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, hand feed 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 railway 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 grown 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.


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 Moreton Island...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 hotel is withi...more

4 self rated
212 Margaret Street Brisbane 4000 Australia

Located next to the Brisbane Botanical Gardens and overlooking the Brisbane River, Oaks Brisbane on Margaret Suites features self-catering accommodation with a private balcony. Guests enjoy a heated s...more

4 self rated
128 Charlotte Street Brisbane 4000 Australia

Located in Brisbane's CBD (Central Business District), Oaks Brisbane on Charlotte Suites offers self-contained accommodation with a private balcony. It features 2 swimming pools, a fitness centre and...more

4 self rated
420 Queen Street Brisbane 4000 Australia

Within 5 minutes' walk of Queen Street Mall, Oaks Brisbane Aurora Suites offers stunning city or river views and is conveniently located for leisure or business travellers. It boasts an on-site outdoo...more

MacArthur Chambers

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).Located in a herita...more

Evolution Apartments

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 with free WiFi (...more

4 self rated
Cnr Ann and Wharf Streets Brisbane 4000 Australia

Oaks Brisbane Lexicon Suites is conveniently located in the heart of Brisbane's CBD (Central Business District), within minutes from the Queen Street Mall, Riverside and the Brisbane Convention Centre...more

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 Markets and Davie...more

Summit Apartments

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 free private parki...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 selected cable...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 elegant mahogany fur...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, microwave and fri...more

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