Three days of family holiday fun in Brisbane
15 October 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brisbane Explorer Bus and Mt Coot-tha
Take the red double-decker Brisbane Explorer bus around Brisbane. The 90-minute round trip includes commentary and allows you to hop-on and hop-off at any dedicated stop on a 24 or 48-hour pass. Included in the same pass is a smaller mini-bus which takes you up to Mt Coot-tha where you can take in the sweeping views of the city while enjoying a cooling drink or ice-cream.
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.
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) 3029 1797 or email [email protected] to book.
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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