5 Super Fun Things to do in Brisbane with Kids

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Are you trying to scout out some super fun things to do in Brisbane with kids?

Don’t worry, we have you covered!  As locals, living on the Sunshine Coast, we have experience in taking our three daughters out and about to Brisbane!

There are loads of choices of family activities in Brisbane on offer, however these are our favourites and in our opinion they should belong on any ‘Top 5 Fun Places for Kids in Brisbane’ lists!  And first up?  Of course the amazing family friendly South Bank!

5 Super Fun Things to do in Brisbane with Kids

1.  Family Friendly Fun at South Bank!

Super Fun things to do in brisbane with kids

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South Bank is the perfect spot for a great family day out in Brisbane!!  In our opinion it is definitely one of the most fun places for kids in Brisbane itself!  With so many choices of activities on offer, you might like to enjoy one of the following:

  • Go for a dip and play at Aquativity.  A free water park that is patrolled by lifeguards!  Perfect!
  • Take the kids to burn out some energy at one of the playgrounds (Riverside Green Playground and Picnic Island Playground)!! 
  • Want something a bit more educational for your kids?  Why not take them to the Epicurious Garden.  An ‘edible’ garden where both you and the kids can learn more about herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables. (If you are there on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 7am-2pm you can even grab some yummy free freshly picked produce!)
  • Go for a scenic ride on The Wheel of Brisbane.  Not only will the kids enjoy the Ferris Wheel experience, but the adults can enjoy some glorious views over Brisbane City and South Bank!
  • And lastly … if you have the time, The Queensland Museum and Science Centre is definitely worth a visit.  With loads of hands-on Science activities on offer together with some history in the museum itself, this one is definitely an educational adventure!

2.  Explore Roma Street Parkland | Free Family Activities in Brisbane

Free Family Activities Brisbane | Roma Street Parklands

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Roma Street Parkland is an amazing place to visit with your kids; add in the fact that it offers a range of free family activities and is located within the heart of Brisbane and you have a winner!

Fun Things to do with Kids at the Roma Street Parkland:

  • Enjoy the Upper Parkland’s playgrounds
  • Visit the vegetable garden and the worm farm
  • Enjoy a picnic at Celebration Precinct featuring Frangipani Court and associated BBQ areas.  The kids will love the large cascading waterfall feature found at Celebration Lawn.
  • Enjoy some gorgeous beautiful walks along the many trails that weave throughout the park.
  • Hop on board for a 20-minute round trip on the colourful little Parkland Explorer train (Which costs a gold coin donation)

3.  Visit the Lone Pine Koala SanctuaryKids Activities Brisbane | Visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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Which kid doesn’t love to visit our gorgeous Australian wildlife?

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is one of my favourite stops when family or friends from overseas come and visit!  They have a lovely park where you can get to know loads of different wildlife.  You can even go on a Segway Safari!!!

We absolutely recommend that you make your trip to the Sanctuary a full-day excursion.  As the park is situated on the River Bank, the most exciting and fun way to arrive at the park is via a river boat cruise of course!!  You can find a combined River Cruise and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ticket here or if you prefer having access to your car.

4.  Explore Brisbane by Bicycle

I know that my kids love riding on bicycles!!!  And in my opinion, it is a much better way to explore than trying to do it on foot with kids in tow!  Brisbane By Bicycle is a fabulous bicycle tour operator and they offer 4 different bicycle tours.

Brisbane by Bicycle morning tour, Essential Brisbane tour, Foodies Aboard, Evening tour to Eat Street Markets and Twilight.  They have adult and kids bicycles as well as toddler seats!!

5.  Explore the City by using Fun Transport!

Family Activities Brisbane | Free Brisbane CityHopper Ferry

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Brisbane has a fabulous double-decker bus (the Brisbane Explorer) that takes you around for a guided tour through the city!   My kids think that anything ‘double-decker’ is just incredible!

Another option is to hop on the free ferry!  CityHopper operates between North Quay and Sydney Street ferry terminals stopping at all terminals in between.  Another super fun way to explore!

And lastly, there are also free city bus loops!  These go around the CBD and operate every 10-15 min during the day!  Great way to hop on and off instead of having to drag the kids around on foot!


After more ideas on Places to Visit in Queensland? Another great idea is to do a beautiful road trip from Brisbane to Cairns.


Over to you:

  • Which of the family activities in Brisbane caught your eye?
  • Did we miss an activity that you feel deserves a spot on the top things to do in Brisbane for kids list?

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Jolene Ejmont

Originally from South Africa, now living in Australia, Jolene is a wife and a mother to three beautiful daughters. Together with her family, she is embarking on a journey towards changing her current stress-filled life to one focusing on her dreams and her passion for travel. She wants to share her stories in the hope to inspire you to chase your own dreams!

5 thoughts on “5 Super Fun Things to do in Brisbane with Kids”

  1. Great round up of Brisbane highlights 😀 I love all of those places.
    Have you taken the kids to the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens? A gorgeous spot for running around, picnics and exploring – including a Hide & Seek trail, tropical dome, Japanese garden… Also the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium where kids can learn about the stars and constellations. And of course, don’t forget the Mount Coot-tha Lookout for one of the best views of Brisbane.

    • It has been AGES since I have been to Mount Coot-tha and you just reminded me how much I used to love going there!! Especially having a hot chocolate at sunset at the look out! Haven’t been to the Planetarium yet, will have to add it to the list too!! Great additions, thanks Karen!

  2. This city gives an best feeling and super fun for to do many things for kids here it is Brisbane.

  3. Visiting the Koala Sanctuary will be quite interesting and fun.
    I think .
    Great List btw.

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