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School holiday activities in Brisbane for 2024

Here are our top picks for things to do during the school holidays in Brisbane to keep your kids busy.

Outdoors or indoors, these are our top recommendations for keeping the kids busy these school holidays.

If you're thinking of taking a day trip, we've also picked the top spots worthy of a visit that aren't far from Brisbane.


Out-and-about activities in Brisbane for the spring school holiday

Hang out with Australian animals

Meet native animals, hand-feed kangaroos and watch live shows on a day out at the zoo, farm or marine park.

Half Day Animal Tour at Trevena Glen Farm

Half Day Animal Tour at Trevena Glen Farm from Adrenaline

  • Inclusions: Half-day tour at Trevana Glen Farm, meet, feed and play with the animals and morning tea.
  • Location: Mount Samson
  • Cost: $110 per person
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Tangalooma Island Resort Day Tour including Desert Safari and Dolphin Feeding

Tangalooma Island Resort Day Tour including Desert Safari and Dolphin Feeding from Experience Oz

  • Inclusions: 4WD sand safari, lunch voucher, go sand tobogganing and more.
  • Location: Roma St., Brisbane, QLD 4500
  • Cost: $255 per person
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Croc Express to Australia Zoo from Brisbane

Croc Express to Australia Zoo from Brisbane from Experience Oz

  • Inclusions: Spectacular views of the Glasshouse Mountains, wildlife shows, hand-feeding & more.
  • Location: 168 Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah, QLD 4519
  • Cost: $149 per person
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See Brisbane from new heights

Kids with a sense of adventure (and no fear of heights) will love seeing a bird's-eye view of Brisbane with a Story Bridge Climb. Finish the day with an afternoon climb or watch the stars come to life above with a night climb.

Brisbane's Story Bridge Climb - Nighttime

Brisbane's Story Bridge Climb - Nighttime from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: Guided Story Bridge climb at night, safety briefing and climb suit and group climb photograph via email
  • Location: Brisbane CBD, QLD
  • Cost: $139 per person
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 Story Bridge Adventure Climb - Night

Story Bridge Adventure Climb - Night from Adrenaline

  • Inclusions: Brisbane Story Bridge night climb, safety gears and accessories and group photo of your climbing experience
  • Location: Kangaroo Point, Brisbane
  • Cost: $139 per person
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Story Bridge Adventure Climb - Day

Story Bridge Adventure Climb - Day from Klook

  • Inclusions: Audio guide, all necessary safety equipment, 120-minute bridge climb and a safety orientation
  • Location: 170 Main St, Kangaroo Point QLD 4169
  • Cost: $129 per person
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Take the little ones to the theatre

Brisbane's theatre scene is packed full of family-friendly entertainment over the school break.

Imaginator

Imaginator from Ticketmaster

  • Inclusions: Complimentary socks
  • Location: 412 Stanley Street, South Brisbane, QLD 4101
  • Cost: $29.95 per person
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The Cat Empire Tickets

The Cat Empire Tickets from Ticketmaster

  • Inclusions: Surprise special guests, fresh interpretations of Cat Empire classics and a massive show of the herculean nature of their new album
  • Location: The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
  • Cost: $79.90 per person
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Brisbane City Youth Ballet

Brisbane City Youth Ballet from Ticketek

  • Inclusions: Magical show about a young gypsy girl
  • Location: Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm, QLD
  • Cost: $45 per person
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Try abseiling

Looking for a new way to see Brisbane? Add abseiling down Kangaroo Point. It's a 20-metre-high cliff overlooking Brisbane and Brisbane River. If they've mastered that challenge, up the ante with an abseil in a nearby national park.

Kangaroo Point Cliffs Twilight Abseil

Kangaroo Point Cliffs Twilight Abseil from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: 90-minute guided abseiling adventure, fully qualified instructor, safety briefing and all equipment and showers and change rooms
  • Location: Kangaroo Point, QLD
  • Cost: $99 per person
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Abseil Kangaroo Point Cliffs

Abseil Kangaroo Point Cliffs from Adrenaline

  • Inclusions: Instruction and safety briefing, equipment and safety wear, lockers and showers and change rooms
  • Location: Kangaroo Point, Brisbane
  • Cost: $65 per person
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Abseiling the Kangaroo Point Cliffs in Brisbane

Abseiling the Kangaroo Point Cliffs in Brisbane from Viator

  • Inclusions: Local guide and all necessary equipment
  • Location: Kangaroo Point, Australia
  • Cost: $65 per person
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Take to the skies

Keen to see Brisbane from the best vantage point? Look no further than a hot air balloon or helicopter ride in the early hours of the morning. This one's best for older kids.

