Where is it: Just head out on Mount Nebo Road from The Gap, 15 minutes’ drive!
What's it all about: A quiet little lookout over the city that’s so easy to get to!
Tell me more: D'Aguilar National Park is one of our favourite places to visit! There is so much to see and so much variety of bushland and wildlife – that’s partly because it’s so big – sometimes it’s hard to know where to start! Camp Mountain Lookout is one of the closest areas of the park from Brisbane - the closest is probably Walkabout Creek, which you need to pass on your way to Camp Mountain Lookout. There’s a sealed road that leads to a small carpark and from there it’s just a short walk past the barbeques, picnic tables and toilet block to get to the viewing platform. You can get some great city views looking out to Moreton Bay – you are noticeably further from the action compared to Mt Coot-tha, but it’s definitely a lot quieter too! A lovely spot for a peaceful barbeque or picnic lunch!
Amenities: Basic facilities, but they serve their purpose well! 👍👍
Parking: Limited parking, but it’s generally quiet here! 👍👍
Access: Quite easy to get around! 👍👍👍
Best for: Everyone! 👍👍👍
Summary: A nice and quiet spot to get out into the bush and some lovely views of the city! 👍👍👍
Hints: Plan a picnic or maybe even a loop of Mt Nebo Road, taking in the other look-outs along the way!
Where is it: Woodhill State School, Woodhill
What's it all about: A day for the kids to get outside and have fun racing billycarts!
Tell me more: A good old-fashioned fun filled day is assured when you visit the Woodhill Billycart Championships! Your little billycart drivers are sure to have a great time in both traditional and modified races which are also split by age groups. It's run down a natural grass slope which is surprisingly fast and provides for all the thrills and spills associated with racing! And it's not just billycarts as they have full program of activities including carnival rides, baby animals, markets and even monster trucks! Such a fun day!
Where is it: Bundamba Racecourse, Ipswich
What's it all about: A super fun and challenging obstacle course race with awesome mud pits!
Tell me more: Obstacle Course Racing has really taken off over the past few years and for good reason - they are so challenging and so much fun! We've also found out from attending a few different races is that they have such a friendly and supportive atmosphere! Operation Kiddyhawk is a 2km kids race taking part alongside Operation Blackhawk! First there's a briefing and warm up, then the climbing obstacles and finally the muddy obstacles - filled with water and they got stickier and muddier as the race went on! Heaps of fun, great exercise and a fantastic friendly atmosphere, just as we were expecting!
Where is it: At the eastern end of Brunswick St
Why we love it: So close to the city, New Farm Park has everything that you look for in a park, and just has such a relaxed feel to it!
Tell me more: We will often stop at New Farm Park when we are in the city. It doesn't seem to matter how well behaved the kids are - it seems that any trip into town with the little kids gets you exhausted - which is why we often stop here, just to let the kids run around and it lets us recharge our batteries! Exactly what a park is for! It has so much open space, wi-fi, well maintained gardens, a really fun playground, a beautiful and historical rotunda and some amazing views of the city! And if that's not enough, you can also lay in the shade of a tree by the river!
Amenities: Well-appointed and maintained! 👍👍👍
Parking: Probably this parks only downside - lots of carparking, but it's a very popular spot! 👍👍
Access: Quite easy to get around! 👍👍👍
Best for: Everyone! 👍👍👍👍👍
Summary: One of the best in Brisbane! 👍👍👍👍
Hints: A great place for a birthday party or get-together! Also it's a great place to stop at after a visit to the Powerkids: Little Artists at Play at the Powerhouse (see post below)!
Where is it: South Bank Parklands, Brisbane
What's it all about: A whole weekend of food, wine and more! Queensland's premier food celebration!
Tell me more: Regional Flavours is a celebration of food, cooking, produce and more, held over 2 days and incorporating cooking displays with renowned chefs (including a few from Masterchef!), kids activities, a huge marketplace of local food (over 80 stalls) and more! And all of this is spread out over the awesome South Bank Parklands, so you can be sure that a day out at Regional Flavours won't disappoint! There a two specific areas for the kids which have crafts and games as well as the chance to plant and grow your own plants! Just make sure that you come ready to eat!
