Spend a day exploring all the incredible activities and attractions of South Bank, the cultural heart of Brisbane. Splash, paddle and play at South Bank’s Streets Beach, browse, slip and slide at state-of-the-art playgrounds, view the cool collections at the State Library, the Children’s Art Centre at QAGOMA, and the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre. Or head for the heights on the Wheel of Brisbane for unparalleled 360-degree views of the city.
Cruise along the river on a Kookaburra Showboat Cruise or head to Riverlife Adventure Centre at the base of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs for more active adventures including abseiling and rock climbing. Paddle a kayak or stand up paddleboard up river. Hire a Segway or strap on rollerblades to wheel your way along one of the city’s great waterfront bike paths.
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Just 12km from the city, Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre is home to a variety of native animals. There’s a walk-through habitat where the kids can get up close to kangaroos and wallabies, nocturnal houses, a walk-through subtropical aviary and the Gondwana Platypus Rockpool, one of the only platypus enclosures in the world. And the centre’s connect with nature program offers fun nature-based activities and events for families. Cuddle a koala and hand feed kangaroos and meet a huge variety of Australian wildlife in a natural setting at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the largest koala sanctuary in the world. Feed the lorikeets, watch a sheep dog show, marvel at the birds of prey and visit with the sanctuary’s other furry and feathered residents. And for even more marsupial magic, head to the Daisy Hill Koala Centre, set within the Daisy Conservation Park to the south of the city, to visit resident koalas who call the sanctuary home.
There is no better way to spend a day with the kids than getting amongst all the action and activities located in and around Southbank Parklands rainforest, water and grassed areas. Visit the tranquil Nepal Peace Pagoda, the edible garden where kids can learn about herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables. Ride high on the epic 60-metre-tall Wheel of Brisbane. Clamber over the climbing structures and swings at Picnic Island Playground. Go wild on the nets, slides and skywalk at the interactive Riverside Green Playground. Or simply splash and paddle away the hours at Streets Beach, a unique man-made city swimming beach, and the fun Aquativity Water Park. The Cultural Centre at South Bank provides plenty of additional activities and exhibitions to appeal to every age, and be sure to leave time to explore Southbank’s collection of incredible galleries and museums.
Brisbane is home to some of Australia’s most child-friendly art galleries and museums. QAGOMA, The Queensland Art Gallery’s and Gallery of Modern Art, is home to interactive installations, artist projects and activities especially for kids. The Queensland Museum is Brisbane’s centre for natural history, cultural heritage, science and human achievement. Home to permanent and changing exhibitions and collections, the museum is an interactive wonderland for kids. The Museum is also the location of the Sciencentre and its inspiring hands on exhibitions. At the Museum of Brisbane, kids can ride up the clock tower, explore Brisbane’s history and participate in hands-on MoB Kids school holiday workshops. While the Queensland Maritime Museum is the place to explore historic boats including a warship and steam tug, as well as a large collection of exhibits including history making around-the-world sailor Jessica Watson’s Pink Lady.
Teenage thrill seekers need look no further than the city’s iconic Story Bridge for a little action. Strap into a safety harness and take the Story Bridge Adventure Climb across the top of the cantilever bridge. For even more thrills finish the climb by abseiling, Spiderman style, down the bridge to the park below. Located at the foot of Kangaroo Point cliffs on the Brisbane River in the heritage listed Naval Stores, Riverlife Adventure Centre offers a huge choice of adrenalin pumping activities from kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, abseiling and rock climbing to Segway tours, rollerblading and cycling. Or spend a day, or more, at Moreton Island. Just 35 kilometres across the bay from Brisbane, there is plenty to see and do from beach Segway tours and hiking to outrigger canoeing, diving and guided snorkelling at the Tangalooma wrecks.
