THE ULTIMATE BRISBANE GUIDE THESE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
Updated: 16 December 2021
It’s that time of year again. The joyous few months where you’re graced with the consistent presence of your little ones. Lucky for you, we’re here to keep them (and you) entertained. We’ve put together our top Brisbane school holiday itineraries, so you can experience the best of Brisbane, hassle-free.
South Bank - the ultimate kids playground. With so much to see and do, you’re guaranteed a fun day out with the entire family. Kick off with The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10) Kids at Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA). Open until April 22nd, this interactive children’s art centre celebrates diversity and teaches the importance of collaboration with some great life lessons for your little ones, and plenty of entertainment for you as well. Once you’ve exhausted all seven projects at APT10 Kids, the choice is yours. With so much on at South Bank these school holidays, your kids are spoilt for choice. Whether it’s hopping on board the Xpress Fun Train for a loop of the Parklands, sitting back to relax and take in one of QPAC’s January offerings or checking out the LEGO art on display at Brickman® Wonders of the World. Or, pack your togs for an inner-city beach day at the iconic Streets Beach. Best part, there are restaurants and bars galore, to keep you going while the kids run wild.
If you think the City is just for grown-ups, think again! Say Ahoy! to GoBoat, Brisbane’s ultimate picnic boat experience. With 8 people allowed on board, you can bring your whole fam, even your fur baby. GoBoat offers a unique perspective of Brisbane, along Kangaroo Point Cliffs and underneath our iconic Story Bridge. When you’ve docked, make your way to Felons Brewing Co. for some live music and a cheeky local brew, while the kids occupy themselves on their giant ship playground. When they’re almost all tuckered out, fill their bellies at one of the many restaurants surrounding the City, with kid menus even we’re tempted to try.
If you're looking for an educational experience for the kids, head to the Cross River Rail Experience Centre to participate in a large program of free school holiday activities from December 13 to January 23.
ROMA STREET PARKLANDS
Full of excitement, Roma Street Parklands has it all covered. Start the day strolling through the wonders of the Parklands. Don’t forget to pack hats, SPF, and plenty of snacks - there’s a lot to explore! To escape the heat, stroll on over and unlock your kids’ creativity at the Museum of Brisbane. This summer their exhibition is Storytellers: The Next Chapter, with life-size storybooks and interactive art, storytime has never been more fun. They’re even letting the kids draw on their walls, so it doesn’t have to be on yours! Wind down in the evening, and make your way to the Moonlight Cinema (ends 30th Jan) for a flick under the Roma Street Parkland stars. With plenty of family-friendly movies on offer, for all to enjoy. And don’t worry, there are snacks galore to keep the kids satisfied, as well as food trucks and bars for your needs too.
Need help expelling all that extra school holiday energy? River to Bay’s express boat to Moreton Island has a whole day of jam-packed adventure for you. Hop onboard one of their flash new boats, and explore Brisbane, Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island through the lens of the locals. We’re sure the snorkelling at Tangalooma Wrecks is going to be all your kids will talk about for days to come. To keep the adrenaline racing, Riverlife has you sorted. With plenty of options to choose from, like kayaking, biking, water biking, and URB-E’s, the sky's the limit for you and your kids.
The minute your kids see the Story Bridge, we bet they’ll ask “Can I climb it?” - and the answer is, you sure can! Story Bridge Adventure Climb is a must-do to see the City from the perspective of Brisbane’s most iconic landmark. Suitable for any fitness level, you just have to be a minimum of 6 years old to climb. The fam-shots will be envied with this background.
Animals and kids - the ultimate duo. Head just outside of Ipswich to Summer Land Camels - Australia’s largest wild camel training centre and dairy operation. Your kids can pat and feed their friendly camels, while you get some adorable Insta pics and learn about the benefits of camel milk - did someone say immunity and anti-aging?! They're even having a Little Humpty's Christmas Party Kids' Day on Wed 15th Dec, with Santa and baby camels sure to deliver on a festive cuteness overload.
If you’re keen to immerse your kids in Australian wildlife, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is Brisbane’s ultimate destination for all your koala-cuddle needs. Snap some pics of your kids with a nestled koala, walking amongst the kangaroos or try and capture the sleepy wombats. Or head to Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre, nestled in the Enoggera Reservoir, for Ranger lead activities designed for all ages!
Keen to combine wildlife with adventure, to really tire them out? Thunderbird Park in the Tamborine Mountain region pairs a rainforest playground, treewalk and mini-golf course, with natural bushland and walking tracks with hundreds of colourful birds for the best of both worlds.
Not used to the Queensland heat, but still keen to experience all Brisbane has to offer? We do the outdoors best, so cool off with some of our refreshing day trip options. Settlement Cove Lagoon in Redcliffe gives you a refreshing day out, with their 95m lagoon perched right next to the ocean. Paradise by the sea, this allows you to relax without worrying about your kids tackling the big waves, but still getting that salty breeze.
Take it back-to-nature and head out to one of the many lakes surrounding Brisbane, for plenty of fun and activities. Our top picks are Lake Somerset and Lake Wivenhoe - make sure you’re prepped for some exhausted kiddies by booking a sport in the campgrounds.
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