Where is it: Queen Street Mall and King George Square, Brisbane City
What's it all about: The heart of Brisbane is gearing up for Christmas shopping and celebrations!
How can I join in: There's lots to see and do in the City leading up to Christmas! Visit Brisbane's website has a great listing of Christmas in the City activities to help you plan your visit!
Tell me more: The City is such a fun place to visit in the lead up to Christmas! The Queen Street Mall is all dressed up in Christmas cheer, with trees and lights and huge decorations, special performances and events, and many of the large retailers and arcades have special displays and Christmas programs! There is a giant Christmas tree in King George Square which has its very own special lighting event which draws huge crowds. But our favourite Christmas event is a really impressive Christmas parade of dancers, music and even camels, running nightly through the mall and marching through to King George Square! Join on to the end of the parade and march on in to King George Square to marvel at the Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular!
Xmas at David Jones
Gold Lotto City Lights Spectacular
Xmas Parade and Pantomime
Lighting of the Christmas Tree
Where is it: Pine Rivers Park, Strathpine
What's it all about: A free event that displays different cultures from around the globe! Providing entertainment, increasing awareness and promoting harmony!
How can I join in: Keep an eye on the website for more details about this annual event!
Tell me more: A really great and beneficial event initiated by the Multicultural Association of Caboolture And Surrounds Inc (MACS) and now running for over 16 years, this event has become one of the must-see events in the Moreton Bay (and Brisbane) region! There are heaps of performers, food and music from many different countries being showcased in order to give all in attendance a touch of the different cultures that now call this great region home! Add to that some really fun rides and entertainment for the kids, and it quickly becomes clear why this event is so popular and it's easy to see why it continues to run after all these years! A very fun afternoon out and a great way to increase your exposure to different cultures!
Where is it: Captain Cook Parade, Deception Bay
Why we love it: A library, cafes, playground and beach all in the same spot!
Tell me more: Our little guys love getting to the beach - they love exploring the coastline as much as splashing in the water! A big plus for us here in Brisbane is that most of the local beaches have gentle slopes and few waves, so it's great for the little guys that aren't quite ready for proper swimming to keep their feet on the ground! The beach at Deception Bay is one of those beaches - it's nice and sandy with a gentle slope and small waves - great for the little guys so we love to visit! But we don't get straight into the water, first we check out the library and the park and playground! The library is typical of the high standard of great facilities and activities we've come to expect from the libraries in the area! Heaps to do and really fun activities are put on for the kids!
You head out of the library and you are straight into a park and playground area. Again the playground has very typical play areas and the kids had heaps of fun! You will find an appropriate level of facilities in the park with picnic tables, barbeques and toilets. And finally we get to the beach - it's directly adjacent to the playground and you can get straight into the sand. If anything drags our kids away from a playground it must be good, and that is exactly what this beach did!
The area is complemented by a few shops and cafes so you can really make a day out of it, and on top of that there's even some heritage listed seawater baths (the Bancroft Baths) from the 1880s you can check out! This area of Deception Bay is a really great place to bring the kids for indoor activities, a play in the park, fun on the beach and even a history lesson!
Amenities: The park (adjacent to the beach) has toilets, barbeques and picnic tables! 👍👍👍
Parking: Parking shouldn't be a problem! 👍👍👍
Access: The park has good access and getting to the beach is easy! 👍👍👍👍
Best for: So much to do for the little guys (6 and under) and they will love this beach! 👍👍👍👍
Summary: A really nice (and quiet) spot that's great for introducing the kids to the beach! Along with the other things that we have mentioned, there's plenty of opportunity to run and splash and look for creatures on the beach! 👍👍👍
Hints: Check the tide times before you visit, the gentle slope of the beach means the tide goes way out!
Deception Bay Library and Library Park (Burrajavoiun Park)
Where is it: Brisbane Valley Highway, Lake Wivenhoe
Why we love it: Great facilities and pleasant surrounds make this a nice option for a swim and a picnic!
Tell me more: Lake Wivenhoe forms part of Brisbane's water supply network and doubles as a great recreational spot! A nice little sheltered bay is a top spot for a splash for the little ones and there's heaps of room to run around! The kids found a couple of playgrounds which proved to be heaps of fun once they'd had enough of the water. There's also a little cafe there (Cormorant Bay Cafe) which looks like a great option if you don't feel like packing your picnic!
Amenities: Toilets available on site and there's also a little cafe! 👍👍👍👍
Parking: Plenty of parking spaces but we would imagine in the middle of summer it might get a bit busier than when we visited! 👍👍👍
Access: It's a big area and there are some steep gradients so be prepared! 👍👍
Best for: No surf makes it a great option for the tiny tots! 👍👍👍
Summary: A great option to cool down with good facilities and a relaxed atmosphere! 👍👍👍
Hints: Watch out for the bindies! Make sure that you bring your shoes - we left ours in the car and quickly realised our mistake!
Brisbane Family Explorers