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 Markets and Davies Park.Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 73 guestrooms, featuring kitchenettes. Rooms have p...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 parking is available. Each apartment at Summit Apartments has a large dining and seating area, plus an LC...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 channels. Mantra Terrace Hotel is located on Astor Terrace, just 4 minutes’ drive from Queen Street...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 heritage-listed, sandstone building, each spacious apartment is air conditioned and individually furnishe...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 Place and Story Bridge.Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 267 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators a...more

Oaks Aurora

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 cinema, an outdoor pool and 30 minutes of free WiFi per day, per room. Each 1 and 2 bedroom apartment includes a f...more

Oaks 212 Margaret

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 heated swimming pool, sun terrace and fitness centre. Oaks 212 has a total of 107 apartments, divided into one and 2 be...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 Street Pier and St. Stephens Cathedral.Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 136 air-conditioned rooms featuring...more

Oxygen Apartments

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 per night. Accommodation options include modern, spacious, one, two and three bedroom apartments set in a resort sty...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 furniture, an LCD TV and an iPod docking station. Originally built in 1913, this beautifully restored h...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 within close proximity of Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and Wheel of Brisbane.Rooms Make yourself at home in...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 Moreton Island National Park.Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 302 guestrooms featuring refrigerators. Sate...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 within close proximity of Kangaroo Point Cliffs and Brisbane Botanic Gardens.Rooms Make yourself at home...more

Oaks Charlotte Towers

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 sauna. Free WiFi is offered. Oaks Charlotte Towers is 5 minutes’ walk from Queen Street Mall. The Brisbane River and...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 pool, BBQ facilities and free parking, when availability. Aabon Apartments and Motel can assist with your transport to...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 (data limits apply). You can relax in the Sky Lounge on the floor 36, which features a kitchen, a bil...more

Oaks Lexicon

4 self rated
Cnr Ann and Wharf Streets Brisbane 4000 Australia
Oaks Lexicon 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. Guests enjoy 30 minutes of free internet access per day, per room. With beautifully appointed one and two bedroom...more
0 star
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 proximity of Eagle Street Pier and Story Bridge.Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 31 air-conditioned rooms featuri...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 fridge. Comfort Inn Robertson Gardens is a 5-minute drive from Westfield Garden City Shopping Centre an...more


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