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10 best things to do with children in Brisbane
13 October, 2021
It doesn’t top the list when it comes to famous Australian cities, but locals will all tell you that Brisbane has a lot to offer – especially for families. From strawberry picking to koala cuddling, we’ve listed the top 10 fun things for kids to do in Brisbane City, and around it.
Pick Strawberries at Luvaberry Family Farm
The warmer weather is here, making it the perfect time of the year for a spot of strawberry picking! You’ll have to head north to Wamuran for this classic family activity, but we promise it’s totally worth it. Book online to avoid disappointment – picking starts at $15, but they also offer a complimentary farm tour, Sunday morning yoga and breakfast, and a play session with farm dog Panda.
Treetop Challenge Juniors at the Big Pineapple
North of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coasts’ Big Pineapple is a must-visit attraction – not only for its literal big pineapple, but because there are plenty of other activities to enjoy nearby, too! Take the Tree Top Challenge, for example. Built for children aged three to nine, there are plenty of options for different ages and abilities. Tickets start from $30 for a group.
Go for a ride at Dreamworld
Now, it’s time to head south – to Dreamworld in the country’s adventure capital, the Gold Coast! With adrenaline-inducing rides, family-friendly attractions, and fun seasonal events (celebrating everything from winter to Halloween) the whole family will love spending the day at Dreamworld. One-day passes start from $99, or $89 for children aged 3 to 13.
Dig in at Eat Street Northshore
Brisbane has a smorgasbord of delicious dining options, but none are quite like Eat Street – it’s one of the best things for kids to do in Brisbane. Built from shipping containers, this outdoor food market has grown from strength to strength since opening in 2013. Here, you can indulge in tempting snacks, mouth-watering main meals, delicious desserts (cronut, anyone?), and even shop the unique stalls. Keen for dinner and a show? They also have a jam-packed entertainment program! Entry is $5 for ages twelve and up or $15 for a family of four adults.
Putt putt golf at Victoria Park
It’s all the fun of golf, on a family-friendly scale. Victoria Park is Brisbane’s home of putt-putt, boasting an 18-hole mini-golf course like no other. Enjoy the epic views of Brisbane city while you navigate the challenging terrain with the children in tow. It’s open morning, noon and night, and is fully licensed, too. Children under four get in free, while children aged four to 17 are $16 and adults $22.
Search the stars at Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
It’s time to look up! Since 1978, Brisbane City Council’s Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium has been dazzling and delighting visitors with its Cosmic Skydome – a 12.5-metre-diameter projection dome that showcases the night sky. There is also a Display Zone, observatory, and a sundial courtyard, so you can make a day of it. General entry to the Planetarium is free, though tickets for shows in the Cosmic Skydome range from $6 to $12. It’s one of the most fun things for kids to do in Brisbane.
Cruise the river on a CityHopper
Who needs a fancy boat when you can cruise the Brisbane River for free? Brisbane City Council’s CityHopper is a free inner-city ferry that services six stops between North Quay and Sydney Street in New Farm. It runs every 30 minutes between 5.30 am and midnight, seven days a week, and is a great way to see sights like the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, South Bank, Story Bridge, and Kangaroo Point cliffs.
Catch a game at the Gabba
The Brisbane Cricket Ground, affectionately known as The Gabba (you’ll find it in the inner-city suburb of Woolloongabba), is home to the Brisbane Lions (AFL), the Brisbane Heat (Big Bash Cricket), and the Queensland Bulls (cricket). A favourite for families, many of the sporting games played there offer pre and during-game entertainment and activities for families. The Gabba has even hosted concerts by international stars like Adele. Head to the website to find out what’s coming up.
See the Koalas at Lone Pine
Where else can you cuddle a koala, relax with a snake, and participate in a wild bird show, all just near the heart of the city? Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is beloved by locals and tourists alike, attracting countless international celebrities for koala cuddle sessions. While you’re there, be sure to feed the kangaroos, say hello to the birdlife, and enjoy the delicious meals on site. Tickets start from $35 for children.
Play at Howards Smith Wharves
If you’re wondering about fun things to do in Brisbane for kids, the Howard Smith Wharves might not immediately spring to mind. Usually considered a favourite for bargoers and foodies, it’s a well-kept secret that the wharves also offer plenty of fun for children. There are playgrounds, plenty of grassy areas, and delicious food (both for you and your children) allowing you to spend the whole day or night there. Relax with a beer and soak up the river views while the children run amok.
Edge Early Learning Open Days
Edge Open Days allow you to trial the best early learning experience for your children firsthand hand along with some extra special activities like petting zoos, science shows, and face painting as well as nibbles and drinks for the family to enjoy.