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School Holiday Ideas in Brisbane

  • Wednesday 10th April 2019

With its nature and attractions, the Sunshine State is a magic place to make lasting memories. To keep everyone entertained during the upcoming school holidays, here are some of the best outdoor and indoor activities close to Brisbane.


Make it a Day Trip

Get out of the city and visit the Kondalilla National Park near the picturesque village of Montville. Kondalilla is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘rushing waters,’ which explains its spectacular falls during the summer wet season. However, this national park is bursting with beauty all year round. The 1.7km Picnic Creek Circuit is easy for little legs and passes towering eucalyptus trees, gorgeous green valleys, rock pools and if you’re lucky, some native wildlife.


Pack a Picnic

The Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is a lush 550-hectare pocket of rainforest, famous for its views of the heritage listed Glass House Mountains. These mountains were 25 million years in the making; some locals call it the spiritual heart of the Sunshine Coast. The dedicated picnic area also has a great playground to keep the little ones entertained. Here you can play spot the pademelon – small (and very cute) resident wallabies!


Visit SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast (formerly Underwater World)

There’s no aquarium in Brisbane, but luckily SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast is just around the corner. Rain, hail, or shine, a trip to the aquarium is a great memory-making idea. There’s always an array of special school holiday events happening including the much-loved Marine Biologist for a Day program.

Colourful visual stimulation, interactive guided tours and hundreds of fun fishy facts make this the perfect place to have fun and learn at the same time. Thousands of slimy, stripy, spotty, spooky, spiky, spectacular creatures through 11 themed zones will spark your kids’ curiosity.

Watch the upside-down jellies, moon jellies, comb jellies, blue blubbers and sea nettles all gracefully float. Another mesmerising experience is exploring the 80-metre-long Ocean Tunnel beneath the 2.5 million-litre oceanarium. Be umbrellaed by giant stingrays and sharks all above and around you.

Locals and travellers alike also love to meet the resident seals at Seal Island. Catch an educational seal presentation or venture below to Lower Seal island to see how seals intriguingly interact underwater. Sure, they look like sea sloths, but did you know they’re super speedy?

Australia is blessed with underwater creatures for everyone to enjoy, and at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast, kids and adults alike can learn how to protect their precious ocean environment. Open your little one’s eyes through conservation projects like Saving Nemo’s Home and our breeding programs.

Don't forget, you can save up to 10% on tickets during school holidays when you buy your tickets online in advance too!


After the Aquarium

When you’ve had your fill of fabulous fishy adventures, your local library or the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane is a great place to read up on all things underwater. ‘The Corner,’ is the State Library of Queensland’s interactive program for children from 0-8 years-of-age. Look out for free story time sessions and other special school holiday workshops for kids. Art making, facilitated play and creative conversations make for fascinating family time.