Where is it: King George Square, Brisbane
What's it all about: A celebration of Scottish culture here in Brisbane!
Tell me more: With so many Australians being able to trace their roots back to Scotland, this was bound to be a popular event! Following the international traditions of Tartan Day, the event was centered around one of the more recognisable pieces of Scottish culture - music, and in particular the bagpipes! Heaps of great music from pipe bands as well as highland dancing, traditional foods (like haggis, black pudding and tablet - yum!), market stalls where you can pick up a kilt and also the opportunity to do a little research on your ancestors! A fun little festival with great music, dancing and food!
We've been searching throughout Brisbane and its surrounds for some time now, looking for the best entertainment for our little ones. They love parks and playgrounds, which is great because you will find them everywhere and best of all, they are free! There is such a wide range of parks around, from tiny local park in the suburbs (we have one about 500m from our house!), through to the awesome multi-use facilities like South Bank, Roma Street Parklands and Robelle Domain. There are also some really nice traditional parklands like New Farm Park or Queens Park in Ipswich - they all have something different to offer and our kids love them all! Best of all, there are so many so you can explore and experience different ones whenever you feel the need. But we think that we may have found their favourite - an awesome facility called Underwood Park (which is actually in Priestdale), in the city of Logan!
We haven't spent that much time exploring Logan just yet and so we hadn't visited the park before, but we were in the area checking out another attraction - the Chung Tian Buddhist temple (which is just down the road) - and we were looking for a spot to pull up for a picnic! It is located roughly about 30 minutes’ drive south from the CBD, so it is certainly more convenient for those on the south side of the river!
The park is a huge complex, with lawns, barbeques, sporting grounds, skate park, bmx track, duckponds, clubhouses and playgrounds, so upon arrival at the complex, you might just want to go for a little drive through just to familiarise yourself with the park as a whole. We visited during the week, but it is probably worth pointing out that with the number of sporting facilities and clubhouses in the complex, we would expect Underwood Park to get quite busy on the weekend. There lots of carparking spaces provided, but with so much going on in this facility there might be some times were parking spaces are limited. After driving through, the kids knew exactly where we should be - the playgrounds! What an amazing park this is! There is a complex of a few different and distinct playgrounds - the kids managed to settle in one playground only long enough for a couple of photos before running off to the next - they had so much fun! There is your traditional, council style park of climbing, obstacles, slides and sand - there are a couple of pedal-powered contraptions, one tandem rail-bike and another that flies around in the air! There is also an awesome fort-style playground called FUNderwood Hollow - it is a Spielart adventure playground (a fantasy-style design using the natural shapes of the timber) which looks fantastic and of course gets a lot of attention! It was great for all of our kids, there were ramps for our toddler to climb on, and the soft-fall floor provided some reassurance for us parents, while the older boys just got into everything!
Along with the playgrounds, there are also a couple of gardens and lakes! We didn't spend too much time in the gardens, but we did check out one of the large lakes which had heaps of ducks (our little girl loves ducks!) and other water birds! Feeding the ducks was a great wind-down after the excitement of the playgrounds and the little ones really enjoyed getting so close to them. There is also a wooden walkway around the lake - we didn't venture onto this as we couldn't pry the kids away from the playground, but again, it may be a great little wind-down after a serious play! Well, we loved this park. There is so much to see and it's a huge complex, so I think that this park would have something for everyone! We didn't get to all areas of the park, so no doubt we will have to schedule in another visit, but the playground is right up there with some of the best parks that we have been to. The number of different things that you could get into while in this complex must see this spot ranked very highly when comparing the parks and playgrounds in the Brisbane area! This one just about ticks all the boxes!
