When was the last time you went on a date – with the whole family in tow?! We’re making the most of the weekends (if there’s one thing these isolations have been good for, it’s reminding us to enjoy our freedom) and spending as much family time out and about as we can. Here are 10 ways you can do the same.


QAGoMA and a City Cat ride

We’re so glad that art galleries are back open – they offer the perfect (often free) day out for the whole family, and QAGoMA is one of the best. Check out their program of kid-friendly activities, then take the kids along for a day of culture! When you’re done, we suggest hopping on Brisbane’s most iconic mode of transportation, the City Cat, and head over to the CBD for lunch.

Playground and a park lunch

You don’t need to go all out for your family date – sometimes, it’s the simplest ideas that promise the most fun, and nothing beats a trip to your local playground. Pack some barbeque tools and pick up some sausages or burger patties for lunch, and don’t forget a well-stocked esky. Check out a few of our favourite parks right here.

Visit the botanic gardens (pack a picnic!)

Brisbanites are blessed with not one, but two botanic gardens – one at Mt Coot-tha, and the other in the city at Gardens Point. With beautiful flowers (many of which will begin to blossom now that the warmer weather is on its way!), green grass and no shortage of shady trees, it’s the perfect place for a picnic.

Hit the arcade

When was the last time you visited an arcade? From Archie Bros. Cirque Electric at Toombul to 1UP at Morningside, there are great options all over Brisbane to choose from. Why not challenge the kids to a game of laser tag or Pacman? Talk about a family feud!

Enjoy scones and tea after a bush walk

There are some great bushwalks to be found in Brisbane – take Toohey Forest on the south side and Mt Coot-tha in the west – but locals can also venture north or south to explore the hinterlands of the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast. For sustenance, enjoy tea and scones at a local cafe. Delightful.


Go to the drive in

Who doesn’t love a night spent at the drive-in movies? The Gold Coast is lucky to have one of Queensland’s best in the form of the Yatala Drive-In. We love packing the car full of cosy doonas, pillows and plenty of snacks (Maltesers and popcorn, anyone?) and settling in for one fun family night out.

Road trip through the hinterland

We’ve already mentioned going for a hinterland hike, but another way to enjoy the hinterland with the family is taking a road trip. One of our favourite things to do on a hinterland day trip is find a local pub for a cosy lunch – it’s a great way to support small businesses, enjoy fresh produce and connect with the locals (who always have a good story to share). 

Relax fireside

Whether you’re toasting marshmallows or enjoying a delicious glass of red, see out the last of the cooler weather with some fireside family fun. Did you know that there are multiple places you can enjoy a meal by a fireplace on the Gold Coast? We’ve listed our five favourites right here.

A bike ride, followed by a surf club feed

Is there anything more Gold Coast? We’re blessed with some incredible bike paths here in our corner of the state, from the Gold Coast Oceanway to the Darren Smith Memorial Route. Dust off your old bikes or hire some from a local bike rental – here’s everything you need to know.

Have a hit of golf

We know what you’re thinking – golf isn’t the first ‘family-friendly activity’ that springs to mind. But thanks to Gold Coast spots like KDV, Holey Moley putt putt and Top Golf, there are plenty of ways to make golf fun for the whole family! Enjoy lunch on-site from their extensive menus of snacks and meals.



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