Brisbane Family Holiday Guide

Even with kids in tow, it’s impossible to go bonkers in Brisbane. There’s so much to see and do, you’ll wonder where on earth to start. Plan your days with themes—from animal antics, to outdoors delights and educational excitement.

Day 1: Introduce your wildlife to Brisbane’s:

  • It’s a jungle out on the MV Miramar wildlife cruise where you’ll get to meet flying foxes and hear the salty old captain tell spellbinding stories about Brisbane’s history.
  • Grey furry things that look like uncannily like Japanese tourists backpacks abound at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, where your kids can cuddle a koala, handfeed kangaroos and watch the bird of prey flight show.
  • Eat, drink and be merry at Lollypops Playland and Café, decked out with a jumping castle, PlayStations and a disco for mini-Travolta’s on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month.

Day 2: Discover Brisbane from ye olde historical perspective:

  • Haul the kids off to jail on a Prison Life Tour of St Helena Island to see re-enactments of punishments inflicted on naughty inmates, hear stories and chow down on lunch before a tour of the cemeteries.
  • “Oh I do like a steam train ride on a Sunday” said Thomas. “Especially if it runs from Roma St Station through Brisbane, across the river and then returns for a behind the scenes tour of the railiway workshop and museum” said Bert.
  • Keep chugging away at the Locomotion café in Ashgrove, where kids can play with instructors in the activity studio while you enjoy the “parent-focused contemporary cafe”. We think that means you get to relax for a while and enjoy a decent cuppa.

Day 3: Challenge the brain cells a bit with a visit to these cerebellum stimulating locales:

  • Prove to your young pride that there is something older than mum and dad with a visit to Queensland Museum’s Energex Playasaurus Place, full of interactive and life-sized dinosaurs.
  • The wide open space and shady Roma St Park has many areas to frolick, including the Rainforest Corner where the kids can use the activity sheets to do some detective snooping.
  • No need for shhhhhs at TGI Friday’s for dinner, who welcome boisterous kids wit free kids meals Mondays to Wednesday. Even grow ups scream for more than a spoonful of the Peanut Butter Fudge Meltdown.

Recommended Brisbane Family Hotels:

  • The Central West End Apartments in the heart of the cultural hub has an outdoor pool and BBQ area if you feel like a DIY picnic.
  • Even Energiser bunnies will wear themselves out at the Comfort Inn Robertson Gardens, set in 10 acres of gardens including a basketball half court and children's playground.
  • Rail hail or shine, the kids will be entertained at The Point Hotel Brisbane, which offers distractions such as complimentary in-house movies and a playground while you enjoy the pool, a hit of tennis or a workout at the gym.

See the list below for more Brisbane Family Hotels.