Trial Introductory Flight with Aerobatics - 30 Minutes

Trial Introductory Flight with Aerobatics - 30 Minutes from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: 25-30 minute trial introductory flight, safety briefing prior to the flight, headset and flying suit
  • Location: Brisbane, QLD
  • Cost: $595 per person
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Brisbane Helicopter Flight

Brisbane Helicopter Flight from Adrenaline

  • Inclusions: Approximately 30 Private helicopter scenic flights, a professional pilot with commentary and Robinson R44 Aircraft.
  • Location: Archerfield Airport (Brisbane)
  • Cost: $389 per person
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Private Helicopter Flight

Private Helicopter Flight from Adrenaline

  • Inclusions: Private flight for up to three people, noise-canceling Bose headsets, guaranteed window seats and air-conditioned helicopters
  • Location: Archerfield Airport (Brisbane)
  • Cost: $398 per person
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Experience the ultimate adrenaline rush with a flight simulator experience

Ever wondered what it feels like to fly a plane? Jump into the pilot's seat and choose from thousands of airports for their flight simulator adventure.

737-800 Boeing Flight Simulator Experience - 45 Minutes

737-800 Boeing Flight Simulator Experience - 45 Minutes from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: 60 minute commercial airliner flight simulator experience
  • Location: Brisbane, QLD
  • Cost: $169 per person
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60 Minute F-18 Super Hornet Simulator Experience

60 Minute F-18 Super Hornet Simulator Experience from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: 60-minute simulator combat flight, pre-flight briefing of aircraft controls
  • Location: Brisbane, QLD
  • Cost: $205 per person
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F-18 Super Hornet Simulator Experience - 30 Minutes

F-18 Super Hornet Simulator Experience - 30 Minutes from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: 30-minute F-18 Super Hornet simulator flight, realistic air combat and basic fighter manouvers
  • Location: Brisbane, QLD
  • Cost: $120 per person
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Zoom around Brisbane City

For a unique way to get your kids outdoors during the school holidays, make your way around Brisbane by segway. Choose your route and difficulty level for gliding and spinning around the best scenic spots.

Segway Around Brisbane Day Tour

Segway Around Brisbane Day Tour from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: 2hr 30min tour + 30min approx on-Segway training/instructions, 20 km segway adventure and fun and friendly tour guides
  • Location: Brisbane, QLD
  • Cost: $129 per person
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Segway Joy Ride Night Tour

Segway Joy Ride Night Tour from Adrenaline

  • Inclusions: Helmets are supplied (guests can bring your own helmet if it meets the Australian Standard)
  • Location: West End (Brisbane) , QLD
  • Cost: $129 per person
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Brisbane Mini Segway Tour

Brisbane Mini Segway Tour from Viator

  • Inclusions: One-on-one personal training before your tour, professional tour guide, and protective equipment
  • Location: South Brisbane, Australia
  • Cost: $58.67 per person
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Sail down the famous Brisbane River

Spend the day on the water relaxing as the rest of Brisbane floats by. The kids will adore being able to spot the city's icons from the water.

Brisbane River Scenic Afternoon Cruise

Brisbane River Scenic Afternoon Cruise from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: 90 minute scenic cruise and informative commentary
  • Location: South Brisbane, QLD
  • Cost: $49 per person
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Full Day Eco Marine Safari Cruise with Lunch

Full Day Eco Marine Safari Cruise with Lunch from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: Eco cruise with informative commentary, morning & afternoon tea, coffee and biscuits and fresh healthy lunch
  • Location: Newport, QLD
  • Cost: $159 per person
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Moreton Bay Full Day Island Tour with Snorkelling

Moreton Bay Full Day Island Tour with Snorkelling from Adrenaline

Spend the day with mum exploring your backyard on a visit to Moreton Bay. Snorkel around the Tangalooma Wrecks, laze on the beach or put your best foot forward on a bushwalk. The choice is hers.

  • Inclusions: Cruise around Moreton Bay, snorkeling at the Tangalooma Wrecks, lunch, snacks, visit to St Helena Island
  • Location: Moreton Bay (Brisbane)
  • Price $190 per person
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Get out on the water for a kayaking experience

For a relaxing day out with the family, paddle through the calm waters of Brisbane River on a warm spring afternoon.

