For those of you who are going to be in Brisbane for part or all of the holiday break, there’s plenty of things to do in our great city to enjoy!

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

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Brisbane’s subtropical lifestyle offers a fantastic opportunity to take the celebrations outside and enjoy the natural surrounds of our city.

Having a picnic at one of the 2,000 plus parks across Brisbane is a great affordable way to celebrate with friends and family this festive season.

Residents can search for parks on the Council website according to the kinds of facilities they are looking for, such as barbeques, Wi-Fi hotspots, exercise equipment, water play areas and off-leash dog areas.

Council’s Active Parks program also offers a range of fun and energetic activities including cross training, Tai Chi, fitness for Mums and kids, Pilates, kids sports classes, boxing, yoga, Zumba, baby boot-camp and hip-hop dance classes.

Council has 20 pools across the city and are a great way to cool off, relax, learn to swim, practice stroke development, attend a class, join a swimming club or swim laps.

Many pools have disabled access and facilities including slides, play equipment, barbecues and kiosks. All pools have change rooms with hot and cold showers.

New slides have also just been completed at Newmarket pool and at the Hibiscus Sports Complex in Upper Mt Gravatt. These are expected to be a huge hit with children and families over the holiday break.

And for those who would rather stay inside, check out Council’s multi-faceted online library collection available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

By logging onto Council’s online library catalogue, eLibCat, residents can access a great range of reading material and entertainment including eBooks, eAudiobooks, newspapers, magazines, films and music.

The Planetarium is a great facility where both adults and kids will be able to enjoy a range of shows at the planetarium over the school holidays.
Shows will include ‘Tycho to the Moon’ featuring a dog who doesn’t just howl at the moon, but wants to go there. ‘Perfect Little Planet’, teaches kids about the solar system and ‘Dynamic Earth’ where kids can explore the inner workings of the Earth’s climatic system.

To make a booking and check times of shows at the Planetarium, please visit, click on the ‘What’s on & events’ tab and click on ‘Planetarium’ or contact Council on (07) 3403 8888.

So please enjoy Brisbane!