Just to the west of Brisbane (about 10 minutes from the city limits) is the busy but charming little town of Samford, and not too far from Samford is Cedar Creek - one of our favourite little getaways! It's a rocky creek that is generally calm and in most spots not too deep, so it's great for inquisitive little kids who love to explore! The drive out to Cedar Creek is really nice and picturesque. To reach this spot from the CBD it's about a 50 minute drive, but the last 20 minutes is through some really nice windy, rural and hilly roads and it's such a change from the city that you've just left. Turning on to Cedar Creek Road you will feel a world away on this winding road which criss-crosses the creek a couple of times through bush and rainforest - the road ends at the Cedar Creek Retreat, so once you are on this road you can't really get lost. You might even get to see a stone replica of a medieval French bridge! It's a private bridge but it looks really great in this setting.
The creek at Andy Williams Park is rocky and the water is clean and clear and not very deep, so it's great for little kids, however you will have to keep an eye on the little guys as some of the rocks can get a little slippery. There are a number of deeper waterholes further along up the creek as well. One of the more popular locations you will find if you drive right up to the end of the road (another 2 km). You will then have to follow the creek further upstream for another 800 metres or so before you come to a series of swim-able waterholes! The walk along the creek can be a bit tricky in places, but it's great for adventurous kids - and the waterholes are great!
If you are looking for a creek for little kids to splash in and explore, we think that Cedar Creek is up there with the best! We've been visiting Cedar Creek since our oldest boy was just a toddler and it's always been heaps of fun - a really worthwhile day out, and the best part is that there is so much of the creek to explore! We're really looking forward to getting back and finding a new favourite spot!
Amenities: Full park amenities at Andy Williams Park but nothing elsewhere! 👍👍👍
Cost: All free! 👍👍👍👍
Parking: Limited parking at certain points along the road and at Andy Williams Park, however it is a popular spot in summer! 👍👍👍
Access: Not the best access for prams or those with mobility issues - very limited access at Andy Williams Park!👍
Entertainment: Plenty of opportunity to entertain yourself in the water here! 👍👍👍
Best for: With shallows and deeper waterholes everyone should be happy with Cedar Creek! Andy Williams Park is great for the little guys! 👍👍👍👍
Wildlife: Birds, little fish and tadpoles - and watch out for those cheeky bush turkeys who will rummage through your belongings if you leave it unattended! 👍👍
Summary: An easy and fun day out for the whole family! A great way to escape the city and cool off in the warmer months! 👍👍👍👍
Andy Williams Park
Where is it: Various locations, Moreton Bay Region
What's it all about: A free event put on by Moreton Bay Regional Council - just for fun!
How can I join in: Come along to the park with your favourite teddy bear and be prepared to have fun!
Tell me more: Moreton Bay Region's Teddy Bears Picnic is a really fun and popular event for little kids! Aimed at kids under school age, there's lots of entertainment and activities on offer - it's a great way to get your little ones out and about in a safe and relaxed setting. The jumping castle was hard to get past - so much fun and it was great for the little kids to have one all to themselves without sharing with the older kids! There was more than just that on offer with a baby animal farm, face painting heaps of art and craft and of course teddy bears were everywhere, including a nice little teddy bear parade! There was even free teddy bear biscuits and fruit for our picnic! This annual event takes place in different locations so make sure you check out the details of the event - and make sure you check out what the theme is for the day! A really nice day out for the little ones!
John Oxley Reserve, Murrumba Downs 2018
Pine Rivers Park, Strathpine 2017
Jamieson Park, Scarborough 2017
Pine Rivers Park, Strahtpine 2016
Where is it: Musgrave Park, South Brisbane
What's it all about: Brisbane's very own Greek festival celebrating the people and culture of Greece!
How can I join in: Just be ready to have some fun on the third weekend of May! With a full weekend of Greek culture, entertainment and food, you're bound to have a great time!
