Things To Do Outdoors In Brisbane With Kids

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The Summer school holidays may nearly be over, but it’s not too late to get out and explore Brisbane with your kids! Whether you have a couple of excited toddlers or some screen-loving teenagers, we want to give you some of the best ideas on getting the kids out of the house, exploring and being active in 2019.

Brisbane Walks

A day out in the fresh air is a proven way to reset the spirits, and Brisbane is blessed to have a variety of walking trails you can explore with your kids. Featuring over 370 species of wildlife and 450 native plants, Brisbane City Council’s Mount Coot-tha precinct offers a variety of things to see and do. Choose from 70 short and long distance walking trails or have a picnic lunch and take a nice short stroll to the Mount Coot-tha summit for the spectacular views of Brisbane, Mount Coot-tha is an inner- city treasure worthy of exploration.

Equally, Brisbane City Council’s wetlands at Boondall, Downfall Creek and Karawatha have all been designed to encourage the exploration of one of our most iconic native environments. Each features a child-friendly environment education centre and they all have unique walking trails that offer a variety of distances for all ages and abilities. Read more

Karawatha Park Brisbane

Karawatha Park

Swim, Paddle and Surf

A sub-tropical climate is best enjoyed in the water and, with 22 local Council swimming pools in Brisbane, there is a local council pool nearby for every family to enjoy. You can learn to swim, join a squad, enjoy laps at your own pace, or let the kids have their fun in the kids’ aquatic play areas. Read more

You could go a step further and dial up the action for your teenagers with a SUP (stand up paddleboarding) session at Enoggera Reservoir.

For some beachside fun, head to Sandgate and learn to windsurf in the beautiful waters of Moreton Bay.

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Newmarket Pool

BMX, cycling and mountain bike riding

Brisbane’s BMX riders can jump into 360° tailspins or flip trick their deck at a local Council skate or BMX park. Whether you’re a novice or seasoned pro, the Bracken Ridge BMX track (one of the largest in Australia) will keep your kids entertained for hours with plenty of freestyle jumps and transitions.

Brisbane families can also grab their mountain bikes and explore any of the 23.5kms of mountain bike trails while enjoying the great outdoors of Brisbane. If you need to brush up on your cycling skills, check out Cycling Brisbane or book your kids into one of Council’s free bike skills sessions. Read more

Bracken Ridge BMX Track

Bracken Ridge BMX Track

Staying Active in Brisbane – low cost and free

Keeping growing kids and bored teenagers busy doesn’t have to be expensive. Brisbane City Council’s Chillout program offers a smorgasbord of free and low-cost activities for young people. From cooking classes and circus workshops to mountain biking lessons and self-defence classes, there is sure to be an activity for your young adult (up to 17 years) to jump into. Read more

There’s truly more to see and do in Brisbane so take advantage of our tropical lifestyle and grab the sunscreen, a hat and your kids and make the most of Brisbane City with kids! Read more about all the things to see and do

This article was written in partnership with Brisbane City Council 

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