Where is it: Various locations in Brisbane including Powerhouse, Queen St Mall, QUT Kelvin Grove and Qld Museum.
What's it all about: A celebration of Queensland Street Art through standing artwork trails, exhibitions, displays and hands-on courses!
How can I join in: Head along to the website to see the list of events - there are both paid and free exhibitions, as well as public art that you can visit anytime!
Tell me more: The roots of street art means that it is often kept underground and rarely celebrated, so this event intends to provide more exposure to the huge talent that exists in this genre and hopes to open some minds of those who don't realise that street art is more than graffiti on trains. Some incredible artists have evolved through street art and there are some really great exhibits on throughout this 2 week festival. With 25 different venues it means that you are sure to be able to get your dose of street culture including live performances, visual displays, music and murals! We checked out a great photographic exhibition tracing the history of Brisbane graffiti as well as a projection display at Queensland Museum, and also tracked down a few awesome murals!
Where is it: Kondalilla Falls Road, Montville
Why we love it: A walk through beautiful rainforest that leads to a really nice waterhole and impressive waterfall!
Tell me more: About 1 and a half - 2 hours’ drive north from Brisbane, up in the crisp air of the beautiful little village of Montville, you will find Kondalilla National Park and within the park, it's swimming hole and waterfall. It's a sealed road directly to the carpark so it's really easy to get this far, but as with most swimming spots around Brisbane, it can get a little crowded in the summer months. Be aware that it is a little bit of a walk to get to the falls and due to a number of stairs, it's certainly not a walk suitable for prams or strollers. As you start your walk (the walk starts with a stairs) you will be led straight to the pleasantly relaxing picnic area with tables and chairs and plenty of lush grass. As tempting as it may be to pull up stumps here, you'd be missing out on one of the more rewarding short bush walks that we have done in the area! The walk takes around half an hour to get to the falls, but it is a relatively easy and enjoyable walk through the forest.
There are sections of boardwalk and a couple of different paths on the circuit so that you can have some alternative scenery on the way back. There's also a really nice lookout on the way with is a great spot to stop for a photo (and a breather!)! This walk will lead you to the top of Kondalila Falls, where there is a large waterhole fed by a smaller waterfall. The water was nice and crisp (bordering on cold!) when we visited in the middle of summer, so it's an awesome reward after a bit of exercise! Keep in mind that it's a reasonably deep waterhole and with no shallow areas so it's probably not the best place for the younger kids or anyone with limited swimming abilities. Nonetheless, it's still a really picturesque spot and worth the visit regardless of whether you wish to swim or not. When we visited, the stairs running down to the base of the falls were damaged and not opened so we could not get down to see the falls proper, which based on the pictures that we have seen of the falls, was disappointing (although we were glad not to have to return up the 100+ stairs!) as it looks very impressive! Overall, our visit to Kondalila National Park was very rewarding and certainly worthwhile.
Amenities: There is a toilet block at the picnic area but not at the falls! 👍👍
Parking: A sealed parking area, that filled quickly on the day that we visited! 👍👍👍
Access: A reasonable but very rewarding walk from the carpark. A number of stairs mean that prams may not be an option! 👍👍
Best for: If you intend on swimming, probably best for those 7 and over! 👍👍👍
Summary: A beautiful walk and forest and a great (but cold!) swimming hole! Throw in some more than impressive views and it makes for a great day out bushwalking! 👍👍👍👍
Hints: Make use of the picnic area to recover after walking back from the falls!
Where is it: Lot 2 Beechmont Rd, Beechmont QLD
Why we love it: It's a beautiful rocky creek and waterfall that has carved a heart shaped waterhole!
Tell me more: <NOTE: Generally open on weekends, access to the creek is currently off limits - the area is controlled by the Department of Defence who have removed public access indefinitely due to safety concerns.> This amazing creek and waterfall can be found just over an hour's drive south of Brisbane in the Gold Coast hinterland. You would be lucky to find this spot if you were not looking for it, there are no signs and only a small parking area off the road so it's very easy to miss (although on a warm day we're sure that you would see plenty of cars parked here!). And once you have found a carpark, it's a reasonably steep 15 minute walk down to the creek - it's not a simple walk, but we managed ok with our little kids so it's not overly challenging.