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A subtropical paradise, Brisbane is blessed with more than 300 days of sunshine every year and the perfect climate for exploring the great outdoors, so it’s always a good time to visit. While Brisbane’s consistent weather makes it a popular family destination every month of the year, between March and May is the best time to beat the crowds and enjoy the most pleasant temperatures. September to November is also ideal but September is also festival season, which means hotels are busy. This means that you find an increase in costs and you’ll need to book well ahead to secure accommodation. On the flipside, December to early March can be wet and humid, and is quieter so if you’re on a budget and looking for great deals on airfares and hotel rooms this is the best time to visit.
From city beaches to star spotting, you’ll find loads of family fun in Brisbane. Here are ten of the best. 1. Make a splash at Streets Beach and Aquativity. 2. Soar 60 metres above the ground on The Wheel of Brisbane. 3. Enjoy interactive installations and activities for kids at The Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art. 4. Take a paddlewheel ride up the Brisbane River with Kookaburra Showboat Cruises. 5. Climb up and abseil down the Story Bridge. 6. Paddle down the Brisbane River on a kayak adventure. 7. Search for the stars at Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium. 8. Cuddle a Koala at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. 9. Enjoy hands on learning at the Queensland Museum. 10. Ride the rails at The Workshops Rail Museum.
Brisbane’s hip and happening food scene is fantastic for families with its incredible fresh produce and loads of restaurants and cafés catering to kids. Ever popular with kids is Jamie’s Italian in the CBD where the kids can choose from dishes such as chicken lollipops and curly wurly pasta bake from the quirky kids’ menu. Stamford Plaza Brisbane’s Kabuki Teppanyaki is an action-packed meal prepared at the table by talented and fun chefs who will have the kids in fits of giggles. And Star Wars fans will love Death Star Canteen, Brissie’s coolest cafe. At Stones Corner Hotel’s Sunday Family Laneway, kids can pick and choose between tasty treats from Mr America Hotdogs and Fries, Vira Lata Food Truck, Carolina Kitchen, Smokin’ Pizza and Dippin’ Dots while enjoying activities and entertainment. And The Food Truck Hub on Chester runs on the first Saturday of every month from 4:00 pm until late with some of Brisbane’s all-time favourite food trucks.
From expansive parks and playgrounds to world class museums, the city of Brisbane has plenty of fun family action on offer that doesn’t cost a thing. Take a stroll with a Brisbane Greeter, passionate volunteers who lead small groups around the city to share stories and the best inside secrets of Brisbane. Climb aboard the CityHopper for free passage across the river between Sydney Street terminal in New Farm Park and North Quay in the CBD. Head to Southbank for the Aquativity water park and Street’s Beach. The world’s only city beach, it is manned by surf lifesavers and kids can swim, splash and play, without spending a cent, all year round. And it is also completely free to explore the awesome permanent collections at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, The Queensland Museum and The Museum of Brisbane.
JANUARY/FEBRUARY BrisAsia Festival – The colourful festival boasts more than 80 artistic and cultural events. MARCH World Science Festival – Join the celebration of world science and scientific discovery. MAY The Ipswich Show – Enjoy everything from rural displays and farmyard animals to motocross and monster trucks at this ever-popular event. JULY Le Festival – Celebrate things all things French with the family at Southbank. AUGUST Ekka – This popular 10-day annual festival is all about rides, entertainments, agriculture and education. AUGUST/SEPTEMBER Redcliffe Festival – Moreton Bay’s biggest festival offers an awesome program of family friendly entertainment. SEPTEMBER Brisbane Festival – This International Arts Festival incorporates music, dance, theatre, comedy, circus, opera and more. OCOTBER Brisbane Kite Festival – Grab the kids to go make and fly a kite. OCTOBER Oktoberfest – The Brisbane Showground will be transformed into a Bavarian village to celebrate the food, drinks, culture and family fun of Germany. NOVEMBER Good Food & Wine Show – Enjoy delicious cooking and celebrity chef demonstrations at this celebration of fabulous food.