7 Free Things To Do In Brisbane With Your Kids

We have put together 7 of our most favourite FREE things to do in Brisbane with your kids. All of these places have been tried and tested by ourselves and we hope that you’ll enjoy them as much as we have.

7 Free Things to do in Brisbane - The Wanderlust Family

Seven doesn't seem like much but wait till you see what I chose for #7. It's a special “Wild Card Experience”, so make sure you check it out as it's a must to do in Brisbane. Once you've visited each of these places you'll have a knowledge about why Brisbane is such a beautiful place to travel with your family.

Getting to Brisbane from the Airport

Getting into Brisbane's City from the airport can be done a number of ways and it really just depends on your personal preferences and timing:

  1. Catching the AirTrain can be a cost-effective and stress-free way to travel if your accommodation is close to a station. Trains depart the airport station every 15 minutes (peak time) and will arrive at the central station within 40 minutes. Make sure you book online prior to travel so you can save 15% on your ticket. The website also offers a journey planner and even helps you compare your fare with cabs, shuttles etc. to help you determine if you've got a good deal.
  2. Uber is great if you're travelling with your family and you need the convenience of a drop to your door service. (Get a free ride when you sign up using this link). The Uber App offers a handy price estimate on your ride before you book the service.

Once you’re in the city, I suggest you book your accommodation in the Brisbane CBD. Being centrally located will give you many options from Free to paid activities and sightseeing tours.

Mapping it out

I have assembled a map of all the locations in order of distance from Brisbane, to help you get your way around much easier. Most of these places are in close proximity to each other, so they make for a great addition to your itinerary.

Free Things To Do In Brisbane

1. Southbank Parklands

COST: Entry is free, but you’ll want to pack a picnic to save money or dine in one of the many amazing restaurants along Grey street and Little Stanley street. We often enjoy going to free places and spend money on good food, it’s all about balance.

South Bank is Brisbane’s most famous riverside man-made lagoon. With 2kms of parklands to explore we have always found something new and exciting to discover. All year round Southbank hosts a number of free activities for families to attend such a night time movies in the park, playgroup activities and so much more.

Streets Beach is the highlight and you can take in either the salt water beach or chlorine pools overlooking the city’s landscape. If you want to kick off your weekend on the right note, head down to Southbank on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon where you’ll find the atmosphere picks up thanks to the exotic restaurants and the Collective Markets.

Here is a really helpful Map brochure to help plan your trip. Click here!

7 Free Things to do in Brisbane - The Wanderlust Family
7 Free Things to do in Brisbane - The Wanderlust Family
7 Free Things to do in Brisbane - The Wanderlust Family

2. Mount Coot-tha Lookout

You don’t have to travel far out of Brisbane to find the lush forest for bush walking. Check out the stunning panoramic city views from Mt Coot-tha, the ocean views at Mt Glorious, and picnic spots at Mt Nebo. Such a place for picturesque wedding photo backdrops and Instagrammers alike.

There are a handful of bushwalks around the vicinity of the Lookout which also has the Summit Restaurant and Bar, Function Centre, Kuta Cafe, Gift Shop and Observation Deck. Take the Aboriginal Track down to Slaughter's Falls and keep your eye out for some original Aboriginal art. Mt Coot-tha is also scattered with picnic areas fully equipped with gas barbeques.

Here is a really helpful Map brochure to help plan your trip. Click here!

7 Free Things to do in Brisbane - The Wanderlust Family
7 Free Things to do in Brisbane - The Wanderlust Family

3. Roma Street Parklands

COST: Free. However, you will need to pay for parking or a train ticket to get there.

There is a free Information Hub, operated by volunteer staff. The Hub is open every day between 9 am to 4 pm except public holidays.

You can take a free 1 hour guided walk around the 40 acre parklands or do it yourself, just make sure you save time to check out the rainforest. The free guided walks depart from the Hub at 11 am and 1 pm daily.

Here is a really helpful Map brochure to help plan your trip. Click here!

4. Visit Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens

COST: Free. While you’re here you might as well check out Mt Coot-tha lookout.

Set among 50 hectares of natural parklands Mt Coot-tha is the location to find lush green forest and wildlife. When people think of botanic gardens they think of all the walking around, and with kids that can be a hassle. Not this garden. Mt Coot-tha botanical gardens have a FREE minibus tour that runs at 10:30 am Monday to Friday. If walking is your thing then you can also explore the gardens with their FREE guided walks that run at 11 am and 1 pm Monday to Saturday.

There are also a variety of other activities help in the area for kids and adults such as story time for kids, twilight yoga, cooking classes, gardening classes and more. You can even find a cafe on location which has an open-air deck that overlooks the gardens and picturesque lake. Don’t forget to check out the gardens own lookout.

Here is a really helpful Map brochure to help plan your trip. Click here!

7 Free Things to do in Brisbane - The Wanderlust Family
7 Free Things to do in Brisbane - The Wanderlust Family
7 Free Things to do in Brisbane - The Wanderlust Family
7 Free Things to do in Brisbane - The Wanderlust Family

5. Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

COST: Absolutely Free.

If you're looking to do an activity that is educational and fun, you should definitely check out the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium. Entry into the Planetarium's Display Zone is Free of charge but there will be a fee if you're wanting to watch the Cosmic Skydome shows that they have available. I highly recommend that you book into seeing a show in the Cosmic Skydome as it is a fascinating experience for both the children and adults. I especially recommend doing it during the school holidays as they do great kids space experiences for the little ones. Apart from the Cosmic Skydome, there is so much to see and learn as you travel through and around the display zone.

I highly recommend that you book into seeing a show in the Cosmic Skydome as it is a fascinating experience for both the children and adults. I especially recommend doing it during the school holidays as they do great kids space experiences for the little ones. Apart from the Cosmic Skydome, there is so much to see and learn as you travel through and around the display zone.

Apart from the Cosmic Skydome, there is so much to see and learn as you travel through and around the display zone.

The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is located right next door to the Mount Coot-tha Botanical Gardens and up the road from the Mount Coot-tha Lookout with stunning views of Brisbane's cityscape. If you're in the area, it might be worth checking out these places too as they are all Free and makes for a great day out with the family.

7 Free Things to do in Brisbane - The Wanderlust Family
7 Free Things to do in Brisbane - The Wanderlust Family
7 Free Things to do in Brisbane - The Wanderlust Family

6. Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

COST: Absolutely Free. Parking can be expensive. We always come in on the train.

Our two son’s love to visit the GOMA. We’ve come many times over the years and it never ceases to amaze us with the variety and scale of their exhibitions. We have mostly visited on a weekday when the crowds are smaller.

The Gallery is open from 10 am to 5 pm daily and is totally FREE for all. Some exhibitions and special events have an entry fee which you can find out more on their site.

Here is a really helpful Map brochure to help plan your trip. Click here!

7 Free Things to do in Brisbane - The Wanderlust Family

7 Free Things to do in Brisbane - The Wanderlust Family

7 Free Things to do in Brisbane - The Wanderlust Family

7. Brisbane Greeters Free Tours

COST: Absolutely Free.

This is such a great experience, to see the city with a local, and it’s FREE. Brisbane Greeters is a free public service open to everyone. The local greeter takes you on an adventure through the locations that you’ve rebooked through them. You need to book 2 days in advance and make sure that you pack plenty of snacks cause some of the tours can take up to 6 hours long.

You can see parts of Brisbane that you never imagined.

Here’s a list of the places you can see through their free guided tours. Click here!

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