Family Fun in Brisbane

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Even the most devoted parent would have to admit that travelling with children is not always fun.  Trying to find activities that the whole family enjoys can be a heartbreaking and even futile experience in many cities – but, thankfully, not in Brisbane.  Here you’ll find an abundance of options that will amuse and even (secretly) educate the junior members of your family.

Free Range

The key to a great family holiday is the freedom to do your (or your children’s) own thing.  The ultimate freedom on a family holiday is to book a self-contained apartment in the city of Brisbane or the suburbs.  This gives you a base for your travels and, unlike a hotel room, it also means that the whole family doesn’t have to go to bed when the youngest child gets sleepy!  For transport to attractions outside Brisbane, hire a car.  A 4X4 is the best option if you are planning any extended visits outside the city or further up the coast.

 Larking about in the Park

For free fun in the sun, it’s hard to beat a park, and Brisbane is full of really well-maintained ones.  Try Wynnum wading pool and park, situated next to the bay with views of the river and gentle breezes.  Let the small ones splash about and enjoy a treat of fish and chips or ice-cream.


If you prefer things a little wilder, go for a hike in the forests of Brisbane.  Although some of the longer walks in Lamington National Park will bring you to the heart of the ancient Antarctic beech forest, they may be a bit of a stretch for shorter legs, so try the trails from Binna Burra and O’Reilly’s, which lead to pretty waterfalls and views over the magnificent Scenic Rim wilderness.

Art and Science

Kids love messing about with art, so bring them to the Children’s Art Centre at the Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery, for exciting interactive programs and exhibitions.

Bring them face-to-face with science at the Queensland Museum, in South Brisbane. This is a forward-thinking museum, with fascinating exhibits on science, environment, and the human experience.  Children even get a chance to do their own experiments in the Sciencentre downstairs.


More Park Life

South Bank Parklands is a wonderful environment for the whole family.  You can swim at the artificial beach, let the small ones loose in any of the playgrounds, or rollerblade by the river.  Free events and performances often take place at the weekends.  In the heart of the city, visit Roma Street Parklands, a relaxing oasis of shady trees, open spaces, delightful playgrounds, and stunning gardens.


brisbanekoalaTalk to the Animals

Easily accessible from downtown Brisbane, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s first and biggest koala sanctuary.  It’s home to more than 130 koalas, which the kids can feed and pet.  You can also feed the kangaroos and wallabies – and even hold a snake, if you really want to…

Other options for wildlife lovers include  the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital tour and Brisbane’s Alma Park Zoo.

Dinner Time

Travelling with children doesn’t have to mean surviving on a diet of chicken nuggets and bread rolls.  Brisbane has plenty of restaurants where the entire family can eat without tears or tantrums  Try The Tibetan Kitchen in Brunswick Street, where the exotic surroundings and helpful staff will delight the children, and a selection of traditional Tibetan, Sherpan and Nepalese food will satisfy everyone.  If you want to go Italian, visit any of the Fasta Pasta chain of restaurants, where cheap and cheerful pasta and pizza are served before any peckish little people can get cranky.  Vapiano, on Albert Lane,  is another fun option for kids. They can order their own meal from the kitchen, and even sprinkle some toppings on it.


And remember, for the best choice of vehicles for families of all sizes, hire a car in Brisbane with Nova Car Hire.