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.

Event info

  • Where and when

    When: 18 - 27 January, 2020

    Saturday 18th January, 7.30am — 6pm
    19th to 28th January, 8.30am — 6pm

  • Cost

    Entry is free; books from just $1

  • 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.
    • Bookfest floor plan – coming soon!
  • 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 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.