You’ve made it to Brisbane, or maybe you’re visiting Australia for the first time too! What to do? In a city rich in arts, entertainment, parks and recreation the possibilities are endless. But first where to stay? Try Accor’s Sofitel Hotel in Brisbane Central or Novotel Brisbane to be close to the heart of it all.  Then check out all of the amazing things the city has to offer For instance a great place to start would be the gardens and museums. Not only are they fantastic opportunities for some great photos, but many are also completely free.
A Picnic at Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park 
It’s true, food tastes better with a view. Kangaroo Points Cliffs Park is a popular picnic spot with gas barbecues and eating spots set among sculptures, walking tracks and even a pavilion. Did I mention the view includes an incredible city scape, mountains and cliffs? The site itself is home to the Nunukul Yuggera Tribe, who gather at the base of the cliffs and tell stories of the Dreamtime through song and dance. What a fantastic way to show your children a bit of culture!

King George Square Games Night 

Family game night! Bring your own or take part in some interesting large-scale versions of some all-time favorite games loved by all. What better way to meet new people than over a friendly and fun game of Scrabble, chess or Connect Four? King George Square host games night during the evening of the last Thursday of each month, but be sure to check their website for the most up to date schedule.
Steam Train Sunday
All aboard! Travel through Brisbane on an historic steam train during an hour long trip through the city and across the river. Trains depart at approximately 10:10am and 11:40am on select Sundays and it’s recommended that you book in advance. The current fare is $21 for adults and $12 for children.

O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk allows you to walk through the canopy to see flowering and fruiting trees and vines, the epiphytic orchids and ferns, and the birds and animals that inhabit the tree tops. It’s the first of it’s kinds with 9 suspension bridges, many of which are 15 meters above ground. If you’re a bird watcher, then you’ll be particularly interested in O’Reilly’s annual Bird Week, this year from November 3-10, 2013.

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“Now in its 36th year, O’Reilly’s Bird Week is Australia’s longest running birding event, drawing participants from around the world to this biodiversity hotspot. The seven day program provides an opportunity to see many of the iconic birds that reside in and around the Lamington area with extended excursions to Southport Broadwater and the Kerry Valley.”

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Awe! Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the first and largest koala sanctuary in the world. Set inside Brisbane the 2 acre sanctuary is home to more than 130 koalas as well as Kangaroos, dingoes, wombats and many other Australian natives. In addition to touring the facility, watching shoes and watching wild life you can also have your photo taken with a Koala, Snake or baby Crocodile. Then watch the amazing birds of prey fly high and swoop low in the free flight shows. You can even get your photo taken with an owl or wedge-tailed eagle after the show.

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  1. There are so many fabulous things to see and do in Brisbane with the whole family. We have fantastic parks, restaurants, water parks and pools. The Museum and Art Gallery exhibits are enjoyed by adults and children alike. We also have some fantastic child friendly movie theatres, wildlife parks and so much more. There is a whole range of activities that are exciting and enjoyable that parents, carers and children will love.

  2. My mom went to Australia many years ago and just loved it. I would love to see the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and the O’Reilly Tree Top Walk. All of the activities sound like so much fun. It all sounds like a really good time.

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