Brisbane is a FUNtastic city for kids! It has has plenty of amazing quality free activities on offer, from sprawling parklands, fascinating libraries and museums, but best of all – lots of sun! Yes, Brisbane has a relaxed vibe and has the perfect recipe for an amazing family holiday, without putting a hole in your wallet. If you are planning to visit the city soon, we have rounded up some of the best family-friendly activities to make your trip to Brisbane a memorable one, some which we wish we had known about sooner!
Explore the South Bank Parklands
Location: South Bank Brisbane, QLD 4101
Play, explore, relax, eat and swim – explore South Bank Parklands for some serious family fun. This at the top of my list as it has got to be one of the best attractions in Brisbane. Pop by South Bank for a free swim in Streets beach, practice your morning yoga or learn to dance at a free lesson or just wander the beautiful surrounding gardens. The huge beach-style lagoon is surrounded by sprawling gardens, playgrounds and restaurants in the middle of the city.
Kids Collective is a series of outdoor classes and workshops held at South Bank and Roma Street Parkland. Activities occur throughout the year and change regularly, including gardening, music, sport, science, craft and more – oh the things you’ll do!
Next, visit the Cultural Precinct
Location: Stanley Pl, South Bank Brisbane, QLD 4101
Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art
Explore the natural world through the Queensland Museum, State Library, QPAC
GOMA is Queensland home of modern art and one of Australias most exciting art galleries, especially for the kids! GOMA is home to the Children’s Art Centre, Australia’s only state-of-the-art activity centre spread over two floors, a free space for families to create hands-on, exciting activities for kids.
Entry is free and there iare clock rooms, pram storage, clean toilets and several restaruants and eateries
The Queensland Museum
Location: Corner of Grey & Melbourne Streets, South Bank Brisbane, Queensland 4101
Queensland Museum is full of natural history, cultural heritage, science and Queensland’s history that goes the extra mile to appeal to the whole family. A trip to the Queensland Museum is one that can provide multiple hours of entertainment.
Spread over two floors, the museum is small but is full of everything from interactive colorful displays, dinosaur fossils, animals, wildlife exhibits, mechanical objects and ancient life of Queensland
Admission is free to all the regular exhibits with only the Sciencetnre requiring payment so is a cost-effective attraction for kids in Brisbane’s South Bank.
The Corner at the State Library of Queensland
Location: Cultural Precinct, Stanley Pl, South Brisbane QLD 4101
The State Library of Queensland
If your kids don’t like libraries, they will probably change their minds after a visit here. Enthusiastic staff run regular programs in “The Corner” which is a huge open kid-friendly space dedicated to learning on the ground floor dedicated for children up to eight years old where kids can be noisy, burn off some energy (yes, even in a library!) and be creative. Kids can experience wonderful books, digital games, fun and educational toys, creative artist-led activities and come out from the library feeling exited and fulfilled.
The activities on offer change seasonally and are all free in this well-run public facility.
Travel for Free in the heart of Brisbane
You may have seen the bright red CityHopper boats on the river but did you know you can travel on them for free? They travel between Sydney Street terminal near New Farm Park and North Quay in the city. You can find the route map here
For inner-city travel have a look out for the bright red loop buses that are a quick and convenient alternative to taxis and pavement pounding. Brisbane City Loop buses circle the central business district in two directions, running every 10 minutes from any red city bus stop. Have a look at the route here
Get active at Kangaroo Point and enjoy the Stunning View
Location: Lower River Terrace, Kangaroo Point, Queensland 4169
Kangaroo point is the perfect quiet place to introduce you kid to a wide range of adventure activities. Try abseiling down the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, kayak on the river or ride from one end to the other by Lime scooter or bike which can be found for hire in the area. It is a perfect spot to take a picnic to enjoy the stunning view of Brisbane city by day or night.
Visit an Awesome Playground
Brisbane’s beautiful weather all year round allows you to get out and explore some awesome playgrounds in the city. Plan a picnic and give your kids a dose of fun in fresh air and exercise, allowing you to kick back with a book.
With over 40 beautiful playgrounds scattered throughout the city, there is most likely somewhere close by to where you are staying. Use the app “Brisbane Kids” for a great map and description of all the family-friendly parks in Brisbane and to find one close to you.
Relax in Brisbane’s City Botanic Gardens
Location: Alice St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
The botanical gardens in the city centre is a great place to relax. The kids can run on the green lawns, play on the playgrounds, learn about ancient and rare trees and spot the wildlife in the ponds and the surrounds.
The colourful gardens are green, beautifully laid out, carefully maintained and offer lots of shade. With the river to one side and the beautiful old university buildings, Government House and Parliament house to the other, it is a truly special place to visit and easily accessed via Goodwill Bridge from southbank.
Visit Mount Coot-tha
Location: 152 Mount Coot Tha Rd, Mount Coot-Tha QLD 4066
A trip to see the best views of the city from the top of Mt Coot-tha should be on your list to see. About 15 min drive outside the city centre you will find a lookout with restaurants and at the bottom of the mountain is the Brisbane Planetarium nestled into the mt Coot-tha botanic gardens. The Botanic Gardens are over 52 hectares of various plant life to explore. They have a serene exotic rainforest vibe and you can find everything from playgrounds, duck feeding to shows. Grab a map and follow the treasure hunt on the designated self-guided Childrens Trail. There is plenty of wildlife to spot along the way and new surprises around every corner.
If its raining, visit the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, home to the Cosmic Skydome – an 12.5-metre-diameter projection dome.
Mt Coot-tha is one of the best nature based attractions in Brisbane.
Ride the Wheel of Brisbane
Location:Russel Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101
The wheel of Brisbane offers ewe-inspiring views of the city and surrounding region. A landmark in the heart of the cultural centre, lifts to a height of almost 60 metres and provides 360 degree panoramic views stretching as far as the eye can see.
The full experience takes around 10 to 12 minutes and operates everyday of the week from the middle of South Bank. Operating hours differ throughout the week; Sunday to Thursday from 10am to 10pm, and Friday and Saturday from 10am to 11pm.
Roma Street Parkland
Location:1 Parkland Blvd, Brisbane City QLD 4000
The Roma Street Parkland is arguably one of the most beautiful spaces in the CBD. Check out the Spectacle Garden and try to spot as many varieties of flowers as you can, wander through the rainforest and around Fern Gully or pack a picnic and relax (or nap) under a tree in the Celebration Precinct.
nother inner-city destination, Roma Street Parkland is an absolute oasis of free family entertainment in a beautiful, natural setting.
A number of playspaces, open grassed areas, nature walks, water features, picnic spots and performance spaces make this a fabulous destination for families looking to spread out and take it all in.
Go On a Free Tour of the Parliament House and Clock Tower
Location: Brisbane City Hall Clock Tower, Brisbane City QLD 400
Take a tour of the Clock Tower for beautiful views and a special insight into Brisbane City Hall, an iconic building in the heart of the city. Tours operate daily taking visitors up the Brisbane City Hall Clock Tower in a beautiful, old, hand-operated lift, providing a bird’s-eye view of the city. This is a popular activity so get there before 10am to book a spot, especially during the busy school holidays.
Location: 2A George St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
Parliament House also conducts tours that are designed to suit the general public, special interest groups and school groups. The maximum tour group size is 30 persons and the tour takes approximately 30 minutes and runs from 1pm.