If budget is tight at the moment, but you still want to get the kids out of the house (and away from their devices), we've created this list of the very best kid-friendly places to go, things to see and fun to be had.
The best bit, the list is budget AND kid-friendly, without compromising on fun.
We've created this bucket list to help guide you on your journey. You could choose to tackle a couple of the options in a fun-filled day trip, or stay overnight and make a weekend out of it.
If you're looking to stay overnight, there's a range of budget-friendly accommodation options throughout the hinterland.
Enjoy a day out in the winter sun at one of the ‘Pick Your Own’ Strawberry Farm Gate Experiences located in the Moreton Bay Region, just minutes from the Caboolture turn-off.
Please note, strawberry-picking season is usually from June till October each year.
A small family owned working strawberry farm, Rolin Farms offers a ‘Pick Your Own’ experience, coupled with a wonderful selection of strawberry inspired goodies, such as farm made strawberry jams and blended ‘real fruit’ strawberry ice-creams #yum.
If you have a newfound love for indoor plants, Strawberry Farmer Rob has a passion for orchids, with plants his lovingly propagated available for purchase onsite.
Producing juicy red Queensland strawberries, LuvaBerry is unique in the strawberry industry for their ethos on decreasing fruit waste via new food innovations. You will fall in-love with the berry-delicious range owner Mandy ho has developed, from freeze-dried and frozen berry products to delicate berry dusts and strawberry inspired chocolate bars.
Strawberries may be the ‘hero’ at LuvaBerry, but there is so much more fresh produce on offer from finger limes, fresh herbs, passion fruit to locally made chutney, goats cheese and Australian Native Bee Honey. Be sure to add a few products to the shopping cart when you book your ‘Pick Your Own’ experience or Farm Tour, you won’t be disappointed!
Voted as one of the top attractions to visit near Brisbane, Rocky Hole is a stunning swimming hole etched into the natural contours of Mount Mee’s granite filled gullies.
Rocky Hole is fairly central in the Mount Mee section of the D’Aguilar National Park, with access from Woodford or Dayboro. If driving from The Gantry day-use area, it will take you approximately 25 minutes to reach Rocky Hole dependent on weather, however you can also drive south from Neurum Creek Camping area. Access to Rocky Hole is recommended for 4wd vehicles only.
The Store of Requirement at Samford (just 30 minutes from Brisbane) is home to the largest range of Officially Licensed Harry Potter merchandise in Australia.
Enjoy a delicious Butterscotch Brew and pick up your Harry Potter accessories and collectables.
The Moreton Bay Hinterland is an animal lovers paradise, with a number of farm experiences filled with animals you'd expect to see on a real working farm, as well as some unusual furry, feathered and hoofed friends.
Here's our picks for some fun and interactive family-friendly farm animal experiences:
Located just 5 minutes north of Caboolture, White Ridge Farm is open every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 9am until 3pm. You'll be able to meet and interact with the friendly animals (including llamas, alpacas and a camel) that call the farm home.
Just 30 minutes from Brisbane, the Lyell Deer Sanctuary rescues orphaned and injured deer and offers the public the opportunity to cuddle, sit and hand feed the friendly deer.
Situated on 16 acres of land in the foothills of the D'Aguilar Range, just a short 10 minute drive from Samford Village is Trevena Glen Farm. The farm hosts open day's every second Saturday of the month. Say hello to the alpaca, donkeys and other farm animals.
Located in the heart of Samford Village is this much-loved family destination, John Scott Park. With its segmented playgrounds, both little kids and bigger kids will have a blast.
The highlight would be the adorable red train that the kids love playing on.
Surrounding the park is green space to lay out a picnic or make the most of the BBQ facilities.
If you don't feel like packing (or cooking), then you'll find a number of family-friendly dining options within walking distance to the park, including the Samford Village Hotel with a fantastic playground that will keep the kids entertained for hours.
Make learning fun during your trip, head to Caboolture (only a short drive from the hinterland) which is home to fascinating history and interactive museums. You'll be spoilt for choice, but if your kids (and you) love learning about the past, then you'll be in for a treat with some of the country's best and most unique museums.
Here's our top picks to add to your bucket-list:
With over a century of local history on display the Caboolture Historical village is a must-see attraction with a massive collection of over 110,000 historical items restored and displayed in more than 70 building, in a pioneer village over 12 acres.
Aviation history comes alive at the Caboolture Warplane Museum. Situated on the Bribie-Caboolture Road, among the Caboolture Airfield hangars, the Caboolture Warplane Museum offers a truly unique collection for aviation enthusiasts and day trippers alike. It's one of the best things to do near Brisbane with kids who adore planes!
The Abbey museum is a treasure house of world history featuring the world of Paleolithic hunters through to the Industrial Revolution. Also, phone to book a tour of Australia's most collection of medieval stained glass.
Open to history lovers, the North Harbour Heritage Park is home to the remains of the Morayfield Homestead (c. 1861) as well as a 1.5km trail. Historical photographs, sketches and objects are on display with stories and significant developments from early European settlement through to present day.
Mountain bike riding is heaps of fun at Bunyaville, with changing gradients and a generally undulating landscape. Choose from 10 mountain bike trails and make sure you bring a high level of fitness.
Make sure you to your research before hitting the tracks, some are a bit tricky and only suit confident, intermediate riders.
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