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Start planning your school holidays in Brisbane

It’s the countdown to the school holidays. After a trying few months, it’s time to break free, head out and embark on some fabulous family-friendly activities around Brisbane.  

From animal encounters to urban adventures and outdoor experiences to gallivanting in galleries, read on to discover some inspiring school holiday ideas. Our beautiful city and region are good to go. 

Galleries and museums

Brisbane is bursting with gorgeous galleries and marvellous museums. South Bank is the epicentre for Queensland’s much-loved cultural institutions. Art-inspired kids will love the Queensland Art Gallery (Open 22 June) while the Queensland Museum (open 25 June) is always a fave with the young ones with its multitude of hands-on exhibits. In Ipswich, the whole family will love The Workshops Rail Museum (open 15 June) with its huge steam locomotives and massive industrial machinery. Nearby, the Ipswich Art Gallery runs a perennially popular school holiday program for kids. 

Animal encounters 

Let’s face it. Most kids love to meet a furry friend (and so do most adults). Get up close and personal with koalas, kangaroos and other Australian wildlife at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary or come face to face with sharks and rays at Shark and Ray Gardens on the Redlands Coast. Head south west and step back in time in the Scenic Rim with a horse-pulled Cobb & Co wagon tour with Drayhorse Shires. While out here, picnic with alpacas at Mountview Alpaca Farm and meet camels at Summer Land Camels. 

Urban adventures 

You don’t have to wander far from the city to find an adventure. Competitive kids will love Strike Bowling in the Wintergarden while indoor climbing raises things to a whole new level at the Fortitude Valley-based Rocksports Indoor Climbing. Over on the hill, Victoria Park Putt Putt combines putting action with dazzling views of the city skyline. By the river, embark on kayaking, biking, URB-Eing and rollerblade adventures with Riverlife. Or get the kids peddling through a guided tour with Brisbane By Bicycle. For the ultimate sky-high adventure, the Story Bridge Adventure Climb will see their jaws dropping. 

The great outdoors 

Even in winter, our great weather beckons you and the fam outside. Head to South Bank and take a dip in the Boat Pool or Streets Beach and let the kids splash about in the Aquativity water park. Then chow down on some lunch at one of the surrounding cafes and restaurants. Looking for wide open spaces? Get the kids back to nature and go on an exercise-inspiring bush walk or make tracks to beautiful Enoggera Reservoir to enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding and bike riding with Walkabout Creek Adventures.  

Head even further afield and hire a canoe from One Tree Canoe Company to enjoy a paddle along the peaceful upper Brisbane River. Nearby Lake Wivenhoe is awesome for BYO kayaking, boating, sailing and stand up paddle boarding. Tossing in a line is always a kid pleaser so check our list of top fishing spots. For the ultimate family-friendly experience, enjoy a round at Sirromet Winery’s SUPA GOLF and then, afterwards, you can enjoy a glass of wine while the kids tuck into delectable ice cream.  

Adrenaline activities 

Time to get the blood pumping. Take the kids go-karting at Slideways in Eagle Farm or Kingston Park Raceway in City of Logan and let them test their skills against each other and the clock. For thrills on the water, Bayside Wake Park offers exhilarating cable-wakeboarding action. 

Island adventures 

Did you know Moreton Bay has 365 islands? Escape the city and head for one or more of these jewels where wide, golden, sandy beaches and refreshing aquatic waters to swim in come standard. The kids will be thrilled at what they can see and do here. Discover more about the world’s second and third largest sand islands, North Stradbroke and Moreton. For a bigger bucket-list of the bay’s captivating islands, make sure you check out our guide to exploring Brisbane’s islands.  

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