Free Brisbane school holiday ideas for outdoor lovers

If you’re the type of parent that likes to get your kids out and about when school holidays roll around, we’ve got some great suggestions on where to take them. And the best part? It won’t cost you a cent.

The Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre is home to Queensland’s first nature play space. The outdoor playground is made up of natural materials, including logs and boulders, which encourage kids to use their imaginations and get creative during playtime. The on-site Discovery Centre has a range of interactive activities that inform visitors about the significance of the neighbouring natural environment, including the local frog population. There’s also a bounty of walking trails surrounding the centre and sheltered picnic tables where you can kick your feet up when you return from your trek.

One of the great things about this Brisbane City Council centre is the range of free events and activities hosted throughout the year, from guided walks to kids’ activities. Every Tuesday and Wednesday morning at 10 a.m., the centre hosts Bush Kindy sessions. Each play session features an activity, from wildlife shows hosted by Geckoes Wildlife, through to arts and craft mornings.

Another environmental centre worth a mention is the Downfall Creek Bushland Centre in Chermside West. Much like Karawatha, the centre hosts free activities like guided walks, Bush Kindy every Tuesday and Wednesday morning, as well as sustainable living workshops.

Both Downfall Creek Bushland centre and the Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre host these activities throughout the year, so you don’t have to wait until the school holidays to get your kids out and about, exploring nature. Parents, we’d suggest packing a picnic and throwing down a rug to enjoy the outdoors too – it’s a win-win!