The Bucket List - Best things to do with kids in SQC
Keeping the kids happy and entertained is a challenge – so we’ve created an awesome Kids’ Bucket List of the best things to do with kids in Southern Queensland Country.
Ready, Set, Go little travellers!
Learn to ride a horse
Kids and big kids can learn to ride and look after a horse at Bestbrook Mountain Resort, and when that’s mastered set off on a guided ride to explore the bush trails around the property. Kids can help feed farm animals, toast marshmallows around the campfire and learn bush skills too! Family cabins and great shady camp spots.
Go wild at Darling Downs Zoo
Find out how grrrrreat the white lions are at Darling Downs Zoo or ‘say cheese’ with a snake (photos at no extra cost), marvel at a meerkat , get up close to a baby crocodile or watch a giraffe glide by.
About half way between Toowoomba and Warwick, the zoo is home to an impressive array of native and exotic animals and specialises in providing a home for orphaned, endangered and abandoned wildlife.
Get hands-on at Cobb+Co Museum
In addition to the interactive museum displays open all year round, Cobb+Co's school holiday line-up includes hands on activities and learning through fun, with themed holiday programs for 3-12 year olds. Themes include megafauna, insects, reptiles, science experiments and interactive trails.
Set out east of Killarney on this magical drive which takes in three waterfalls – Browns Falls, Daggs Falls and the spectacular Queen Mary Falls, all in Main Range National Park.
Hop out at each one and take a walk – all are accessible for reasonably fit walkers – and there’s nothing like kicking off your shoes to cool your feet in icy mountain creek water!
You’ll be hungry after all that walking so pack a picnic to devour after Queen Mary Falls. At the café opposite the picnic area, the kids can feed native birds while you have a restful cuppa on the deck.
Go birdwatching at the Bunya Mountains
Break out the binoculars and see who can spot the most bird species – there are more than 215 kinds of birds flapping around the ancient Bunya Mountains pine forests – from the rarely seen endangered Coxen's fig-parrot to common Australian log runners – and more than 35km of National Park walking tracks to explore to find them!
And don’t miss taking a wallaby selfie at the Bunyas…you can’t miss them, the furry little critters are everywhere!
Swim in a cool natural pool
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So much cooler than your backyard variety…duck dive for stones in the waterhole at Coomba Falls, near Maidenwell; in Girraween National Park, follow Bald Rock Creek down to its junction with Ramsey Creek where you can paddle after good rain; or take a bushwalk and cool off in Bottlebrush Pool in Crows Nest National Park – and don’t forget the water toys!
Stargaze our big night skies
Set up camp at Dandabah, in the Bunya Mountains National Park, Bald Rock in Girraween National Park or at Lake Broadwater Conservation Park near Dalby where you can explore the walking trails by day and by night set up your telescope or use a stargazing app to marvel at millions of twinkling stars in the clear skies above.
Set out on a junior foodie adventure
Eat the best apple pie EVER! at Suttons Farm – what kid doesn’t love sweet and crumbly apple pie and ice cream?
Then head across the road to snap a selfie ‘eating’ the Big Apple, continue to Jersey Girls Café at Stanthorpe Cheese for a frothy chocolate milkshake made from farm-fresh jersey cow milk – join mum and dad in tasting the farmhouse cheese then hightail it to Ashbern Farms to pick your own strawberries.
And did we mention they make those strawberries into the creamiest strawberry ice cream sundaes… in case you’re still hungry?!
Learn to fish in country rivers and dams
They won’t have to power it up or turn it on but the lure (pun intended) of fishing will keep the kids captivated and happy all day. Throw in a line at peaceful Storm King Dam near Stanthorpe which also offers good picnicking, swimming and kayaking or head to the Condamine River in the Western Downs or way out west to the beautiful Balonne River in St George.
Gotta love a lawdog
Watching a dog do tricks is fun anytime but the thrills of watching highly trained law enforcement dogs in action is something else! Kids just love the specialist dog training kennel, Lawdogs Australia, where you'll see puppies and adult dogs going through their law enforcement training and and doing demonstrations of protection, detection and agility in a live sit down show, Woof Woof!
All Aboard The Southern Downs Steam Railway
Huffing and puffing has never been so much fun…join a twice monthly steam train ride with Southern Downs Steam Railway from Warwick to destinations in Southern Queensland Country.
Take a bike ride
BYO bike to explore the bush tracks on the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail near Yarraman or join a guided ride with Granite Belt Bicycle Tours through Passchendaele State Forest, past truly awesome granite boulders and along quiet country roads lined with vineyards and fruit orchards.
Unplug and plug into a living history
Forget Farmville and experience the real thing at Gleneden Family Farm. Meet farmer Rohan - one of Australia's last bullockies and see his working bullock team in action. Enormous and powerful, yet intelligent and co-operative, working bullocks are an awesome sight that kids will never forget.
Our pick of kid-friendly places to stay:
Camping & Caravanning:
Big 4 Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park
Yarraman Caravan Park
Bestbrook Mountain Resort
Foxbar Falls Campground
Gleneden Family Farm
Bestbrook Mountain Resort
Girraween Environmental Lodge
Bunya Mountains Accommodation Centre
Possum’s Hollow & Hooter’s Hut
For more inspiration on where to explore across Southern Queensland Country, check out our handy guide or head to our blog.