When thinking of a family holiday to QLD, most peoples first thought would be booking in accomodation on the Gold Coast, so you might be surprised to hear that Brisbane is a strong contender for first place.

With all the recent road infrastructure and building developments the line between Brisbane and Gold Coast has rapidly shrunk. Brisbane also has a far superior airport and great reliable public transport from the airport to the city, or lots of car hire options.  There are many family activities to entertain kids of any age along with easy access to the Gold Coast theme parks if you wanted to include them.

Here is one idea for an itinerary for a long weekend in Brisbane for a family with younger kids.


Arrive to airport. Catch the train into the city and walk to accomodation. Having stayed in many different places, I thoroughly recommend staying at the Meriton Herschel Street  fully self contained with a full kitchen, these serviced apartments are perfect with kids.  With ease you can prepare some meals for kids and picnic lunches, which saves you time and money. The apartments are beautifully appointed and there are 1,2 and 3 bedroom options. We stayed in a 2 bedroom but of course as usual the boys ended up in mine! The level you stay on does depend on bedroom size, so the more bedrooms the higher up level you will stay on. The upper levels do have the most stunning views. When travelling with kids, I always stay in self contained if possible because we all know how fussy kids can be when it comes to eating out. I usually make them breakfast before going out for my breakfast so I know they are fine if they don’t eat much at the cafe.

images courtesy of https://www.meritonsuites.com.au

Friday afternoon take a walk around the hotel in the city, theres always plenty of buskers and things happening, theres also a beautiful botanic garden for running around in. If everyones a bit tired spend the afternoon at the hotel pool before heading out to dinner. Queen street mall has some great mid range options for eating out with plenty of restaurants that are found in other capitol cities so you would most likely be familiar with them.


Hopefully the weather is nice! I would walk or uber over to the GOMA and State Library. there is usually something on a the library of a Saturday, like markets and kids activities. Last time there was a science themed day for kids with robot building workshops for the older kids and craft for the younger ones, as well as delicious pancake stall and coffees.

The GOMA or Gallery of Modern Art always has fabulous exhibitions on and more often than not there are interactive areas for kids. Pictured here is the Yahoo Kusama exhibition which my boys really loved and spent time looking at each artwork and really got them thinking. There is not much in the way of food there so if you didn’t pack a picnic I would recommend heading over to West End where you will find a array of eateries of all cusines. If you’re traveling with younger kids the afternoon can be spent back at the hotel pool or having rest before venturing out again.


If the weather is still nice, today head over to Southbank. Even though we actually live in a beach paradise, my kids still love spending a day at Southbank. Take a picnic or there are plenty of cafes nearby if you dint want overpriced takeaway close to the pool areas. If you don’t know already, Southbank is a man made beach and pool playground, the kids literally can spend all day here. If they don’t get too cranky, plan to have an early dinner nearby as there is a great selection of dining out. Sundays there is also a market on, its pretty touristy but there is an amazing old Chinese man who does massage at a stall there, well worth it even if you can only spare 10 minutes, hopefully hes still there, trust me you won’t regret to and tell him to go hard if you like it hard!

If you’re not going home tonight and have a few more days then you can get out of the city a bit.

Hire a car a drive out to the planetarium at Mt Coot-ha, there is often shows and special events on there as well.

If you have the funds and love dolphins and boats, take a day trip out to tangalooma on Moreton island. If you book a tour it includes the boat cruise and day pass access to tangalooma island resort so you can have full use of the swimming pools. It is pretty pricy but worth it if you don’t often feed wild dolphins or stay in luxury resorts !!

The theme parks are also only an hour away, wet n wild and dreamworld are my favourites, movie world was a bit of letdown as both my boys who were 4 and 6 at the time were to short to go on any rides bar one that the 6 year old could go on and they were too “grown up” to be very interested in the loony tunes kids area.

So there you have my ideas on a Brisbane trip with kids. If you’ve never been before or not since having kids, and you see some ridiculous cheap fares then I highly recommend you check it out.

Leave a comment if you plan your trip and would like some specific dining out recommendations!

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