Family holidays can be a time for bonding through active adventures instead of just sitting on the couch together. Getting out with the kids encourages a healthy lifestyle and allows everyone to try something new. Here are some ideas you can do with the whole family in Brisbane: Kayaking
Get out onto the water and breathe in some fresh air with a view along some of Australia’s finest beaches and waterways. See the city from the water by paddling down the Brisbane River and get a look at the Botanical Gardens, Mangroves and Maritime Museum. Or get out into the wilderness and take a tour of Russell Island (50 mins from the CBD) or hire them at Scarborough Beach. Kayaking allows you and the family to discover secluded spots that you can have all to yourselves. Bring a picnic lunch and don’t forget to bring lots of water, sunscreen and a hat.
Every kid should know how to ride a bike and riding with the family is another active bonding experience. Brisbane has a lot of great trails, from the city to the bush. Try Boondall Wetlands, Kedron Brook, New Farm, Toohey Forest or Toowong. Brisbane City Council is trying to encourage people of all ages to get cycling, so find a local track and read up on the rules here.
Make sure your kids have properly fitted helmets, know the road rules and have lots of water. And remember, riding to a place where you can stop for a picnic or lunch and ice creams can be good motivation to keep going!
Go to the beach
Heading to the beach is a fun and free activity for the whole family. You can build sandcastles, learn surfing, try your hand at body boarding, swim or paddle around, explore rockpools and generally enjoy a little sun and sand. Some of the best beaches near Brisbane are Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, Tangalooma on Moreton Island and the slightly hidden Nobby Beach on the Gold Coast. Remember to stay between the flags and be sun-smart. You don’t want your kid returning to school as red a lobster!
A camping adventure should be something every family experiences and can even incorporate all of the above activities. Camping can be great for getting away from your busy work lives, turning off your phones and just enjoying the basics of wandering through nature, seeing wildlife and enjoying a good meal around the campfire. Some good spots near Brisbane include Byron Bay, Glenrock, Double Island, Takarakka Bush Resort, Mooloolaba and the Toowoomba range – but there are many more!