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37 school holiday activities in Brisbane 2018

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.



Best discounted school holiday activities in Brisbane:

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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47% off whale watching

47% off whale watching from Groupon

Board on a catamaran to see the whales up-close and learn their natural environment.

  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Location: Main Beach, Gold Coast
  • 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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EcoPark Fishing World & Farm Stay entry for just $15

EcoPark Fishing World & Farm Stay entry for just $15 from Groupon

Get up close to and meet farm animals like sheep, alpacas, miniature horses and more during a day at the farm. Plus, play putt putt and bounce around on the jumping castle.

  • Duration: Full day entry
  • Location: EcoPark Fishing World & Farm Stay, Luscombe
  • Price is per person

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Best family friendly activities 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

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

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

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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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
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$89

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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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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
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$66

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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
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$55 (adult)

$45 (child)

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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

$77

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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
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$46

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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
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$135

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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
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$16

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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

$38

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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
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$60

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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

$108

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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

$99 (child)

$149 (adult)

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Sightseeing cruise

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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8 school holiday events in Brisbane during the spring school holidays

Spring school holidays are on their way and the city is jam-packed with activities to keep your kids entertained. Our roundup includes some free and budget-friendly activities so you won't have to break the bank.

  1. Brisbane Festival. The annual Brisbane Festival lands in the city from in September, perfectly timing itself for the school holidays. Amuse their childhood minds with its theatre productions, circus acts and Sunsuper Riverfire fireworks display. 8-29 September 2018
  2. Cinderella. The eternally loved fairy tale comes to life as a ballet at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre for a short and sweet season. 11-15 September 2018
  3. Riverside Markets at the gardens. Spend the weekends out and about, scouring the stalls for local produce in the City Botanic Gardens and lower block of Albert Street. Every weekend
  4. 100% Brisbane for kids. Introduce them to the city with activity books that delve into the Brisbane's history, from its indigenous days to the present. Pick theirs up from Museum of Brisbane. 11 September - 31 October 2018
  1. Family Fun Day at The Grove Sports Club. The first Sunday of each month at The Grove is dedicated to family get togethers. It's a day of free barefoot balls, live music and table tennis and cheap burgers and sausages. 7 October 2018
  2. Parkland Explorer. Whip around Roma Street Parkland the capture the first blooms of spring on the Parkland Explorer mini train. It runs on gold coin donation between 10am and 12:30pm Wednesdays to Sundays. 12-23 September 2018
  3. Gigs and Picnics in City Botanic Gardens. Start the kids' holidays with a bang, spending the first day of break at City Botanic Gardens chilling to live tunes. Don't forget the picnic basket and blanket! 22 September, 12-4pm
  4. The Gruffalo. Little kids can enter the magical world of the Gruffalo at Gardens Theatre as the production returns in time for the holidays. 20-27 September 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

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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