lifeline bookfest brisbane

When: 20 - 28 January, 2018

Times: Opening day 7.30am - 6.00pm Thursday 25 January 8.30am - 9.00pm Every other day 8.30am - 6.00pm

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!

New this year

  • A comfy Lifeline Revive Zone, where you can kick back with a good read before heading back into the fray.
  • Hit105’s Street Team will visit on Saturday, January 20, between 10am and 11am.
  • Late-night shopping with live music on January 25, from 6pm.
  • Face-painting for the kids (and grown-ups!) on Australia Day.


  • Daily prizes of $100 Bookfest gift vouchers* up for grabs.
  • One lucky winner will take home a Rydges South Bank accommodation prize*, including overnight accommodation in a Deluxe Queen Room with river views, breakfast for two in Bacchus and valet parking, valued at approximately $650. * Terms and conditions apply

Tips for a great Bookfest

  • Hire a trolley for as long as you like for just $2
  • BYO bags for carrying your haul home
  • Come early – we restock regularly throughout the Bookfest however the most popular books always sell out quickly!
  • 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. 
  • Travel with Uber – discounted offer for first time Uber users! Up to $20 off a first time user journey. Download the app, sign up, and when booking your journey to or from Bookfest input the code BOOKFEST18 to get up to $20 off

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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