Where is it: 5 Counihan Rd, Seventeen Mile Rocks
Why we love it: So much more than your average suburban park, Rocks Riverside has something for everyone!
Tell me more: This is a really nice, shady and relaxing park adjacent to the southern bank of the Brisbane River, just near the Centenary Highway bridge, about 25 minutes' drive from the CBD. There is plenty of grassy parkland for a run around, lots shady trees for a picnic or barbeque, a beautiful riverside promenade and it even has free wi-fi! But the kids will be most interested in the playground features, and this park does not disappoint in this regard either! There is your typical, traditional playground set - great for the little guys with climbing and slides; there is also climbing net, fort and flying fox which is better suited for those kids with a bit more confidence, but best of all (particularly in the warmer months), there is a really cool and shaded water play area for the little guys to have a splash in! So much fun and it's well worth a visit!
Amenities: Recently rebuilt, this park has really great amenities! 👍👍👍
Parking: Looks to be plenty of parking but as with all of our water-play parks - expect it to be busy in during the warmer days! 👍👍👍
Access: The park is well laid out and easy to get around! 👍👍👍👍
Best for: This is a great summer visit park! Fun for everyone! 👍👍👍👍
Summary: A great park and perfect for a visit at any time! 👍👍👍👍
Hints: Don't forget your togs - the kids will have a hard time resisting the water play area!
Where is it: All South East city train lines!
What's it all about: A special train with some very special passengers!
How can I join in: Check Queensland Rail's website to find the details of which line the Santa Express will be running on!
Tell me more: Every year in the lead up to Christmas, Queensland Rail has some very special passengers riding on-board their network! Generally a specially decorated train (a standard commuter train so plenty of seats available) – last year’s was complete with a Rudolph nose and antlers – running on a different line every day so no matter where you are in Brisbane, you shouldn't be too far away from joining in! No need to pre-order tickets (you can also use your Go-card) - just keep an eye out for the right train and hop on board! Santa and his helpers wander through the train, singing and dancing, stopping for photos and you might even get a candy cane or two!
Where is it: Surfers Paradise Beach, opposite Soul Boardwalk
How can I join in: You can meet Santa and his reindeer on the beach for a photo in the lead up to Christmas - check out the link for more details!
Tell me more: Having Christmas in summer means that we have to do things a little differently here in Queensland! We have a distinct lack of snow here which means that Santa can't really get around on a sleigh. But he's more than happy to skydive onto the beach, which is just as exciting as a reindeer powered sleigh! Such a fun sight for the kids, and the Surfers Paradise Beach is the perfect place to welcome Santa and a couple of his reindeer friends!
Where is it: Cnr Stanley & Sidon Streets, South Brisbane, at the southern end of South Bank Parklands
What's it all about: A wonderful collection of maritime history on display in one of Brisbane's premiere leisure hotspots!
Tell me more: The Queensland Maritime Museum is a lovely museum which houses an amazing collection of maritime history - from models and small exhibits through to the most identifiable piece in their collection - the HMAS Diamantina naval vessel in dry dock - even the dry dock itself is significant in Queensland's history (constructed in the 1870s) and has heritage listed status! The HMAS Diamantina is definitely the main attraction - you can walk through and explore this wonderful and historically significant vessel at your own pace and explore the ship! Some of the rooms are set up with wonderful exhibits themselves, including one room which details the two World War 2 battle surrender agreements that happened on this actual vessel! It would be easy to spend your whole visit on this vessel, but the museum houses so much more! The grounds hold many maritime components and actual vessels - including 'Ella's Pink Lady', which was sailed solo around the world by 16 year old Jessica Watson, the youngest person to do so unassisted! There are also lighthouses, marine engines, cranes and so much more!
Amenities: The museum has more than adequate facilities, plus you'll have access to all of South Bank's facilities! 👍👍👍👍
Cost: Entry fees apply (family and concession prices apply) which go back into maintaining the museum's impressive exhibits! 👍👍
Parking: Generally plenty of parking available throughout South Bank, however you might need to be patient on the weekends and when South Bank event days! 👍👍👍
Access: Easy to get into South Bank, lots of transport options from most of Brisbane (including the free CityHopper ferry)! 👍👍👍👍
Best for: Obviously of interest to the marine buffs, but there should be something for everyone here! 👍👍👍👍
Summary: This museum is a fun visit for all, regardless of your age - in particular the HMAS Diamantina. The volunteers are very helpful and more than happy to explain the history behind the exhibits! 👍👍👍👍
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