Many families decide to move to Queensland to experience the amazing life style that QLD offers. With a state full incredible landscapes and unique wildlife, QLD offers a world of entertainment for kids – both free and paid.
This page is designed for migrants to share amazing locations throughout QLD where your kids have had a great day out. It could be learning, eating, playing or holidaying. From nature walks to play groups, any thing you would recommend that kids can attend, so new comers to QLD can find a great day out.
From bike rides, family picnics, parks, wild life and adventure parks, Queensland has it all!
If you have any suggestions for kids entertainment, please feel free to complete the below form so we can share your experience with other migrants.
Nature and Wildlife
Australia Zoo and the Irwin family are iconic to Australia. If you are in Queensland take the kids to the croc show and meet the koalas. You can take your own lunch and have it in the picnic area that has a kids play ground. They also have holiday programs for all ages if your kids love animals.
Brisbane Botanical Gardens
Brisbane botanical gardens a great little place to visit at the weekend for a few hours.
Let the kids run wild in the open spaces, admire the spectacular gardens, spot the city wildlife and let the kids enjoy the park space also wheelchair friendly.
Hire electric scooters or walk along the Brisbane river waters edges
Geocaching is really going on a digital treasure hunt. It uses GPS and shows you that there is a treasure hidden near by. Treasures are normally in a plastic container with some thing in side. You don’t keep the treasure , it stays there for the next person to find. This can take you and the kids on walks to places that you would have never visited otherwise. Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt?
Lonepine Koala Sanctuary
Really fab little zoo, just south of Brisbane. Not as big as Australia Zoo, but a lot more intimate and quiet. Plenty to see and do, including the usual koala cuddling, sheepdog herding, birds of prey shows, kangaroo and emu paddock with very friendly roos and emus to hand feed.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Located on the Gold Coast, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary gives you an up close and personal experience with Australian animals. If your kids love dinosaurs, there is also an extinct walk that allows the kids to dig for fossils and see dinosaurs in the bush.
Huge aquarium in Cairns city. Lots of talks and things to touch. A great cafe/restaurant on site with a massive fish tank.
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
Between Cairns and Port Douglas – 10 Hectare wildlife sanctuary.
If you are in Queensland you may as well make the most of the warm weather. Surf lessons are a great way to get your kids confident with the water. Its also a fun way to make new friends and have a great experience.
Rockit Climbing Gym
Rockit Climbing Gym is in the Sunshine coast. They accept walk ins and are very reasonably priced. You can do classes if your kids love it and also birthday parties. If you have a teen who loves a challenge, rock climbing is a great way to get fit and have fun.
If you want to go to an amazing skate park on the Gold Coast. Pizzey is incredible. With street skate and bowls your kids will have a great time. There is plenty of parking and seating if you want to go and watch.
Escape room Brisbane
Great afternoon with the kids. Perfect for a teens birthday or just with a group of friends!
Nippers is ages 5-13. It is the best way to get your kids comfortable around water out side of swimming classes. Its a very Australian activity and great fun to watch!
Movie World is on the Gold Coast. Is it over priced? yes. Did we buy reusable giant movie cups? Yes. Would I do it all over again? Most certainly yes! We had a ball. The rides were so much fun and the kids will remember it for years to come.
Sea World was a great day. We watched water shows in the stadium and went on all of the rides. The kids loved every minute of it and the car ride home was all about the dolphins 🙂
Wet n Wild
100% recommend Wet and Wild. There is some thing to do for all of the age groups. For the smaller kids there is a water play ground with sprays and hoses. For the dare devils the massive slides and tube rides. For the people who just want to relax (me) there is a lazy river you can float around and get a tan.
Gold Coast – Main beach and Sea World
Nothing beats an early morning sunrise walk across the beach. You will find Humphrey the Humpback Whale giving you a wave if you look carefully.
Peaceful & not so busy, with plenty to do in the area itself.
We stayed at The SeaWorld Resort, it gives you FREE access to Warner brothers Movie World, Wet & Wild, SeaWorld & Paradise Country unlimited during your stay.
There is a buffet breakfast, Japanese restaurant, bar, laundry facilities & a shop on site.
