Visit Brisbane with kids
Look closely and you will find some spectacular things for families to do in the beautiful city of Brisbane, Australia. Explore the Brisbane River, play in the parks and forests, seek out the hidden treasures, while discovering the best of Brisbane’s dining scene.
Brisbane is one of those rare cities that is great to visit at any time of the year. The temperature is usually perfect for exploring and because it’s such a laidback city, the kids will have a great time.
Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventure or indoor culture, take some time to see what Brisbane has to offer your family.
Best things to do when you visit Brisbane with kids
Our Top 10 things to do with kids in Brisbane
- The Cube at QUT – free interactive giant screens filled with dinosaurs, rockets, science, and arcade games
- Swim, play, eat and be entertained at South Bank Parklands
- Cuddle a koala (or snake) and discover the wildlife at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
- Do the Story Bridge Climb – one of only three in the world
- Dinosaurs and science at Queensland Museum and ScienceCentre
- Picnic, play, and markets at New Farm Park
- Kayak in Brisbane River
- Sensational views, ice cream, and bush walks at Mount Cootha Brisbane Lookout
- Wildlife, bushwalks, water fun at Walkabout Creek
- Putt putt, playground, food and drink at Victoria Park Golf Club
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Where to stay in Brisbane with kids
In early 2018 we’ll be releasing our reviews on the most family-friendly accommodation in Brisbane and sharing them with you through our new directory and itinerary planner, My Guide.
Know before you go
Favourite family events in Brisbane
Food for kids in Brisbane
There are so many family-friendly places to eat in Brisbane you shouldn’t have any trouble feeding the family. We love to check out The Urban List for eating inspiration. In early 2018 we’ll be reviewing the most family friendly cafes and restaurants in Brisbane and sharing them with you, through our new directory and itinerary planner, My Guide.
The weather in Brisbane is amazing pretty well all year round. Throughout the year the temperature usually sits somewhere between 9 and 29 degrees C. It can get hot and humid during the later summer months but otherwise, weather doesn’t get much better than in Brisbane.
Getting from Brisbane airport
The airport is 15km north of the city centre. You have the option of catching a taxi, Uber, hotel shuttle or the Airtrain from both the domestic and the international terminals. If you are going during peak-hour you are best to catch the Airtrain which takes around 23 minutes. Children under 14 travel free on the Airtrain to the city. You can also save by booking online.
Brisbane Public Transport
Brisbane has a train, bus and ferry network. The cheapest way to use it is to buy a Go Card. These can be used on all TransLink bus, train (including Airtrain), ferry and tram services in greater Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast, and Gold Coast regions. All children under 5 travel for free. Plan your journey.
Driving in Brisbane
Brisbane is a relatively easy city to drive in. It’s spread out so having a car is a real bonus so you can get to those amazing attractions out of the city centre. Find the best car rental prices for your dates.
Parking in Brisbane
During weekdays, parking in the CBD is very expensive. Fees do come down considerably on weekends in many places but check before you go. Whatever you do, don’t park where you’re not supposed to, as parking inspectors are everywhere and the fines are nasty.
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