The Abbey Medieval Festival Caboolture 2022

The Abbey Medieval Festival in Brisbane 2022

The Abbey Medieval Festival Tournament Weekend is back from 9-10 July 2022! With its kaleidoscope of music, colour, pageantry, and time transforming ways, it calls to us now more than ever!  The Abbey Medieval Family Fun 2022 runs 27 June – 1 July 2022.   

About the 2022 Abbey Medieval Festival

Time Travel is real!!!

It’s true! Every year when the planets align a certain way, a time portal opens up on Abbey Place, Caboolture, allowing you to slip back hundreds of years to the Middle Ages. Stepping through the portal the air rings with the clashing of swords, the ground shudders to the thundering of hooves, and crowds cheer the clang of lance upon shields! Meanwhile, maidens dance to the tunes played on pipes and drums. The Abbey Medieval Festival invites you to experience the sounds, sights and smells of this magical medieval era for yourself.

Don’t worry, slipping through the time portal is entirely reversible – and you’ll still have a phone signal and access to flushing toilets – but for two whole days you can immerse yourself in another world entirely.

The Abbey Medieval Festival is an annual highlight, with the highly anticipated Tournament Weekend happening this year on Sat 9 and Sun 10 July 2022. It attracts over 1000 world-class Medieval re-enactors keen to give you a taste of what life in the Middle Ages was like. It is one of Australia’s premier living history events, providing Festival-goers with an engaging and immersive experience of the Middle Ages.

Gypsies at the abbey medieval festival

When was the medieval period?

The medieval period covers a time from around 600-1600CE, from the fall of the Roman Empire through to the beginning of the enlightened Renaissance Period. That’s a lot of years! Medieval literally means Middle Ages. Wikipedia does justice to this period here.

What was the medieval period like?

For peasants, the medieval period was a simple time of hard work on the land farming for their lords and living in simple huts, often with their farm animals to provide warmth. Their diet would have comprised of a lot of gruel, stew and porridge with a bit of salt-meat through the winter.

Some people were skilled craftsmen and artisans and enjoyed a slightly higher status. They would have been blacksmiths, tailors and shoemakers, basket weavers, saddlers, coopers (barrel makers), wainwrights (wagon builders), carpenters and builders, amongst many other trades.

If you were wealthy or a landowner, you might have lived in a manor house or castle and had servants of your own. You would have enjoyed lots of fancy roast meats, tasty pastries, and delicious banquets, with entertainment provided by travelling musicians, storytellers, actors and jesters.

The medieval period was also a time of brave knights and fair maidens, fabled dragon-slayers, jousting and battles, castle building, and marauding Vikings! It wasn’t all hard work in the Middle Ages; people enjoyed many public holidays and festivals based around the religious calendar and traditional pagan celebrations, and the Abbey Medieval Festival perfectly recreates the atmosphere of these fun occasions.

Abbey Medieval Festival 2022 

Medieval Family Fun 2022

Medieval family fun day

This mini Medieval Festival runs 27 June – 1 July ahead of the ‘Tournament Weekend’ and features many of the experiences on offer over the weekend, but with a special focus on making them fun and engaging for the younger members of the family.
 
The Abbey Museum will welcome families for a special week full of medieval-themed fun activities for the kids and, of course, parents.  The week will be jam-packed with fun things to keep your young squires or maidens entertained and engaged during the school holidays with plenty of opportunities for hands-on fun and education. 

Kids can:

  • design their own heraldry and paint it on a shield
  • decorate a princess hat (hennin), a crown, or a mask
  • make a miniature catapult
  • test out their balance on stilts
  • play medieval games like skittles, battledore, quoits and Nine Men’s Morris

Come and enjoy the adventure as history is brought to life. 

Knighting Ceremony

On Friday 8 July 2022, you can join the Knighting Ceremony held inside the beautiful Anney Church. Entry is free, however, there is limited space so booking is essential. 

Tournament Weekend

On 9 and 10 July 2022 you can relive the days of yore and experience the sights, sounds, tastes and aromas of the Middle Ages! Step back in time and immerse yourself in the colour and pageantry of the Medieval World. There will be fighting displays, jousting, falconry, dancing, music, drama and presentations of medieval arts and crafts. Wander around the medieval encampments and talk with re-enactors as they go about their day, or stroll through the markets where you can purchase all manner of medieval wares or delicious foods. The festival is jam-packed with things to see and do.

Ottoman Wedding Banquet 

Abbey Medieval Banquet diners

The Ottoman Wedding Banquet on 9 July 2022 is a truly immersive experience for die-hard medieval fans, food buffs and anyone looking for an evening of food and entertainment that is totally out of the ordinary. 

Set against the background of traditional Ottoman yurts, as the sun sets over Abbeystowe, you are invited to join members of the Janissary Barracks to celebrate an authentic Ottoman Wedding Feast.

Guests are treated to an authentic Turkish banquet with dancing, music, and all manner of traditional entertainment. Guests may choose to sit on cushions in the traditional Ottoman manner, or for those who would prefer, benches and high tables will be provided. Whilst attending in costume is not compulsory, it is strongly encouraged to get you into the spirit of the event.

