Day Trips

Taking a day trip from Brisbane with kids is one sure fire way to make the weekend last longer and the holidays feel fuller. Brisbane is so lucky to be close to so many different fun things to do. You will find waterfalls, bushwalks, themeparks, picnic spots and a variety of other relaxing day trips in this category.

Did you know that it is possible to escape to an island for a day of fun with your Brisbane Kids? Moreton Island is only a 75 minute ferry ride away from Brisbane and is the ultimate day trip location no matter what the... Read More


Treetops walks near Brisbane you must try!

Where can you tiptoe through the treetops and still be within an hour of Brisbane? There’s two day trip options for those that are wanting glorious views, calming bird song and plenty of fresh rainforest air. This weekend, bundle your kids into the car with a picnic lunch, and enjoy some time out in nature with …

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Sunshine Castle, Bli Bli, Sunshine Coast

If you have a Brisbane Kid with an interest in history, it may be worth a visit to Sunshine Castle on the Sunshine Coast, formerly known as Bli Bli Castle. Over the past 10 years, Sunshine Castle have shifted the focus of its displays and exhibits to a medieval museum, complete with spectacular swords, armour …

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The Best Beaches Near Brisbane

Brisbane enjoys the enviable position of being nestled right between the beautiful bays of the Sunshine Coast and the spectacular expanses of sand along the Gold Coast. With these two amazing locations right on our doorstep, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to great beaches to visit for day trips from Brisbane. While most …

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Tangalooma Whale Watching Cruise with Tangalooma Island Resort

You don’t need to travel for hours to the Sunshine Coast or The Gold Coast for that matter to see whales in the wild as Tangalooma Island Resort offers Brisbane’s closest whale watching cruise on board Australia’s largest vessel dedicated to whale watching, just off Moreton Island. Situated only a 75 minute ferry ride away, …

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Twin Falls Circuit | Springbrook National Park

Springbrook National Park is a Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area with spectacular scenery, beautiful waterfalls, breathtaking views and amazing wildlife. One of the best ways to experience all of these natural wonders is on the Twin Falls Circuit walking trail. About Springbrook To find out all about Springbrook National Park, including how to …

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Visit Springbrook National Park with Kids

With its stunning scenery of breathtaking panoramic views, lush rainforest and cascading waterfalls, as well as amazing wildlife and great bushwalks, Springbrook National Park is a spectacular place to visit. About Springbrook National Park Springbrook National Park covers an area of 6725 hectares and is located in the Gold Coast hinterland, about 100km south of …

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Natural Bridge Circuit | Springbrook National Park

One of the most stunning and popular sights of Springbrook National Park is Natural Bridge — a beautiful natural arched cave through whose ceiling a sparkling waterfall tumbles like a cascade of a million droplets of light. It is a magical sight to behold and the Natural Bridge Circuit is a great bushwalk to do …

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Day Trip: Lips Falls

Our family enjoys bushwalking, and we’ve found some wonderful places to explore around Brisbane as a family, from the tips of Mt Ngungun in the Glass House Mountains to Queen Mary Falls in the McPherson Ranges. We are always on the lookout for the next family adventure, and we’ve marked a lot of places off our …

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Walk to King Island from Wellington Point

A definite bucket list item to experience with your Brisbane kids is the unique sea walk between King Island and Wellington Point at low tide.  Although popular for its waterside playground and impressive climbing trees, visitors to Wellington Point will benefit from checking the tidal conditions first as its only as the waters ebb away …

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Bunyaville Conservation Park

Nestled in the northern suburbs of Brisbane is the Bunyaville Regional Park; a wonderful place to take your Brisbane Kids to picnic, bush walk, barbecue and reconnect with nature. Picnic areas at Bunyaville Regional Park When you drive into Bunyaville, continue on to the car park area and you will notice two expansive picnic areas …

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Visit Noosa National Park with Kids

Noosa is a coastal paradise, just 160km north of Brisbane via the Bruce Highway and the Sunshine Motorway. Beautiful beaches, gourmet ice-creameries and cafes spilling out onto the pavement make Noosa the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. And no visit to Noosa is complete without taking the time to explore …

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Things To Do With Kids On Bribie Island

Located in Moreton Bay, north of Brisbane, Bribie Island is the perfect destination for a family day trip. Where else can you enjoy all the fun and attractions of a beautiful Queensland island without having to catch a plane or take a ferry? In just over an hour of leaving the hustle and bustle of …

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Where Is the Closest Snow to Brisbane?

