Brisbane Bookfest

Read all about it! The wonderful book lovers of Brisbane and beyond helped raise over $1.1 million in June for the 24-hour Lifeline 13 11 14 Crisis Support Line. We thank you for your generosity and hope to see you again in January. Stay tuned for details.


Coming in January 2019! We'll be back to bring you millions of books over nine massive days — all to raise vital funds for Lifeline. Gather your fellow book lovers and we'll see you there!


And 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 and much more!

Event info

  • Event dates and times

    When: January 19-27, 2019

    Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Merivale St & Glenelg Street, South Brisbane, Qld, 4101

    Cost: Entry is free!

  • What's on

    • A comfy Lifeline Revive Zone, where you and the kids can kick back with a good read before heading back into the fray
    • Live music
    • Late-night shopping
    • Find out more about the wonderful work of Lifeline at the Information Stand
  • Tips for a great Bookfest

    • Hire a trolley for as long as you like for $2
    • This year we’re banning the plastic bag — you can BYO bags; use one of our paper bags; or we’ll have a limited number of enviro bags to buy for just $1.
    • Come early — we restock regularly throughout Bookfest; however, the most popular books always sell out quickly!
    • ATMs can be found on the main exhibition concourse
    • Download 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
  • Bookfest categories

    The books are divided into categories for ease of browsing:

    Animals, Art and Music, Australiana, Biography, Children's, Computers, Cooking, Economics, Family, Foreign Language, Gardening, Hardback Fiction, Health, History, Hobbies, Humour and Oddities, Lifestyle, Literature and Classics, New Age, Paperback Fiction, Penguins and Pelicans, Philosophy, Politics, Rare and Collectibles, Reference, Religion, Science, Science Fiction, Sociology, Sport, Textbooks, Travel, True Crime, Vehicles, War Craft and 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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