Tickets must be pre-purchased for this limited seating event. 

Tickets for all of the 2022 Festival events are on sale here.

The Abbey Medieval Festival Tournament Weekend

The Tournament Weekend is the highlight of the Abbey Medieval Festival program – an amazing weekend that you need to see to believe! This year’s dates are Sat 9 and Sun 10 July 2022.

What will we see at the Medieval Tournament Weekend?

Game of Thrones Swordfighting at the abbey medieval festival

The Abbey Medieval Festival is an authentic medieval experience, with over 1000 enthusiastic re-enactors bringing the Dark Ages, Middle Ages and early Renaissance Period to life. You will see many medieval villages and encampments recreating the life of ordinary peasants, Vikings, Ottoman Empire Turks, campaigning knights and travelling entertainers. There will also be craftsmen and women demonstrating their skills, historical re-enactments and competitions, and so many things you can experience for yourselves.

Here’s a rundown of some of the things to expect:

Jousting

Abbey Medieval Festival Joust

Everyone loves the jousting! See the brave knights on horseback thundering towards each other as they use their lance to try to knock their opponent out of their saddle. The Joust at the Abbey Medieval Festival depicts a 15th century tournament. The best of Australian jousters will compete for the title!

Turkish Oil Wrestling

Abbey Medieval Festival Turkish Oil Wrestling

Carried out with traditional rituals and customs of the Ottoman Empire, the Turkish Oil Wrestling has been a star attraction of the Abbey Medieval Festival for over 10 years. The Janissary Barracks take great measures to ensure the authenticity of this great sport of medieval Ottoman Turkish culture, even the tight short leather trousers, called Kispet, are imported from Turkey!

Oil wrestlers from across Australia participate in this competition at the Abbey Medieval Festival.

Sword Combat

Trained re-enactors will demonstrate the skills and training required to wield a sword and other weapons in battle.

Animals

From the heavy horses used to pull wagons and carry knights into battle, to the smaller and lighter ladies horses, demonstrations of hunting and herding animals like dogs and falcons, farm animals reared for food and pelts, and even the humble bumble bee, which was so important to farmers and for the production of honey and mead.

Re-enactments

So many re-enactments! Professional re-enactors will show you how to lay siege to a castle as well as demonstrate what life was like in the different camps.

Food & drink

Taste the Middle Ages with traditional food and drinks on offer, including a medieval hog roast, banquets (bookings required), and food stalls selling traditional medieval flavours. If you like your food a little more modern, don’t worry, you’ll be catered for too!

Entertainers

Everything from troupes of belly dancers and gypsy dancers, to roving jugglers, jesters, puppeteers, storytellers, and actors – there’ll be plenty of people willing to entertain your kids!

Archery

As well as standard ‘aiming-for-the-target archery’, there is also the highly skilled horseback archery and moving target archery. You can even have a go at firing an arrow yourself.

Markets

Abbey Medieval Festival market

There are lots of stalls to browse for souvenirs and reproduction medieval goods. You’ll find everything from toys and costumes, to sweets, pottery, stained glass, woven goods, leatherwork, jewellery, imitation armoury and weapons, carvings, artwork and a whole lot more. There are around 60 authentic stalls to visit!

Music

Enjoy the historical sounds of the Dark Ages through to the Higher Middle Ages, with Gregorian chants, harpists, lute players, pipes, drums and singers as the musical entertainers stroll through the camps and put on shows.

Costumes

Lots of them, and not just the re-enactors! The Abbey Medieval Festival is the premiere event of its kind in Australia. Re-enactors and participants have beautifully crafted costumes from the medieval period and Dark Ages so you can expect to see peasants in their rough garb, princesses in finely woven silks, knights in full chainmail and plate mail, monks, nuns and Templars in their religious habits, Turks from the time of the Crusades, and characters from traditional medieval festivals relating to the seasons and nature.

Visitors are also encouraged to join in with competitions and prizes for the best fancy dress. Dressing up isn’t compulsory, and you’ll see plenty of visitors in their modern fashions, but if you want to add that extra element of fun to your day there’s no finer excuse to put on your best medieval costume!

How do we get to the Abbey Medieval Festival?

The Abbey Medieval Festival is held at the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology, 1-63 The Abbey Place (off Toorbul Point Road), Caboolture.

There is limited free parking on-site, but members of the local fire brigade will be on hand to direct you to other nearby parking spots (a gold-coin donation to the fire brigade is welcome!). Disability parking is available. You can also get there by free bus from the Caboolture Train Station on the Saturday and Sunday. VIP parking is available for VIP ticket holders. The festival itself takes over the expansive space around the Abbey Museum.

However you travel to The Abbey Medieval Festival, we recommend you plan ahead and aim to get there early.

How Do We Get Tickets To The Abbey Medieval Festival?

