Brisbane‘s sub-tropical climate makes it perfect for getting outside and blowing off some steam – and for families travelling with children’s that’s a bonus. With plenty of large inner-city parks (most of them with purpose-built playgrounds), a beach (with lifeguards) right in the heart of the city, and lots of kid-friendly activities, Brisbane will keep your youngsters active and interested.
Morning Clear the cobwebs with a budget cruise on the Brisbane River aboard a CityCat. It may be public transport, but after peak hour you can be assured of a leisurely and uncrowded – but zippy – cruise down the river. End to end, it will take you about two hours (if you don’t get off).
Time your CityCat trip so that you can finish up at South Bank. The whole family might enjoy a dip at Streets Beach lagoon (pack your swimming things) before lunch at one of South Bank Parklands’ many eating spots.
Afternoon Walk across the Goodwill Bridge to the City Botanic Gardens. Stop off halfway for a coffee (for you!) and a cool drink for younger members of the family at Brendan’s Cafe on the Bridge. There’s plenty of space once you reach the gardens to let off more steam!
Another option is to continue along the boardwalk from South Bank to Riverlife Adventure Centre, at the base of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. You can hire a kayak, rollerblades, or bikes and explore further – or take a lesson in abseiling on the cliffs.
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Meet some of Australia’s unique wildlife. Take another river trip (or drive) to Lone Pine Sanctuary in the suburb of Fig Tree Pocket to cuddle a koala. You can have lunch there, and come back to the city mid-afternoon on the boat or stay longer and catch the bus.
Morning Head out to the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre at South Bank where the kids can discover the dinosaurs, or continue along to the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) where there’s a special children’s gallery with lots of hands-on activities.
If young scientists haven’t had their fill at the museum, the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium & Cosmic Skydome at the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens also offers plenty of interest.
Afternoon Another great option for the family is New Farm Park – easily reached by CityCat – which has one of the best playgrounds in Brisbane, built into the magnificent shady Moreton Bay fig trees.