The Harry Potter Trail in Brisbane
Calling all Harry Potter fans (and we know there are many of you out there)! Fuel your Hogwarts desire and follow this Harry Potter trail in Brisbane by visiting these fun and magical places where you can upgrade your costume, try a potion, climb the castle, read a book, or browse intricate Harry Potter Lego displays.
The Store of Requirement – Samford
Nestled in the heart of Samford is the one-stop Harry Potter-inspired shop, The Store of Requirement. Stocking Australia’s largest range of official Harry Potter merchandise, you can be sure to find all things HP here – whether it be a wand, clothing, collectibles, sweet treats, games or toys. The store also offers regular classes (potion making and wand decorating) and school holiday workshops. You can even celebrate your child’s next birthday party in the ‘Common Room’.
The Store of Requirement is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am – 4pm.
Location: 22 Station Street, Samford Village
Cauldrons Café and Emporium – Slacks Creek
Cauldrons Café and Emporium, on Brisbane’s southside, is the place to be for witches, wizards and muggles. Stocking a large range of Harry Potter merchandise including homewares, collectibles, apparel, stationery and confectionery, Harry Potter enthusiasts won’t leave empty handed. The café serves Witch’s Brew (hot drinks) and Wizard’s Chills (cold drinks), as well as sweet treats.
Cauldrons Café and Emporium is open seven days a week.
Location: 3325 Pacific Highway, Slacks Creek
Bray Farm Park (AKA Harry Potter Park) – Griffin
A whimsical public playground on Brisbane’s northside, Bray Farm Park will delight Brisbane Kids with its Harry Potter-esque themed play equipment. There is a quirky castle to climb, a rickety bridge to cross and a web of ropes to scale. Of course the more traditional equipment, like swings and a slide, are also part of the playground and there is plenty of space to run around and kick a ball too. While there is a shelter and picnic tables, there are NO toilets.
Location: Rivermint Street, Griffin
The Mad Hatter’s Bookshop – Manly
Situated within The Mad Hatter’s Bookshop is a cute little room dedicated to all things Harry Potter. Here you can browse the merchandise, sit among the floating candles to read a book, or play a game. Special events and story times are often held in the store, so be sure to check out their website for details.
The Mad Hatter’s Bookshop is open seven days a week.
Location: Shop 3, 7 Day Markets, 50 Cambridge Parade, Manly
The Brick Zone – Maleny
Lego lovers and Harry Potter fans will be thrilled with a visit to The Brick Zone in Maleny (just down the road from Maleny Dairies). This personal collection by a dedicated Lego fanatic houses every Harry Potter Lego set ever made, as well as a large range of Star Wars Lego sets. After you have marvelled at Diagon Alley, Hogwarts Castle and Hagrid’s Hut, head over to the free-build table and create your own Lego masterpiece.
Contact The Brick Zone for current opening hours before visiting.
Location: 89 McCarthy Road, Maleny
Other magical stops on the Harry Potter Trail in Brisbane
If you want to mix it up a bit but still keep with the magical theme, then perhaps check out some of the following places:
- Dorrington Park, Ashgrove – Enchanted Forest playground with musical toadstools.
- Magic Forest, Bradbury Park, Kedron – A magical forest complete with a Guardian throne and lots of hidden gems.
- Kumbartcho Sanctuary, Eatons Hill – A small fairy village where you can even post a letter to the fairies.
- Fairy Shed, Samford Valley Garden Centre, Samford – A cool fairy shed full of fairy trinkets.
- The Gollum Tree, Scarborough Beach – A mysterious door carved into one of the trees on the foreshore.
- Funderwood Hollow, Priestdale – A playground with a fairytale feel, featuring castle-themed towers high above the ground.
- Newstead House, Newstead – A wonderful Alice in Wonderland fairytale garden to explore, as well as mazes, mirrors and a fish pond brimming with colourful goldfish.
If you’re feeling inspired to go on more magical adventures, why not check out the Brisbane Kids guide to Fairy Trails and Fairy Gardens Around Brisbane?