School holidays have arrived again, bringing with them the dreaded question from kids everywhere: “I’m bored, what are we doing today?”. While you may be focused on packing the next couple of weeks with entertainment and activities, there’s no reason why time spent away from the classroom shouldn’t be educational too!

To help, we’ve tracked down the top five school holiday day trips to keep your kids entertained and educated. From Brisbane to the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay, we’ve got the best the south-east has to offer to keep the whole family happy these holidays.

Tangalooma Island Resort
Who knew an educational day out could be so much fun? Your kids will have a ‘whale’ of a time at Tangalooma Island Resort, learning about marine species and ecosystems from the island’s very own team of Eco Rangers. An island paradise that the entire family can enjoy, take some time to feed kookaburras, pelicans and wild dolphins, all while learning about the native wildlife that call Tangalooma home. Tour the historical whaling station or set up a picnic on the sand and make full use of the resort facilities – you’ll be spoilt for choice in this tropical oasis. The best part? You won’t have to sit in the dreaded traffic driving north or south. The short 75-minute ferry ride from Brisbane through stunning Moreton Bay makes a day trip to Tangalooma a breeze (and gives you some much needed time to relax and unwind). To view Tangalooma’s range of family-friendly day trips visit: www.tangalooma.com.

TIP: Want to spoil the family with a whale watching adventure too? Tangalooma’s whale watching day trips are available until 15 October!

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
From animal encounters to Segway safaris, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has something to offer the whole family. Photo opportunities are available daily with an abundance of wildlife, or if you have a little one who’s a bit more curious, take them to visit the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital to learn more about the vets by seeing x-rays, ultrasounds and some procedures live streamed! For the bigger kids, jump on a guided Segway Safari tour through the lush rainforest surroundings of the sanctuary. Around a 60 – 90 minute drive from Brisbane, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a Gold Coast oasis waiting to be explored. To find out what’s happening these school holidays visit www.cws.org.au.

TIP: While you’re there, entertain your older kids/teens with the Treetop Challenge, located inside Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Planetarium & Botanic Gardens
The Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Planetarium are just a short drive up beautiful Mt Cootha. By day or by night, there is something to do on Brisbane’s best-known summit. By day, take to the Botanic Gardens to see Queensland’s premier subtropical gardens. A self-guided walk allows you to explore to enchanting gardens at your own pace, or take a guided walk to learn about the variety of plants. By night, the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is home to a 12.5-meter-diameter projection dome. Dubbed the “Cosmic Skydome”, you’ll be able to take a tour of Brisbane’s current night sky while you learn about the solar system. To find out more visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/sir-thomas-brisbane-planetarium or www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/brisbane-botanic-gardens-mount-coot-tha.

TIP: Pack an afternoon picnic and find a shaddy spot to relax in the Gardens until the Planetarium opens.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
If you’re not quite koala-ified to meet and greet Australia’s cuddliest mascot yourself, then look no further than Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. While learning about Koala habitats and conservation, you’ll be able to get up close and personal with one of 130 furry friends at the sanctuary. Cuddle a koala, feed kangaroos or meet an abundance of other native Australian wildlife. If getting hands on with nature isn’t your thing, catch one of the daily shows by park rangers or take a break at the Lone Pine Outdoor Cinemas. Around a 25-minute drive outside of Brisbane, a visit to Lone Pine will have your kids feeling connected to nature in no time. For more information visit: www.koala.net.

TIP: While you’re there, treat your family to one of the weekly movie sessions at the Lone Pine Outdoor Cinemas.

Australia Zoo
Crickey! It’s time to mingle with the Irwins and learn about animals, big and small. From Australian natives like the freshwater crocodile, wombat and Tasmanian devil to foreign wonders like the komodo dragon, tiger and giraffe – there’s something for every little zoo keeper. Take a seat for the 12pm daily show “Wildlife Warriors” to learn about conservation of the animal kingdom and catch a glimpse of giant snakes, birds, and the prehistoric saltwater crocodile! Situated in Beerwah, Australia Zoo is around a 60 – 90 minute drive from Brisbane, taking the Bruce Highway. To learn more and view the events calendar visit www.australiazoo.com.au.

TIP: Don’t forget to check out the Spring Holiday Fun events calendar before planning your trip!



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