Every kid who’s ever watched Peppa Pig knows that with winter comes snow — white flufffy flurries that transform landscapes into magical winter wonderlands and beg to be made into snowmen, hurled in a snowball fight or zoomed down in sledges. It’s exciting and awesome … and sadly not likely to happen in Brisbane any …

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Fort Lytton, A Brisbane Kids Review

You don’t need to travel to Europe to see a historic military fort – Brisbane has its very own coastal fortress, Fort Lytton, complete with a water-filled moat for you to visit. Situated on the Brisbane River, Fort Lytton is a fascinating landmark to explore with your Brisbane Kids. A visit to Fort Lytton can …

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Skydiving for kids near Brisbane

Imagine that you’re flying in a small plane, 14,000 feet above sea level. The plane door is open, and you’re sitting at the opening with your legs dangling over the edge. Your tandem skydive instructor, who you met at the airport an hour ago, is pressed against you and is counting down the seconds until …

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Samford Village Cycle Trail

Samford, just north-west of Brisbane, is such a delightful area with a bustling country village feel to it. There’s lots for families to see and do there, including taking a leisurely weekend cycle around the village. The track, which begins and ends at the Samford Parklands sporting complex, weaves its way through country lanes, new …

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Grahame Stewart Park at Currimundi | Sprawling Sunshine Coast playground

Currimundi, on the Sunshine Coast, is a kids’ paradise. There’s a beautiful surf beach, calm-water lake, walking tracks, as well as the excellent playground and bike tracks at Grahame Stewart Park. The fun to be had When you need a break from the beach, grab the kids’ bikes or scooters and head to the Graham …

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Climbing Mount Coolum With Kids

Take a drive to Coolum on the Sunshine Coast, and you can’t miss the imposing Mount Coolum, rising 208m from the grounds of the Mount Coolum National Park. There is an established track leading to the top, where climbers are rewarded with 360 degree views over the coast and the hinterland. Here’s everything you need to …

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Kondalilla Falls | The Review

Stunning views are always a rewarding part of hiking but views plus a refreshing swim under a cascading waterfall in a rock pool surrounded by rainforest is an even bigger incentive to lace up your walking shoes and head to Kondalilla National Park. Located only 1-½ hours north of Brisbane near the picturesque village of Montville …

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Maroochydore Rotary Park in Maroochydore | Picturesque Riverside Park

Located along the Maroochydore River near Cotton Tree, Maroochydore Rotary Park is a popular picnic and BBQ location. Maroochydore Rotary Park – The Fun With beautiful views and river access, Maroochydore Rotary Park is a good-sized park with grassy open areas shaded by trees, as well as electric barbeques and covered picnic tables that provide plenty …

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Pierce Park in Maroochydore | Giant Boardgame by the Beach

Challenge the family to a life size game of Snakes & Ladders then cool off with a refreshing swim in the ocean at Pierce Park in Maroochydore. Pierce Park – The Fun With the addition of an awesome giant Snakes & Ladders game, the revamped playground in Pierce Park in Maroochydore is fun for the whole …

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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

It’s been a while since I ventured to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary – maybe 20 years actually – and to say I was a little dated in my expectations of it would be an understatement.  Indeed, if I learnt anything it was to make sure you check out just what a full day at the …

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Tropical Fruit World, Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is home to many unique attractions, including Tropical Fruit World in the Tweed region, not far from Kingscliff beach. Tropical Fruit World is a working farm which grows more than 500 varieties of exotic fruits over 175 acres. It’s also a popular tourist attraction with plenty of activities on offer for families. Things …

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4 Quick and Easy Picnic Recipe Ideas

Unlike many cities around the world, winter is the perfect time for a picnic in Brisbane. The daytime weather is stunning! Brisbane winters are well known for a gorgeous bright blue sky and a gentle warming sun that has lost its bite. What better way to enjoy this glorious weather than with a picnic? Family …

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Things To Do For Families In Samford

They say it takes a village to raise a child… Family friendly Samford Village, situated north-west of Brisbane, may be the perfect place to do just that. Samford Village, a picturesque and bustling country town, has an amazing range of family friendly events, services, parks, and places to eat that are worth the drive to …

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Tangalooma Island Resort | A Tropical, Action-packed Paradise Just 40km from Brisbane

