Hi friends! As you know, once you have kids your weekend activities tend to change quite a bit. Gone are the sleep ins and long brunches and in are the early mornings and planning the day around nap times and playground access.
As you might have gathered, Travis and I aren’t really the types to just hang around the house all weekend. We have spent the past two years finding things to do around Brisbane that please both the little one and us.
Today I am partnering with Expedia.com.au to share a few of our favorite spots that are fun for the whole family.
You might not think of a winery as a family destination, but then you haven’t been to Sirromet. Located on Mount Cotton in Brisbane, the grounds include a large cellar door, huge patio, multiple restaurants, supersized golf course, and even a playground. Weekends at Sirromet include live music outside and plenty of space for the little ones to run around.
Check out their website for a calendar because they often host special events, including their “A Day on the Green” concert series which draws in big names. Bonus if you visit in the late afternoon you can watch the kangaroos and wallabies hop around the vines.
South Bank is just across from the Brisbane CBD (Central Business District) and houses the museums, theaters and plenty of family fun. One of the most popular attractions is the man made beach and splash pad, which are always a hit on hot days. You can grab lunch at one of the many restaurants or pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in the parklands.
Rainy days are perfect to visit the museums, the Queensland Museum has a whole floor of animals that are fun for the whole family to check out. The Gallery of Modern Art typically has activities for the kids to participate in on top of their dedicated children’s area.
One of our other favorite places to take the kids when the weather isn’t great is the kids corner in the State Library. The Corner is all about encouraging kids to use their imagination and always has the best set ups that occupy them for quite a while. The cafe outside of the museums and the library is a good spot for a quick lunch or coffee and always has plenty of high chairs.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Contrary to popular belief, you can not just hang out with kangaroos on a daily basis just because you live in Australia. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary may be a big hit with the tourists, but it’s also a great place for local families to spend a morning. Check out the different animal exhibits, catch a show and the best part- feed some kangaroos.
There’s a cafe on site (with plenty of seating) or you can bring a picnic lunch and post up at one of the many picnic tables. Your kids can run around and see kangaroos and emus in the massive enclosed field. Buy a yearly membership and it pays for itself in two visits plus you get 20% off everything including any of your guests’ entries.
Although not technically in Brisbane, just an hour drive away is Mount Tamborine. There is SO much to do here, you can easily spend a day or even a weekend exploring with your kids in tow. There are wineries (with open fields for family picnics), walks, shopping, a ropes course, horse back riding and the list goes one.
You can read how to spend a day on Mount Tamborine here. Go for a hike to check out the rainforest or for a dip at Cedar Creek Falls.
Spend a Day on the Bay
Brisbane has several bayside suburbs worth visiting depending on what side of town you are on. Sandgate, Manly, Wynnum, Redcliffe are all places we go to get to the water without the long drive. Even though they might not compare to the beaches of the Gold or Sunshine Coast, you can’t beat spending a Saturday or Sunday morning strolling along the coast listening to the ocean.
Get there early and enjoy breakfast at one of the many cafes (Matthew Thomas in Sandgate is recommended) before hitting up the walking path or playground. They bayside suburbs are lucky to have some great playgrounds and bbq areas which make it a great place to get out of the city and enjoy a nice view while the kids run wild.
If you are by the ocean you have to have fish and chips for lunch, and you will have no problem finding a place to stop. Eat in or have a picnic along the shore and enjoy the gorgeous weather we are so lucky to have in Queensland. If it’s a hot day, beat the heat at the splash pad in Wynnum or the swimming lagoon in Redcliffe.
We are so lucky to live in such a family friendly city with so many options for things to do. Let me know if I missed your favorite spot!