Families and Kids activities
Looking for activities while in Brisbane to entertain the kids?
The Summer holidays in Queensland is the best time of year! The weather is warm for kids to venture into the water and enjoyed the whole day outside. Be sure to bring a hat, water and sunscreen for all outdoor activities.
Below is a range of free and paid suggested activities for the kids in Brisbane and surrounds while you are in Queensland – make the most of your conference, bring your family and experience all Queensland has to offer!
There is lots to do at South Bank, home to IEEE PES ISGT-Asia 2021. Streets Beach, Aquativity Water Park and Picnic Island Playground are just some of the popular attractions within South Bank Parklands. The South Bank Parklands Playground is a bright and colourful, open space set against a backdrop of Streets Beach and the Brisbane River. Framed by South Banks green areas and beautiful shady trees this is a playground that boasts BBQ facilities, a plethora of cafes and riverside views. Riverside Green is the ultimate family destination that everyone, no matter what their age, can enjoy.
Aquativity is a free interactive water-play park features a range of educational play elements that remind you of the rivers, creeks, fish and mammals that are found in the area. Tipping buckets, shooting fountains, shallow pools and outdoor showers means hours of water fun for the kids.
Queensland Museum is a great place to enjoy learning all year round, but celebrate that extra holiday buzz with their scheduled Holiday Programs. More information on their 2021 Programs to come!
Roma Street Parklands
Overflowing with wildlife and with wide open areas for kids to run free, Roma Street Parklands is the best natural playground. It is home to not one, but two fantastically thought out playgrounds.
Spread generously over 16 hectares, its lush green lawns, flower gardens, forests, lakes and playgrounds are only some of its features and you can easily spend a full day of family fun and exploration there discovering all it has to offer. Perfect for kids of all ages, you can explore the parkland easily on foot at your own leisure or via one of the many free guided walks. Most popular with kids though (and adults too!) is the sweet, colourful, trackless train that you can board for a simple gold coin donation. Dropping off and picking up from numerous spots the ‘Parkland Explorer’ weaves along the pathways, crosses bridges and even navigates the different levels of the forest section all the while giving you an audio guide of the park. (Credit: Brisbane Kids)
Roma Street Parklands is just a 9 minute drive from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Victoria Park Golf Complex at Herston really has everything related to family-fun covered: a stellar 18 hole putt putt course, a kids’ playground, jumping castles on weekends, a pizza kitchen and kid-friendly bistro, plus stunning views of the city skyline. It is the perfect place to visit for any family looking to combine a relaxed meal out with some fun and entertainment at the same time.
Victoria Park Golf Complex is just a 6 minute drive from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, located in Brisbane’s South, is the ultimate in animal fun for kids and families. Boasting the largest koala sanctuary in the world, they were also the first to establish an environment especially catering for the welfare of koalas. Cuddle a koala, feed the kangaroos and lorikeets, visit the barn-yard animals and catch one of the many shows held daily.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a 20 minute drive from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. You can also catch a boat from the Convention Centre, directly to the Sanctuary.
Mount Tamborine’s lush, green peak is positioned snugly between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Take your pick of hinterland hikes from the all-abilities-access Cedar Creek Falls track, to the more advanced Witches Falls and Sandy Creek circuits. If you’re looking for more bustle, explore the village where you’ll find quirky antiques, artwork, cafes and boutiques, and plenty of local personalities up for a friendly chat. For an out-of-this-world experience, take the Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Tour through purpose-built caves that are home to thousands of spectacular glow-worms. Top tip: the kids will love a sweet treat and an iced chocolate from the Polish Place. And for the adults? The Polish Beer menu is hard to resist.
Mount Tamborine is a one (1) hour drive from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The name says it all – the Gold Coast is a city touched by gold with a mild subtropical climate delivering blue skies almost year round. With more than 300 days of sunshine every year, visitors enjoy wonderfully mild winters, warm autumns and springs and sun-drenched summers.
Famous for an unrivaled range of entertainment and attractions, the Gold Coast is known as Australia’s favourite playground. The attractions of the Gold Coast are diverse and colourful in nature: beaches with unique beauty, fantastic foreshore areas and walks, a high-rise dominated skyline, exhilarating theme parks and a world heritage rainforest waiting for your exploration. It is true that the Gold Coast is home to the largest subtropical rainforest remnant in the world and more than 100,00ha of nature reserves.
The Gold Coast is home to seven of Australia’s best theme parks, 600 restaurants and cafes, Queensland’s largest shopping centre, over 70 kilometres of pristine coastline as well as an abundance of natural and cultural wonders.
Now with the G:Link, the Gold Coast’s new light rail system, it is easier than ever to explore the surrounding area. For more information about the G:Link click here.
The Gold Coast is a one (1) hour drive from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Village Roadshow Theme Parks
Meet your favourite stars and Super Heroes, experience the adrenaline pumping thrill rides and watch an array of spectacular shows at Warners Brothers Movie World.
Get below the surface and make friends with amazing marine life and experience a world of incredible rides, shows and attractions at Sea World.
Dive into a world of fun and enjoy everything from adrenaline pumping rides and slides to a massive children’s aquatic playground, a giant wave pool and more at Wet ‘n’ Wild.
Enjoy the variety of activities, shows and experiences that a day on the farm can bring at Paradise Country.
The Gold Coast Theme Parks are located 40 minutes from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.