7 family friendly things to do in Brisbane

Living in Southeast Queensland we are blessed with an abundance of amazing kid-friendly destinations. From shaded bushwalks and idyllic beaches to world-famous theme parks and secret swimming holes, here are 7 of our favourite family-friendly things to do in Brisbane.


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Explore Southbank

Southbank is a family-friendly mecca, with plenty for young and old. At the western end you’ll find the Queensland Museum with fun exhibitions and interactive science experiences. Then take a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane to see the sights of the city from the sky. If you need cool off, head to Aquativity, the city’s fabulous water-play area and man-made beach. You’ll find a huge choice of cafes around too, or pack picnic and relax along the banks of the river.


Workshops Rail Museum

A must-do destination for any train-loving kid, the Workshops Rail Museum is Australia’s oldest railway workshops still in operation. With hands-on exhibits and multi-media encounters, the larger-than-life museum bring history to life with huge steam locomotives and massive industrial machinery. Pack a picnic, or stay for lunch at one of Ipswich’s many eateries. Once a month there is also the chance to ride the steam train as part of Steam Train Sunday. Check website for details.
North Street, North Ipswich


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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Koala at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Where You Can See Animals in Brisbane

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Just 12km from the city centre, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary. Hand-feed kangaroos, hold a koala, and meet a large variety of Australian wildlife in beautiful, natural settings. If you aren’t in a rush, leave the car at home and make a day of it by catching the ferry from Southbank. The cruise takes you through some of the city’s most historic landscapes and iconic attractions with entertaining commentary along the way. 708 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket koala.net/en-au

Roma Street Parkland

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Set in the middle of the city, Roma Street Parkland is a beautiful green space with something for everyone. Relax amongst the tranquil gardens and water features, wander the many boardwalks and paths, take a ride on the Parkland Explorer mini-train, then head to the playground with flying foxes, cubbies, bridges, climbing equipment and hedge garden.

1 Parkland Blvd, Brisbane City


Brisbane Botanic Gardens

Flowers in Brisbane Botanic Gardens a Family friendly Thing to Do in Brisbane

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At the base of Mt Coot-tha, the Brisbane Botanic Gardens is a wonderful subtropical escape from the city. With a Tropical Dome, Cactus Zone, Bonsai House, Hide n’ Seek children’s trail and a Japanese Garden, there’s plenty to keep kids entertained. Once you are done exploring the gardens, nearby is the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, where kids can learn about the stars and planets with interactive shows and the recreations of the night sky in the cosmic skydome.

152 Mount Coot Tha Rd, Mount Coot-Tha


The Cube, QUT

The Cube is a free experience, consisting of 48 multi-touch screens soaring across two storeys. As one of the world’s largest digital interactive learning and display spaces, visitors can explore big questions of the 21st century, or just have fun!

2 George St | thecube.qut.edu.au

Day Trip and Dolphin Feeding at Tangalooma Island Resort

Perfect for a day trip or overnight stay, Tangalooma Island Resort is on Moreton Island – just a short cruise from Brisbane. There’s stacks to do on the island: sandboarding, snorkelling the wrecks, water sports and a playground, as well as a choice of eco ranger shows. The resort has plenty of food and drink options. If you can stay overnight (or catch the later boat back), there is the opportunity hand-feed the dolphins at sunset, which is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Moreton Island | tangalooma.com

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By Claire Gilligan
WITH A FIFO HUSBAND WHO WORKS AWAY WEEKS AT A TIME, CLAIRE ENJOYS FINDING FUN, LOCAL THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO VISIT TO OCCUPY HER AND HER TWO GIRLS' TIME. ORIGINALLY FROM SYDNEY, CLAIRE AND HER FAMILY LOVE ALL THE THINGS THE SUNSHINE COAST HAS TO OFFER AND ENJOY SHOWING IT OFF TO VISITING FAMILY AND FRIENDS. Kids on the Coast is a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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