Are you travelling to Brisbane city with your kids in tow, and need some ideas on how to entertain them? Welcome to Brisbane’s biggest parenting community. We’re specialists on things to do in Brisbane city with kids, so let us show you our town!
Parks And Playgrounds
There is lots of green space in Brisbane CBD – and plenty of things to do in the great outdoors. Here’s our pick for must do parks for kids in Brisbane city!
Roma Street Parkland – Roma St. Also accessible from Albert St and Wickham Tce. This park is 16 hectares of manicured gardens and lawns for the public to enjoy. A great kids playground is located at the northern (uphill) end of the park, and there’s a separate area with a liberty swing. There’s a café onsite, or you can bring your own picnic or barbecue. Lots of grass for running around, or lazing about, plus the garden displays to look at with artwork and quirky pruning to be on the lookout for!
City Botanic Gardens – Alice St. Officially opened in 1855, with plantings dating back to 1828, these gardens are steeped in history. There is a playground inside the botanic gardens; best access is from the Edward-Alice Streets gate. Follow the path along the river past the fig tree avenue to find the boat shaped playground.
Southbank – is located on the southern bank of the Brisbane River, opposite the CBD. It’s a very popular destination for residents and tourists alike offering entertainment for all age groups. Access is easy by CityCat, bus, train, car, bicycle or walking. There is a permanent (man-made) sandy beach, “aquativity” – a children’s water play area plus two land based playgrounds as well as lots of pathways and grass to explore. Restaurants and cafes line Little Stanley and Grey Streets, as well as many inside Southbank itself. Lifestyle markets are held starting Friday night and over both days of the weekend in the Stanley Street Plaza. The Wheel Of Brisbane in the Cultural Forecourt is a great way to get your bearings, offering a 360 degree view of the city from 60 metres up.
Kangaroo Point Cliffs on the southern side of the river, east of Southbank. Popular for abseiling and climbing. Cycle and walking paths run along the top and bottom of the cliffs with stair access. Continue up Captain Burke Park – under the southern end of The Storey Bridge at Holman St Kangaroo Point. You’ll find a wonderful playground filled with rocking boats and tilting rides and even fishermen hauling in 3 feet long eels! Eek! There’s barbecue and picnic areas with spectacular views of the city, the bridge and the New Farm cliffs – arguably the best spot for kids in Brisbane city. Accessible by cross-river ferry (free red CityHopper), cycle and walking paths, bus or car.
New Farm Park – for those looking for a trip a little further than the CBD without venturing too far, New Farm Park is perfect. A short CityCat ride from North Quay or Riverside to New Farm delivers you to a park of approximately 37 hectares with rose gardens, mature trees and a fantastic playground for the kids. Vehicle access is via Brunswick St New Farm. Cafes and restaurants are a short walk away, in the trendy suburb of New Farm.
Why not get your older kids to grab their cameras and take in a Brisbane Photo Walk. Between all the great green spaces, our meandering river, exciting entertainment precincts and beautiful architecture, Brisbane is a great place for a photo walk. Simply point shoot, and then jump on a ferry to the next picturesque location.
Museums and Libraries
Queensland Museum – Grey and Melbourne Streets South Brisbane. Displaying natural history, cultural heritage, science and human achievement in permanent and seasonal exhibits. Its free to enter but sometimes the individual exhibitions cost money. Find out why this is a Museum for Kids.
Science Centre – Level 1 of Qld Museum, Grey and Melbourne Streets South Brisbane. A permanent interactive science exhibition, with some seasonal exhibits. Admission charges apply. Science Centre Review
Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) – located next door to the Qld Museum, access via Stanley Place or Melbourne Street South Brisbane
Gallery Of Modern Art (GOMA) – Stanley Place South Brisbane. Goma Review
Queensland Maritime Museum – southern end of Southbank Parklands, Stanley Street South Brisbane. Showcasing historical artefacts including a decommissioned World War 2 frigate “Diamantina”. Admission charges apply. Review of the Maritime Museum.
State Library Of Queensland, The Corner. Stanley Place, South Brisbane. “The Corner” is an interactive onsite and online program for children under 8 years, with digital exhibition, online games, arts, crafts and reading activities.
Brisbane Square Library 266 George St Brisbane. This library run by the Brisbane City Council offers many child friendly activities including story times and craft activities in the large children’s section.
Museum of Brisbane (MoB) – Level 3, Brisbane City Hall, King George Square.
Farmers Markets in Reddacliff Place Cnr George and Queen Sts Wednesdays 10am-6pm selling local produce.
Riverside Markets at Riverside Centre, Eagle St. Sundays 7am-3pm selling arts, crafts and selected foods from around the world.
Southbank Lifestyle Markets with arts, crafts, collectibles, designer fashion, food and lots more. Friday nights 5pm-10pm Saturday 10am-5pm Sunday9am to 5pm. Stanley Street Plaza, Southbank.
Places To Eat
Brisbane city like most other cities of the world has a multitude of different restaurants, cafes and eateries for all tastes and budgets. We’re lucky to have some of the best seafood and fresh produce in the world, so it’s well worth sampling! Here are a few of our tried and true child-friendly favourites.
Grill’d – Eagle Street Pier and Level 1 Wintergarden, 171-209 Queen Street for the best “real” burgers around. Also many suburban locations.
Pancake Manor is located at 18 Charlotte St and is open 24 hours a day.
Royal Copenhagen Icecream open 10am – 9pm everyday except Fridays when they’re open till 11pm. In the Myer Centre, at the Queen Street Mall entrance.
Wagamama – Level 1 Wintergarden 171-209 Queen St. Japanese dine in or take away.
Supermarkets – Coles and Woolworths both have supermarkets in the CBD, plus there are numerous 24 hour convenience shops dotted throughout the area for those self-catering or to restock supplies.
Coles – Queens Plaza, corner of Queen and Edward Streets. Coles Express located on level E Myer Centre, Queen St Mall.
Woolworths – Macarthur Central, 259 Queen St.
Other Places Of Interest And Things To Do
Queen St Mall – Once the main thoroughfare street of Brisbane, now a shopping mall with several arcades to explore. Myer Centre, Queen Adelaide Building, Brisbane Arcade, Broadway on the Mall, Wintergarden, and Queens Plaza are all located with entrances onto Queen Street Mall.
Reflections on the River, Heritage Trail walk is a great way to see Brisbane’s history by foot or CityCycle. The trail starts at Customs House, 399 Queen St and finishes across the river at the Maritime Museum however you could follow the trail for as long or as short as you wish. http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/parks-and-venues/city-hall/index.htm
City Hall – why not book a free tour of the newly refurbished Brisbane City Hall? http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/parks-and-venues/city-hall/index.htm
CityCat – Brisbane’s own catamaran ferry service running from University of Queensland to Northshore Hamilton. http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/traffic-transport/public-transport/citycat-ferry-services/
Free ferry – CityHopper ferry is free, operating between North Quay and Sydney Street ferry terminals stopping all terminals in between. http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/traffic-transport/public-transport/citycat-ferry-services/cityhopper/
Free city bus loops – http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/traffic-transport/public-transport/buses/free-loop-services/ traverses the CBD for free, every 10-15 minutes during the day.
City Sights bus tour http://www.citysights.com.au/
There are plenty of things to do in Brisbane City with kids. If you’re here for a while, why not check out other amazing kids attractions in Brisbane on this site. If you want to take in a show, check out our events calendar. Like us on Facebook for updates to help you plan your trip before you come!