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52 summer school holiday activities in Brisbane 2018

How to keep the kids busy over the Christmas break in Brisbane.

Queensland kids have sun and surf to keep them entertained all holiday long - especially now that summer is knocking on our doors.

On top of the beach, there is more than a handful of activities to kick-start their big break leaving you with enough space and time to do your own thing.

Here are a few that take minutes to book but provide hours of fun.



Best summer school holiday activities in Brisbane

Hot Air Balloon flight

Hot Air Balloon flight from Experience Oz

See Brisbane region in a hot air balloon and cap the experience off with a delicious restaurant champagne breakfast.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: Brisbane
  • Price is per person
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$330

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Stand Up Paddleboard experience

Stand Up Paddleboard experience from Experience Oz

Experience Brisbane's favorite pasttime, Stand Up Paddle (SUP) and cruise along Brisbane river.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Location: Kangaroo Point
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$55

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Farm animal experience with horse riding

Farm animal experience with horse riding from Experience Oz

See and interact with farm animals including donkeys, chickens, guinea pigs, turkeys, alpacas, goats, pigs and more. This also let you experience a 15-minute horse riding.

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: Trevena Glen
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$45

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North Stradbroke Island day tour

North Stradbroke Island day tour from Experience Oz

A day tour to North Stradbroke Island from Brisbane that includes lunch and a chance to see dolphins during sunset at Amity Point.

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: Queensland
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$149

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Tangalooma Island day cruise

Tangalooma Island day cruise from Experience Oz

Go on a day cruise with dolphin viewing and discover Tangalooma Island Resort which gives you full access to the island resort facilities and more.

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Location: Brisbane
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$149

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Great Barrier Reef tour

Great Barrier Reef tour from Experience Oz

A 3-day tour from Brisbane that will let you explore and experience one of the Great Barrier Reef's most beautiful coral lagoons and islands, Lady Musgrave Island.

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Location: Queensland
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$389

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Tangalooma dolphin feeding tour

Tangalooma dolphin feeding tour from Experience Oz

Have a day out with the family and experience feeding dolphins at Moreton Bay marine park.

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Location: Brisbane
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$224

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ticket

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ticket from Experience Oz

Interact with the animals and cuddle a koala anytime that the kids will sure to love.

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$32.40

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Australia Zoo ticket

Australia Zoo ticket from Experience Oz

Visit Australia zoo to see all varieties of animals and learn from the informative wildlife shows.

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$59 (adult)

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3-day park pass

3-day park pass from Experience Oz

Get an unlimited entry to 3 parks - Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World and Wet ‘n’ Wild Gold Coast for 3 days.

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Location: Brisbane
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$119

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Moreton Island camping

Moreton Island camping from RedBalloon

See the beautiful surrounds of Moreton Island and spend 2-day camping with all food and accommodation included.

  • Duration: 2 days
  • Location: Moreton Island
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$245

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South Brisbane Cemetery ghost tour

South Brisbane Cemetery ghost tour from RedBalloon

Explore the second largest cemetery in Queensland at night and hear local ghost stories that will give you a spooky feeling.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: South Brisbane Cemetery
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$30

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Morning cruise and coach tour

Morning cruise and coach tour from RedBalloon

See Brisbane's landmarks by coach and cruise while enjoying a Devonshire tea onboard.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Location: Brisbane
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$79

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Sightseeing cruise

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Kookaburra Showboat Cruises

Highlights:
  • 2-hour cruise
  • See the city by boat
From AUD

$30

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North Stradbroke Island Day in Paradise Tour

North Stradbroke Island Day in Paradise Tour from finder.com.au

Queensland Day Tours

Highlights:
  • Cruise across Moreton Bay
  • Swim in Brown Lake
  • Walk the Gorge, visit Point Lookout, see Myora Springs and more
From AUD

$109 (child)

$159 (adult)

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Moreton Island Day trip

Moreton Island Day trip from Viator

Spend a day on Moreton Island with the whole family and enjoy the activities such as snorkeling, kayak tour and more.

