As the weather heats up, one of the best places in Brisbane to go to with your kids is South Bank. It has it all, from the most amazing lagoon and beach, playgrounds, cafes, a rainforest walk and tons of free or cheap things happening all the time. It really is the perfect family day out.
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With so much to see and do, here are just a few of the highlights on your next day out at South Bank. Keep in mind, there are tons more that did not make the list as South Bank is just that amazing!!
Kids Collective FREE activities
On Thursdays from 9am to 1pm at South Bank, Kids Collective hosts a a variety of fun and completely free activities for Kids. These are fully funded by the Council and provide parents and kids an opportunity to try out some new fun activities that change week to week! From music, soccer, painting and dancing, there is something for everyone. Check out what is coming up on the calendar here.
Free Fitness Don't worry Mum, we haven't forgotten about you. There are also free fitness activities being run as part of the Medibank Feel Good Program, including a Mums and Bubs class. You can find a timetable of free events here.
Swimming The highlight for kids when visiting South Bank in the warmer months is definetly the lagoon. Street's Beach is Australia’s only inner-city, man-made beach and it is not only beautiful, it is so much fun. It is perfect for kids of all ages as it has areas appropriate for little ones as well as more confident swimmers. And plenty of sand and space for building castles and soaking up the sunshine. All while taking in the gorgeous Brisbane city skyline views. There is also Aquativity which is a fun, interactive water-play park perfect for splash and play.
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Rainforest There is a lovely rainforest walk at South Bank with bridges and waterfalls perfect for little ones that are only just learning to walk so cannot do a big bush walk just yet. You will find some lizards along the way to, which certainly delighted my toddler! You can also marvel at the Nepalese Pagoda which is an outstanding piece of art.
Rides You and your kids can take a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane to see a 360 degree panoramic view of Brisbane City. You may also get to ride the XPress Fun Train which is a children's sized train that mostly seems to operate during school holidays. See here for upcoming train events.
Playgrounds There are two playgrounds at South Bank as well as the water play area. The Riverside Green Playground is closest to the lagoon and is has an area great for older kids with lots of places to climb and slide. Plus they have a smaller pirates ship and climbing area for younger toddlers and kids.
Picnic Island Green Playground is another smaller playground situated amongst fig trees and has less equipment to climb and swing on, but some very pretty water pools to spot lizards.
Food and Drink As well as more cafes, restaurants and take away places to mention from every cuisine around the world, you can also pack a picnic or bring a bbq to one of the many designated picnic spots all over South Bank. For an even better picnic, visit South Bank when the markets are running and pick up something fresh from a local vendor.
Culture South Bank is a short walk from the Cultural Centre which is home to the State Library, Museum, Art Gallery and Science Centre. Each venue has free entry and lots of activities and exhibits for kids.
Getting There You have lots of options to get to South Bank. You can take the train to either South Bank or South Brisbane Station and it is just a short walk. Buses arrive at the Cultural Centre at South Brisbane which is also a very short walk. You can take a city cat from one of the many stops. Ride your bike or walk. Or drive. Parking can be pretty steep price wise, and fills up on the weekend but there is street parking if you are willing to look and go for a walk. On weekends, you can park at the underground parking at South Bank and if you leave before 9am it is only $2. We get there for a very early morning swim and head off at 8:59am before the masses arrive. Kids are up early anyway!
Facilities South Bank has tons of facilities to make your visit easy. There are plenty of toilets, showers and parent's rooms scattered around, locker hire, ATM's, Bicycle Racks and Repair Stations and wheelchair and stroller hire from the visitor centre. For a map of South Bank, see here.
What is your favourite part about visiting South Bank? Any hidden treasures you would think the other Brisbane Mums would love to hear about? Please let us know in the comments below.