School Holiday Activities That Won’t Break the Bank
January 14, 2022
With an extra couple of weeks of school holidays, we are all looking for activities that will keep kids off their devices, without breaking the bank! We’ve put together a Top 5 list of affordable, fun and family-friendly activities to help burn some of that school holiday energy – and it’s all at Northshore.
Northshore is fast becoming a favourite destination for families looking to get the kids outdoors. Start your journey by jumping on the City Cat and landing at the Northshore Harbour Café; or hop in the car and take advantage of all the free parking, or strap on a helmet and cycle, scoot or blade your way down the Riverwalk to Portside.
- The Lores Bonney Riverwalk
The Lores Bonney Riverwalk is one of Brisbane’s most popular cycle and pedestrian shared pathways, with the 1.2km pathway linking Northshore with Newstead and Teneriffe.
There are many jump on and off points but the Riverwalk connection starts near the Breakfast Creek Hotel and is a great place to start your adventure, with plenty of off-street parking available.
Grab a pair of rollerblades, a bike or a scooter and enjoy a scenic journey along the pathways running adjacent to Kingsford Smith Drive.
The Riverwalk is a dedicated pathway that is safe with intermittent shade stops perfect for admiring the views of Bulimba and the city. It is wide and flat so an ideal place for beginners to practice riding or skating. You can find out more information on the Riverwalk here.
TIP: Visit Portside at the end of the Riverwalk to rest your legs and grab a cool drink before your return journey.
- Hercules Street Park
Did you know Northshore is home to one of the best parks in Brisbane? Hercules Street Park is located opposite Portside Wharf and it’s great for both little ones and older ones, there is an obstacle style rope course, multiple slides and tyre swings, basketball half court, table tennis and gym equipment, and the run through water play area is the perfect way for the kids to cool down in the summer heat.
Find out more about all the exciting features on offer at Hercules Street Park here.
- Northshore Tennis Park
The Northshore Tennis Park is home to Queensland’s only riverfront public tennis courts. The cool riverside breeze makes this spot a beautiful place to practice your serve during these warmer months, with court hire starting from just $28 for non-members.
Coach Richard is always on hand to give some tips and help you perfect that backhand, and Tennis Gear run regular kids’ clinics over the holidays, with half-day clinics held from 9am-12pm and full-day sessions from 9am-3pm. All you need to do is pack a lunch and a hat for the kids and the coaches can take care of the rest!
During January, Tennis Gear host ’Live on the Lawn’, where the finals of the Australian Open will be broadcast LIVE on the big screen. Bring a rug and chill out while you watch the action.
TIP: Nearby Northshore Harbour Café does a great coffee for parents while kids are at lessons.
- Kids welcome at the PGA, Royal Queensland Golf Club
The Australian PGA Championship is being held at Northshore this year for the first time in over 20 years. The tournament will tee off on January 13, with general admission tickets available from $28. Families are welcome, and kids encouraged to join in on January 15, with fun activities that are sure to be a hit.
Get up close and personal with the professional golfers and even score a free lesson! There will be jumping castles and slides as well as inflatable golf hitting bays.
Kids under 16 years are free with every adult ticket, which can be purchased here.
TIP: Spend the day at the golf course then head down to Eat Street for a full day of fun and entertainment.
- Sandcastles at the Beach
Northshore is home to one of the calmest and most beautiful stretches of the Brisbane River, making it one of the best places in our river city to launch your kayak or sit back and relax on the shoreline. Towards the eastern end of Northshore, you will find a sandy little beach perfect for a picnic and building sandcastles. Grab a book and relax under the shady trees or down by the sand, grab a coffee from the Northshore Harbour Café and let the kids enjoy this gorgeous little stretch of shoreline.
TIP: Take a photo of your creation and be sure to tag us to feature on the Northshore Facebook page.