48 Hours in Brisbane with kids

Browse Brisbane’s best with this family-friendly 48 hour itinerary covering art, beaches, barbeques and koalas – a perfect weekend in Queensland’s capital with kids



To get your bearings, explore Brisbane with a Brisbane Greeter tour. These free two-hour excursions are run by experienced volunteers who know their home city inside out – so they can show you where to find the city’s beautiful public art, how best to navigate the winding river, or come up with a plan to explore Brisbane’s urban precincts.


Grab a meal the whole family will love – big burgers for the big kids and mini-me packs for the little people from Grill’d. The kiddie packs include a mini chicken or beef burger, tomato sauce, a mini serve of chips, and water or juice, and are packed in a cute cardboard box with a 3D puzzle. Plenty of locations around town.

Brisbane Greeters.
Heading out on a Brisbane Greeters walking tour. Credit: Family Travel


Experience Australian and international art in its many forms at Brisbane’s Queensland Art Gallery and new Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA). Located at South Bank overlooking the Brisbane River and city, admission to both buildings is free and the collection is Australia’s largest of modern and contemporary art.


Finish day one off at Eat Street, a cluster of mini restaurants located on Hamilton Wharf on the Northshore of Brisbane (every Friday and Saturday night from 4pm till 10pm).

The diverse collection of local-chef run eateries are housed in specially-designed shipping containers, offering families a fun way to tackle dinner.

Head to GOMA for free family fun. Credit: Family Travel



Queensland is all about beaches… even in Brisbane! Streets Beach is Australia’s only man-made beach located in the middle of the bustling city. It boasts a sparkling lagoon surrounded by sandy beaches and sub-tropical plants, is free to use, and is patrolled by qualified lifeguards all year round.


Stay on Streets Beach and make use of the provided barbeques by cooking up your own lunchtime sausage sizzle, then stroll to the shops for an ice cream to enjoy true Queensland living.

Head to Southbank for a refreshing swim on a hot day. Credit: Shutterstock


Get up close with Australia’s native flora and fauna at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary – the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary with over 130 of the furry critters – located 12 kilometres from the city. Hang out with the koalas, watch eagles soar in the amazing Birds of Prey show, or experience what it’s like on an Australian farm during the sheep shearing shows. The Sanctuary is also home to three Tasmanian Devils and Barak the platypus.


For an Italian feast, you can’t go past Jamie’s Italian, so head back into town to feast. The adults have plenty of choices, as do the kids – with options such as secret seven tomato pasta and mini spaghetti and meatballs – to fill up tummies.

Petting a koala at Lone Pine is a firm family-favourite. Credit: Shutterstock

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