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The Best Things To Do In Brisbane With Kids

Are you a Brisbane local or planning a holiday to Bris-Vegas and want to experience everything the sunny city has to offer?

Children of all ages will be entertained, amused and high on life with these fun activities in Brisbane. Keep reading to find the best things to do in Brisbane with kids.

things to do in Brisbane with kids

Aquativity – Free Fun

Aquativity is an interactive water-play park that features educational aspects and highlights the importance of environmental, urban and indigenous elements that are affiliated with the river.

Designed to encourage families to get outdoors and enjoy quality time together, the park offers BBQ’s, picnic areas and parking.
Located in South Brisbane, the Aquativity is open on weekends and school holidays from 10am – 5pm.

Location: Stanley Street Plaza. South Bank Visitor Centre.
Cost: Free Entry

Pack a picnic and enjoy a cheap and cheerful day with the family!

things to do in Brisbane with kids

Lone Pine Sanctuary – Koala-tastic fun

Do Australian animals get you and your children excited? The Lone Pine Sanctuary is the perfect day out! Famous for their experiences, you can enjoy cuddling koalas, feeding kangaroos, close up animal encounters and so much more than you will see at your typical zoo.

Located only 12km from the city centre, you do not have to go far to feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The nature, animals and setting will take you to a calm and peaceful sanctuary while the children can learn and rediscover the simple things in life.

Opening hours: 7 days a week – 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location: 708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket.
Cost: Adult: $36, Child: $22 (under 3 is free), Family (2x adults & 3x children): $85.

You can learn more about the Koala Sanctuary here.

things to do in Brisbane with kids

Sciencentre – Queensland Museum

With so much for the entire family to see and experience the Sciencentre is filled with fun, education and 100% hands-on experiences!

With exhibitions changing frequently, you will always be surprised with what you will find. From electricity shows, creative labs, body zone, action stations and much more, you will never be bored. While most of the activities here are for those a little older (I’d say 7 and up), there are still fun things for toddlers and little ones to do and enjoy as well. It is the perfect place to take visitors in Brisbane.

Location: Corner of Grey and Melbourne Streets, within the South Bank Cultural Precinct in South Brisbane.
Opening Hours: Open daily. 9.30 am – 5.00 pm.
Cost: Adult: $14.50, Child (3-15) (must be accompanied by an adult 18+) $11.50, Family: (2 Adults/Concessions & up to 4 Children) $44.50.

For information on current and upcoming exhibitions check out Brisbane Sciencentre here.

things to do in Brisbane with kids

Treetop Challenge – ages 7 and up

Adventure, thrill-seeking and much more!

With six courses that spread among 10 acres of natural bushland, you and the kids can take on rope and climbing challenges. Hang from the trees, swing like Tarzan, balance on suspended bridges and let the thrill-seeker enjoy the rush in this exhilarating yet safe experience. Offering more than just the treetop challenge, you can also: camp, walk, hike, abseil and horse ride.

Location: Cedar Creek Falls Road, Corner of Tamborine Mountain Road, North Tamborine.

For more information on requirements, opening hours and costs, click here to visit the website!

things to do in Brisbane with kids


Depending on when you plan on travelling with kids, it is a good idea to book your family accommodation in advance. Particularly during peak seasons.

It is advised that you also read the recent reviews on the hotel or AirBnb listing you are considering as often the images and details listed can be outdated. The last thing you want is to pay money for gorgeous accommodation and arrive at a dump. Brisbane accommodation can easily be reserved by using a bulk hotel website, this allows you to compare rooms, prices and availability without having to search individually. Learn more about things to do in North Brisbane.

things to do in Brisbane with kids

There is no shortage of family fun in Brisbane, make your visit everything it can be and more.

What do you recommend for those visiting and looking for things to do in Brisbane with kids?

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  1. 30/05/2016 / 6:34 am

    I think GOMA always has something pretty interesting for kids

  2. 30/05/2016 / 8:54 am

    Brisbane was always somewhere we drove almost straight through in a race to get somewhere or home when the kids were little and we did road trips. Would love to head back but it seems so very far away now we are in Perth.

  3. 30/05/2016 / 9:19 am

    Brisbane’s a LONG way from me down here in Melbourne! We haven’t been up that way for about 7 years now. I would like some of the sunshine. 😉

  4. 30/05/2016 / 10:01 am

    I’d love to have a family holiday in Brisbane, I reckon my son would love it! Some great ideas here 🙂

  5. 30/05/2016 / 10:23 am

    I haven’t been to Brisbane since I was a little kid! Looks like somewhere we need to add to our list though 🙂

  6. 30/05/2016 / 10:27 am

    Only returned from our Brisbane holiday last week! We did indeed enjoy Southbank’s water park and playground though and it was great to have weather warm enough to do so. We also enjoyed the play area in the Botanic Gardens, visited North Stradbroke Island as walk-on ferry passengers (so cheap!), and visited Wellington Point and Raby Bay.

  7. 30/05/2016 / 11:11 am

    I’d never heard of Aquativity – thanks!

  8. 30/05/2016 / 11:18 am

    We hope to be in Brisbane soon. Thanks for the tips.

  9. 30/05/2016 / 11:29 am

    Oh I so need a holiday to Queensland, we used to go every year but the budget doesn’t stretch that far now that I’m no longer working. We’re slowly saving for our next family holiday so hope to be up again soon 🙂

  10. 30/05/2016 / 11:58 am

    We’ve never been to Brisbane for a holiday – just been there to driver through or overnight with friends. But we have been to that Aquativity and it is so cool! I would love to live in that area. Brisbane really does get more and more appealing with every Brissy blog post I read.

  11. 30/05/2016 / 1:01 pm

    Brisbane is definitely on the list for holiday destinations with the kids!
    I’d love to take them on the Treetop Challenge. I remember my husband and I doing one of those pre-kids. It was amazing!

  12. 30/05/2016 / 5:52 pm

    I’ve lived in Brisbane my whole life and never knew the beach at Southbank actually had a name lol. We really need to get out and do more day trip things like this rather than just going to the park or the playground at the shops each week. You’ve inspired me to look into more activities that are suitable for toddlers.

  13. 30/05/2016 / 8:27 pm

    They’re some great ideas for families Kell! Thanks for your Monday linky too. Denyse

  14. 09/06/2016 / 9:42 am

    The parks are always great and they are free. Centenary Rocks was always a favourite and there is waterplay (recycled too) plus it is by the river.

  15. 14/06/2016 / 5:45 pm

    Hi !! I highly reccomend chandler aquatic centre during school holidays. Indigidcapes…..The Cube QUT….I could go on forever!!!

  16. Jackie (Lipstick, Lattes & Louboutins)
    14/06/2016 / 6:36 pm

    Bookmarked incase we ever get to go to Brisbane! Thank you for the great tips 🙂

  17. 14/06/2016 / 8:40 pm

    Is it bad that I don’t have children (yet) and still want to do all of these things? Hahah. Especially cuddling the koalas – you’re not allowed to touch them in Victoria!

  18. 12/09/2016 / 7:21 pm

    Hi Kell, I am a blogger from Bris-vegas. I think this is a great list! GOMA is definately worth adding to the list too. The other one I thought of is a trip to the top of mt Coot-tha for a view of the city and an icecream is a nice trip we like to do sometimes. The Botanical gardens at the base of Mt Coot-tha is also worth a visit with a cafe to enjoy a cuppa at both :).

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