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33 school holiday activities in Brisbane 2017

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

Queensland kids have sun and surf to keep the busy throughout the school break.

On top of the beach, there is 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:

Top school holiday activities to do with your kids in Brisbane


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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$66

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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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$77

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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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$46

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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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$16

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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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$38

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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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$30

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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

$108

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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

$30

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School holiday events in Brisbane to attend: Christmas school holidays

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 Christmas break.

  • Christmas fireworks: Celebrate Christmas in the city at Clem Jones Promenade for the nightly fireworks. They run for three nights straight at 7:45pm. 20-23 December
  • Gold Lotto City Hall Lights: The annual Gold Lotto City Hall Lights light projection returns for another year running at City Hall. Bring your camera. 8-25 December
  • Christmas Kids Craft Entertainment: Get arty this season at Robinson Road Marketplace. Entry and fun times are free. 9-22 December
  • UQ Sports Kids: The University of Queensland opens up its summer holiday program for another year throughout the school holidays. Book them in for a spot to make friends and stay active all summer long. 11 December - 29 January.
  • Christmas Parade presented by David Jones: The Christmas spirit comes to life at the annual parade. Held down Queen Street Mall every night from 7pm, it comes complete with nativity scenes, entertainers and a special appearance by the man himself: Santa. 15-24 December
  • South Bank's Christmas Village: Hit up South Bank for stacks of Chrissy market stalls, entertainment and food. 15-23 December
  • New Years fireworks: Brisbane goes all out on New Year's Eve with fireworks launched from 18 different sites. Choose your vantage point and count the new year down. 31 December
  • Australian Spartan: The game show comes to Brisbane this summer. Take on the challenge or remain a spectator. Various locations throughout Brisbane City. 11-22 December
  • Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow: Journey through the life and career of one of Japan's most exceptional artists at GOMA. 4 November - 11 February
  • Museum of Brisbane: Build a kite, get arty with Christmas crafts and more. Throughout the school holidays Museum of Brisbane hosts numerous kid-friendly activities to keep them busy. Throughout the holidays.

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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