Early bird tickets are usually available until the end of April, but if you’ve missed out on those you can still save by buying tickets online. You can buy individual or family tickets.

What Else Should We Know About The Abbey Medieval Festival?

There are some restrictions as to what you can and can’t take with you:

  • No dogs or other animals. Please leave your pets at home. There will be lots of animals to see at the festival, and your own pet would be happier and safer at home.
  • Weapons. If you plan on enhancing your costume with your own sword, bow and arrows, knife, or other medieval weapon, organisers request that you complete a form online to gain permission to bring your weapon with you. If you don’t have prior permission you won’t be allowed to bring your weapon onsite. Weapons that are clearly toys and part of a child’s costume, such as a blunt wooden sword or plastic, are ok.
  • You’re welcome to bring your own food and picnics (please be mindful of littering), and camp chairs and picnic blankets are welcome too. No glass is permitted.
  • Alcohol is available to buy on-site (traditional beers, meads, cider and wines), BYO is not permitted.

Other things to be aware of:

  • Access to the jousting needs to be pre-booked when you purchase your day ticket. Tickets to the Joust are limited. If you wish to experience this spectacular event, it is advisable to pre-book online early! No Joust tickets will be available on the day. The Joust arena opens 30 minutes prior to each session.
  • ATMs are available, and – just like in medieval times – cash is king! Wi-fi is limited at the Abbey Medieval Festival so Eftpos machines, though available, often don’t work. Cash is recommended.
  • Toilets, baby change facilities, and First Aid facilities are available.
  • Most of the Abbey Medieval Festival is accessible to wheelchair users and prams. Paths are mainly gravel or grass and relatively flat. There is also a drop-off point for the elderly and disabled about 70m from the entrance. A disability car park is available for patrons with a permit.

Where can I find out more about the Abbey Medieval Festival?

Go to the Abbey Medieval Festival website for updates.

Making the most of Brisbane Festivals…

Dog Facts for Kids to Help You with Your School Project

Are you on the hunt for interesting dog facts? Although one of our favourite household pets, there are many surprising and little known facts about dogs to discover. Such as, what is the most popular dog breed? And how smart are dogs really? Did you know that dogs have a superpower?

From basic dog breed stats to the seriously surprising (which dog can outrun a cheetah?!), we have rounded up some of the most interesting dog facts for kids. Whether you are researching for your next family pet or compiling facts for a school project, we have the most fascinating dog facts for you.

Basic dog facts

Below we have detailed some of the basic fun facts about dogs.

1.   What is a dog?

Dogs are domesticated animals that come in many shapes, sizes and colours. Dogs can have short-hair, long-hair, floppy ears, perky ears, short little legs or some can be almost as tall as a pony! There are a huge variety of dogs but they do have many things in common, such as that they are all descended from the wolf. The modern household dog is a much loved and friendly companion!

2.   How many types of dogs are there?

It depends on who you ask! Although it is generally accepted that there are somewhere between 195-500 dog breeds in the world, only 195 are officially recognised by the American Kennel Club while Belgium’s FCI say there are 360 breeds. As people continue to “design” dogs through mixing breeds, this list will continue to grow.

3.   What is the smallest dog breed?

jumping chihuahua and dog facts

The world’s smallest dog is Mexico’s chihuahua. Tiny in size but big on personality, and weighing in at only 1-2kg, these feisty little pocket rockets are popular for their portability. Available in both short-hair and long-hair, this breed also has 30 different colour combinations. Amazingly, the little chihuahua has been known to sometimes live up to 20 years old!

4.   What is the largest dog breed?

As of 2021, the largest dog breed title was claimed by the English Mastiff. These big, friendly giants are seriously huge. The male English Mastiff can weigh over 100kg! With a lifespan of up to 12 years, the Mastiff is known for its gentle and calm nature.

5.   What is the most popular dog breed?

The Labrador retriever frequents the top of popularity list and in 2021 the results were no different. With an adult weighing in at around 30kg, the Labrador is a medium sized dog. With a love for swimming and the outdoors, they are a great dog for an active owner.

Popular for their intelligence and affectionate nature, the Labrador is a wonderful choice for families.

Health & wellness dog facts

Below are some health and wellness amazing facts about dogs.

1.   What do dogs eat?

Dogs are carnivores – this means they prefer to eat meat. Most domesticated dogs will eat dog biscuits or kibble plus a canned wet food made of meat. However, dogs can also benefit from plant-based foods added into their diet, such as vegetables and grains. Of course, dogs also love fresh meat and treats such as raw bones, pigs ears or dog chews. Their wild ancestors would have relied on their hunting prowess to find rodents and other smaller mammals to eat.

2.   How long do dogs live for?

The lifespan of a dog varies greatly from breed to breed but the average usually falls somewhere between 10-15 years. For example, a Shih Tzu can live up to 18 years whereas a Golden Retriever is expected to live closer to 12 years. In general, smaller dogs tend to have a longer lifespan than large dog breeds.

