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Family-friendly things to do in Brisbane.

This blog is going to detail our top family-friendly things to do in Brisbane on a family road trip to make your family travel planning all the easier. 

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Why you should put Brisbane on your road trip itinerary

Brisbane is a city that should definitely be on your road trip itinerary when exploring Australia with the family. Not only is it a great starting point for exploring the surrounding areas, but there are also plenty of family-friendly activities to enjoy when visiting the city itself which we are going to outline in this blog.

To make the most of your trip, we recommend exploring the area in an Apollo campervan hire. With an Apollo camper, you'll have the freedom to go wherever you want, whenever you want. Plus, you'll have all the amenities you need to feel comfortable on the road.

If you're starting your trip in Brisbane, the nearest Apollo branch is located just a short drive away, making it a convenient and stress-free process. From there, you can hit the road and explore everything that Australia has to offer.


The best 10 things to do in Brisbane with kids

Explore the Botanic Gardens

The first on our list of family-friendly things to do in Brisbane is a trip to the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens. Whether you’re a nature lover or simply enjoy a relaxing time with the family, this experience is sure to delight.

While here you can wander along the garden paths, discovering the incredible array of plants on show. There are so many different exhibits to see including Bamboo Grove, Weeping Fig Avenue and Riverstage. Then, after all that exploring, you can set up a picnic on the grass to enjoy a meal with the family. There are events and guided walks also on offer, as well as a playground for the kids.

Kids and parents alike are sure to love visiting these incredible gardens as there is something to keep everyone entertained.


Make a splash at Streets Beach

It’s not every day you get to go to the beach whilst in the city, but when in Brisbane you can! Streets Beach is a family-friendly attraction and is a must-visit Brisbane icon set within the South Bank Parklands.

This is Australia’s only inner-city, man-made beach that boasts a sparkling blue lagoon surrounded by white, sandy beaches and sub-tropical plants. Aside from the beach, there is also an interactive water park that promises endless fun for the kids.

This is a great addition to your road trip planner as the kids can enjoy hours of fun in playing in the water, while parents can relax and enjoy the lively atmosphere. Plus with a lifeguard on duty, you can rest easy knowing everyone is safe.


Immerse yourself in nature at the Daisy Hill Conservation Park

For those nature-loving families, a trip out to Daisy Hill Conservation Park never disappoints. Located in the southern part of Brisbane, this park is home to a wide array of native Australian wildlife and plants.

Visitors can enjoy strolling along one of the many pathways, looking out for the wildlife that call this park home, or if mountain biking is more your thing then there is plenty of opportunity to spin your wheels throughout the park. After exploring the area you’re sure to have worked up a hunger so be sure to set up a picnic and enjoy a barbecue at the designated picnic areas.

Families will love this addition to the holiday plan as it is a great bonding experience in nature. Kids will love keeping an eye out for native animals and parents will enjoy the stunning landscape and relaxing atmosphere.


Discover the Boondall Wetlands Reserve

Boondall Wetlands Reserve is another beautiful natural park located in Brisbane, Australia. It boasts a diverse range of habitats which include mangroves, salt marshes, and woodlands, making it an ideal spot for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

There are plenty of activities to enjoy here, such as hiking, cycling, and birdwatching. You can take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalks that traverse the mangrove forests or go on a bike ride through the bushland trails. The reserve also has picnic areas and BBQ facilities, so you can bring your family and friends for a fun-filled day out.

Boondall Wetlands Reserve is a great destination for families because it offers a unique opportunity to learn about the local flora and fauna. Children can observe animals such as koalas, wallabies, and possums in their natural habitat, as well as a variety of bird species. There are educational displays throughout the reserve that provide information about the wetlands' ecology, making it an educational experience for all ages.


Cruise down Brisbane River

Brisbane River Cruise is a wonderful way to explore the city and take in the stunning views of the river. You can sit back and relax as you cruise down the river, enjoying the sights and sounds of the city.

During the cruise, you and the family can participate in a variety of activities such as sightseeing, dining, and even dancing. The river is home to a number of iconic landmarks such as the Story Bridge and the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, which you can admire from the comfort of the cruise ship.

A Brisbane River Cruise is a fantastic activity for the whole family. Children can marvel at the impressive views of the city and learn about its history and culture. It's a fun and educational experience that everyone can enjoy together.


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Play a game of mini golf at Victoria Park

Mini golf is a great way to spend time with family and friends, and the course at Victoria Park in Brisbane is no exception.

The mini golf course is set in a beautiful park with lush greenery and stunning views of the city. There are 18 holes to play, each with its own unique challenges and obstacles. You can test your putting skills and compete against your friends or family members to see who can get the lowest score. Aside from mini golf, Victoria Park also offers a range of other activities such as a driving range, a playground, and a restaurant. You can grab a bite to eat after your game or simply relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Overall, mini golf at Victoria Park is a great activity for the whole family. It's a fun and interactive way to spend time together, and the park offers plenty of other activities to keep everyone entertained.


Explore the Brisbane City Markets

If you're looking for a great place to explore in Brisbane with the family, you should definitely check out the Brisbane City Markets.

These markets are a bustling hub of activity, with vendors selling everything from fresh produce to handmade crafts. You can browse the stalls and pick up some fresh local produce for your Apollo Camper fridge, sample some delicious food from one of the many food stalls, or even find a unique gift or souvenir to take home with you.

The markets are a great place for the whole family to enjoy. Kids will love exploring the different stalls and trying out new foods, while adults can enjoy the lively atmosphere and shop for some unique items.


Channel your inner scientist at Sparklab

Another family-friendly experience in Brisbane, that is also fun and educational, is Sparklab. Sparklab is an interactive science exhibit that's perfect for anyone interested in science, technology, engineering, or math.

At Sparklab, you can explore a variety of hands-on exhibits and activities that will teach you about everything from electricity and magnetism to biology and chemistry. You can even try your hand at some of the experiments and see how things work for yourself.

One of the best things about Sparklab is that it's great for the whole family. Kids will love the interactive exhibits and hands-on activities, while adults can learn something new and interesting. It's the perfect place to channel your inner scientist and have a great time doing it.


Explore Coochiemudlo Island

Coochiemudlo Island is a beautiful and serene getaway located just off the coast of Brisbane. It's a small island with a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere that's perfect for families.

There's plenty to do on Coochiemudlo Island, whether you're looking to relax on the beach, go for a swim, or explore the natural beauty of the island. You can also rent a bike and explore the island's scenic trails, or take a kayak out on the water for a peaceful and picturesque paddle.

One of the best things about Coochiemudlo Island is that it's a great destination for the whole family. Kids will love playing on the beach and exploring the island's many parks and playgrounds, while adults can relax and unwind in the island's tranquil surroundings. It's the perfect place to spend a relaxing day with loved ones and make some unforgettable memories.


Meet the local wildlife at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

If you're a nature-loving family looking to meet some of Australia's most famous wildlife, the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a must-visit destination. Located just outside of Brisbane, this sanctuary is home to over 130 koalas, as well as a range of other native Australian animals.

At Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, you can get up close and personal with the koalas, and even have your photo taken while holding one! You can also feed kangaroos, wallabies, and other animals, and watch as the birds of prey swoop through the air during their daily show.

Kids will love meeting the animals and learning about their habitats, while adults can appreciate the opportunity to experience some of Australia's unique wildlife up close. It's a fun and educational day out for everyone.


Ready to explore Brisbane with Apollo?

If you love the sound of Brisbane for your next family vacation, then be sure to head online to the Apollo website to choose and book the perfect camper for you and your family!

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