  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Location: Brisbane
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$152

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Brisbane Kayak Tour

Brisbane Kayak Tour from Viator

Kayak around Brisbane river either by day or night for 90 minutes.

  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Location: Brisbane
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$50

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Brisbane Bike, Rollerblade or Scooter Rental

Brisbane Bike, Rollerblade or Scooter Rental from Viator

Enjoy a bike ride, rollerblade or scooter around Brisbane.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours, 4 hours or 1 day
  • Location: Brisbane
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$20

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Whale watching cruise from Brisbane (June to October)

Whale watching cruise from Brisbane (June to October) from RedBalloon

Cruise off the coast from Brisbane and see the migrating humpback whales, plus get a gourmet lunch on the boat.

  • Location: Redcliffe (transfers available from Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast)
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$135

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Rock Climbing at the Kangaroo Point Cliffs in Brisbane

Rock Climbing at the Kangaroo Point Cliffs in Brisbane from Viator

Rock climb with experienced guides and enjoy Kangaroo Point. Includes use of all climbing and safety equipment.

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: Brisbane CBD
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$60

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Story Bridge Climb

Story Bridge Climb from Viator

Enjoy a 360-degree panoramic views at Story Bridge for 2-hour climb.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Brisbane CBD
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$131

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High ropes course

High ropes course from RedBalloon

A full-day of challenge that takes you on over 5 courses spanning and 10 acres of rope and wire challenges.

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Location: Tamborine National Park, QLD
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$55 (adult)

$45 (child)

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Flying trapeze class

Flying trapeze class from RedBalloon

Learn to swing, flip and catch your way with this 90-minute flying trapeze workshop.

  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Location: Brisbane Airport, QLD
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$66

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Abseiling at Kangaroo Point

Abseiling at Kangaroo Point from RedBalloon

Get a perfect view of sunset while abseiling the cliffs of Kangaroo Point Minimum age of 8.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Brisbane, QLD
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$89

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Australia Zoo day trip

Australia Zoo day trip from RedBalloon

Experience up close with the amazing animals in Australia Zoo for one day - perfect for the whole family.

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Location: Brisbane CBD
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$89

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Koala sanctuary and river cruise

Koala sanctuary and river cruise from RedBalloon

Board on the famous Brisbane's river cruise and experience Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Plus a knowledgeable cruise captain.

  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Location: Brisbane CBD
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$78 (adult)

$48 (child)

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Mt Tamborine Rainforest tour

Mt Tamborine Rainforest tour from RedBalloon

Includes morning tea, wine tasting, 4WD ride and guided walking tour at the rainforest.

  • Duration: Half-day
  • Location: Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$58 (child)

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38% off The Wheel of Brisbane ticket

38% off The Wheel of Brisbane ticket from Groupon

Let the kids see the panoramic view of the city on board The Wheel of Brisbane.

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: Cultural Forecourt South Bank Parklands Russell Street, South Brisbane
  • Price is per person

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1-hour unlimited arcade games at iPlay Australia

1-hour unlimited arcade games at iPlay Australia from Groupon

Bring the whole family at iPlay Australia for a fun-filled hour with unlimited arcade games access.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Price is per person

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40% off shark and ray pat and play

40% off shark and ray pat and play from Groupon

Get up close to rays and sharks with an interactive in-water, kid-friendly session at the Shark and Ray Gardens

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: Shark and Ray Gardens, Loganholme
  • Price is per person

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50% off indoor rock climbing day passes

50% off indoor rock climbing day passes from Groupon

Climb your way up these 28 eight metre high walls or watch other climbers sweat their way up from the viewing gallery.

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: Fortitude Valley
  • Price is per person

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47% off Coolum Aqua Park entry

47% off Coolum Aqua Park entry from Groupon

Bounce, slide and splash at this water park for half-day or full-day.

  • Duration: Half-day or full-day
  • Location: Oz Ski Resort Complex
  • Price is per person

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55% off 4-hour sailing

55% off 4-hour sailing from Groupon

Board a catamaran and cruise through South Stradbroke whilst enjoying a gourmet buffet lunch.