With its pristine white sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise water, unspoilt national park and truly amazing wildlife, you could be forgiven for thinking Tangalooma Island Resort is a distant dream. Yet this topical island paradise is just 40 kilometres off the coast of Brisbane! Tangalooma Island Resort is located on Moreton Island, the third largest sand …

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Thunderbird Park | Family Friendly Camping The Review

If you want a change from beach camping, but still need plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained, Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain may be the camping destination you’ve been looking for. Camping at Thunderbird Park Set on a 112-hectare site, Thunderbird Park is located just over an hours drive from Brisbane. It offers …

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Lamington National Park and O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat | THE REVIEW

While sipping on a steaming coffee and surveying the wilderness of Lamington National Park, a Peregrine falcon soars into view and dives swiftly to catch its prey. Thrilling to watch, it’s just one of many wildlife sightings that visitors can expect to see in the surrounding 20,000 hectares of rainforest which are home to more …

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Whale Watching from Brisbane

Humpback whales are some of the most amazing and beautiful creatures on the planet. These gentle giants are majestic and graceful in the water, yet they can also be amazingly inquisitive and playful — spy hopping to see who’s around, acrobatically breaching and spinning around, and creating huge splashes with their lob tailing and fin …

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The Ginger Factory | THE REVIEW

If you grew up in South East Queensland, chances are you visited the Ginger Factory at Yandina on the Sunshine Coast when you were a child. Still going strong after 40 years, the Ginger Factory has recently undergone some improvements, and now offers a great morning or afternoon for Brisbane kids (and parents) with a …

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Strawberry Picking in Bli Bli | McMartin’s Strawberry Farm

Brisbane Kids of all ages will enjoy strawberry picking in Bli Bli on the Sunshine Coast at the picturesque McMartin’s Strawberry Farm. And as your kids gorge on their collected berries, you can feel good knowing they are having a healthy treat, unless they dunk them in chocolate dipping sauce first… McMartin’s Strawberry Farm – …

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Day trip to Moreton Island | Explore Brisbane

Who knew you could watch the sun sparkle on the ocean, spot star fish along the sea shore, hand feed dolphins in the shallow water and still be in the Brisbane City Council area? The sub-tropical paradise of Moreton Island, known as the jewel of Moreton Bay, is perhaps one of the most under-rated holiday …

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Binna Burra & Lamington National Park THE REVIEW

Let’s face it – there are very few days in Brisbane that require a woolly scarf or a thick jacket. But if you’re wanting an excuse to rug up, then bundle up your Brisbane Kids and head for the hills, or more specifically, Binna Burra Lodge in the world heritage listed Lamington National Park. At …

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O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard – family review

O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard is a surprisingly family-friendly destination either for a day trip picnic or as a stop off on your way to the gorgeous O’reilly’s Mountain Resort. Picture this: you’re sitting under a silky oak tree by a bubbling brook with a gourmet picnic hamper while sipping on “picnic bubbles”, purchased from the …

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Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve – THE REVIEW

The rolling green hills of Maleny in the Sunshine Coast hinterland are well known, but prior to European settlement, the whole area was covered in thick sub-tropical rainforest. A 55 hectare remnant of this beautiful rainforest remains at the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve in Maleny, approximately 100 kilometres from Brisbane, making it the perfect day …

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Explore Brisbane | Currimundi Lake And Surf Beach

If you’re looking for a family friendly day trip or holiday location that’s not too far from Brisbane, you can’t go past Currimundi Lake and Surf Beach on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Just one hour north of Brisbane, located between Caloundra and Maroochydore, are the calm waters and golden sands of Currimundi Lake which connect …

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Cobb & Co Museum, Toowoomba | THE REVIEW

On a recent trip to visit my parents in Toowoomba, I decided it was time to introduce my two year old and my five year old to some local history at Cobb & Co Museum. It had been years since I’d last walked through the national carriage collection. I was also aware that the Museum …

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Currumbin Rock Pools | The Review

It’s no secret that Brisbane locals and travelers are completely spoilt for choice when it comes to wondrous places to visit and breathtaking spots to explore in Brisbane.  The land is one with an abundance of natural beauty and the Currumbin Rock Pools, just 12km up the valley from Currumbin Beach, is by no means …

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The Magic of Mount Tamborine for Families in Brisbane

