Three days of family holiday fun in Brisbane

Taking a short family break is easy in Brisbane. Let us take the hassle out of organising your stay with this three-day itinerary to maximise your precious holiday time. Share your moments with us via #brisbaneanyday

Day One

Morning: River Cruise

You’re fresh off the plane at Brisbane Domestic Airport. Once you round up the kids and collect the luggage, you decide to board the Airtrain for a hassle-free journey into the city.

The first port of call is your hotel. Choose from many options of spacious self-contained apartments from the centrally located Hotel Jen on Roma St or, located in the heart of South Bank’s cultural precinct, Rydges South Bank.

Rydges South Bank
Image: Rydges South Bank

With your luggage safely stowed, it’s time to sit back and relax on a cruise down the Brisbane River. Enjoying the river is almost mandatory and there are many leisurely river cruises designed for this purpose.

Jump on board for a full buffet lunch with Kookaburra Showboat Cruises departing from Eagle Street Pier; take the Mirimar Cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary; or sit on the open-air top deck of River City Cruises.

River City Cruises

Afternoon: Outdoors and Adventure

Enjoy the outdoor green spaces in Brisbane’s inner city with Riverlife Adventure Centre nestled on the river’s edge at the base of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. 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.

Afterwards, stroll over the Goodwill Bridge into the City Botanic Gardens. If the kids aren’t tired after Riverlife, they will be after swinging and climbing on the playground. Mum and dad will love the tranquillity of the lush gardens where you almost forget you’re in the middle of a city with a population of two million.

Riverlife Adventure Centre Kayaking

Day Two

Mt Coot-tha

Take the 471 bus from Adelaide St in the CBD to Mt Coot-tha for spectacular vistas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay and surrounding suburbs. The trip takes around 40-minutes one way. 

Once you've explored the summit (be sure to soak up the views with an ice cream in hand from the onsite cafe), jump back on the bus down Mt Coot-tha and stop at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. Turn your attention to the stars at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium. See recreations of Brisbane’s night sky in the cosmic Skydome, fragments of asteroids and spacecraft models in the Display Zone, or stargaze with one of the Planetarium’s astronomers in the Observatory.

Day Three

Morning: South Bank

Wake up early for a morning spent at the cultural centre of Brisbane. Explore the Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, State Library, Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, along with the state-of-the-art playground and cafes in South Bank, just a short stroll over Victoria Bridge from the city.

Take a dip at Streets Beach or join a free Brisbane Greeters tour of South Bank. They depart at 10am from the South Bank Visitor Information and Booking Centre. Bookings are essential 24 hours in advance. Call (07) 3156 6366 or email [email protected] to book.

Streets Beach

Afternoon: Mini Golf

If time allows before your flight home, head to the Victoria Park Golf Club, just a short bus or taxi ride from the city and enjoy a game of mini golf. This challenging and exciting 18-hole mini golf course weaves around rocky terrain while offering a magnificent view of Brisbane city's skyline.

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