March 10, 2010

Australia With Kids - Brisbane

This week Cath from SquiggleMum invites you to Discover Brisbane.  Cath blogs about everyday mothering and making the most of time with your kids at SquiggleMum.

Hello! It’s SquiggleMum here, giving you a guided tour of my hometown – Brisbane! Having lived overseas, and visited many different countries and cities, I can honestly say I think Brissy is a great place to bring up kids. If you ever come to the sunshine state, make sure you check out a few of these...

Discover Brisbane City
Brisbane isn’t a large city, and it is easy enough to explore on foot. A better way to check out Brissy with kids though is on the City Cat! Our water ferries are fast and fun!! From the river kids can see the city buildings, Wheel of Brisbane, Story Bridge, Kangaroo Point cliffs, mangroves and more. There are lots of places you can stop for a picnic lunch, or you can visit the Cultural Centre with its wonderful art galleries, science centre, library and museum.

Discover Play Spaces
bris_parksThere are awesome parks around Brissy, if you know where to find them. Roma St Parklands, in the heart of the city, is the world’s largest urban subtropical garden. There is always something happening at Roma St, including regular guided walks for mums with under-fives. New Farm Park is another great park nestled along the Brisbane River. My kids love the wooden climbing equipment tucked under massive fig trees. On the south side of town Rocks Riverside Park is worth checking out too. An oasis of reclaimed industrial space, Rocks Riverside Park has a sand play area and brilliant water play area too.

Discover Local Habitats
bris_habitatsBrisbane is surrounded by wonderful natural environments. In under a 40min drive from the CBD you can find yourself exploring rainforests, bushland, mangroves, or wetlands – depending on which direction you head! This is one of my favourite things about living in Brisbane. I just adore getting my kids out into different habitats and introducing them to the birds and animals living there. Try Boondall Wetlands for an easy walk to a hide (for birdwatching) on the mangroves, or Mt Glorious for a family friendly rainforest experience.

Discover Another World!
Of course, a list of Brisbane highlights wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the various “worlds” you can visit on both the Gold and Sunshine Coasts just over an hour away. Dreamworld, Seaworld, Movieworld... Ok, so they’re not really my cup of tea – but they do make for an exciting day trip for kids. Our favourite without doubt is Under Water World because it provides an opportunity to show the kids creatures we wouldn’t normally see.

Australia Zoo is worth a visit too . We’re taking the kids in a couple of weeks. Might see you there!

To check out what’s happening in my town any time, go to What else would you add to the list of places to discover in Brisbane?   

You can find the other posts in the Australia With Kids series here.


jenny said...

I'm enjoying this tour of Australia :)

DEBI said...

Looks like an incredible place to help kids explore nature! :)

Claudette said...

Underwater World is definitely our favourite too. The Otters are a BIG hit as they are almost as cheeky as my own children!

Lauren said...

We have enjoyed a huge list of exciting adventures in Brisbane. If someone's stopping by, feel free to contact me to see what's coming up!