6 Family Fun Activities On A Brisbane Staycation With Kids

  • Preschoolers
    All Ages

When you think family vacation, it's usually beach or bush or a place far from home... you want to head out of the city so the kids can have lots of great adventures.

Well we're here to convince you that you don't need to get on a plane or drive for hours (or spend a fortune!) to have an amazing family holiday that the kids will LOVE.

Here's our top ways to enjoy a fabulous Brisbane staycation with kids:

1. Find your city accomodation

There are so many reasonably priced offerings for families in or near the city, we really are spoilt for choice. From serviced apartments to boutique hotels to amazing Airbnb's, it's really just about browsing the interwebs for kid-friendly accom until you find something that suits your budget and family.

We recently reviewed the Sage Hotel James Street Brisbane which has great rooms for a family holiday. 

2. Let your hair down on a boat ride

Our beautiful Brisbane River is so much more accessible than it was 20 years ago and there's nothing more family friendly than a boat trip. As you watch the world glide by with the wind blowing in your hair, you'll get a real sense of what tourists love about our river city. 

You can jump on a CityCat ferry from lots of inner city locations including New Farm, Riverside, Southbank, QUT and North Quay and cruise up and down the river to your hearts content. Tickets range in price but ost on average $6 for an adult for a 3 hour ticket. Head to Translink for all ticketing information.

3. Play in the park

New Farm Park is truly a wonderland for kids of all shapes, sizes and abilities. There's an amazing shaded playground with a boardwalk running through the tree tops, a fantastic fort, a huge of rope climbing frame, plus lots of swings and rockers. Plus the added bonus of facilities for special needs, including harnessed swings, disabled toilets and good access for prams or wheelchairs.

If you venture out of the playground there is also tonnes of space around the iconic park for picnics, to kick a footy around or laze on a blanket and watch the world go by. It's a perfect spot for a few hours of active (or relaxed!) family time.

Where: 1042 Brunswick St, New Farm
When: Park gates are open daily 8:30am to 11pm but many people use the park outside of those hours.
More infohttps://www.ellaslist.com.au/brisbane/venues/new-farm-park-playground


4. Get your culture vulture on

Here in Brissie we are very lucky to have a lively cultural precinct, and if you are anything like us, you probably don't get there as often as you would like. A staycation is a perfect time to explore some of our amazing cultural offerings. The top of South Bank is perfect for families with QAGOMA, The Corner at the State Library and the Queensland Museum located within walking distance of each other.

And  there are plenty of cafés and open spaces in between in case the kids need to refuel and run around (and you need a coffee or wine to take the edge off).

Image credit: https://www.slq.qld.gov.au/plan-my-visit/spaces-visit/corner



5. Take a City Hall Clock Tower tour

A truly unique experience that the kids will think is awesome. 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. You can follow up with a tour of City Hall and finish with a cake to end all cakes at everyone's favourite The Shingle Inn City Hall.

Where: Musuem of Brisbane
When: Daily, 10.15am – 4.45pm, every 15 minutes.
More infohttps://www.museumofbrisbane.com.au/whats-on/city-hall-clock-tower/

Image credit: https://www.shingleinncityhall.com/

6. Head to South Bank

One of the best ways to spend an afternoon and evening in Brisbane is wandering around South Bank. Take the kids for a big swim in the lagoon (tire them out like there's no tomorrow), followed by an early dinner at one of the many awesome restaurants. Why not try the Southbeach Social which is right next to the lagoon– we hear it's a great spot for a beverage as the sun goes down! And then dessert at Cowch or wander the promenade with an ice cream from one of the great one of the many gelaterias in the area.

Image credit: https://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/south-bank/things-to-do/swimming-at-south-bank?sc_lang=en-au

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