Don't be disappointed upon arrival at the creek - it looks like any regular creek - it's not until you cross over to the other side (you will need to get your feet wet) that you will see what makes this place so popular! Stand in the right spot and you will see that the clear, cascading water has created a large pool of water into the shape of a heart and it really does look magnificent! Some well-worn paths will lead you downstream from the heart where you can safely access the water and swim all the way back up to the heart (if you wish). With its rocky creek-bed and its crisp and clear water, Killarney Glen would be worth visiting in its own right, however add to it the lovely heart shaped waterhole, this really is a special place!
Amenities: Nothing here, you will be to be self-sufficient!
Parking: Quite limited so get in early to get a spot! 👍
Access: A little difficult but the walk down provides some nice scenery! 👍👍
Best for: Because of the access difficulties, this might be best for the older (over 5yo) kids! 👍👍👍
Summary: Access to this spot can be a little bit of an adventure, but if you have the opportunity to visit Killarney Glen, it really is worth it! Just the creek, surrounding scenery and clear waters would warrant a visit, however add to it the heart-shaped pool and it's a must see! 👍👍👍👍
Hints: It's hard to find formal information on the current opening status of Killarney Glen, so you might need to scour the internet and social media for up-to-date info!
Accessing the creek
On top of the bank
Inside the gorge
Downstream from the heart
Where is it: Ewan Maddock Camp, off Steve Irwin Way, Landsborough
What's it all about: A weekend of X-Triathlon - think triathlon with mountain bike and trail running!
How can I join in: Head along to In2Adventure's website to find the next event!
Tell me more: The tranquil surrounds of Ewan Maddock Dam Camp in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is the setting for some really challenging racing through the bush and water with the running of the X-Tri and Multisport Weekend! It's a weekend of swimming, mountain biking and cross country running for all ages and abilities - but the main reason we went along was to try out the Mud Rats race - it's a race specifically for the little guys! The race was lots of run but it was over in a flash - probably a little bit short (only about 500 metres) for our 6 year old but he loved it anyway! Our little girl (2yo) joined in and she had a blast! A fun little race - maybe best suited to the under 5s!
Swimming at the Dam after the race
Where is it: Old Petrie Town, about an hour's drive north of Brisbane CBD
What's it all about: A nice and quiet little heritage museum that’s great for kids and adults of all ages!
How can I join in: Come along anytime or check their website to see what special programs and exhibitions they have on!
Tell me more: Set amongst the fascinating village of Old Petrie Town, with its multitude of old colonial buildings, you will find the Pine Rivers Museum - a great idea to get the kids connected to the region's heritage! The museum hosts a number of permanent exhibitions as well as special programs and the exhibits are always well presented and fascinating! Our little guys loved seeing the old toys on display - it's amazing to think that these old toys still attract the youngsters - even today with all the technology on offer today, kids just want to be kids and will find entertainment in anything! It's a really worthwhile visit out to Pine Rivers Heritage Museum, even better when you plan your visit to catch one of the special programs!
Amenities: Full amenities on offer - a little café as well! 👍👍👍👍
Cost: Free! 👍👍👍👍
Parking: Plenty of free on-site parking! 👍👍👍👍
Access: Good access for both pram and wheelchair! 👍👍👍
Entertainment: The special programs are great, and the museum has something for everyone! 👍👍👍
Best for: All ages! 👍👍👍👍
Wildlife: Not too much to see here! 👍👍
Summary: A nice little museum that's well worth a visit. The fact that it's within Old Petrie Town is an added bonus as you can take in the sights of the old buildings as well! 👍👍👍
Hints: Check the website for special programs and opening times!
Last exhibition visited
Other past exhibitions:
Brisbane Family Explorers