Everybody needs a little time away.  And no I am not just singing a popular tune in my head when I say that.  With life as we now know it moving at a pace that requires almost Olympic-level athleticism to keep up with it is becoming more and more important to find that quiet, tranquil …

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Cedar Creek Conservation Park Mount Tamborine

On an unseasonably hot spring morning, we set off out of the city to the foothills of Mount Tamborine. Winding through farm land and picturesque countryside flows Cedar Creek. This creek is a spring fed creek all year round, with clear water and various swimming spots. It is perfect for all ages. Fun for Kids …

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Explore Brisbane & Beyond | North Stradbroke Island for Kids

North Stradbroke Island is a great place for families and kids.  There are so many pristine places to explore – beaches, lakes, forest – a holiday here would never be boring. Here we explore some of the main places to go and things to see. Why not put North Stradbroke Island on your list of …

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Bells Reach Playground in Bells Reach, Caloundra | Modern Sunshine Coast adventure playground

Stocklands’ new community at Bells Reach has the latest and greatest adventure playground for all ages and interests. This newly completed playground is a fun packed recreational facility that will keep the kids entertained for hours. Bells Reach Playground – The Fun Bells Reach Playground sports an amazing rubber matted mound complete with climbing nets, …

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Grandparent Friendly Daytrips from Brisbane with Kids

There is no joy like a day to yourself, knowing your kids are excited to be away from you—no parenting guilt, just some time for parents to re-group!  If you are lucky enough to have grandparents then you probably know what this feels like. For grandparents though, caring for grandkids can be an exercise in coming …

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Mudjimba Beach

With the winter months well and truly tucked away for another year and the spring sunshine growing warmer by the day, most people’s minds have already started wandering to their next holiday break and how to make the most of this beautiful weather. We wouldn’t live in Brisbane if we didn’t relish these warmer temperatures and …

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Cedar Creek Falls Mount Tamborine

Next time the sun peeks over the horizon, bringing with it the humid promise of another hot summer’s day, forget about making the routine trip to the beach, pool or water park. Instead, steer your family-filled car in the direction of Cedar Creek Falls at Mount Tamborine. Not only will you spend less time in …

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Mount Nebo and South D’Aguilar Day Trips With Kids

Mount Nebo would have to be one of the most accessible day trips from Brisbane being only 45 minutes from the CBD and it makes an amazing kid’s bush adventure! Pack some snacks and a picnic and head out for a big drive in the mountains, stopping along the way to investigate nature and enjoy …

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Pick Your Own Strawberries Queensland

Bring the family for a beautiful day out on the farm and pick your own delicious Queensland strawberries at Strawberry Fields! Beautiful strawberries that couldn’t get any fresher, a tractor playground, haystacks to climb, picnic tables and benches to sit and relax….and it’s easily accessible from the Bruce Highway. Strawberry Fields is a Pick Your …

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Day Trip Destinations on the Sunshine Coast

Living in Brisbane, we get the best of both worlds. We have all of the conveniences of living in a big city, but we are also extremely fortunate to live within two hours’ drive of some amazing beaches, national parks, mountains and theme parks. Heading north from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast presents each of …

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Russell Family Park | Modern Park in Montville

Russell Family Park in Montville is a hidden gem. With a focus on the environment, it is the perfect spot to let the kids burn off some steam. Russell Family Park – The Fun Russell Family Park truly is a hidden gem in Montville. This park is newly developed and features a wooden band stand …

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Pioneer Park at Landsborough | All Abilities Playground

Pioneer Park in Landsborough is an incredible multi-sensory, all abilities playground that has the added bonuses of being fully fenced and perfect for a family picnic. Pioneer Park – The Fun Pioneer Park is an awesome playground to visit as a day trip destination or simply for some laid-back fun if you are in the …

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A Day out at Queens Park Ipswich with Kids

Sophia and I were wondering what to do for the day when I thought “what about going to a park?”  It was beautiful outside and it seemed a shame to waste it indoors!  I remembered seeing some parks on the Brisbane Kids facebook page.  So I jumped on my iPad and had it up in a jiffy. …

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Ways to see the Sunshine Coast with kids on a budget

Entertaining the kids needn’t be an expensive exercise on the Sunshine Coast. There are many places to go to take advantage of low or no cost activities that will ensure a day full of entertainment and minimal stress for mums and dads. These are a few of our top ideas. Strawberry picking on the Sunshine …

