Book the ultimate Brisbane getaway these school holidays
Make some memories these school holidays with an action-packed Brisbane escape.
1. Fireworks and a family picnic
Start the day with a family picnic on an electric GoBoat! Up to eight people can travel on these environmentally friendly, self-drive picnic boats, and no boat license is required. Gather around the timber picnic table with your own delicious food and enjoy the water views.
While cruising along, pick the perfect spot to watch Sunsuper Riverfire on September 25. Look up to see the Royal Australian Air Force Roulettes perform their gravity-defying aerobatics and enjoy the Army helicopter displays too. Before the fireworks, there is a smoking ceremony by Yuggera and Turrbal man Shannon Ruska, and then the sky explodes with colour. Finish off the night with dinner at a nearby riverside restaurant.
2. Make waves
Take to the water and explore the Brisbane River from two entirely different perspectives. Riverlife Adventure Centre at the Kangaroo Point Cliffs will show you the quiet side of the river with an up-close look at the mangroves in a kayak or waterbike. Follow your experience with a riverside grazing platter. They also offer rock climbing and abseiling.
Then hop on board Brisbane’s Art Boat during Brisbane Festival in September and be immersed in a glowing world of art installations. It leaves from South Bank or Northshore, Thursday to Sunday. There’s a bar and performances too.
3. Every child’s dream
Make you kids’ dreams come true with a trip to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary followed by a trip to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the musical...
Lone Pine is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary, with over 100 koalas in residence. Along with 70 species of other Australian native animals, you’ll see everything from free-flight raptor shows to sheepdog demonstrations. The kids will love feeding the kangaroos and holding a koala. Make it a full day excursion with a Mirimar River Cruise to get there.
Showing at QPAC from September 2 to October 3, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory includes songs from the original film alongside a brand-new score with showstopping costumes and set. Enter Willy Wonka’s world of imagination through his marvellous chocolate factory and meet Charlie Bucket, Oompa-Loompas, and four other golden ticket winners.
4. A hole in one
Little and big kids alike will be amazed by the LEGO Brickworks Exhibition at Queensland Museum until October 4. There are more than 50 LEGO brick masterpieces covering iconic world landmarks. They weigh over a tonne, contain more than 1.3 million LEGO bricks and took almost 5,000 hours to create. The 4.5m tall Space Shuttle, designed for LEGO Masters Australia, is a standout.
Head to Victoria Park Putt Putt, where a Halloween themed 18-hole mini-golf course complete with a pumpkin patch and skeletons graveyard will put them to the test from 17 Sep – 31 October. Parents can join in the spooktacular fun or relax at the Bistro.
5. Footy and a feast
It’s a feast for footy fans with a once-in-a-lifetime world-first event in international rugby, a thrilling double header clash at Suncorp Stadium on September 18.
Ditch the cold meat pies and head to Eat Street Northshore. Here you’ll find hectares of food stalls housed in recycled shipping containers on an old shipping wharf. There are bars, entertainers, shops, and restaurants serving everything from pork dumplings to Japanese pizzas, classic burgers to Korean sliders, Aussie fish and chips to snails in garlic and parsley butter sauce, and vegan brownies to doughnut sundaes.
6. Choose your adventure in the regions
Set off on an adventure to Summerland Camels in the Scenic Rim (under an hour from Brisbane) for Little Farmer Humpty Day on September 22. The kids can feed, pat and cuddle camels, plus camel rides are on offer. The Homestead Café has delicious food, and there’s a sausage sizzle and kid’s burgers.
Nestled amongst eucalypt trees and featuring a large outdoor koala enclosure and many interactive displays, the Daisy Hill Koala Centre in Logan is a unique place to learn about koalas and their conservation. Admission is free! If you are looking for more action, hop in a new Schumacher Go Kart at Kingston Park Raceway and feel the speed on the 1100 metre international standard circuit, or check out the Marvel Stage Shows with Spiderman and Ironman training up new avengers from 20 – 24 Sep at Ipswich’s Tulmur Place.
If sweets are more your jam, don’t miss Sandstone Point Hotel’s Strawberry and Dessert Festival on 18 Sep, with dessert food trucks, dessert cooking and cocktail making demonstrations, live music, fireworks, kid’s rides plus much more.
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