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Explore Southbank with Kids

by Lucy (follow)
Turn off the TV and tune into your own imagination. Enjoy each moment, allowing your creativity to unfold in the kitchen, craft space or in nature.
There is so much to keep children entertained, it will take more than a few visits to cover one end of Southbank to the other. Here are my favorite places to take little ones along Brisbane's Southbank, from the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) to The Queensland Maritime Museum. The Green Cabs are a fun way to get from one end to the other, or you can walk, cycle or even roller blade all the way along the riverside Clem Jones Promenade. Throughout Southbank, there are bridges, gardens and plenty of places to sit and enjoy the surroundings.



Wheel of Brisbane
Wheel of Brisbane


Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA):

We always head straight downstairs at GOMA, to the Children's Gallery, which usually hosts an exhibition coinciding with events upstairs. Both Queensland Art Gallery and GOMA have excellent cafes, which offer a peaceful and child friendly spot to rest and refresh.



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Queensland Art Gallery


The Corner: State Library of Queensland:

Next stop is "The Corner", a specially designed children's interactive play zone where the theme changes every few months. The current theme is Music and previous themes have been My Backyard, Enchanted Forest and Color.



Whale Mall
Whale Mall at the Queensland Museum


Queensland Museum and Sciencenter:

This stop off could be a whole day visit by itself. Aside from the amazing permanent (natural history) exhibits, there are always interesting exhibitions passing through, such as the current Playing with Light or Collectomania. Be sure to visit the Whale Mall upstairs and Dinosaur Garden downstairs, with a scary life size Tyrannosaurus Rex and re-enactment hatching dinosaur eggs.



Wheel of Brisbane
Streets Beach


Wheel of Brisbane

This is a great opportunity to get a unique perspective on Brisbane and kids just love riding the giant Ferris wheel and looking down on the river and all the buildings. After your ride, wander through the rainforest boardwalk behind the Nepalese Pagoda, before heading to the pool to cool off.



Wheel of Brisbane
Aquativity Water Play Park


Streets Beach and Aquativity Water Play Park

Brisbane has its own beach overlooking the CBD complete with soft white sand, which is very popular at any time of the year. Bring your swimming gear because you never know how hot it might get in the middle of the day. Just south of the beach is the Aquativity Water Play Park, with fountains, waterfalls and spurting pipes all over the place. This is definitely a fun place to be on a hot summer day and you can follow the riverbed's journey beneath the shady trees.

Picnic Island Playground

Tucked away down the end of Southbank is Picnic Island and I highly recommend a visit to the neighbouring children's playground. Older children will enjoy climbing the giant Moreton Bay Fig Tree while younger children will love the spinning equipment, swings and jungle gym.



Whale Mall
Picnic Island Playground


Queensland Maritime Museum

Finish your Southbank experience discovering the maritime history of Brisbane aboard World War II vessel, HMAS Diamantina - you'd be surprised how many pirates have called this city home. After your museum visit, head back to one of Southbank's fantastic cafes or restaurants (Amici's has a great kid's menu, as do most cafes in the area).
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