Top Things to Do With Kids in Brisbane

Here in Brisbane, your child's holiday can be as exciting and memorable as yours, with so many wondrous sights and enjoyable activities on offer. Whether the children are sporty, arty, musical or an animal lovers, Brisbane has something for everyone. The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary gives kids the chance to get up close with native wildlife, while for those with creative flair, fun activities await at the Museum of Brisbane, the Sciencentre or the Gallery of Modern Art. 

For quality time as a family, head to Tamborine Mountain, City Botanic Gardens, South Bank or New Farm Park, take an exciting ride on the Wheel of Brisbane or go on a nautical adventure exploring the ships at the Maritime Museum.  

Whether you want to get in the action or sit back and relax while your kids enjoy themselves, there is always something great to see or do in Brisbane that your little ones will simply love. 



Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

As the home of Queensland’s state collection and a world-class research institution in the fields of biodiversity, geosciences and cultures and histories, Queensland Museum shares the story of our state through a fascinating range of exhibitions and programs for visitors.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

At Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary you can cuddle a koala in a delightful bushland setting on the edge of the Brisbane River.

City Botanic Gardens

With its impressive colonial history, plant collections and riverside location, the City Botanic Gardens are a much beloved part of the cityscape. The City Botanic Gardens are only a 10 to 15 minute walk from the city centre and Central or Roma Street railway stations.

Museum of Brisbane

Located in the City Hall, the Museum of Brisbane (MoB) celebrates Brisbane’s past, present and future with an ever-changing program of social history, visual arts, craft and design exhibitions. Open daily.

The Wheel of Brisbane

The Wheel of Brisbane invites locals and visitors alike to explore the city from new heights in a memorable journey complete with breathtaking views stretching across the heart of Brisbane City and the iconic Brisbane River.

South Bank

South Bank is Brisbane’s premier lifestyle and cultural destination. Located on the southern banks of the Brisbane River, its 17 hectares of lush parklands, world-class eateries, stunning river views and hundreds of delightful events all year round make it the perfect place to relax and unwind.

New Farm Park

New Farm Park is a popular haunt for the city’s outdoor enthusiasts. Its riverside location, jacaranda-lined drive, rambling rose bushes, fig tree-houses for kids to climb, Moonlight Cinema, tennis courts, soccer fields and croquet lawns are great for the whole family.

Tamborine Mountain

Tamborine Mountain is home to Queensland’s oldest national park and the third oldest in the world. Enjoy a tranquil wonderland of rainforests, waterfalls and charming villages. Stop by roadside stalls, artist studios, award-winning restaurants, cute cafes and wineries.

Gallery of Modern Art

Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) boasts significant new displays, which allow visitors to encounter much-loved collection works in a new light, while also discovering some of the gallery’s magnificent recent acquisitions. Open daily.

Queensland Maritime Museum

Step back in time as you explore the Diamantina (a Royal Australian Navy frigate commissioned in 1945 and currently housed in the dry dock) or wonder at the workings of the Forceful—a river-cruising steam tug built in 1925.

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

The wonders of the cosmos are unveiled at the Brisbane Planetarium, which is located in the beautiful Botanic Gardens at the base of Mount Coot-tha.

State Library of Queensland

The State Library is one of Queensland’s best sources of culture and knowledge. The kids will also delight in the library’s Indigenous Knowledge Centre ‘kuril dhagun’ – an Australian library first.