Child Friendly Swimming Locations
Currumbin Rock Pool, Curumbin Valley – Just a fifteen minute drive from Currumbin Beach you will discover the beautiful Currumbin Rock Pools - a real treat. Hear the birds sing, the stream running into the pools and kick back on the large grassy banks. There are picnic and BBQ facilities or if you haven’t packed a lunch there is a café directly across the road for your convenience.
Stradbroke Island – a great adventure from Brisbane. Catch a ferry across the Moreton Bay National Park to North Stradbroke Island. The beaches are beautiful and the lifeguards patrol year round at both Cylinder and Main beach. So many activities to do on Stradbroke Island a day might not be enough!
Southbank – with enough water to fill 5 Olympic sized swimming pools these Brisbane riverside swimming spots are fabulous for the kids and adults alike. All the sand around the pools creates a beach-like feel. The beach is patrolled and sitting along the waters edge you get a great view of the Brisbane city and of the river. Plenty of cafes and snack bars for lunch or ice cream break.
Little Stanley St, South Brisbane
Settlement Cove Lagoon – this is a great place for kids with waterfalls, slides and a ship themed playground. The Redcliffe beaches are close and are always great for a dip also.
Redcliff Parade, Redcliffe. Cost – Free.
Parks & Playgrounds in Brisbane
Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane City
Bang in the middle of the CBD is this expansive of parkland that offers free school holiday activity sheets to engage the kids and encourage them to explore as well as some ‘catch and release fishing’ days. The Parkland explorer, a trackless train that is the fun, lazy way to get around the park will be popular with little kids (cost-gold coin donation).
New Farm Park, Brunswick St, New Farm
With terrific web like climbing frame, a timber adventure playground as well as lots of inventive play equipment makes this a popular park for families looking for a good time.
Captain Burke Park, Kangaroo Point
What this playground lacks in size, it makes up for with a fabulous view of the city. Play equipment for little kids, BBQ facilities, toilets and picnic tables plus shade make this a convenient spot.
Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks
This is Brisbane’s largest riverside park. There is a great green lawn area, water play area, picnic facilities, riverside cycle tracks and a flying fox to keep the older kids happy.
Child Friendly Restaurants in Brisbane
Avid Reader: What a brilliant idea! This is the perfect place for kids and grown-ups to enjoy time in a great café whilst the West End’s beloved independent bookstore caters for the kids!! The café has a story-time program(Tuesdays 10am) and caters for little ones by offering everything from baby chinos, kids size sandwiches, cup cakes and also provides crates of toys for the kids to play whilst you can enjoy a coffee, chat with a friend or simply flick through a mag. Big star for this café!
Avid Reader, 193 Boundary St, West End
Belvedere Hotel: The Belvedere has amazing sweeping views of Bramble Bay. It hosts a fabulous playground for the kids and a playroom as well. You could be tucking into some delicious fresh chilli mud crabs as the kids climb and swing through the playground. The hotel offers simple menu options for the kids which make it a great day out for the whole family.
Belvedere Hotel,cnr WoodcliffeCr & Oxley Ave, Woody Point
Vanilla Pod: Although Vanilla Pod does not at first glance seem so child friendly you will soon see it is a clear favorite for little ones. The café is set in a beautiful Queenslander-style space and has a very loyal cupcake clientele with a large following of young fans who can pick from sweets galore. The adults love it as well because the coffee is great and the lunch menu extensive and fresh.
Vanilla Pod, 119b Lancaster Rd, Ascot
Everton Park Hotel: this is one of the most child-friendly spots in Brisbane. This hotel has an award winning playground with swings, slides, air conditioned DVD room, a playstation area and a carousel with spinning tea cups!! Really come with the kids and you’ll all be so relaxed you may never leave!! Brasserie style menu with everything from traditional steaks, pizza’s and salads.
Everton Park Hotel,101 Flockton St, Everton Park
Keeping the Kid’s Entertained in Brisbane
The Science Centre : Interactive exhibitions and fun displays make the Science Centre a good choice for kids, especially the slightly older ones (7yrs +). Something new to learn or have fun with – even for Mum and Dad too.
Cnr Grey & Melbourne St, Southbank Cultural Precinct South Brisbane
The Queensland Art Gallery: The Children’s Art Centre within the gallery engages kids with special exhibitions and projects created by artists especially for children. There are a variety of workshops and tours aimed at kids and the popular Toddler Tuesday lets the little ones take centre stage with art related activities.
Stanley Place, South Bank, South Brisbane
The Queensland State Library: The library runs various school holiday programs and has a dedicated space called The Corner for children 8 years and under, with books, toys and interactive fun. Older kids (8-14yrs) can engage download a special Secret SLQ app to find clues and unlock challenges and treasures within the State library. All that ….and books too.
South Bank Cultural Precinct, South Brisbane
The Queensland Maritime Museum is full of maritime displays, from ships to lighthouses that take the kids on a historical journey on the high seas. Reasonable entry prices make this a good rainy day option.
Located on the Brisbane River at the southern end of South Bank Parklands,
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is recognised by the Guinness World Records as being the world’s largest (and first) koala sanctuary. Get up close and personal with over 130 of these cute Marsupials plus have a go at holding a snake, feeding a kangaroo or just learning more about the different animals at the Sanctuary.
Located 15 minutes drive out of Brisbane.
Rocksports Indoor Climbing: For some indoor fun that will challenge your older kids take then one of the Rocksport’s venues for some uphill fun. No experience is necessary and climbs are colour coded so you can work your way up Also a fun idea for birthday parties.
224 Barry Parade, Fortitude Valley 4006
Insports Leisure Centre, Cnr of Bryants Rd & Cornubia Park Drive, Shailer Park 4128
Indoor Play Centres: A saviour for Mums and a joy for active kids, indoor play centres can get a little noisy but are a great option for a rainy day or when you want to catch up with some friends (with kids) for coffee. Most have climbing mazes and inflatable fun for the older kids and safe, soft play areas for the toddlers. Try:
Monkey Business Playcentre, Northlakes. www.monkeybusinesscentre.com.au
Tiddlywinks JJs Dance and PlayCafe, Nundah. www.tiddlywinks.com.au
Imagine that Playhouse, Robina. www.imaginethatplayhouse.com.au
Wriggle It Playcentre and Café, Logan Central. www.wriggleitplaycentre.com.au