Tell me more: We're blessed here in Australia to have such a large Greek community that has added significantly to the culture of Australia - and a great way to get a closer appreciation of this culture is by joining in on one of Australia's biggest Greek festivals - Paniyiri, right here in Brisbane! Over two days in Musgrave Park (with Brisbane's Greek Club just across the road!), you can experience the costumes, music, dance and cuisine of one of the world great cultures! With no shortage of entertainment on offer, this festival has always been one of Brisbane's most significant and popular festivals and surely one not to be missed! The dance group 'Hellenic Dancers' are always a drawcard, with 2017 marking their 40th anniversary of performing at Paniyiri!
Media launch 2017
Paniyiri Unveiling to Media 2017
The Festival 2017
Paniyiri VIP experience 2018
Where is it: All over Australia!
What's it all about: Healthy (and very yummy!) Mexican fast food!
Tell me more: We love Mexican food and here in Brisbane we have some great choices for yummy and fresh Mexican flavours! And it's an exciting time for lovers of Mexican food lovers at the moment as Zambrero has just released a yummy new flavour! Their existing beef has been switched for a new Barbacoa Beef - slow cooked with Chipotle for 18 hours and it just melts in your mouth. So yummy! You can get this and many more flavours in burritos, tacos, nachos or even just a plate, combined with some fresh salad. They also have a fantastic program of 'Plate for Plate' where for every burrito or bowl sold, a meal is donated to someone in need. Such a great idea! Like Zambrero states, it's great food and a great cause all rolled into one!
Where is it: Parks all around Brisbane!
What's it all about: A great idea for those looking for a family outing with a little difference!
Tell me more: Looking for something different to do with the kids? Well pack up your folding chairs and blankets and head out to one of the many parks around Brisbane for Movies in the park! While you might not always find regular sessions, it seems that you can find a movie in the park somewhere in the region pretty frequently! Special occasions are always a safe bet with many parks having screenings over Mothers and Fathers Days, Easter and Christmas! Such a great idea to get out and enjoy a movie as well as a bit of socialising with other families!
Movies in the Park, Roma Street Parkland
Christmas Movies at South Bank
Movies in the Park, Manly
Where is it: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondal
What's it all about: Disney's amazing animated films come to life on ice in this must-see performance!
How can I join in: Get in quick to secure your tickets from the website (or through Ticketek)!
Tell me more: Disney On Ice returns to Australia with their ‘Disney on Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic’ shows in Brisbane and all across the country! Celebrate the legacy of Disney in this ice skating spectacular as the Disney characters put on a magic show of singing and dancing – all on ice! You will hear all of your favourite Disney songs from a performance that will leave the whole family cheering for more!
We were lucky enough to attend the Brisbane promotional Morning tea and Skate Session with Disney On Ice’s ambassador, Shelly Craft as well as some of the performers and if this preview event is anything to go by, the main show will be spectacular!
In 2017 we attended a Disney On Ice ‘Frozen’ Morning Tea at Iceworld, Acacia Ridge. It was a really fun event! We got to have lessons from some of the performers, listen to the soundtrack to Frozen all morning, eat Frozen cup cakes and heaps more Frozen themed activities!
Disney on Ice 100 Years of Magic Morning Tea 2018
Disney on Ice Frozen Morning Tea 2017
Where is it: Mount Glorius Road, Dundas, Somerset Region
What's it all about: A beautiful creek with crystal clear swimming holes, lovely waterfalls and a little bit of a challenge!
Tell me more: Northbrook Gorge is a place that we had been looking forward to visiting for a while now, but we had heard that it was a challenge so we were always been a little reluctant in trying it out! The reason that it's considered a bit of a challenge is that there is no signage and the only tracks to follow (where there is a track) are from the people that venture out for a look. Add to that the fact that you have to swim through some of the deeper waterholes to actually get further along the trail, especially with 3 little kids, and you start to see why we were a bit hesitant!
But we could wait no longer - we just had to see it! The weather was perfect, we found a great resource of information (see link) and we had the GPS coordinates for the starting point so we decided to tackle it! There is a rough car-park at the start of the trail, from there we had to cross the road to find the small trail in the bushland - miss this trail and your day might not be as enjoyable as ours. A relatively narrow and at times steep trail leads down to Northbrook Creek, and immediately you can see the beauty of this spot! Once we hit the creek navigation was easy, we just turned left and followed the creek! Sometimes there was a little trial and sometimes not, but the kids just loved climbing and clambering over the rocks and splashing in the little pools along the way!
