Beautiful one day, perfect the next – the motto of the Sunshine state and Brisbane, the capital, doesn’t disappoint. Enjoy this vibrant city with 5 tips from a local.
Your name – Tup
Nationality – Australian
Children’s ages – 3 and 1.5 years
Location – Brisbane
How long have you lived there? – It’s my hometown!
Websites for keeping up to date on what is happening in the area – Visit Brisbane is packed full of ‘What’s on’ and things to do.
Hint 1 – Public transport in Brisbane is a breeze. Use the TransLink website or purchase the app to plan your trip ahead of time. You must obtain a Translink ‘Go Card’ to use the service and you can purchase these from their website or from any newsagent. Once you have your card you can travel around on the ferry, bus or train. Children up to the age of 5 travel for free.
Hint 2 – Regardless of the time of year, always pack a hat, sunscreen and water. The sunshine filled days and clear blue skies can pack some punch.
Hint 3 – The latest and greatest park is located at South Bank – which is across the river from the Brisbane CBD. The park caters for children aged 1-15 but South Bank has lots to offer for the big kids too. If you visit on a weekend check out the markets and don’t forget to pack a picnic rug and some towels so you can take a dip in the man-made beach.
Hint 4 – An easy 1hr 30 min drive from Brisbane will get you to Emu Vale. We love staying at Frogs Hollow Country Retreat. It has loads of space for the children to run around and gives you a break from the city when you need it. The Queen Mary Falls nearby are worth a look. It’s a walk to the falls and not stroller friendly so pack the baby carrier or baby backpack if you have a little one.
Hint 5 – Our new favourite place to dine out with the children is The Burrito Bar. They have locations all over Brisbane and we are lucky to have one down the road. We love the booth seats so we can ‘block’ the exits! My girls enjoyed toasted cheese tortillas, chicken wings and chips and guacamole. Yum!
Tup is the founder of Snug Jugs – a range of premium quality nightwear, including a maternity collection, that offer support and confidence. So cute and comfortable!