0 star
60 PARK ROAD MILTON Brisbane 4064 Australia
Central Cosmo is centrally located in Milton, walking distance from Castlemaine Perkins Brewery and close to Frew Park. This 4-star aparthotel is within close proximity of Green Flea Ma...more
4 self rated
32 Leichhardt Street Brisbane 4000 Australia
These air-conditioned apartments with free Wi-Fi are located in Spring Hill, a 10-minute walk from Brisbane’s city centre. Many have furnished balconies with views over the city and fre...more
4 star
52 Astor Terrace Brisbane 4000 Australia
Mantra Terrace Hotel Brisbane is a contemporary boutique hotel in the heart of Brisbane, less than 500 metres from Central Station. It offers rooms with a 40-inch LCD HD TV that has 20...more
4 star
201 Edward Street Brisbane 4000 Australia
Featuring a rooftop pool, a spa, and a BBQ area, MacArthur Chambers offers modern, stylish one and two bedroom apartments in the heart of Brisbane's CBD (Central Business District). Loc...more
5 star
515 Queen St Brisbane 4000 Australia
Marriott Brisbane is in the heart of Brisbane, walking distance from St. John's Anglican Cathedral and Brisbane Customs House. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Centenary P...more
4.5 self rated
15 Ivory Lane Fortitude Valley 4000 Australia
A stay at Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane places you in the heart of Fortitude Valley, walking distance from Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts and Institute of Modern Art. This 4...more
4 self rated
420 Queen Street Brisbane 4000 Australia
Within 5 minutes' walk of Queen Street Mall, Oaks Aurora Apartments offers stylish, self-contained apartments with a large balcony offering views of Brisbane River. Guests enjoy a small...more
4 self rated
212 Margaret Street Brisbane 4000 Australia
Located next to the Brisbane Botanical Gardens and overlooking the Brisbane River, the Oaks 212 Margaret features self-catering accommodation with a private balcony. Guests enjoy a heat...more
4.5 self rated
26 Felix Street Brisbane 4000 Australia
With a stay at Oaks on Felix, you'll be centrally located in Brisbane, steps from Naldham House and Brisbane Riverside Markets. This 4.5-star hotel is within close proximity of Eagle S...more
4 self rated
170 Leichhardt Street Brisbane 4000 Australia
Situated on the doorstep of Brisbane CBD (Central Business District), Oxygen Apartments offer magnificent views over Brisbane city. Guests enjoy free secure parking and unlimited WiFi p...more
3 star
120 MARY STREET Brisbane 4000 Australia
Quest River Park Central s architecturally designed apartments offer City Views with the thriving city center at your feet. Restaurants and inner city shopping are only a short stroll...more
4 star
167 Albert Street Brisbane 4000 Australia
Royal Albert Boutique Hotel offers spacious accommodation with 24-hour reception in the heart of Brisbane CBD (Central Business District). All rooms, suites and apartments include elega...more
4.5 self rated
9 Glenelg Street South Bank South Brisbane 4101 Australia
With a stay at Rydges South Bank, you'll be centrally located in South Brisbane, steps from Queensland Conservatorium and Southbank Institute of Technology. This 4.5-star hotel is withi...more
3.5 self rated
Moreton Island, Off Brisbane Tangalooma Australia
With a stay at Tangalooma Island Resort in Tangalooma (Moreton Island), you'll be convenient to Moreton Island Sand Dune. This beach resort is within the region of Fort Cowan Cowan and...more
4.5 star
21 Lambert Street Kangaroo Point 4169 Australia
With a stay at The Point Brisbane – Hotel in Kangaroo Point, you'll be in the historical district and minutes from St Vincent's Hospital Brisbane and close to The Gabba. This 4.5-star...more
4 self rated
128 Charlotte Street Brisbane 4000 Australia
Located in Brisbane's CBD (Central Business District), Oaks Charlotte offers self-contained accommodation with a private balcony. It features 2 swimming pools, a fitness centre and a sa...more
5 self rated
132 Alice Street Brisbane 4000 Australia
Quay West Suites Brisbane is a unique 5 star boutique hotel offering spacious, modern self-contained apartments in Brisbane CBD. All apartments boast a balcony with views of either the...more
3 star
45 Lisson Grove, Wooloowin Brisbane 4030 Australia
Situated 15 minutes' from both Brisbane Airport and Brisbane CBD (Central Business District), Aabon Apartments and Motel offers a range of accommodation option with access to a swimming p...more
4 star
18 Tank Street Brisbane 4000 Australia
Boasting a heated outdoor pool, a fitness centre and a hot tub, Evolution Apartments are just 2 minutes’ walk from the Brisbane River. The property offers self-contained accommodation w...more
4 self rated
Cnr Ann & Wharf Streets Brisbane 4000 Australia
Oaks Lexicon Apartments is conveniently located in the heart of Brisbane's CBD (Central Business District), within minutes from the Queen Street Mall, Riverside and the Brisbane Convent...more
4 star
220 Melbourne Street South Brisbane 4001 Australia
With a stay at West End Central Apartments, you'll be centrally located in South Brisbane, steps from The Markets and Skyneedle. This 4-star apartment is within close proximity of Queen...more
0 self rated
25-35 Rotherham Street Kangaroo Point 4169 Australia
With a stay at Il Mondo Boutique Hotel in Kangaroo Point, you'll be minutes from St Vincent's Hospital Brisbane and close to Queen Street Mall. This 4-star motel is within close proximi...more
4 star
281 Kessels Road Brisbane 4109 Australia
Set on 10 acres of lovely gardens, Comfort Inn and Suites Robertson Gardens offers an outdoor pool and an onsite bar/restaurant. Guests enjoy free WiFi and rooms with a satellite TV, mi...more

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