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Explore Brisbane | Glass House Mountains Lookout

The Glass House Mountains are iconic to the Sunshine Coast, and you can even see them from high points in Brisbane, for example, from the summit of Clear Mountain. A few years ago, we climbed Mt Ngungun with the kids, but we never knew about the beautiful Glass House Mountains Lookout nearby until recently. Climbing …

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Explore Brisbane | Cleveland Point Park

I live on the northside of Brisbane and rarely venture over to the southside. However, last year, the children and I visited the park at Old Cleveland Lighthouse located 237 Shore Street North, Cleveland Point which is located in the beautiful Redlands City part of South East Queensland. This picturesque place is situated right out …

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Explore Brisbane | Apple Tree Park | Springbrook

After exploring Springbrook, and discovering the Best of All Lookout, we stopped in at Apple Tree Park.  It’s a lovely little spot, surrounded by trees, equipped with BBQ facilities, picnic tables and enough room for a game of tag. One side the park (shown above) feels quaintly abandoned, and the kids loved climbing the fallen …

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Queen Mary Falls

I found the end of the rainbow at Queen Mary Falls.  The continuous bursts of vibrant colour hovered in the air, right in front of me, and disappeared into the base of the waterfall. Incredible! So next time the kids ask what is at the end of the rainbow, I’ll say, “A waterfall”. I wonder …

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Explore Brisbane | Best of All Lookout | Springbrook

It’s enchanted, I’m sure of it. The entrance is cool, and there is a feel of magic in the air. Shadows are dappled with dancing light, making me wonder what sort of secrets the trees could tell. Green is everywhere: textured moss, twisted vines hugging tree trunks and dainty ferns spilling over rocks.  Spots of …

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How to go Strawberry Picking in Brisbane

How to go Strawberry Picking in Brisbane Strawberries are the perfect sweet treat for little ones. So bright and juicy and colourful, but healthy too! We are so lucky here in Brisbane, there are strawberry fields in every direction.  And the pick your own option is a very affordable and fun way to get your …

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Springbrook Lookout

It’s enchanted, I’m sure of it. The entrance is cool, and there is a feel of magic in the air. Shadows are dappled with dancing light, making me wonder what sort of secrets the trees could tell. Green is everywhere: textured moss, twisted vines hugging tree trunks and dainty ferns spilling over rocks.  Spots of …

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Brisbane Day Trips | Gympie’s Mary Valley Railway

The Mary Valley Heritage Railway (MVHR) at Gympie offers something for the whole family, come on a day designed for kids and enjoy it with them even more! We offer theme trains for children which include Teddy Bears Picnic trains, Christmas in July, Pirates Treasure Hunt, Children’s Halloween and much more! We start from Gympie …

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Where To Find Glow Worms On The Gold Coast

If you are wondering where to find Glow Worms on the Gold Coast then luckily for you there are two different places where you can spot them. The Gold Coast is home to Springbrook National Park, which features one of Australia’s best known glow worm viewing sites. Further inland at Mount Tramborine you can also find …

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Toowoomba Japanese Gardens

Looking to show your Brisbane kids the wonders of another culture in our own back yard? Look no further than the picturesque Toowoomba Japanese Gardens. Ju Raku En as they have been named (this roughly translates into “long life in a public garden”) was established by the local council and university. This team effort has …

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White Cedar Park And Northbrook Creek

White Cedar Park With Kelly from Be a Fun Mum Our family loves spontaneous outdoor picnics.  By keeping things simple, we can pull it together very easily and quickly. Note: Water capacity is seasonal and it is advised to visit after fresh rains if you want to be able to swim (especially because this is …

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Day Trip from Brisbane | Lake Wivenhoe (Wivenhoe Dam)

Wivenhoe Dam, located approximately one hour north-west of Brisbane, offers a range of recreational options for the whole family. Aside from swimming, kayaking and canoeing, there is also expansive picnic areas and playgrounds. Fun for families at Lake Wivenhoe Wivenhoe Dam is the perfect place to take your Brisbane Kids for a day out, with the …

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Maleny Dairies Farm Tours, Factory Tours and Tractor Rides

Maleny Dairies is a family owned business situated in the beautiful hills of Maleny in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The dairy is committed to producing premium quality dairy products and connecting the public with the origins of their food. Their goal is to continually work on making dairy farming sustainable and passing on the profits …

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