3.   Do dogs have a superpower?

Dogs do have a superpower of sorts – their nose! They have an amazing sense of smell that can pick up on emotions such as fear and even illnesses like cancer. Dogs are utilised in rescues, airport security checks and house-raids by police to sniff out danger.  A dog can identify smells anywhere between 1000-10,000 times better than humans can! Their ears are also amazing assets and they can hear much more than our human ears.

4.   Do dogs sweat?

Dogs do not sweat like humans do, so how do they expel excess heat from their bodies? You might have noticed your dog panting with their tongue out on particularly hot days. This panting is how dogs sweat! The excess heat is expelled as moisture from their tongues.

5.   How smart are dogs?

beach dog

Dogs are very clever – we all know they can learn commands such as sit and stay, or even to jump through hoops or do other amazing tricks. It has been found that a dog’s mental ability is on a similar level to a 2 year old human – so your dog may be just as clever and aware as your toddler brother or sister! On average a dog can learn and understand 165 words. Intelligence does vary between the breeds and depends on how well trained your furry friend is.

Surprising dog facts

We have also compiled the best list of interesting facts about dogs that might surprise you!

1.   How long have dogs lived with humans?

Although we originally thought that dogs were domesticated around 11,000 years ago, there is new fossil evidence that suggests that dogs have been living with humans for around 30,000 years – wow! This friendship has grown and developed over the years, from using dogs for hunting purposes to becoming the cuddly pals we see them as today. Studies have suggested that this friendship first occurred by accident through sharing excess meat, thousands of years ago.

2.   Have dogs been to space?

Yes – a number of dogs have been to space! The Soviet Union sent dogs to space in the 1950s to trial their astronaut equipment. However, dogs much prefer being on earth!

3.   Are there any new dog breeds?

In 2020 we welcomed two new dog breeds – the Barbet and the Dogo Argentino. Mixing breeds is an effective way to combine personality and physical traits of dogs – for example, the labradoodle was bred as a guide-dog for people with allergies! The beloved dog is sure to continue to diversify and grow in breed types.

4.   Are any dogs faster than a cheetah?

Technically, no – but a Greyhound could outrun a cheetah. How could that be so? The nimble Greyhound isn’t as fast as a cheetah but has the stamina that the cheetah lacks,  and for that reason would most certainly beat a cheetah in a race.

5.   Are there any Australian dog breeds?

Australian Cattle Dog (also known as a Blue Heeler)

Yes! The Australian Cattle Dog (also known as a Blue Heeler), Australian Terrier, Silky Terrier, Australian Kelpie, Tenterfield Terrier, Dingo, Koolie and Bull Arab are all Australian dog breeds. Australian TV show Bluey (ABC Kids) is of course based around the Heeler family of Blue Heelers. Surprisingly, the Australian Shepherd is actually an American dog breed that originated in California!

Amazing dog facts for kids

We hope you enjoyed this collection of interesting dog facts for kids! Whether you are just curious or researching for school (or maybe a new exciting pet!) we’re sure you found some of these dog facts surprising! Maybe you can teach your family or friends something new about their favourite household pet.

Dogs come in many shapes and sizes; whether your pooch is long-haired or short-haired, tiny or giant, lazy or active – they all originate from the wolf! And they all make wonderful family pets and friendly companions.

If you have enjoyed these kids facts about dogs, why not look up our other FUN FACTS.

More facts for kids

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Festivals Brisbane | Find the BEST Kid-Friendly Festivals Near You!

There are so many festivals Brisbane has to offer right through the calendar year! If you’re looking for something fun that the whole crew can enjoy, then we might have just the activity you’ve been looking for (and some of them are cost-free, woohoo!)

Festivals Brisbane? We know where to go (because we go, too!)

Festivals in Brisbane are a great opportunity to really take part in what our beautiful city has to offer. From riverside delights to cultural celebrations to everything food – there truly is something for everyone.

Here are a few tips on making the most of Brisbane’s festivals. Make sure you also keep a close eye on our constantly updated festivals page so you don’t miss a minute of the fun!

 

The best family festivals Brisbane in January 2022

Roman Family Fun | Abbey Museum 

  • 10 January – 14 January

Kids Dig It! is back these school holidays with Roman family fun. Join us at the Abbey Museum for a week of hands-on, educational fun for the whole family. Kids can live out a Roman life including many family-friendly activities. 

Tickets are available now. Each child ticket includes admission for one adult. 

Australia Day | Various Venues

  • January 26 annually 

Australia Day is celebrated at various venues and in many ways across Australia. Most council regions will host their own events, usually including citizenship ceremonies and fireworks. Here are some ideas of things to do on Australia Day with kids.

Got any great family festivals in January? We’d love to hear about them! We’ll continue to hunt for them and update this section when we find ’em.

The best family festivals Brisbane in February 2022

Lunar New Year Festival |  Chinatown Mall, Fortitude Valley

Chinese Lunar New Year | Fortitude Valley

  • 5 February 2022

Experience Lunar New Year in the heart of Fortitude Valley and enjoy the unique flavours and vibrant culture that Chinatown has to offer. Book a table at your favourite venue and enjoy the roving entertainment, including lion dances and Japanese drumming.

