lifeline bookfest brisbane

When: 23 June to 1 July, 2018

Opening day 7.30am-6pm;
Friday 29 June 8.30am-9pm;
every other day 8.30am-6pm

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

Cost: Entry is free!


It's that time again! We're back to bring you millions of books over nine massive days - all to raise incredibly 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!

What's on

  • A comfy Lifeline Revive Zone, where you can and the kids can kick back with a good read before heading back into the fray.
  • Live music on June 24 (1pm-6pm) and June 29 (5pm-9pm)
  • Late-night shopping on Friday, 29 June.
  • Find out more about the wonderful work of Lifeline at the Information Stand.


  • Daily prizes of $100 Bookfest gift vouchers* up for grabs. *Terms and conditions 
  • YouTube Book Vlogger Competition. Bookfest gift vouchers and video exposure up for grabs. 
  • Check out our Facebook page to see how you can win a copy of Trent Dalton’s book, Boy Swallows Universe.

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. 
  • Discounted parking at Secure Parking SW1 when you book online with promo code BOOKFEST18 – $10 on weekends, and 25 per cent off on weekdays (booking fee and conditions apply).

The cause

Lifeline Bookfest Brisbane is the largest second hand book sale in Queensland and the biggest fundraising event that supports the 24 hour Lifeline 13 11 14 Crisis Support Line. This life-saving service offers suicide prevention and bereavement support over the telephone as well as family and crisis support - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Funds raised also support UnitingCare Community programs for individuals, families and children in crisis. 


Sign up for a heads up on upcoming Bookfest events, event tips and competitions.

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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

Crates will be available near the entrance to Bookfest to donate their books.

Donating anytime
We welcome donations all year round through your nearest:

Become a volunteer

Bookfest wouldn't happen without our wonderful volunteers! If you would like to lend a hand at the event, please let us know!

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