Amenities: Plenty of facilities and amenities! 👍👍👍👍
Cost: Free, just bring along you picnic or barbeque! 👍👍👍👍👍
Parking: Lots of parking (but expect it to be busy on the weekends)! 👍👍👍👍
Access: Heaps of paths throughout the complex! 👍👍👍👍
Entertainment: So much to get into - no problems with entertaining the kids! 👍👍👍
Best for: Kids of all ages! 👍👍👍👍
Wildlife: Lots of water birds around the lakes and of course the obligatory ibises that frequent all the popular spots! 👍👍👍👍
Summary: We all had an amazing time at Underwood Park - it was so much fun! With all that's on offer, this is definitely one of the better parks that we've been to, which is a big call given the quality of some of the other parks around the Brisbane area! 👍👍👍👍
Hints: Come prepared for a day out - it might be hard to get the kids away from this one!
Where is it: 1034 Underwood Road, Priestdale
Why we love it: It's such a beautiful, tranquil and welcoming place!
Tell me more: We were inspired to visit the Chung-Tian Temple (the name means 'Middle Heaven') after attending the Buddha Birth Day Festival, and we were pleasantly surprised! Situated about 30 minutes' drive south of Brisbane city, it was amazing to see such a beautiful temple complex and gardens, partially surrounded by Aussie bush! You are welcome to take a quiet stroll through the complex - there is even a cafe where you can sit and enjoy a cuppa or wander through the small gallery! The temple offers many educational classes relating to Buddhism and meditation and Tai Chi classes as well! The temple facility is a lovely place to visit and highly recommended!
Amenities: Full amenities including a small café - the Water Drop Teahouse! 👍👍👍👍
Parking: Plenty of parking available! 👍👍👍
Access: Easy to access and facilities for wheelchairs / prams! 👍👍👍👍
Best for: While everyone is welcome, perhaps parents will enjoy the tranquillity of Chung-Tian more than the kids! 👍👍👍
Summary: This really is a lovely place to visit and everyone here is very welcoming and friendly! The architecture and gardens are so different that you might feel like you are in a another country - until you spot a wallaby hopping through the gardens! 👍👍👍
Hints: The temple is very close to the awesome Underwood Park, so maybe plan to visit both!
Chung Tian Art Gallery
Where is it: South Bank, Brisbane
What's it all about: A whole weekend celebrating and learning about France and French culture!
Tell me more: For over 7 years now, Brisbane has been able to forward to a weekend of enjoying and experiencing the sights, sounds and perhaps more importantly the tastes of France with the Brisbane French Festival, or Le Festival! as it is now known. South Bank transforms into a sea of the tricolours of red, white and blue for the festival, and although there are lots of different things to experience - the food is definitely a highlight! Live music, dancing, roaming performers and even a dedicated kids area -'le mini Festival' round out a great day's entertainment! Another really popular aspect (and with good reason) of this festival is the wine tasting pavilion, where you can browse or sample from a large range of French wines by river! Je m'amuse tellement!
Where is it: 15kms south of the CBD, Brisbane
Why we love it: A beautiful relaxing bushwalk through some natural bushland - and if you're lucky you might get to spot a koala or two!
Tell me more: Brisbane's Koala Bushlands cover a large area of bushland in the southern area of the city, and provide a hugely important refuge not only for koalas, but for all native animals! There are a number of walking tracks at a few different locations as well as picnic areas and information displays! The walking tracks are well maintained - some are sealed, and the walks are all relatively easy to tackle - quite pleasant in the cooler months but as you can imagine in summer the middle of the day might be a challenge! We checked out the Stockyard Creek walking trail and we loved it, even though you can't be guaranteed of spotting a koala (if you really need to see one, head along to Daisy Hill Koala Sanctuary). Part of the fun is waiting in anticipation of spotting one, or challenging the kids to be the first to find one or any other interesting wildlife - lots of birds, insects, spiders and occasional creature from the kangaroo family (wallabies, pademelons and the like)! In the end we did manage to spot a koala - right near the end of the walk! The kids were really excited and it made for an great end to a fun and relaxing walk!
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