Icky, Sticky, Stinky Brisbane – 5 Places Gross Enough For Little Boys To Love!
We have made it easy to find venues to entertain your boys who love icky, sticky and stinky places and some even have an added bonus for the adults accompanying them!
If your child loves icky and stinky then Luggage Point is the perfect place. Fingers crossed that the wind is blowing in your favour, as this is where the city’s major waste water treatment plants are housed. They are situated at the end of Main Beach Road, Myrtletown. You can also see an uninterrupted view of the ships at the Port of Brisbane by continuing on the unsealed private road past the waste treatment plant.
Port Of Brisbane Docks
Observation Café on level 7 of the Port Office Building at 3 Port Central Avenue, Port of Brisbane, is open 8:30am-3:00pm Monday to Friday for light meals, snacks, hot and cold drinks. The café offers a bird’s eye view of the port and the surrounding area. This is the only publicly accessible area of the port. Otherwise a tour can be booked by phoning 3258 4888. Adults are $10, Children 12 and under are $5 with concession and family prices available. http://www.portbris.com.au/community/dining,-tours-and-events/port-tours
Port Of Brisbane Coal Terminal
Whilst driving around the Port of Brisbane, you will also see the huge coal stockpile, part of the Coal Terminal. Visitors are not permitted to enter this area, but it is visible from your car. It’s located at Port Drive, Port Of Brisbane.
Plane spotting is great fun at Brisbane Airport. There are several free areas to go and watch planes take off and land. Boronia Rd and Da Vinci Blvd (off Lomandra Dr) offer great vantage points. Another popular place is the airport’s fire station on Baeckea St (off Pandanus Ave). You will find more information on the BNE plane spotting website here http://www.bne.com.au/corporate/about-us/community/plane-spotters
Di Bella Coffee
Di Bella Coffee at Albion to a “Crop to Cup” tour which takes visitors on a journey from the growing of the bean through the harvesting and roasting process and ends up making a cup of coffee. So not only does your boy get to smell the coffee, Mum or Dad gets to sample the wares also. Bookings are essential for the complimentary tours, and they take about 15 minutes. Contact Di Bella Coffee on 32525858 to arrange your visit. Di Bella Coffee is located at 82 Abbotsford Road Bowen Hills.
Sand based playgrounds
There are literally dozens of parks and playgrounds in Brisbane that have a sand base offering hours of lovely sandy fun for Brisbane Kids, especially if you just cant be bothered driving to the beach. Some of the best include Hidden World Playground, River heart and Beth Boyd Park at Thornside.
Golden Circle Cannery
Get in quick while this Brisbane icon is still standing! Golden Circle Cannery on Earnshaw Road at Northgate takes your Brisbane Kids on a journey from freight train to popper! Tours include seeing the big, noisy machines squishing the fruit and there’s an all-you-can-drink juice bar. The Golden Circle Live area has now been closed (boo-hoo) but tours are $12.00 and can be booked Monday to Friday at 9am or 1.30pm
All Things Excavators
Most of the sales yards and manufacturers we contacted do not allow visitors onsite due to health and safety concerns however that doesn’t mean you can’t drive slowly past the huge mining trucks and excavating equipment and give your digger mad boy some eye candy! Komatsu 453 Sherwood Road Sherwood Caterpillar (Hastings Deering) 1123 Beaudesert Road Acacia Ridge (merchandise available inside at reception if you’re really keen) Eagle Enterprises Ipswich Motorway Rocklea
Aside from heading out and about dont forget that boys will likely be just as impressed by a good dig around the garden as they will be big coal terminals and airports. So head to Bunnings and grab an appropriately sized shovel and get digging- there must be a worm in there somewhere!