Family attractions in Brisbane

 

Queensland museum diorama %copy;Orin Zebest/Flickr

Queensland museum diorama © Orin Zebest/Flickr

As the capital of Australia’s most exotic state – Queensland – Brisbane is often regarded as a transit city: tourists don’t spend here more than a few hours, and soon depart for Gold Coast, the rainforest reserves in the area or the Great Coral Reef. But Brisbane has much more to offer than an airport terminal. This is one of the largest, and liveliest Australian cities, and a great family destination for those willing to spend a least a couple of days here. Here’s are some brief descriptions for the best family attractions in Brisbane:

Queensland Museum

What is generally known as the Queensland Museum refers in fact to several institutions located throughout Brisbane – not to be confused with the Queensland Museum South Bank, which is just a department of this large museum. There will be plenty of aspects to explore here, from aboriginal art and history to contemporary lifestyle, as well as railroad history or tropical flora and fauna. The most important part for children, however, is the Sciencentre, with its challenging, interactive science displays  – it is also the only part of the museum where you must pay an admission ticket.

Queensland museum diorama %copy;Orin Zebest/Flickr

Queensland museum diorama ©Orin Zebest/Flickr

South Bank Beach

A good place to relax and spend some quality family time is the South Bank beach. Located on the South Bank of the River Brisbane, this attraction offers the same facilities as a mini-beach resort: large clean beach with palm trees and crystalline water, restaurants and bars. What makes South Bank different is its central location, but also the fact that it is actually a man-made beach.

southbank parkway ©thienzieyung/Flickr

southbank parkway ©thienzieyung/Flickr

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

There are few things that children visiting Australia find more fascinating than a koala. So why not take them to see hundreds of these cute animals at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary? This popular Family attraction near Brisbane hosts numerous animals (including kangaroos) in a friendly and relaxing environment.  And, most importantly, it is one of the only places in Australia where you can hug a koala.

Brisbane River

The Brisbane River has a lot to offer to the fun-seeking families. You can book a several hour cruise that will tell you  everything there is to know about them river and Brisbane’s riverfront – the CityCat Ferries are a popular option. Or, you can hop on a speedboat add some thrills and splashes.

Citycat ©Brisbane City Council/Flickr

Citycat ©Brisbane City Council/Flickr

Mt Coo-tha

One of Brisbane’s landmarks, Mt Coo-tha is a family attraction par excellence. Known primarily as Brisbane’s best lookout point, this is the ideal spot to capture the Brisbane skyline in one memorable shot. You’ll also find plenty of attractions around this small mountain, including picnic areas, a summit restaurant, a botanic garden and a planetarium.

 

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