Brisbane is on my list this year! I have never been, can you believe it?
When we think of a holiday to Queensland and we have our children in tow the first word that comes to mind is theme park. Queensland, specifically the Gold Coast, offers a plethora of amusement park options to book out an entire week of activities. From Movie World to SeaWorld, there is plenty to see and do with the family. However, after a week of Theme Parks and riding the roller coasters the adults may just want to squeeze in a few family friendly activities that will also allow them time to relax and unwind, after all it is your holiday too!
Good parenting 101 places emphasis on balance, to find something for the kids to do while you are enjoying yourself as well is, as the kids might say, even-steven. Here are three things to do in and around Brisbane that will give you that family harmony allowing you to maintain that level of fun the kid’s desire while also providing you with some relaxing outlets:
Dubbed the cultural centre of Brisbane, Southbank is the go to entertainment hub of the city. There is nothing that Southbank does not offer. From cafes and bars to trendy markets and waterparks, this river side promenade is a dream for both children and adults alike. One place to visit to provide you and your family with a spot to cool off and have fun is the aquatic delights of Streets Beach and Aquativity. There are BBQs along the river and park so you can pack a picnic and make you own meals or there are plenty of cafes scattered along the banks. With different water play options to choose from such as shooting fountains and tipping buckets the kids will be entertained for hours.
Streets Beach is the perfect blend of city and coast with a sandy beach right on the banks of the Brisbane River. A man-made swimming beach, Streets Beach is the only inner city beach in Australia. Fully equipped with BBQS or nearby fine dining to suit your needs, you can relax at this beach all day long. The Boat Pool in South Bank is patrolled by lifeguards giving you that extra assurance that your day splashing in the pool and soaking up the sun is not only fun but safe.
Child Friendly Pubs
Following RSA QLD guidelines to ensure your evening is everything you expect it to be, these premises allow children to be on site until 10:00 pm but must always be supervised by a responsible adult.
The Mango Hill Tavern offers everything you will need to keep the kids entertained while you put your feet up and relax. Located on the far north side of Brisbane, this pub has an indoor and outdoor playroom complete with a climbing structure to wear out those little ones. There is plenty to keep them busy for hours, a television, slide, computer games and toys, toys, toys. There is plenty of fun to be had for the adults as well, not only are you able to kick back and enjoy a wine or a cold beer, but there is an adjoining sports bar and TAB, with a pool table and plasma screens to get your footy fill. Some other pub highlights that are sure to make this a family hotspot include a kid’s menu, ample room to park that pram and baby change facilities.
Want more than just a fantastic pub to enjoy with the family, then The Belvedere Hotel is a must. Located at Woody’s Point, besides the child friendly draws of the pub, the beautiful location with water views and Crockett Park with a flying fox is literally right outside the door. Inside, the hotel is 100% geared towards creating that perfect family balance. The playground is located towards the back to give the diners and pub goers some peace and quiet, and while the pub offers a mean steak and fresh seafood they also have an ice cream bar and slushies during the hotter months!
If you have exhausted things to do throughout the city of Brisbane why not take a relaxing detour from the hustle and bustle and hop on a boat and head towards Moreton Island. Moreton Island is only a 75 minute ferry ride from the city and offers the whole family a range of activities from lazy days on the beach to snorkelling and sand dune tours.
If you want to partake in something that has a little bit of everything on offer then try a snorkelling and dolphin watching cruise. The cruise takes you through Moreton Bay Marine Park where you can see Giant Logger Head Turtles and Bottlenose Dolphins and makes a stop at the Tangalooma Wrecks where you can snorkel around 14 scuttled ships! They also have a fully licensed bar on board serving a number of refreshments including beer and wine. All staff are fully trained in responsible service of alcohol to ensure everyone on board stays on board and has some good family fun.
Emma Bellucci is the staff writer at Express Online Training, Australia’s leading online trainer for certificates in hospitality. Emma specialises in insights and tips for some of Australia’s favourite tourist destinations. If you are looking to work in hospitality in Queensland you can get started with your training with a special offer, RSA QLD Offer $17 save 65%.