Details: This inner-city oasis offers an array of things to do from relaxing to spending a few hours exploring and wandering the winding nature tracks through lush subtropical landscapes, past duck ponds teeming with birdlife, turtles and lizards. There is also a children's playground and plenty of space for picnics on the manicured lawns. Tip: Hop on the Parkland Explorer Train. The trackless train offers a guided tour of the gardens and is a big hit with the kids. Cost is a gold-coin donation. Click here for the website.
2. Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre Where: 60 Mount Nebo Rd, The Gap When: All year round
Details: Located just 12kms from Brisbane's CBD this nature attraction features up-close animal experiences. At the wildlife centre the little ones can meet a platypus, quoll and wombat, or even pet a reptile during the ranger guided talks and tours held every weekend. To complete the day, go for a bushwalk and cool off with a dip in the Enoggera Reservoir. Click here for the website.
3. Brisbane Botanic Gardens Where: Mount-Coot-tha Rd, Toowong When: All year round
Details: Situated on 56-hectares, there is certainly no shortage of flora and fauna at this botanic garden! The kids will love the walk along the Hide 'n' Seek Children's Trail. The trail is suited for the whole family and features plenty of surprises on the way as well as plant facts.
Tip: After the walk head to the Botanical Café for a bite to eat and sit by the large pond to spot turtles, frogs and ducks. Click here for the website.
The kids will have a blast exploring and discovering the Botanic Gardens wonders.
4. South Bank Parklands
Where: South Bank
When: All year round
Details: This attraction is a children's wonderland! With offers of activities for the whole family to enjoy including taking a dip in the man-made Streets Beach, splashing around at the Water Park (particularly popular with toddlers), being challenged at the Adventure Playground and exploring the wonders of the Epicurious Garden. There is plenty to do, see and experience at South Bank Parklands! Click here for the website.
5. Cultural Centre
Where: Grey St, South Brisbane
When: Grey & Melbourne Streets, South Brisbane
Details: Whether your kids love art, books or science, there I something for each interest at the Culture Centre with a wealth of exhibits and activities aimed to educate, enthral and entertain! Some attractions require an entry fee. Click here for the website.
6. The Cube, QUT Gardens Point
Where: 2 George St, Brisbane City
When: Daily, 10am-4pm
Details: With free admission and an array of activities, this Science and Engineering Centre at the Gardens Point Campus is loaded with plenty of fun. The Cube boasts 48 multi-touch screens over two-storeys, hands-on exhibits including the popular Dino Zoo featuring life-size dinosaurs and interactive dinosaur fossil digs. Without a doubt there is something for everyone at this attraction! Click here for the website.