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6 Things to Do in Brisbane With Kids

Posted on 30 Nov, 2011

Brisbane is a wonderful destination for children, with plenty to do and see and a variety of family-friendly activities. If you’re planning a trip to Brisbane with family, here are six ideas to get you started.

1. Spend an Afternoon at South Bank

South Bank is the River City’s answer to a seaside corner and well within walking distance if you’re staying at one of the apartments in Brisbane CBD. Filled with restaurants serving world cuisine and quirky and ultra-modern cafes, South Bank is a great place for a quick lunch or a formal dinner.

South Bank’s riverside boardwalks and amazing inner-city beach with aquamarine water and sparkling sandy shores are perennial children’s favourites. South Bank is also the base of Queensland’s cultural precinct which is home to the Performing Arts Centres, the State Library, the Gallery of Modern Art, and the Queensland Art Gallery.

2. Visit the Queensland Police Museum

The Queensland Police Museum can make for a rewarding morning or afternoon visit. The Museum offers 25 displays covering everything from Queensland crimes, investigate techniques, police heritage, and others. There’s also a simulated murder scene for budding young detectives.

The Museum is open from 9am – 4pm on weekdays and 10am – 3pm. For weekend visits, it’s open on the last Sunday of the month from February to November.

3. Take a Cruise on the River

If you’re looking for something different, take an exciting high-speed ride on the Brisbane River. The CityCat catamarans move at a more leisurely pace and they can ferry you to different parts within the CBD. You can also take high-speed boat ride to some of the neighbouring day trip destinations such as Moreton Island.

4. Visit Mount Coot-tha

Mt Coot-tha is both the name of the suburb and the mountain itself. Mt Coot-tha is Brisbane’s tallest mountain and a great place for younger visitors. Conveniently located within 6km of the CBD, the area is easily accessible if you’re staying at one of the serviced apartments in Brisbane city.

With its sweeping views, the Botanic Gardens, and a planetarium, Mt Coot-tha is a must-visit destination for families. The area is also well set up for scenic drives, hiking, or biking, and ample parking is available onsite at the peak.

5. See the Wildlife at Alma Park Zoo

Alma Park Zoo is only 30 minutes away from Brisbane city centre. Set on 40 acres of which 12 acres is set under a rainforest canopy, the Zoo is home to a large variety of local and exotic wildlife species (53 species in all). The Zoo and can be reached by catching the Zoo Train from the city centre.

6. Take a Picnic Lunch in the Park

Brisbane is home to some truly stunning gardens and parks, most within easy walking distance of the CBD.

  • The City Botanic Gardens is open 24 hours and laid with plenty of walking and cycling tracks. The garden can be entered via George Street, Alice Street, or the Goodwill Bridge.
  • The Roma Street Parkland is often described as being an oasis in Brisbane’s CBD. With over 16 hectares of greenery, the Parkland is the largest urban subtropical garden on Earth. There are cafes and lawn areas for community activities, a dedicated ‘Spectacle Garden’, a lake precincts, and a subtropical rainforest.

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