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  •   Brisbane - For Kids

•   Alma Park Zoo
Visit Alma Park Zoo, located 28 kilometres north of the city. Before you go, check out the animals` feeding times so you can catch them at their most active.

•   Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
The planetarium, located in the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, is a top spot to take all budding astronomers. There are regular shows which explore the night skies and unlock some of the secrets of the planets.

•   Downfall Creek Bushland Centre
For a day out in the bush, yet still staying close to home, go to the Downfall Creek Bushland Centre in the northern suburbs. The children will enjoy bush walks, the playground and the basketball court. Or take your bikes and try the bike trails. There are educational displays and guides as well. Make a day of it and have a picnic or a barbeque.

•   South Bank Parklands
This vast parkland, built on the former Expo site, has something for everyone. Children will love the swimming lagoon with its sandy beach and rock strewn creeks. There are gardens, barbeques, shady places for a picnic and plenty of cafes and restaurants. Take in the craft markets as well, on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday.

•   Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Cuddle a koala or feed the roaming kangaroos at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, the world`s first and largest koala sanctuary. See many Australian animals and walk through 50 acres of bushland grounds. You can get there by car or bus, but if you want to make a day of it, take a cruise on board the Mirimar up the Brisbane River from the city, past the flying fox colony to the koala sanctuary.

•   Sciencentre
Visit the Sciencentre, where science and technology are presented in a fun, hands-on environment. There are activities for children of all ages, which will challenge their knowledge and understanding of the world around them.

•   Queensland Museum
The Queensland Museum is a refreshingly accessible museum of science, human achievement and social history. See dinosaurs, including Queensland's own Muttaburrasaurus, the biplane that Bert Hinkler flew from England to Australia and a World War I German Tank. Admission is free except for special temporary exhibitions.

•   Australian Woolshed
For a glimpse of the Aussie outback in the city, visit the Australian Woolshed at Ferny Grove. Watch the performing rams, sheep-shearing and see sheepdogs at work. Bottle-feed lambs, milk a cow, or visit the native animal sanctuary. You can even join in a bush dance.

•   Maritime Museum
The Maritime Museum at South Bank has several craft on display, including the World War II frigate HMAS Diamantina in dry dock. Inside the Museum are maps, charts and photographs. There are also models of sailing ships, together with Merchant shipping, from early cargo ships to modern container ships, tankers and cruise liners.

•   The Theme Parks
Ready for a bit of a drive? The kids will love a day at one of the Gold Coast theme parks. There`s Warner Bros. Movie World, Dreamworld, Sea World or Wet n Wild. Take your pick - they`ll love them all!

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