  • Duration: 4-hour cruise
  • Location: South Stradbroke
  • Price is per person

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Escape room experience

Escape room experience from RedBalloon

Crack puzzles, find clues or solve a crime scene with this unique game that is interactive for 4 people.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Location: Brisbane
  • Price is for four people
From AUD

$144

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Funky Monkees entry ticket

Funky Monkees entry ticket from Groupon

A full-day pass to a multi-level playgrounds with slides and more that will make kids busy.

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Location: Brisbane
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$6 (child)

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Movie ticket

Movie ticket from Groupon

Catch the latest blockbusters with this general admission cinema pass.

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: ACT, NSW, NT and QLD
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$13.50

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1-hour unlimited arcade games at iPlay Australia

1-hour unlimited arcade games at iPlay Australia from Groupon

Bring the whole family at iPlay Australia for a fun-filled hour with unlimited arcade games access.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Price is per person

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Family high tea

Family high tea from RedBalloon

Have High Tea at Brisbane’s oldest café. Includes sandwiches, scones and sweet treats.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Brisbane CBD
  • Price is for four people
From AUD

$120

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North Stradbroke Island Day in Paradise Tour

North Stradbroke Island Day in Paradise Tour from finder.com.au

Queensland Day Tours

Highlights:
  • Cruise across Moreton Bay
  • Swim in Brown Lake
  • Walk the Gorge, visit Point Lookout, see Myora Springs and more
From AUD

$109 (child)

$159 (adult)

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Indoor Ski or Snowboard Lesson

Indoor Ski or Snowboard Lesson from RedBalloon

Get ready for the real thing with a kid-friendly indoor ski and snowboard lessons that's said to help you learn much faster than on real snow.

  • Location: Hendra, Brisbane
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$60

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Our top 5 family friendly events in Brisbane during the summer holidays

There's literally something for every child here.

  1. Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols. Let's face it, it's all about Christmas these holidays and this one also supports the Children's Hospital Foundation. 8 December 2018.
  2. Christmas Parade presented by David Jones. It's a classic that every child has to experience at least one and sees Queen Street Mall being overtaken with music, dancing and Santa Claus. 14 December - 23 December 2018.
  3. Christmas fireworks. You don't have to wait until New Year's Eve for a grand pyrotechnics display. From 20-23 December the South Bank Parklands will host mini-displays off the foreshore.
  4. Woodford Folk Festival. One of the biggest music festivals in Brisbane, the Woodford Folk is a six-day bender that runs into the new year. Not one to be missed. 27 December 2018 - 1 January 2019.
  5. The Nutcracker. The performance, not the movie. Although really you could watch both. But if you're in Brisbane you may as well treat the kids to a live performance at the iconic Queensland Performing Arts Centre, no? 14-22 December 2018

7 free school holiday activities Brisbane

  • Splash around at the urban Streets Beach in the South Bank Parklands.
  • Spend the afternoon browsing the produce and boutique wares at the Carseldine Farmers and Artisan Markets.
  • Follow along the kilometre-long Aboriginal Art Trail at Mt Coot-tha to see contemporary art works, tree carvings and rock paints.
  • Explore the nearby D'Aguilar National Park's rainforests and hills.
  • Stroll around the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens and find the perfect spot for a picnic.
  • Check out the views of the city from the Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park.
  • Go to The Corner at the Queensland State Library and check out what children's activities are on.

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Stephanie Yip

Stef is the Travel Editor at finder.com.au and has been writing about travel for over a decade. She's visited over 50 countries and has had some incredible experiences, including hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, hitchhiking across Romania and seeing the Northern Lights (twice!). And while she’d never say no to a luxury escape, she's far more likely to stretch her travel dollars as far as they can go by keeping her ear to the ground for unbeatable travel bargains. And she'll tell you all about them, too! Stef has had articles featured on Travel Weekly, Escape and Hostelworld.

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