We splashed our way along the creek - in at least two locations we had to swim in order to progress (the water was perhaps about 5 feet deep - too deep for the kids!) for about 2 hours before we reached the gorge, which is also where the a fantastic swimming hole is! We arrived reasonably early and the water was crystal clear and so refreshing! A small waterfall is at one end which, with a little effort, we were able to climb up. Past the waterfall it was still lovely but not too dissimilar from a lot of the creek, so if you don't feel like climbing up the waterfall (it was a bit slippery) you don't really miss out on too much.
We stopped at the waterhole for lunch and a swim for an hour or so before heading back - it was a long and tiring day but oh so worth it! It is such a beautiful location - quiet and cool and the kids had so much fun! Make sure that you come prepared to get wet - you won't get to the gorge without getting wet. We took dry bags and one of the kids' floating rings so that we could get through the deeper parts, and in most other areas we were walking or wading through water! And despite a few challenges, this would have to be one of our favourite outings!
Amenities: No facilities here! 👍
Cost: Free to enjoy! 👍👍👍👍👍
Parking: Limited free parking is available! 👍👍👍
Access: A bit of a challenge to get here and get around! 👍
Best for: Anyone who is up for a bit of a challenge – a reasonable level of fitness is required! 👍👍👍
Summary: This was a fantastic day out! It may not be for everyone, but the creek, bush and gorge are beautiful and the challenge makes it all the more rewarding! 👍👍👍👍
Walking down to the creek
Following the creek to the gorge
Some of the locals
Where is it: All over the world!
What's it all about: A day for all Star Wars fans! Probably the most popular film series ever, and most likely with the most passionate fans, Star Wars deserves its own special day!
How can I join in: Look for events around your local area! We've been along to events at Dreamworld and libraries previously, so theme parks and libraries are likely to have something planned, as are cinemas and shopping centres!
Tell me more: May the Fourth (Star Wars Day) is a special day for all fans of this awesome series of movies! For those that don't understand, Jedi knights often sign off from their conversations by saying "May the force be with you…", so May the 4th has been claimed by Star Wars fans as their day all over the world! So you can expect to see lots of stormtroopers, jedis, a few Sith Lords, jawas and any number of Darth Vaders! A lot of events double as fundraisers for various charities, but more importantly, it's great fun watching the little kids trying to work out whether they should trust all these people in costume! Keep an eye out for Star Wars movie marathons as well! Always a fun day!
May the fourth be with you, Ashgrove Library 2018
May the fourth be with you, Arana Hills Library 2017
Star Wars Day / Stormtrooper Weekend, Dreamworld 2015
Star Wars Day 2014
Where is it: Murarrie Recreation Ground, 1182 Wynnum Road, Cannon Hill
What's it all about: An extremely colourful and fun festival where flying kites is the aim!
Tell me more: Kites have been always been a super fun activity for kids - so we just knew that a kite festival would be a really popular choice for our little guys! But not just for the kids - there really is something magical about watching the colourful kites floating in the breeze! Some of the kites are just amazing and huge too! It’s hard to believe that they can lift off the ground! And along with the kites, there are plenty of other things to keep the little guys entertained – jumping castles, face painting and heaps more! But there just doesn’t seem to be anything as rewarding as watching your very own kite rising up into the sky!
Where is it: Corner of Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank, South Brisbane
What's it all about: A fun and educational program aimed at children!
Tell me more: The Queensland Museum is one of our favourite spots – little kids are so inquisitive, sometimes it seems that it’s impossible to quench their thirst for learning, so a museum is the perfect place to satisfy their curiosity! But sometimes a museum might seem a little intimidating for our littlest explorers – so the guys at Queensland Museum have come up with a super fun program for the little guys – Discovery Day, aimed at ages 2 – 6! There are heaps of things to get involved in to give the little guys a different view of science, engineering and the museum, including dancing and crafts, and as well as that the museum is always entertaining and intriguing! Plus it’s free!
Brisbane Family Explorers