It also let’s you get into the SeaWorld park early to watch a dolphin presentation. You will find the entrance at the back of the shop.Easy enough to walk to & head back when little ones need a nap or you want to relax.
SeaWorld has a few rides, lots of shows, cafes, snacks, waterpark, big climbing park & plenty of eateries as well as lots of add ons. You can do different encounters & a glass bottom boat ride but book in advance.
We also did a whale watching tour which was fantastic and I highly recommend booking one wherever you go.
The Beddows family
Collies & Co. Cafe
Collies & Co. Cafe is Brisbane’s only puppy cuddle dine – in experience.
It’s a friendly, family owned cafe in the centre of the beautiful town of Stamford. It’s basically where the whole family gets to enjoy their yummy meal while watching the puppies play in the yard before joining them to have lots of pats and cuddles with them. Our Mr Harry loved this experience and I have to say we very much enjoyed the puppy playtime and cuddles.
Harry Potter shop, Samford Valley
We had SO much fun in here! An excellent place for kids and adults, loads to see and buy, they have a sorting hat which you can try on too! Samford Valley itself is also really beautiful to wander around, and have lunch.
Ormiston Scooter Park
The Parks in Queensland are fantastic for children of any age.
They have skate parks and bike parks, they have parks with sand pits and slides and then they have these parks set up for kids to enjoy riding there scooters and bikes around the road safety tracks, while families meet up and catch up over a picnic by the waters edge.
Mr Harry loves one of our local parks at Ormiston in the Redlands, often a great place to burn some energy after school or meet friends at weekends and over the holidays
A brilliant mini golf course inspired by everything from everyday fun to childhood faves.
Our Mr Harry loved this, 18 holes of fun we went here on a wet day.
Children are allowed entry until 5pm.
Great food and drink selection available also.
Redlands United Football Club
Our evenings on Wednesdays and Fridays are spent watching our little man playing his favourite sport of soccer.
Wednesday’s are training nights and Fridays are match evenings. Both an hour in length, a great way of connecting with more people and our little man you burn the after school energy off
Shark and Ray Gardens
The kids will love this one. This is an interactive experience to get into knee deep water with sharks and rays. Where a cool guy brings the rays, sharks to you in the water for you to feel and touch them all while he’s giving some great information about them. Also a feeding experience afterwards to help feel the rays and sharks from the side. The experience is for any age.
Address: 49 – 51 Beenleigh Redland Bay Rd, Brisbane, 4129
Walkthrough play experience located in Southbank – allow about an hour. The Appletons
A must do when in Queensland, visiting one of the most famous zoo’s in the world.
This is one big but fantastic day the whole family will enjoy.The shows in the famous crocoseum are so factual and entertaining.
The animal encounters and animal shows around the zoo are great and so informative and hands on.
There’s plenty of food outlets throughout the zoo, a jumping pillow for some added fun and a splash park so remember a change of clothes if your kids the water.
They have just opened the new warrior restaurant and cabins you can stay in also. We checked them out and they are amazing!
Brisbane Arts Festival
A program of fun filled experiences and shows over a few weeks.It has interactive art displays which the whole family can enjoy and experience for free. Situated on the south bank of Brisbane, you can walk along the waters edge and around the city spotting the art display’s.
South Bank Kids Park
A great day for the smaller kids. Make sure you where plenty of sunscreen as there is not always a lot of shade.
Settlement Cove Lagoon Pool – Redcliffe
A great free outdoor swimming pool everyone can enjoy on a warm day. Lots of free parking around. Lifeguards on duty at certain times. Splash park for the younger ones. Ice cream shop and public toilets on site. Nice walks along the waters edge too in this area. Tanya@tanya_australianadventures
Basketball is big here, the kids love it, so look into joining a team. Dave
Captain Cook Park, Redcliffe
Harry enjoyed a little stop at this place. Great park with lots within it, toilets close by, right on the waters edge. Local restaurants nearby too. Tanya
Biggest inflatable playground. Fun for all the family, even the adults can get involved in this too.Lots of inflatable obstacles and climbing fun to be had. They’re even a special area away from the older children’s area for the really little ones in the family to still be able to enjoy the experience. A great birthday party venue too. Tanya