My mum lives in Brisbane so we visit often. Most of the time we make ourselves comfortable at home and spend as much time as we can with family but we try to get out and have a bit of a look around every visit. Some of our favourite things to do are the following.
This is a great part of the city that is packed with things to do. One of our favourites (and Em’s too) is the man made beach at Southbank.
It is beautifully made and manicured and it is completely free. It is also right next to an amazing kids playground.
The whole Southbank area is beautiful to walk around. There is a rainforest boardwalk which leads to the Nepalese Peace Pagoda which was Nepal’s contribution to the World Expo in 1988 and now permanently resides here. It is a beautiful structure with intricate carving and is worth stopping at.
Southbank is also home to the Brisbane Eye – a huge ferris wheel offering views of the whole city. I had to practice deep breathing as we went higher and higher. I never quite realised I was scared of heights and definitely felt a bit of a panic when Em wanted to stand up near the edge (even though it was completely enclosed and safe).
As well as these activities Southbank offers so much more. It is home to the Cultural Precinct including museums and galleries as well as the exhibition centre. There are a number of pubs, cafes and restaurants in the area and on weekends there is a market. It also hosts a number of different events at an ampitheatre.
Southbank is located on the south bank of the Brisbane river and has a number of lovely walking, running and bike paths along the shore of the river.
The Brisbane Botanic Gardens
Located on the edge of the city, right next to QUT (Queensland University of Technology) and on the bank of the Brisbane river the Brisbane Botanic Gardens is an easy way to spend a day.
There are many beautiful manicured gardens to walk around, an awesome kids playground, free guided tours of the park, a cafe and a Mangrove boardwalk. The gardens are right beside QUT and is full of uni students laying around on the grass during term. Near the University there are a bunch of little galleries that you can explore if you get bored of all the serenity.
Roma Street Parklands
Is another huge centrally located garden that is full of activities, playgrounds, water features and beautiful spaces to explore. It is easy to spend a day here if you pack a picnic lunch or you can use their free barbeques if you prefer.
There are lots of paths which are easy to push a pram along and many places to stop and have a rest or a play.
There is also a trackless train which loops around the park and you are able to have a ride for a gold coin donation. This was one of Em’s favourite activities of the day and is a great way to see the park if you would prefer not to walk.
The Roma Street Parklands is centrally located right near a train and bus station and there is paid parking available as well. As well as everything I have mentioned here there are often free events held in the park also.
Brisbane is a great city to visit with kids. Each of these places could offer a full day of free entertainment for a family which is why they make my top 3.