Family Weekend in Brisbane

A Local’s Guide for a Family Weekend in Brisbane

Guest Blogger, Olivia, from tells us her top picks for a Family Weekend in Brisbane, Australia.

A Local’s Guide for a Family Weekend in Brisbane


Brisbane with Kids

Brisbane is a marvelous city. It is full of different attractions for everyone, from art enthusiast to families with kids. It continues to amaze with its sandy isles, sparkling forests, fascinating wildlife, palm trees, vineyards, and street art, even us who see those things every day. Living in Brisbane with a family with young kids is a chain of excitements. If you are planning to visit this Australian jewel, and you are not quite sure about how to spend your family weekend in Brisbane, here are some tips from the person who spends almost every weekend with her family there.


Visit one of the many playgrounds in the city

Frew Park Brisbane

If there is one thing that keeps my kids always entertained, that is a visit to the playground. Fortunately, in Brisbane, there are so many of them that each time we go is different. Because you will be here only for one weekend, you will have to decide for one or two of them. Most of the playgrounds are equipped with tree houses, forts, sand and rubber bases, picnic spots, slides and climbing opportunities.

Here are some of them your kids will definitely love:

  • Frew Park at Milton
  • New Farm Park
  • Pine Rivers Park
  • Riverheart Parklands
  • Kidspace Chermside

Tour the Queensland Museum

Located at South Brisbane, this museum offers free entrance and a ton of amazing exhibitions to explore. The majority of the exhibitions are kids-friendly and interactive. You can see the specimen section and a lot of evidence of Queensland’s biodiversity. There is also an outdoor play area where the children can play while the parents are having their morning tea.

Befriend the koalas

Koalas are truly adorable creatures, and the kids absolutely love them. So pack a picnic and set off to Daisy Hill Koala Centre. If your accommodation is on the north side of the city you can also visit Walkabout Creek for a similar experience in nature.

Go for a Wynnum Manly family bike ride

This is our all around favourite family adventure. It’s fun, it’s active and the scenic views along Family Weekend in Brisbanethe trail are amazing. Each month we take our bikes fully equipped with Shimano accessories and go for the 10km return drive. During that time the kids enjoy the parklands along the way. Of course, because the road is pretty long for small kids we usually pack some snacks and a lot of water. There are some spots where it is possible to stop and have a picnic or barbecue, and some playgrounds and a water park.


Cruise the Brisbane River

Kids are not big fans of sightseeing, and it is only a matter of time when they will start screaming “We’re bored”. However, if you make sightseeing more interesting for them, you might get away without that sentence. One way to do that is to go for a family-friendly cruise along the Brisbane River and enjoy the famous city landmarks, such as Story Bridge. Some cruise routes will stop at interesting sights where you can go out. You can visit the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and go for a ride on the famous Wheel of Brisbane.

Be creative at the QAGOMA Children’s Art Centre

Children’s Art Centre in QAGOMA in South Bank offers a unique opportunity of creating

Children's Art Center in Brisbane

Enjoy the QAGOMA Children’s Art Center in Brisbane

masterpieces in the activity centre within the gallery. Before they embark on this adventure, children can get inspired by the many word class art pieces exhibited in the gallery. When they start working, they will be supervised by many experienced artists. The activities they can try range from making shadow puppets and origami to painting.

There are plenty of other family-friendly activities available in Brisbane, including visiting the city library and stargazing at the Planetarium. One thing is sure: not a single member of your family will be bored in this city.


Olivia is psychologist and entrepreneur from Brisbane. Mother of two beautiful children and proud owner of two silly boxer dogs,Teo and Mia. She is passionate about writing and always inspiring her readers to be clever in their lives. Her motto is “Be the change you want to see in the world”. She is a regular contributor at 

 *All Content and pictures were provided by guest blogger unless noted otherwise.

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Winter Weekend Getaway

Winter Weekend Getaway at Kalahari Resorts

Winter Weekend Getaway at Kalahari Resorts


We just finished our Holiday travels and we are already thinking about a Winter Weekend Getaway.   The Kalahari Resorts and Convention Centers seem like the perfect destination to escape our winter blues and wind down from the hectic holiday season.

Summer Fun in the Middle of Winter at Kalahari Resorts

We need a Vacation from our Holiday Vacation!

They have so much to offer people of all ages.  From Waterslides to wave pools, splash padsKalahari Resorts Pocono Mountains, PA for the little ones, and a luxury spa and swim up bar for the adults.    Not only do they feature the world’s largest indoor waterparks, they’ve been voted the “world’s coolest indoor waterpark.”   Kalahari Resorts currently offers three African-themed resorts in Wisconsin Dells, WI, Sandusky, OH, and Pocono Mountains, PA.



Kalahari Resorts Family VacationWe’ve been looking at the Pocono Mountains, PA indoor waterpark which currently features some pretty awesome slides, The Anaconda Water Roller Coaster, a Lazy River, Safari Kids & Toddler play area, and much more.  Plus, this location is conveniently within driving distance of most major East Coast metropolitan areas.  In just a few short months, (March 2017), The Kalahari Resorts and Conventions Pocono Mountains location is opening their Newest Addition that will make it America’s largest indoor waterpark.



Winter Weekend Getaway

Summer Fun in the Middle of Winter!

Some of the newest features at Kalahari Resorts Pocono Mountains, PA will include:

8 New Water Slides:  Screaming Hyena – 25mph near vertical plunge (what teen wouldn’t love this?), Sahara Sidewinder – 250 foot indoor looping waterslide, “The Smoke that Thunders” and Victoria Falls – a South African Waterslide experience, Kenya’s Korkscrew  Zig-Zag slide, and The Cheetah Race Mat Slide.

Character Meet and Greets Kalahari

They also offer Kalahari Character Meet & Greets

The new additions will also include a newly expanded Lazy River, Coral Cove kids area, and Dungeons of Hout Wavepool.  What I’m most excited about is the Cabana Island; this looks like an awesome place for me to relax watching the kids experience summer fun in the middle of winter.

Kalahari Resorts Spa

This Could Be Me!

There will also be several non-swimming attractions including an expanded family entertainment center that offers a Virtual Reality experience.  I’d love to spend an afternoon in their Luxury Spa.

Winter Fun at Kalahari Indoor Water Parks

Several On-Site Dining Options at Kalahari Resorts

Each location also offers a variety of onsite dining options, so there is no need to leave the resort during your stay.   You can enjoy full sit-down steak dinner experience; a casual pub-like atmosphere and even a market style grab and go option.




Their resorts look like so much fun!  Who knew you could take such an adventure packed vacation indoors, in the middle of winter?    Check out their resorts and newest attractions at the Kalahari Resort Pocono Mountains location and start planning your Winter Weekend Getaway today.  We are.

Winter Weekend Getaway at Kalahari Indoor Waterpark


*Sponsored post by Kalahari Resorts.  All Kalahari Resorts Photos courtesy of Kalahari Resorts.