Brisbane family day trip - without leaving the city

It's that time of year - everyone is tired, the kids are ready for a holiday, and you just want to get the family out of the house. While there are some great family day trips from Brisbane, there are also heaps of great day out options right here in Brisbane.

Try this list of things to see and do along the banks and bends of our river city and foreshore.

Paddle by moonlight

Fancy yourselves as an adventure family? Book in for a family kayak moon river paddle on Friday 8 November at Lota. It's only $5 per person and all equipment and instruction is provided. The session is perfect for all experience levels - beginners and those with experience. Participants must be 10 years or older and kids under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Places are limited, so book today!

Glide in the sunshine

If getting out on the water in the daylight is more your thing, try out our free and low-cost kayak eco adventures, sailing and kayaking sessions and kayak explore paddles. Make sure you book in for the sessions and check the event information for any conditions. 

If you're an 'old hat' on the water, choose your own river adventure using one of Council's public river and recreation hubs, boat and canoe ramps and pontoons.

Hunt for public art

Challenge the kids to an urban treasure hunt to find Brisbane's wonderful public art. The colourful, creative, public art across Brisbane is worth a dedicated day out and you get to enjoy both art and explore Brisbane's streets and laneways at the same time.

The current Women's Work exhibition, curated by Brisbane Art Matriachs! showcases captivating art in nine Outdoor Gallery locations across inner Brisbane until 1 December 2019.  While you're hunting for art, check out our ever expanding street art collection on traffic signal boxes, walls, pillars and bridge structures across Brisbane.

If you'd like to walk a curated trail, check out our four public art trails. Our Art and the River Public Art Trail is popular and has 12 installations to spot between the Maritime Museum, South Brisbane and the Thornton Street ferry terminal, Kangaroo Point.

Gaze at sparkling city lights

Do you remember the magic and wonder of staring at a sparkling city skyline when you were a kid? It's an easy feeling to recreate when you catch a CityCat at dusk and watch the golden twilight sink into a glittering night. Council's CityCats run regularly between the University of Queensland, St Lucia and Northshore Hamilton and weekend travel is free for kids up to 14 years when they touch on and off with an orange child go card.

The newly upgraded Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park along River Terrace is also a dazzling spot to enjoy the Brisbane City skyline while enjoying a barbecue.

Chill to tunes

Your hunt for public art may lead you into the ever-vibrant Fortitude Valley. On the first Saturday afternoon of every month until February 2020, we're putting on free live music in the Brunswick Street and Chinatown Malls with the Valley Fiesta Spring and Summer Program. Chill out to the tunes with the family. Whether you're a kid or a 'kid at heart', feel free to dance!

If a band in the park is more your style, check out our upcoming November Bands in Parks events. You've got twelve to choose from in parks all over the city. Pack a picnic and a blanket and relax to the sounds of local bands.

Ride our beautiful bikeways

Grab your bikes and helmets and a Riding in Brisbane guide and explore our ever-expanding network of bikeways. If you need inspiration, check out our bike rides to try for casual and family rides.

If you don't have a bike, you can hire a CityCycle if you are 17 years of age or older.

Whether you choose to ride through wetlands, along the river, through a forest, or along the foreshore, getting the family bike gang together is a cheap and fun day out!

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Last updated:18 November 2019
Topics: things to do