Guided Kayak Night Tour

Guided Kayak Night Tour from Adrenaline

  • Inclusions: 90-minute guided night kayak tour, all necessary equipment and safety wear, qualified instructors and complimentary showers are available to use.
  • Location: Kangaroo Point (Brisbane)
  • Cost: $99 per person
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Brisbane Kayak Tour

Brisbane Kayak Tour from Viator

  • Inclusions: Local guide, all necessary equipment, life jacket
  • Location: Kangaroo Point, Australia
  • Cost: $65 per person
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The Brisbane River Daytime Kayak Tour

The Brisbane River Daytime Kayak Tour from Experience Oz

  • Inclusions: Kayaking on the Brisbane River and highly qualified tour guide
  • Location: Lower River Tce, Kangaroo Point, QLD 4169
  • Cost: $65 per person
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At-home activities in Brisbane for the spring school holidays

Entertain the kids with a craft session

Set up a space in your home for your kids to delve into a creative project.

Boho Jewellery DIY Craft Box / Kit

Boho Jewellery DIY Craft Box / Kit from Classbento

  • Inclusions: Learn how to make boho-inspired beaded earrings and bracelets from the provided craft box
  • Location: Your home
  • Cost: $49 per box
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DIY Outdoor Mosaics Craft Box/Kit

DIY Outdoor Mosaics Craft Box/Kit from Classbento

  • Inclusions: Craft kit, Mosaic glass tiles and gems and one cut-out template
  • Cost: $97 per person
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Get creative in the kitchen

Kids love hands-on activities and cooking is fun and teaches them a new skill. Plus, they'll get an edible treat at the end.

Pizza Making Class for Kids

Pizza Making Class for Kids from Classbento

  • Inclusions: Pizza creations and beverages to accompany, ice cream for dessert, a glass of wine for the adult chaperone and recipes for take-home pointers
  • Location: 3b/63, Skyring terrace, Newstead
  • Cost: $60 per person
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Ravioli Making Class

Ravioli Making Class from Classbento

  • Inclusions: A glass of wine or beer, shared antipasto platter, recipes for take-home pointers
  • Location: 3b/63 Skyring Terrace, Newstead QLD
  • Cost: $109 per person
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Desserts and Pastries Cooking Class

Desserts and Pastries Cooking Class from Classbento

  • Inclusions: All ingredients and recipes, apron, a feast of the desserts and pastries prepared and icy refreshing water supplied
  • Location: Lower Ground Floor, 5/92 Commercial Rd, Teneriffe QLD
  • Cost: $165 per person
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Give them a creative outlet

Artistic expression can come in many forms, from learning circus tricks to creating artworks and collages.

Circus Props Craft Box / Kit

Circus Props Craft Box / Kit from Classbento

  • Inclusions: Craft box to choose from: Hula hoop kit, Juggling kit, Flower stick kit and Poi kit
  • Cost: $30 per person
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Draw Anime Characters

Draw Anime Characters from Classbento

  • Inclusions: Learn anime character drawing
  • Cost: $60 per person
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School Holiday Painting Class for Kids: Cool Pineapple

School Holiday Painting Class for Kids: Cool Pineapple from Classbento

  • Inclusions: A limited-numbers workshop, one large canvas per child and a creative and social activity
  • Location: The Blushery Studio - 192 Evans Road, Salisbury QLD
  • Cost: $24 per person
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Paint the town red

Unleash the artist within with a paint class that can teach them all the basics of creating a masterpiece. There are stacks of classes geared towards children – some you can even livestream at home. Stroke of genius, right?

After School Art Class for Kids

After School Art Class for Kids from Classbento

  • Inclusions: All materials for art class
  • Location: Nancie Lane Kenmore, 9 Brookfield Rd, Kenmore QLD
  • Cost: $45 per person
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Kids' Art and Craft Class

Kids' Art and Craft Class from Classbento

  • Inclusions: All of the craft materials
  • Location: 2/79 Koala Rd, Moorooka QLD
  • Cost: $45 per person
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Online Fluid Art Classes with Kits

Online Fluid Art Classes with Kits from Classbento

  • Inclusions: Art craft materials. silicone oil and paper cups for pouring
  • Cost: $99 per person
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Treat them to a unique online experience

Looking for a school holiday activity that can be done from home? Check out these unique experiences.

Polymer Clay Earring Workshop

Polymer Clay Earring Workshop from Classbento

  • Inclusions: Unlimited polymer clay earrings and hair clips, a take-home pack and a creative and social night out
  • Location: The Blushery Studio - 192 Evans Road, Salisbury QLD
  • Cost: $99 per person
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Dried Flower Arranging with a Vase Craft Kit

Dried Flower Arranging with a Vase Craft Kit from Classbento

  • Inclusions: Ceramic vase with floral foam attached and dried and preserved flowers and foliage
  • Cost: $95 per person
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Learn Painting at Home for Kids

Learn Painting at Home for Kids from Classbento

  • Inclusions: Fun indoor activities for kids after school activities, school holidays, or weekends
  • Cost: $40 per person
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Camp under the stars

Set up a camping experience in the backyard these school holidays to enjoy quality family time. Or, invite the kids' friends for a sleepover to build their social skills.

