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24 school holiday activities in Brisbane 2017

Here’s how to keep the kids busy over the school holidays in Brisbane.

A few weeks of school-free time here for Queensland kids. Luckily, there's more than a handful of year-round and seasonal activities available to kickstart the upcoming school holiday.

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

TermDates
Term 1 school holidays1 April until 17 April
Term 2 school holidays25 June until 9 July
Term 3 school holidays16 September until 2 October
Term 4 school holidays9 December until 21 January

Best family friendly activities to keep your kids busy during school holidays in Brisbane

These jam-packed, hands-on activities and adventures will capture and amuse them to no end. Your kids might even learn a new skill while they’re at it.

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
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$58 (child)

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Koala and river cruise from RedBalloon

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

  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Location: Brisbane CBD
  • Price is per person
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$48

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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
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$120

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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
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$89

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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
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$89

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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
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$53

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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
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$55 (adult)

$45 (child)

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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
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$99

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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
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$59

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Tangalooma Dolphin Adventure with Desert Safari Tour from Brisbane from City Discovery

Enjoy dolphin feeding and the island life in a day with the whole family.

  • Location: Brisbane
  • Price is per person
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$239

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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
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$20

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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
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$49

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Brisbane River Stand-Up Paddleboarding from Viator

Experience stand-up paddleboard and learn how to read the water and paddle.

  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Location: Brisbane
  • Price is per person
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$39

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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

$139

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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

$99 (child)

$149 (adult)

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Sightseeing cruise from finder.com.au

Kookaburra Showboat Cruises

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

$20 (child)

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School holiday events in Brisbane to attend

Searching for something fun to do that only comes around once a school holiday? Organise your days around events happening near you. Here are our top picks for what to do around town during the school holidays.

  • Sunsuper Riverfire is an annual fireworks event that sees Brisbane River sparkle in lights. The best view and entertainment is at Southbank. 30 September. South Bank
  • Take a look behind Brisbane's hidden doors at Brisbane Open Night. It lands just outside the school holidays but is on a weekend so you can still take the little ones to explore their home town. 7-8 October. Various locations
  • Unleash the warrior within at the Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum exhibition. It features over 120 artefacts including original arms and armour as well as interactive displays. Until 7 January. Queensland Museum and Sciencentre
  • If you haven't checked out Brisbane Festival yet, there's still time! The arts and performance bonanza runs until 1 October and features music, dance, circus, theatre and opera performances. Until 1 October. Various locations.
  • Markets are one of life's little delights and Riverside has a weekly one that's easy to access and packed full of eats and trinkets. Until 31 December. Albert Street, Brisbane City.

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

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