BrisAsia Festival | Across Brisbane

  • 1 – 20 February 2022

Are you ready to try something new at BrisAsia Festival? From the city to the suburbs, see an array of diverse live entertainment, outdoor activity as well as healthy and active events. There is something for everyone to enjoy with a range of events across Brisbane that celebrate the diversity of food, music, dance and art within Asian culture. From dumpling making to lion dancers, a rooftop dance party and weekend food festival, Brisbane city and the suburbs will come alive and ring in the Chinese New Year in style. Find out more here.

Brisbane Holi – Festival of Colours | Rocks Riverside Park

Brisbane Holi - Festival of Colours

  • 19 February 2022

Brisbane Holi – Festival of Colours welcomes its fifth year of celebrating Brisbane’s vibrant multicultural communities. Organisers are promising that this year the colors will be extra vibrant and the atmosphere extra joyful! Originating in India many centuries ago, Holi is a widely anticipated annual event across the globe, with many forms of celebrations taking place to share in the joy and happiness of colour, dance and music. Find out more here.

The best family festivals Brisbane in March 2022

World Science Festival | South Brisbane

World Science Festival Brisbane

  • 9 to 13 March 2022
This is one of our favourites. The World Science Festival showcases a huge variety of all things science. From engaging and enthralling conversations with leading scientists and experts to a collision of science and art over 5 days. There is something for all ages at World Science Festival Brisbane. The festival will once again hit the road! World Science Festival Queensland is returning to Regional Queensland throughout the year to Townsville, Chinchilla, Gladstone, Toowoomba, and Ipswich. Definitely NOT one to be missed!

Brisbane Ice Cream Festival | West End 

  • 18 March to 3 April 2022

Prepare to melt, Brisbane! The hottest AND coolest festival is returning to the home of ice cream for its fifth installment – and it’s less than one month away. Brisbane Ice Cream Festival is back in 2022 with a brand new format of ice cream inspired events to topple sweet-tooths of all ages! Building on previous years’ sell-out events, Brisbane families will be able to celebrate all things creamy and coned over not one, not two, but three weekends to make sure everyone can get a scoop of the action!

Brisbane Cycling Festival | Various Locations

  • 24 March to 14 April 2022

The Brisbane Cycling Festival will return in 2022, with a jampacked line-up of rides, races, events, expos and entertainment to light up Brisbane. Brisbane will play host to the first combined Oceania Cycling Championships from March 27 – April 11 at multiple venues across Brisbane, in what is a major coup for the cycling-mad Sunshine State.

The best family festivals Brisbane in April 2022

The Festival of Tibet | Brisbane

  • 1 April – 8 April  2022 – (some parts are free and some require tickets) 
The Festival of Tibet celebrates the dynamic and unique culture of the people of Tibet. This year,  the 14th Festival of Tibet brings you a combined program of in-person and virtual experiences, as we find equanimity in the obscure times in which we currently live. Brisbane Powerhouse will hold two special concerts KINSHIP: Colours of Compassion with Matt Hsuâ’s Obscure Orchestra and MYSTICAL TIBET: Songs from the album Yeshi Dolma with Camerata Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra.The Powerhouse concert series will be followed by a ten-day online virtual program of events including stories, panel discussions, music, poetry and films, highlighting the ongoing plight of Tibet.

Redcliffe Festival of Sails | Redcliffe 

Redcliffe Festival of Sails

  • 15 April 2022 – Good Friday 2022 (free) 

This Good Friday, point the steering wheel towards Redcliffe and spend the day by the seaside at the Redcliffe Festival of Sails! Packed with fun the whole family will love this Easter and the best vantage point to catch the historic Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, there’s no better place to kick off the long-weekend. It wouldn’t be Good Friday or Festival of Sails without the Easter Bunny, making the infamous festival appearance via water this year. Redcliffe Festival of Sails is bursting at the seams with fun for the kids including the Kids Zone jam-packed with children’s entertainment, stalls and activities.

Bluewater Festival | Shorncliffe

  • 15 April 2022 – Good Friday 2022 (free) 

Organised by the Sandgate Bayside Chamber of Commerce, the famous Bluewater Festival held at Shorncliffe Pier is an event not to be missed. Held on the scenic foreshore at Shorncliffe in conjunction with the annual Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race it’s the perfect vantage point to watch the start of this iconic race. Head to Lower Moora Park, Shorncliffe for FREE entry to the food festival, markets, entertainment throughout the day including live bands, kids’ activities, rides, and fireworks in the evening.

The best family festivals Brisbane in May 2022

Anywhere Theatre Festival | Multiple Locations

  • 5 May – 5 June 2022 – (some events free, some ticketed)
Anywhere Festival is days of performances anywhere but a theatre in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Ipswich, Moreton Bay and from anywhere online 5 May – 5 June 2022. You can expect theatre in car parks, comedy in laneways, opera in reservoirs, dance in stairwells and quirky workshops exploring arts and craft. The full program revealed soon!

