13 of the best things to do in Brisbane with family and friends

See Brisbane by land, sea or air with these all-encompassing tours and activities.

More than just a CBD, Brisbane abounds with natural wildlife encounters, architectural wonders and cultural exhibitions that even toddlers and babies can enjoy.

Break out of the city boundaries and Queensland's most exquisite landscapes open up to you, including the lush Springbrook and Tamborine Rainforests of the hinterland region and the tranquil coastal environment of Stradbroke Island.

If you’re looking to familiarise yourself with Brisbane and surrounds, these tours can help you get your bearings and point you in the right direction for your next family activity.

Top things to do in Brisbane

Top things to do in Brisbane for families

Brisbane Scenic Flight from finder.com.au


  • See the sights of Brisbane from above, or upgrade to a longer flight to see the Glass House Mountains, Moreton Bay and more
  • Choose from a 20-, 30-, or 60-minute flight
  • Price is per person
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Koala and River Cruise (includes entry into Lone Pine Koala from finder.com.au

Mirimar Cruises

  • Brisbane’s only river cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
  • Cruise is one-way only
  • Cruise includes commentary on Brisbane's past
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$36 (child)

$63 (adult)

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City Essentials Walking Tour from finder.com.au

Walk Brisbane

  • Three-hour walking tour that covers the main city sights.
  • See King George Square, the Story Bridge, the City Botanic Gardens, Eagle Street Pier and the City Hall Clocktower.
  • Tours are available once daily on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.
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Sightseeing Cruise from finder.com.au

Kookaburra Showboat Cruises

  • Two-hour cruise along Brisbane River.
  • See the City Botanical Gardens, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Maritime Museum and Story Bridge from the water.
  • Toddlers under 4 years travel free. Discounts are available for children 4-12 years old.
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North Stradbroke Island Day in Paradise Tour from finder.com.au

Queensland Day Tours

  • 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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Springbrook and Tamborine Rainforest Tour from finder.com.au

Queensland Day Tours

  • See Springbrook, Mount Tamborine, glow worms and waterfalls
  • Restaurant lunch included
  • Full-day tour
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$99 (child)

$149 (adult)

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Segway Joyride Experience from finder.com.au

Kangaroo Segway Tours

  • Ninety-minute segway tour through Brisbane CBD.
  • Sights on this tour include the City Botanical Gardens, Queensland University of Technology, Goodwill Bridge, Story Bridge, Southbank Parklands, Wheel of Brisbane, Gallery of Modern Art and Grey Street Bridge.
  • Children 12 and over may participate but must meet the 45kg minimum weight requirement to ride a segway.
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Abseiling at Kangaroo Point from Viator


  • 90-minute abseiling experience at Brisbane's Kangaroo Point overlooking the river
  • Decent down 20 metres of cliff right in the city
  • Price is per person
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$45 per person

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Top 5 things to do for free in Brisbane

If you believe that the best things in life are free then here are some of the best things you can do in Brisbane for nix.

  • Wander through the Southbank precinct. It’s home to markets and buskers and is a stone’s throw from parklands.
  • Spend an afternoon on Sunshine Beach.
  • Jet from Sydney Street in New Farm up to North Quay on the free CityHopper ferry.
  • Get cultured at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Queensland Museum and Queensland Performing Arts Centre. All feature free exhibitions.
  • Catch a sunset over Kangaroo Point.

Top Brisbane travel deals

Brisbane tours and activities from $20

Want to see the city through the eyes of an expert? Tours of the city start from $20 with Viator. Check them out here.

Sydney flights from $65 each way

Sample fares include Newcastle-Brisbane from $65 each way, Sydney-Brisbane from $75 each way.

$85 & up flights within Australia

Valid on select flights until January. Sample fares include Sydney-Ballina/Byron for $85 each way, Brisbane-Newcastle/Port Stephens for $85 each way and Sydney-Gold Coast for $85 each way. Other destinations include Melbourne, Launceston, Hamilton Island, Cairns, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth and more. See a full list of sale fares here.

Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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