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Brisbane is a spectacular city for families to visit. Pockets of lush green parks, beautiful man-made beaches and plenty of river-side escapes provide endless opportunities for relaxation and fun things to do for families visiting Brisbane. 

Brisbane’s outdoor facilities provide an unforgettable experience for any vacation. The surroundings are picturesque with magnificent tropical mountains, sand islands and national parks all within easy reach. 

If you’re a family that loves an adventure then Brisbane will satisfy all your wants and needs. Discover some of Australia’s cutest animals, hand-feed wild dolphins or spend the afternoon swimming in one of the many man-made lagoons. 

Listed below are some of our top picks of things to do in Brisbane with the kids. 

Take on a river adventure

Take in the scenic views of Brisbane by snaking through the Brisbane River. Take a trip to Riverside Adventure Cade and book one of the many fun experiences such as rock climbing, kayaking, abseiling and much more.

Visit Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens 

Located at the base of Mount Coot-Tha is Brisbane’s Botanical Gardens. This wonderful free attraction is a must-see. Covers over 54 hectares of amazing ecosystems, tropical domes and Japanese Gardens and Australia’s largest collection of rainforest trees. Spend the day exploring with the little ones or join a guided tour through the wonderful garden and admire the beautiful wildlife. Kids can also enjoy the nature-themed kid's playground. 

Visit a museum 

Brisbane is home to many wonderful museums. Families that enjoy new learning experiences will enjoy many of the museums in Brisbane. Cultural Centre is where history, science and art come together. Take the little ones to embark on a journey of Brisbane’s history, ecosystems and very own art. 

Visit the dolphins on Moreton Island 

Along the wonderful beaches of Brisbane are many beautiful beaches including Moreton Island. Moreton Island’s incredible landscape provides an unforgettable experience for families. This idyllic island has many wild dolphins swimming around it and if you’re lucky enough you can feed them. Adreline-seeking families can also experience quad biking over the dunes. 

Spend a day at Street Beach 

Nestled between the city rooftops and tropical trees is man-made Streets Beach. This oasis of calm and relaxation provides the perfect day out for families looking to kick back and relax. The little ones can enjoy the day in the Aquativity play park where they can also learn about native marine species. 

Visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary 

Get up close and personal with Australia’s cutest animals. The little ones can experience close-up encounters with koalas and hand-feed kangaroos.  

The best time to visit Brisbane is between January to December. During these months you have warm temperatures and very little precipitation. The average temperature ranges between 28 degrees during January and around 19 degrees during June.

Wondering where to stay in Brisbane? Brisbane has a lot of wonderful places to visit for families. Brisbane provides easy access to Queensland and is known for its multicultural atmosphere with each neighbourhood offering something unique for its visitors.

Listed below are some of the best areas to visit during your vacation in Brisbane. 

South Bank 

Located on a beautiful stretch of stunning riverfront and just a stone's throw from Brisbane's city centre. Here you can enjoy some of the world’s best restaurants, art galleries, street art and lots of wonderful adventures. 

New Farm

Located only a short drive from Brisbane City Centre is the quaint area of New Farm. Known for its ornate buildings, outdoor green spaces and old-world charm. New Farm is home to one of the oldest outdoor parks with over 27 acres of beautiful greenery. Here you can enjoy a picnic with the family or visit one of the many charming outdoor eateries. 

Kangaroo Point 

Kangaroo Point has long been a favourite place to visit for families. There is no shortage of fun things to do in Kangaroo Point. Surrounded by mountain ranges and glorious river islands. Here you can enjoy thrill-seeking adventures like bike riding, hand gliding and much more. 

Spring Hill

Spring Hill is located in the inner north section of Brisbane where locals and tourists travel to enjoy the green space, Brisbane sunlight and bird song. 

Natural Springs surround Spring Hill providing a wonderful space for families to enjoy and take a swim. Families typically walk around Roma Street Parkland and enjoy a picnic along the way.

There are many wonderful places to stay in Brisbane with the kids. Depending on your budget you can find everything needed for a wonderful vacation. Listed below are some of our top picks for Family-friendly places to stay.

Rydges South Bank

Providing rooms overlooking the Brisbane River and Mount Cootha, this hotel provides everything needed for relaxation and entertaining the little ones. The rooms come with 24-hour room service, balconies and extra cots and bedding for the little ones. 

All rooms are air-conditioned and come with their flat-screen TV, Mini bar. The little ones will enjoy the indoor swimming pool and sauna facilities. 

Courtyard by Marriott Brisbane South Bank 

The Courtyard by Marriott comes with well-sized rooms all equipped for the perfect relaxing stay. The Marriott provides everything for families to enjoy their stay including extra cots, bedding, babysitting services and child-friendly food menus. 

Mantra South Bank 

The Mantra consists of many studio apartments all with kitchens or kitchenettes. Offering an on-site outdoor pool and fitness centre, the Mantra studios suit families looking for cooking facilities and private space. 

Brisbane has the most amazing food scene! All the iconic dishes are shaped around different locations across the globe and their own unique experiences. You won’t have to look too far to find somewhere fabulous to eat. Better yet, all the great dishes to try will keep the little ones happy and their bellies full.

Listed below are some of the dishes you must try whilst on vacation in Brisbane:

Nodo Donuts

Let’s start with a bang! Nodo doughnuts are your guilt-free and gluten-free sweet treat. Nodo can be found across the whole of Brisbane, whether you’re in Hawthorne, Newstead or Carindale, there is no excuse not to indulge and treat the family to one of their delicious doughnuts. 

Zucchini Chips

Zucchini chips are mouth-watering good. A great way to get the little ones to eat their very and enjoy at the same time. Head over to Hellenika’s to indulge in their take on the Zucchini fries. We promise to taste Zucchini has never been so satisfying! 

Hashtag burger and Waffles

Hands down this have to be the best burger place in Brisbane. They have a huge variety of custom-made burgers all with different toppings. We recommend their Morning Wood beef burger topped with bacon, pickles, cheese and onion rings. They have their own kids’ menu so the little ones can eat the same but in smaller portions. 

Julius Pizzeria

Julius serves the very best pizza in Brisbane. Located off Fish Lane in South Brisbane is Julius Pizzeria. All pizzas are cooked in their woodfire pizza and topped with authentic Italian toppings. 

Gnocchi @ Ciao Papi

Who doesn’t love Gnocchi? Ciao Papi serves the most delicious mushroom and pancetta Gnocchi. If you’re veggie you can request no pancetta. They have a kid-friendly menu and serve smaller portions of dishes than the normal menu. 

Apple and Berry Crumble

Crumble is one of the best desserts to have ever been invented. Jocelyn’s serves homemade crumble in their very own bakery. One of their classics is the Apple and Berry Crumble. We recommend a scoop of villa ice cream on the side. Jocelyn’s is your go-to place for sweet treats for the kids. 

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