Regional Flavours | South Bank

  • 13 – 15 May 2022 (free)

Foodies rejoice! Regional Flavours at South Bank is packed with delicious Australian food and drinks. Join celebrity chefs alongside local chefs as they share their expertise in free cooking demonstrations across the weekend. Enjoy over 50 stallholders, two live music stages and a range of fun, free kids’ activities. The programme kicks off on Friday night and runs all weekend. 

Moreton Bay Running Festival | Clontarf

  • 14 May 2022

Bring your whole crew along to the inaugural Moreton Bay Running Festival to enjoy the perfect running conditions and cooler evening temperatures on the gorgeous Moreton Bay foreshore. Distances are available to suit all running (and walking) abilities. For the super fit, why not make a weekend of it and take on one of the Moreton Bay Triathlon events the morning after your run. With distances from kids and beginners right through to elite athletes, there’s certainly something for everyone. Registrations required.

Buddha Birth Day Festival | Priestdale

  • 14 May – 16 May 2022 – (free, family friendly event)

The Buddha Birth Day Festival celebrates Australia’s harmony and diversity, and this year the festival will be held at Chung Tian Buddhist Temple. The festival includes unique experiences such as traditional Chinese tea ceremonies, multicultural performances, meditation, vegetarian food stalls, Buddhist talks, Baby Blessing ceremony and much more! Entrance to the Buddha Birth Day Festival is FREE and open to the whole family. Bookings Required. Chung Tian Buddhist Temple.

The Brookfield Show | Brookfield

  • 13 – 15 May 2022 – (tickets)

The Brookfield Show will be held at the Brookfield Showground, 550 Brookfield Road, Brookfield. (Just in case you were wondering how many times we could say the word ‘Brookfield’ in one sentence!) Show activities begin on Thursday before the show when the art, photography, needlework and woodwork competitions reveal their winners . Show Friday is known as District Day because the horse events are limited to local riders, horses and owners. The action winds up in Sideshow Alley after school Friday afternoon with a rodeo and live music in the Happy Hour Bar.

Show Saturday and Sunday see a full program of ring events, sideshow entertainment, with all pavilions open to visitors and judging of various competitions including horticulture, poultry,waterfowl and guinea pigs. The program includes fireworks Saturday evening and live music Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Find out more here.

DogFest | North MacLean 

  • 27 May 2022

DogFest 2022 returns bigger and better than ever with a new Logan location. This FREE event includes a paw-some line-up of dog-friendly stallholders, human-friendly food trucks, live entertainment, activities and competitions for everyone to enjoy! DogFest is an innovative and informative doggy event not to be missed by paw-rents.

Green Heart Fair | Herston

  • 29 May 2022

Brisbane City Council’s Green Heart Fair is back and will be better than ever! The fair will feature Brisbane’s leading sustainability experts ready to share practical tips and tricks to live a more eco-friendly life. You’ll be treated to sustainability displays, expert talks, eco-friendly exhibitors, pre-loved clothing, flood resilience tips and so much more! Held at Victoria Park / Barrambin.

Teneriffe Festival | Teneriffe

  • 28 May 2022

Brisbane’s biggest street party, the Teneriffe Festival celebrates the rich heritage and kaleidoscopically diverse community that is Teneriffe, by erupting in a fabulous fiesta of the best eats, beats, art and drinks the area has to offer. This year, festival-goers can celebrate the best foodie destinations with the Taste of Teneriffe. With a range of kids activities, including Bluey and Bingo performing and a meet and greet photo opportunity, there is fun for all the family! 

The best family festivals Brisbane in June 2022

Logan Eco Action Festival (LEAF) | Meadowbrook

  • Sunday 5 June 2022- (free)
It’s time to celebrate making small changes everyday to help our planet. Head to Logan Eco Action Festival aka LEAF and join in learning big and small tips to live a more sustainable lifestyle!
There’s interactive presentations and workshops from some of our country’s leaders in sustainability, gardening and waste reduction! Plus eco stall holders, sustainable cooking demos, hands-on craft making, eco-markets, plant sale, an array of food trucks, live music and fun kids’ activities. Find out more here.

Cooly Rocks On | Coolangatta

  • 8 – 12 June 2022

Celebrate the music, memories and moments of the 50s, 60s and 70s at Cooly Rocks On. With multiple stages throughout the Coolangatta precinct, you’ll be able to enjoy the very best in rock ‘n’ roll, swing and rockabilly music on the Gold Coast. The beachside festival will see thousands of visitors flock to Coolangatta on the Gold Coast across five action-packed days. Some of the festival’s highlights include the Show ‘N’ Shine, Live Music, Elvis Precinct, Markets, Pin-up Pageant and more. The Strand Coolangatta.

Luminous Lantern Parade | South Bank Parklands

LUMINOUS Lantern Parade Brisbane Festival

  • 10 June 2022

Now in its 15th year, the annual Luminous Lantern Parade celebrates Queensland’s culture, heritage, people, places and industry. Hosted by Multicultural Australia, the Luminous program includes events in Toowoomba, Rockhampton, local neighbourhoods across Brisbane and South Bank Parklands. Register in advance for this FREE event. 

