Published on October 28, 2015 7:49 am, by Jen Bakker
It’s relatively easy to hang with kids in Brisbane on a budget. When you’re going close to the city research your parking options as available times and prices can vary.
Southbank parklands is always worth a visit with water features for the little kids, a lagoon and beach for the bigger kids. There are also playgrounds, BBQs and big open spaces for bikes and scooters. Weekend days and Friday nights there are markets, well worth a stroll once you’ve worn the kids out playing. Take a picnic and soak up the atmosphere and fun. Be sure to plan your parking or transport, as most parking spots are short term and can be costly.
Heading to South Brisbane is perfect for a rainy day with the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), State Library and QLD Museum all free to enter. All day parking is $16 underneath, giving you the full day to chill out and find the family friend activities all 3 places have to offer.
Head to the Sunshine coast. Everyone has a favourite spot, Kings Beach in Caloundra is great for kids and adults alike. The beach, playgrounds, water spouts and a free to enter beach side pool. Walk one way for a delightful walk through Shelley Beach heading to Moffat Beach with another playground and big open spaces with BBQs. Walk the other way to Bulcock beach for some fun in the flat water before heading to another nice big playground along the water.
Spend the day at New Farm Park with an awesome playground and huge trees to climb, the little & big kids will be in heaven. There are lots of places for a picnic, flowers to admire, and plenty of room for some impromptu ball games. Head down near the water with skates or rollerblades and keep the kids entertained for hours.
Wynnum Kids water park and playground is another great outdoor destination. A park with water features, big trees and BBQs, it’s a great spot for the kids to run around and the parents to relax.
Take a trip to Springbrook in the Gold Coast Hinterland, there are heaps of rainforest walking tracks, and a fantastic waterfall to be entranced by. At night you can also see glow worms.
Spend the day at Kangaroo Point with your bikes, scooters and rollerblades. It’s a lovely spot to hang out, picnic, walk around and watch the rock climbers and later in the day stroll around to Southbank for a swim if you are so inclined.
Spend the afternoon/evening at Mt Cootha and the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. Start by taking a free guided walk at the gardens, then have some afternoon tea and a run around. Late afternoon head up to Mt Cootha look out, check out the views over the city and if stay to watch the beautiful sunset.
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Jen is an experienced banking professional who loves wine, coffee, finding a bargain and of course her three beautiful children. Since Jen's first budget led her to buy a home at 20, Jen has passionately helped others to make better decisions with their money.