Spending long hours at an airport with kids between flights can be a true test of one’s patience. However, if you are lucky to be in Brisbane for a long layover, get out for a few hours and explore the many wonderful attractions the city has to offer.
With the help of a car hire from Brisbane Airport, you can take your kids off on a memorable journey around the city in the few hours you have at hand.
Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
Located 13 miles from the airport, this attraction is home to a gorgeous dome-ceiling that puts up an exquisite astronomical show recreating the Brisbane night sky. Take your eager-to-learn kids to a memorable journey into the outer space and encourage them to ask big questions and spot the different constellations.
Queensland Science Centre
At 12 miles from the airport, this hands-on science museum is a treat for children and adults alike. The Science Centre offers some great interactive exhibits for all. Here you can become a part of a battery, watch walls expand right before your eyes, see shadows float in space, and carry a brief case that has a mind of its own. Explore various principles of science that span over three well designed floors.
Slideways Go-Karting is a great option when you have bored kids, or adults, during a layover. Just a 5-minute drive from Brisbane Airport, Slideways is home to a well-designed indoor go-kart hire centre complete with a 400m indoor track, a 24m cross-over bridge, tunnels, sweepers and esses. Remember that it may take some skill to steer your way through a lap. Accompany your child if he or she isn’t confident about his/her karting skills.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Make the most of your layover time with a foray into nature. Australia is truly unique when it comes to the kind of animal life it has. A 30-minute drive from the airport, this sanctuary is considered a must-visit when in Brisbane. The world’s first and largest Koala sanctuary, this reserve is home to over 130 koalas, as well as Tasmanian devils, snakes, kangaroos and other barn animals and Australian birds.
With a host of photo-ops and learning experiences, a trip around Brisbane during your layover can prove to be extremely enriching for your children.