8.30am - 6pm
    Thursday 24rd: 8.30am - 6pm
    Friday 25th: 8.30am-9pm (late night!)
    Saturday 26th: 8.30am - 6pm
    Sunday 27th: 8.30am - 6pm
    Monday 28th: 8.30am - 6pm

    Location: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Merivale St & Glenelg St, South Brisbane, QLD, 4101

  • Cost

    Entry is free; books from just $1

  • What's on

    • Author Bryce Corbett will hold a book reading and signing at 3pm on January 20, followed by author Shay Stafford reading from her book Memoirs of a Showgirl, at 3.30pm.
    • Late-night shopping on Friday, January 25.
    • Author Cori Brook will read from her children’s book All I Want for Christmas is Rain at 3pm on January 26.
    • Dress up like a farmer on January 26 and support our Drought Appeal.
    • Check out the comfy Lifeline Revive Zone, where you and the kids can kick back with a good read before heading back into the fray.
    • Find out more about the wonderful work of Lifeline at the Information Stand.
  • Prizes and competitions

    • Daily prizes of $50 Bookfest gift vouchers* up for grabs.
    • Enter our kids’ colouring-in competition* to win a $50 Bookfest gift voucher
    • Enter our Book Vlogger competition* to win a $100 Bookfest gift voucher
    • Dress up like a farmer on January 26 for a chance to win a $50 Bookfest gift voucher*

    *Terms and conditions apply

  • 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.
    • View our Brisbane Bookfest map to plan your day.
  • Parking and transport

    • Catch the train to South Brisbane Railway Station, bus to the Cultural Centre Station or ferry to South Bank Terminal
    • Park at the venue or on the surrounding streets
    • Taxi rank directly outside the venue.
  • 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 Drought Appeal

You can’t make it rain. But you can bring relief. Please help farmers in crisis survive this drought.

At this year’s Brisbane Bookfest, we are raising funds to answer as many calls as possible to Lifeline’s Crisis Support line and support our rural communities.

You can support our Drought Appeal by purchasing a $2 raindrop token on our Bookfest registers and at our Revive Zone. Write a message of support to Queensland farmers on your token and we’ll display them on a wall in the Revive Zone.

You can also show your support by dressing up as a farmer on January 26 – the two best-dressed entries will win a $50 voucher each*.

*Terms and conditions apply

Colouring-in Competition!

Hey kids! Enter our Lifeline Brisbane Bookfest colouring-in competition*, and you could go in the draw to win your very own $50 voucher to spend at next year’s Brisbane Bookfest! There are two categories: ages 0-6 and 7-12. You can download the picture below or grab a copy to colour in at the Revive Zone or Information Stand at this year’s Bookfest. Happy colouring!

Click here to download our Lifeline Loves Farmers! picture to colour in.
Click here  to submit your entry.

*Terms and conditions apply

Book Vlogger Competition!

We are excited to announce the return of our Booktuber Vlogger competition. Whether you’re a Youtube newbie, a seasoned micro-influencer, or somewhere in between we’d like to hear from you!

Click here to find out more.

*Terms and conditions apply


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.