Brisbane with Kids

risbane is packed with family-friendly things to see and do, from free museums to parklands, outdoor activities and arts and crafts.

kayaking on the Brisbane River

Day One

Morning: Riverlife Adventure Centre

Enjoy the outdoor green spaces in Brisbane’s inner city with Riverlife Adventure Centre nestled at the base of the Kangaroo Point cliffs, on the river’s edge. Grab some bikes, scooters, or strap on some rollerblades and cruise along one of the city’s many bike paths or get wet and wild with kayaks and stand up paddle boarding.

Afternoon: River Cruise

Enjoying the river is almost mandatory in the city and there are many leisurely river cruises designed for this purpose. Jump aboard with Kookaburra River Queens, Mirimar Cruises or River City Cruises.

Take a Mirimar cruise up the river to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and have your photo taken while cuddling a koala.

Evening: Brisbane Holiday Village

Brisbane Holiday Village offers self-contained and motel style accommodation as well as quality holiday cabins and great resort facilities.


Day Two

Morning: South Bank

Explore the Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, State Library, Queensland Museum and the fantastic Brisbane Sciencentre, along with the book stores and cafes in South Bank, just a short stroll over the Victoria Bridge from the city. Take a dip at Streets Beach or get wet and wild at Aquativity Water-Play Park at South Bank Parklands.

Afternoon: Mini Golf

Head to the Victoria Park Golf Club, just a short drive from the city and enjoy a game of mini golf. This challenging and exciting 18-hole mini golf course weaves around a rocky terrain while sporting a magnificent view of Brisbane's CBD skyline.

The Workshops Rail Museum

Day Three

Visit The Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich, a winner of the Australian Tourism Awards Heritage and Cultural Tourism category. This is the birthplace of rail in Queensland and also home to Australia’s oldest working steam locomotive, which was built on site in 1865. The museum holds regular events and exhibitions.

Ship wrecks on Moreton Island at Tangalooma

Day Four

Visit Tangalooma Island Resort and hand-feed wild dolphins, snorkel the Tangalooma Wrecks, whiz down sand dunes on a toboggan, or quad bike across the island.

Here are some other family-friendly options for your visit to Brisbane:

Queensland Maritime Museum
Located at the historic South Brisbane Dry Dock in the South Bank Parklands, the Queensland Maritime Museum is one of Australia’s largest maritime museums. It features the internationally significant naval frigate HMAS Diamantina (the Royal Australian Navy frigate commissioned in 1945) and many excellent displays of maritime heritage.

Powerkids at Brisbane Powerhouse
Brisbane Powerhouse hosts a program of events to delight children aged 4-12. While some of the more extravagant events (like the circus workshop) have a fee, there are plenty of freebie events including puppet shows, African drumming, Australian Rules football lessons and face painting.

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
Turn your attention to the stars at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium. See re-creations of Brisbane’s night sky in the cosmic Skydome, fragments of asteroids and spacecraft models in the Display Zone, short feature shows on astronomy and space missions in the Mini Theatre or stargaze with one of the planetarium’s astronomers in the Observatory. So much to see and do!

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre
Garden displays, bush trails, wildlife including koalas, tea garden, picnic grounds and more! Redlands IndigiScapes Centre is the perfect place for all age groups to get back to nature. Here you can walk along more than a kilometre of bush trails and through demonstration gardens that show native plants and how to use them in landscaped areas, attend workshops, take guided walks, buy plants or seek advice on gardening or nature conservation.

Daisy Hill Forest Reserve
The tranquil and leafy Daisy Hill Forest Reserve is the perfect place for a family picnic or a walk in the bush. The reserve is also home to Daisy Hill Koala Centre, where koalas can be viewed from two levels of viewing platforms in a bushland environment.