Redcliffe Show | Redcliffe

  • 24 – 26 June 2022

Enjoy three days of fun for the whole family at Redcliffe Show. With rides, shows, animals, entertainment and games, there is a packed programme of activities to keep you entertained. The event includes a firework display at 8.30pm on the Friday and Saturday nights. 

Curiocity | Various Locations  

  • 24 June to 10 July 2022

Let your imagination roam free! Curiocity Brisbane is a 17-day celebration of science, art and tech, where new possibilities play and big ideas collide. Explore a packed program of interactive installations and events including World Science Festival Brisbane. Watch as the city around you is transformed into a world of discovery. Curious visitors of all ages can explore, create and play with the physical and digital Curiocities. 

Mudgeeraba Show | Worongary

  • 25 – 26 June 2022

Brisbane families might like to take a day trip to the Gold Coast’s Mudgeeraba Show for a fabulous day out experiencing a wide variety of tastes, sights, sounds and delights.  With live music, entertainment, displays, competitions and animal attractions plus plenty of food and drink, there is fun for all the family.   

Snow4Kids | Ipswich

  • 25 June – 10 July 2022

Snow4Kids has returned to Brisbane for its 10th year! Come along to the Orion Shopping Centre, Springfield Lakes to enjoy a glistening, snow-filled winter wonderland for local families. Get your family ready for some fun snowman making and snowball throwing amongst your own group in the Ipswich region!

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week | Multiple Locations

  • 25 June – 10 July 2022

Starring more than 125 events from Canungra to The Lost World, Beaudesert to Boonah and Tamborine Mountain to Kalbar, Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is the ultimate backstage pass to the farms, wineries and food stories of the region. The Scenic Rim produces a vast bounty of fruit and vegetables, wines, craft beer, milk, meat and gourmet products, including olives, cheeses, nuts, jams and relishes. Eat Local Week has something for foodies of all ages featuring free and low- cost activities for children and families, farm tours, cooking classes, producer dinners and opportunities to meet the farmers and taste their wares. Find out more about Scenic Rim Eat Local Week.

The best family festivals Brisbane in July 2022

Mould – A Cheese Festival | Bowen Hills

  • 1 – 3 July 2022

Australia’s favourite cheese festival, MOULD, is coming back to Brisbane for an even bigger mozzare-hella good time! MOULD will bring together the best artisan cheese producers from across the country for a day of cheese, wine, masterclasses and more. To make sure cheese-crazed fans can access as many dairy delights as possible this year they have over 25 top artisan cheese producers lined up for you. See more here.

Abbey Medieval Festival | Caboolture

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  • 9 – 10 July 2022 

This is the Abbey Museum’s BIGGEST event and is a drawcard every year for lovers of both history and fantasy. There are re-enactments, sizzling meats (oh, the meats) and tasty mead with which to quench your mighty thirst, and an all-round COOL historical experience. There are plenty of things for kids to do (and big kids as well) at the Abbey Medieval Family Fun event from 27 June – 1 July 2022. Read our review here.

Einbunpin Festival | Sangate

  • 31 July 2022

This incredible festival, running since 1992, is a celebration of all things Sandgate. It’s the village atmosphere, that gorgeous environment and the quirky and talented characters who make the area so special. Stalls, performances, games and activities make this a great day out for the whole family. Find out more here. 

The best family festivals Brisbane in October 2022

Paniyiri Greek Festival | South Brisbane

    • 15 – 16 October 2022 – (tickets) 

One of Australia’s longest running festival, Paniyiri celebrates all things Greek, including food, dance, grape stomping, plate smashing, cooking and cultural activities. Located in Musgrave Park in South Brisbane and also in the Greek Club across the road. There’s always plenty happening on the entertainment stages and don’t forget the legendary honey puff eating competition. It was originally planned for May 2022 but was rescheduled due to weather. 

PREVIOUS FESTIVALS IN BRISBANE

The best family festivals Brisbane in May

Madman Anime Festival | South Brisbane

  • Not going ahead in Brisbane in 2021. Anime Festival will return to Brisbane (May 21-22, 2022)!

The ULTIMATE anime event is at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre! You can definitely expect a huge range of awesome fan and community events, and they’re keen to get everyone involved with making Anime Festival Brisbane truly one of a kind!

Dayboro Day Festival | Dayboro

  • Not going ahead in 2022.

The Dayboro Day Festival is held in conjunction with the Dayboro Antique & Collectables Fair in the township’s main street. The Festival and Fair is an opportune time for locals and tourists to explore the gorgeous Dayboro Valley area, uncover its hidden gems and experience all that this quaint rural township has to offer.

Since 1991, this festival has grown to attract over 20,000 visitors to our beautiful country town. Dayboro is located at the foot of the D’Aguilar Ranges, 21 km’s N/W of Petrie. Go and experience a touch of rural hospitality from our historical town.

