Enjoy a family picnic at South Bank. Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia

Family Friendly Brisbane

Brisbane is an easy place for family holidays. It has great weather, parks, gardens and even a beach in the city, a Planetarium. It’s other great advantage is that Brisbane is super close to the Gold Coast theme parks, so you won’t run out of things to do. Some of the cool things to do include:

  • The Planetarium where you can learn about the universe through the Skydome, Theatre, Observatory and Display zone. This is very entertaining and fun for the whole family.
  • Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s largest koala sanctuary, here you can cuddle koalas, hand feed kangaroos and encounter many more native animals in their natural habitats.
  • Kingston Park Raceway (Kingston). Go karting tracks for children and adults, with many other activities including putt putt and fair rides.
  • The Berry Patch is open to public from June to November so you can pick your own strawberries! The farm is in its third generation, and has a store where you can purchase fresh jams and goodies.


 The great outdoors

  • Southbank is in the city, overlooking Brisbane River. It has museums, a huge parkland, a swimming beach, cinemas, restaurants and plenty of shopping. Also at Southbank is Qld Sciencentre – which is one of Brisbane’s       fantastic museums filled with things to see       and do, learning experiences, and permanent and changeable exhibitions.
  • New Farm Park. Catch the City Cat across Brisbane River to New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s inner city parks and home to an adventure playground and some of the best climbing trees! With heaps of open space         and greenery there is plenty of room to bring       a picnic and a football.
  • City Botanical Gardens is right in the city       centre and has walking and bike tracks, playgrounds, picnic and barbeque areas           and much more.

Visit the Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane. Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia

  • Robelle Domain is located in the western suburbs of Brisbane and is 24 hectares of adventure! There is a water park, interactive playground, tree top walks, picnic areas, exhibition gardens, a cafe and much more.

Moreton Island & Tangalooma Resort

Just off the Coast of Brisbane is the beautiful Moreton Island which is perfect for camping, four-wheel driving, sand tobogganing, fishing, snorkeling the wrecks, catamaraning and swimming.

If you're not into camping, stay at Tangalooma Resort where you can also hand-feed the local dolphin community each night.

Camping at Honeymoon Bay, Moreton Island.
Jamie MacFayden, courtesy of Tourism Australia

North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island is a pristine island just outside of Brisbane, and has plenty of activities such as fishing charters, scooter and bike hire, surfing and diving lessons and swimming and water sports.


Rainy day activities

  • Bricks N Fun is a Lego specialty store and play centre. There are impressive displays, a build room, and an area for the children under 5 to play.
  • Laser Force  is loved by adults and kids. Laserforce has an indoor, two storey playing arena with a spectacular light show.
  • Bounce Inc/Sky Zone are indoor trampoline parks. These are is suitable for all ages and are loads of fun.
  • Strike Bowling Bar in the city has bowling, laser tag and karaoke all under the one roof!
  • Iceworld Skating Rink has an Olympic sized rink so you can test out your skating skills.