Top Family Friendly Activities in Brisbane

Brisbane is growing and changing quickly these days. Whilst the locals can still be heard referring to it as a big country town, it’s quickly making a name for itself. These changes have seen an increase in the number of tourists and families that are coming and holidaying in Brisbane.

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Now that you know where you will be staying, it’s time to plan what you’re going to do during your escape with our top family friendly Brisbane activities. 

1. Go wild

If the family has an itch to get into the outdoors or see some nature, there are plenty of places to go around Brisbane. For hikes and bushwalks you cannot go wrong with Mount Beerwah, Mount Tibrogargan, Lamington National Park, or Mt Coot-tha Forest. Whilst some might require a little driving time, they are all well worth it. The views are all worthy of an Instagram post. 
Not out of place on a list of the top zoos in the world, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is most famous for its koala cuddles and up-close native animal encounters. It also features Aussie sheep dog exhibits, sheering, bird of prey exhibits, barn encounters and other “experiences” that you won’t find at other Brisbane zoos. Lone Pine has long been among Brisbane’s most popular tourist attractions and a must do for Brisbane families. 

2. Day trips

Staying for an extended break? Why not schedule in a day trip? Stradbroke Island or “Straddie” is a favourite amongst locals and international tourists and perfect for an active family. Straddie is a sub-tropical island, located 30 km southeast of Brisbane, and it is the world’s second largest sand island! From endless summer adventures to awesome “whale-watching “winters, Straddie Is the perfect spot for a short-day trip. 
If you’re looking for some adventure, a 30 - 40minute drive south will have you on the door step to some of the greatest theme parks in the world. Choose between Dreamworld with its Tiger Island and White Water World or Movie World where you can lift the curtain and discover some movie magic.  

3. Explore the river and Southbank

Southbank, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, the Story Bridge, and the view of Brisbane are just some of the reasons to get out on the Brisbane River. Feel free to explore it on a CityCat, River City Cruises or even the Kookaburra Showboat Cruises. Looking to get a little more active, you can spend a day kayaking, roller blading, abseiling off the cliffs, or simply strolling the many river walks around the sitting and surrounding suburbs. 
How about a spot of lunch? Or breakfast? Or a relaxed evening meal while the city buzzes? Southbank is regarded as Brisbane’s premier lifestyle and cultural destination. Located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, it is a hub for foodies, shoppers and people who simply enjoying sitting by the river relaxing. 

4. Culture yourself

Once you have discovered Southbank, make sure you leave yourself some time to make your way over to the cultural precinct and feast your senses on the Museum, Science Centre, Performing Arts Centre, Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) and the State Library.  
From international ballet and musicals like Aladdin and American Idiot Brisbane is fast gaining a reputation for hosting some amazing performances. The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) are a single institution spread across two buildings on the edge of the river at the western end of Southbank. It is home to brilliant exhibits and interactive attractions for the young and young at heart.  

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