Enjoy a family picnic at South Bank. Photo: 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:

Visit the Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane.
Photo: Tourism Australia

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Catch a Brisbane ferry.

Catch a City Cat to Newfarm Park. Photo: Tourism Australia
Enjoy an ice-cream at one of Brisbane's great parks. 
Photo: Tourism Australia
  • City Botanical Gardens is right in the city centre and has walking and bike tracks, playgrounds, picnic and barbeque areas and much more.
  • Pick your own strawberries at The Berry Patch which is open to the public from June to November.
  • 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.

   Rainy day activities in Brisbane with the kids

  • Bricks N Fun is a Lego specialty store with great displays, a build room, and an under 5's to play area.
  • Go carting at Kingston Park Raceway, or have a game of putt putt.
  • Laser Force  is an indoor, two storey playing arena with a light show.


Enjoy the nearby islands of Brisbane

Imagine swimming, snorkelling, sandboarding, sailing and all other fun ways to play. This is all possible at Moreton and Stradbroke Islands - which are just a hop, skip and a jump from Brisbane city. 

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.





Go fishing at North Stradbroke Island. 
Photo: Tourism Australia

Camping at Honeymoon Bay, Moreton Island.
Photo: Jamie MacFayden, Tourism Australia


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.