Let's face it: Travelling with children is not always fun and trying to find activities to suit the whole family can quickly wear you out. Thankfully, Brisbane really gets it right when it comes to kids. The city offers plenty of options for the entertainment and possibly even education of the younger members of your family. Here are some places that we think your kids will like (and for that reason) you will love.
A Lark in the Park
Brisbane's parks offer children of all ages free fun in the sun. There are lots of them, and they are properly maintained, giving you the opportunity to let your charges go wild. Try Wynnum wading pool and park, situated next to the bay with views of the river and gentle breezes. Let the small ones splash about and enjoy a treat of fish and chips or ice-cream shops.
If you prefer things a little wilder, go for a hike in the forests of Brisbane. Although some of the longer walks in Lamington National Park will bring you to the heart of the ancient Antarctic beech forest, shorter walks, from Binna Burra and O'Reilly's, lead to pretty waterfalls and views over the magnificent Scenic Rim wilderness.
Art and Science
Kids love experimenting with art, so bring them to the Children's Art Centre at the Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery, for exciting interactive programs and exhibitions. Bring them face-to-face with science at the Queensland Museum, in South Brisbane. This is a pioneering museum, with thought-provoking exhibits on science, environment and human experience. Children even get a chance to perform their own experiments in the Sciencentre downstairs.
More Park Life
South Bank Parklands is a wonderful environment for all the family. You can swim at the artificial beach, let them loose in any of the playgrounds, or rollerblade by the river. Free events and performances often take place at the weekends. In the heart of the city, visit Roma Street Parklands, an inviting place of shady trees, open spaces, delightful playgrounds, and stunning gardens.
Talk to the Animals
Within easy reach of downtown Brisbane, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world's first and biggest koala sanctuary. It's home to more than 130 koalas, which the kids can feed and pet. You can also feed the kangaroos and wallabies - and even hold a snake, if you really want to... Other options for wildlife lovers include the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital tour and Brisbane's Alma Park Zoo.
Now the sticky question of where to eat... Just because you're travelling with children, it doesn't mean you have to hunker down at a candy-coloured plastic table and nibble on chicken nuggets. Brisbane is full of restaurants where the entire family can eat without tears or tantrums Try The Tibetan Kitchen in Brunswick Street, where the exotic surroundings and helpful staff will delight the children, and a selection of traditional Tibetan, Sherpan and Nepalese food will satisfy everyone. If you want to go Italian, visit any of the Fasta Pasta chain of restaurants, where cheap and cheerful pasta and pizza are served before any hungry little people can get tetchy. Vapiano, on Albert Lane, is another fun option for kids. They can order their own meal from the kitchen, and even sprinkle some toppings on it.