What’s on in Brisbane in the July School Holidays

By Tracey L Christensen


Brisbane, with its relaxed lifestyle and warm climate is the ideal place to spend the school holidays. Take the kids to beautiful Moreton Bay, climb the Storey Bridge or try one of the suggestions below. With a bit of pre-planning, keeping the kids entertained these July school holidays, should be a breeze.

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is a great place to take the family and has a range of short films during the school holidays suitable for all ages. The films cover a variety of astronomical subjects including Black Holes and Cosmic Collisions. All shows also include a projected night sky tour. Bookings are strongly recommended during the school holidays as the shows are popular with both kids and adults alike.


Sciencentre – Queensland Museum South Bank

The Sciencentre at the Queensland Museum South Bank is always an educational and interesting way to spend a day. The ‘Whodunit?’ exhibition running until the 8th of July, 2012 is loads of fun for children aged 8 and up. A body, a break-in, mysterious fingerprints and a missing white rhino… . Can you solve the crime? The exhibition includes a simulated crime scene and autopsy and is interactive, with hands on activities including fingerprinting and DNA profiling. There are also regular exhibits such as Action Stations -where you can get hands on with everyday science, and Body Zone – where you get to see your body as you’ve never seen it before. The Sciencentre is a great family fun day, combine it with dinner out and a stay at one of the many luxury hotels in Brisbane and the kids will be in heaven.


Wheel of Brisbane

What kid doesn’t like a Ferris wheel? Located in the Parklands at South Bank in Brisbane, the Wheel of Brisbane towers nearly 60 metres above the ground and offers spectacular 360 degree views of the city of Brisbane. The gondolas are fully enclosed and air conditioned and hold up to 6 adults and 2 children in each. After your ride, spend the day exploring the Parklands at South Bank, the kids will love the interactive water-play park ‘aquativity’ and make sure to check out ‘Streets Beach’, Australia’s only beach in the middle of a city.



There are a number of great Brisbane hotels nearby that cater for families, some even offer special deals during the holiday period. Book a couple of nights and take the family for a mini holiday.

Take a Citycat Ride

The Brisbane River is one of Brisbane’s best known features, so what better way to spend a day than exploring it. The Brisbane Citycats set down at 24 different terminals and travel from the University of Queensland all the way to Northshore Hamilton. Pick a couple of stops along the way to explore and take the kids ferry hopping. Book a room in one of the many hotels in the Brisbane CBD and spend two days exploring the Brisbane River.



Gold Class Cinema

For a special treat, take the kids to see the latest movie at one of the exclusive Gold Class Cinemas. Events cinemas have Gold Class cinemas at Chermside, Garden City Mt Gravatt and Indooroopilly, showing a selection of the most popular movies. Gold Class cinemas are the ultimate in cinema luxury and provide guests with comfortable reclining chairs and full waiter service from an extensive food and beverage menu. Your kids will feel like royalty when their nachos is delivered to them while they watch the movie. Book some Brisbane accommodation and turn your movie night into an overnight getaway.

Choose a couple of activities you know your kids will love, book some Brisbane accommodation and your kids will have a holiday experience they’ll never forget, all without even leaving the city.

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