Glamping Tent Hire for 2 Nights

Glamping Tent Hire for 2 Nights from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: Two night glamping tent hire, Quality bedding, lighting and furnishings, mosquito and bug netting and tent lock
  • Location: Brisbane and Sunshine Coast, QLD
  • Cost: $550 for 2 person
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Children's Glamping for 8

Children's Glamping for 8 from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: 1-night glamping tent hire, Quality bedding, lighting and furnishings, mosquito and bug netting and tent lock
  • Location: Sunshine Coast and Brisbane, QLD
  • Cost: $450 for up to 8 children
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Family Glamping Tent Hire

Family Glamping Tent Hire from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: Two-night glamping tent hire, Quality bedding, lighting and furnishings, mosquito and bug netting and tent lock
  • Location: Sunshine Coast and Brisbane, QLD
  • Cost: $650 for up to 5 person
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Day trips you can take from Brisbane during the school holidays

If you want to explore more of Queensland these school holidays, there are loads of family-friendly getaways and epic road trips in Queensland to choose from.

Bribie Island

Distance from Brisbane: 1 hour and 40 minutes.

For a change of scenery a day trip to Bribie Island is hard to resist.

Bribie Island Jet Ski Blast - 60 Minutes

Bribie Island Jet Ski Blast - 60 Minutes from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: Jet ski guided tour 60 minutes, life jackets and wetsuits and qualified marine Instructor
  • Location: Sunshine Coast, QLD
  • Cost: $230 per person
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Bribie Island 4X4 Adventure Tour

Bribie Island 4X4 Adventure Tour from finder.com.au

  • Inclusions: Professional driver & guide, 4WD tour of Bribie beach & inland 4WD tracks and photo opportunity with native wild life
  • Location: 140 North St, Woorim QLD 4507, Australia
  • Cost: $129 per person
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Bribie Island Jet Ski Hire and Ride

Bribie Island Jet Ski Hire and Ride from finder.com.au

  • Inclusions: 1-hr jetski ride
  • Location: Caloundra, QLD
  • Cost: $230 per person
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Tamborine Mountain

Distance from Brisbane: 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Thrillseekers and nature lovers aren't short on choice with a wealth of outdoor activities available at Tamborine Mountain.

High Ropes and Flying Fox Adventure - Tamborine

High Ropes and Flying Fox Adventure - Tamborine from RedBalloon

  • Inclusions: Half day of thrilling adventure and activity, access to all eight courses and safety briefing
  • Location: Tamborine Mountain, QLD
  • Cost: $65 per person
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Canyon Flyer Guided Zipline Tour

Canyon Flyer Guided Zipline Tour from Adrenaline

  • Inclusions: Three-hour guided zipline tour, all safety gear and a bottle of water
  • Location: Tamborine Mountain (Gold Coast)
  • Cost: $125 per person
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Natural Bridge, Skywalk and Mt Tamborine Adventure

Natural Bridge, Skywalk and Mt Tamborine Adventure from Viator

  • Inclusions: Bottled water, lunch, air-conditioned vehicle and Sky Walk Mount Tamborine entry
  • Location: Brisbane City, Australia
  • Cost: $200 per person
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When are the 2023/24 school holidays in Brisbane?

TermDates
Term 4 school holidays (2022 – 2023)10 December 2022 – 22 January 2023
Term 1 school holidays1 April – 16 April 2023
Term 2 school holidays24 June – 9 July 2023
Term 3 school holidays16 September – 2 October 2023
Term 4 school holidays9 December 2023 – 21 January 2024

Free activities in Brisbane for the spring school holidays

  • Kick a ball or climb the play gym at your local playground.
  • Set up a teepee in the backyard for a camping trip that's close to home.
  • Cook up a storm in your kitchen with the little ones.
  • Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day at Daisy Hill Koala Reserve.
  • Transform the lounge room into a fortress – throw in some snacks and you've got a winner.
  • Be a tourist in your city by visiting Queensland Museum and Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.
  • Give the kids some canvas and paintbrushes and watch their creativity run wild.

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Frequently asked questions

What should I keep in mind with COVID-19 when going out during the school holidays?

When planning activities over the school holidays, parents and caregivers are reminded to maintain good hygiene practices and social distancing to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Are all of Brisbane's attractions open?

Brisbane is open for business these school holidays. The kids can enjoy trips to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Museum of Brisbane, Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, Boggo Road Gaol, Queensland Maritime Museum, Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre and the Wheel of Brisbane.

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