The best family festivals Brisbane in June

The Winter Village | Hamilton

The Winter Village Brisbane

  • June 3 – August 29 2021

Discover The Winter Village, an outdoor pop-up event running from June 3 – August 29. This magical winter wonderland is a must-visit destination perfect for the whole family.  Perched by the Brisbane river, enjoy ice-skating, snow showers, food trucks & pop-up bars and of course, the magical igloo village. With a full season of events and activities to explore, The Winter Village is open 7 days a week. Bookings required. Northshore Hamilton.

Brisbane Marathon Festival | Brisbane CBD

  • 5-6 June 2021

Celebrating its 29th year in 2021, the Brisbane Marathon Festival is one of the oldest and most friendly events on the Australian running calendar attracting thousands of participants each year. Choose from the full 42.2km, 21.1km, 10km, 5km or 2km. The course gives you the incredible opportunity to run over the main deck of the iconic Story Bridge, before enjoying a rock star finish at the Riverstage. Bookings required.

Grazed & Grown by Regional Flavours | South Bank

  • 18-20 June 2021 Not going ahead in 2022

Hosted by Alastair McLeod and Matt Kirkegaard, Grazed & Grown will be sure to dish up a buffet of skillful cooking demonstrations featuring seasonal produce, food philosophy and sustainability. Taste test the very best produce and innovative ingredients in The Marketplace, filled with producers and artisans from within 250km of Brisbane City. Unwind to live music while soaking up the winter rays with a cool craft beer from a home-grown brewer or a signature cocktail from The Country Club bar. Kids under 12 enter FREE. Bookings required.

Winterfest at Dreamworld | Coomera

Winterfest at Dreamworld

  • 26 June – 11 July 2021

Shake up your winter at Dreamworld as it turns into a winter wonderland and a foodie’s haven during Winterfest, back and cooler than ever this June! From the illusion of snow throughout the park, to tobogganing, ice skating and themed entertainment, Dreamworld will become the home of winter on the Gold Coast for two weeks during the school holidays. The park will also be holding two ticketed Park After Dark Winterfest events on 26 June and 3 July, where you can enjoy an action-packed Winter-themed event and ride your favourite rides at night. 

Out of the Box Festival | South Brisbane

  • Dates and times to be confirmed for 2022. This is a biennial festival.

This festival is carefully curated to offer connected arts and educational experiences for children aged eight years and under. In 2022 QPAC’s Out of the Box will have a different format. A number of Out of the Box productions will be presented throughout the year and will complement QPAC’s year-round program for children and young people.

The best family festivals Brisbane in July

NAIDOC Festival | Multiple Locations

  • 4-11 July 2021

There will be many activities and festivals around Brisbane (including Musgrave Park) to share in the very important messages of hope that NAIDOC brings to us. Let’s work together for a brighter tomorrow.

Spark Ipswich – Previously Ipswich Festival | Ipswich

  • 8 -18 July 2021

SPARK Ipswich, The`reimagined’ Ipswich Festival is an 11-day city-wide event celebrating the people, places, arts and culture of Ipswich. The 2021 program will deliver up fresh new festival content.  Music, comedy, arts, exhibitions, circus, projection, culture, cabaret, technology, collaboration and discussion will take over the City.

Mind, Body & Spirit Festival | South Brisbane

  • 9-11 July 2021 – CANCELLED

Australia’s largest health, wellbeing and natural therapies event, Mind, Body & Spirit Festival is coming back to Brisbane. Learn from over 200 exhibitors, attend inspirational seminars, try some body pampering, watch stage performances, join a meditation session and taste delicious health foods! It’s free to attend however you will need to claim your free ticket via the website.

Brisbane Comedy Festival | Newfarm

  • 16 July – 8 Aug 2021

Comic musings, side-splitting stories and tear-inducing tales…Brisbane Comedy​ Festival returns in 2021, bursting at the seams to host a hand-picked selection of the funniest folk in the country. Get skit-faced with 50+ of your favourite rib-tickling rascals from across Australia. From stand-up to improv and sketch comedy, they’ve got your tastes covered, plus they’ll shine a light on the best new talent, here and now! Bookings required. Brisbane Powerhouse, The Tivoli and The Fortitude Music Hall.

Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival | Woody point

  • 30 July – 1 August 2021 – CANCELLED

Get your taste buds ready! Moreton Bay’s most delectable festival is back in 2021, tastier than ever before.  The 2021 Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival will be held at Apex Park, on the waterfront, at Woody Point.  The new location enables the festival to be delivered under a COVID-Safe event format while giving foodies from all over SEQ the chance to catch Woody Point’s famous sunset. Apex Park.

GreazeFest | Redlands

  • 30 July – 1 August 2021

Held every year in the Redlands, just outside of Brisbane, GreazeFest brings you a crankin’ weekend of cool cars, rockabilly music, fashion parades, pinups, vintage bikes, lowrider cycles, low brow art, pinstripers, tattoos, markets and heaps more. Tickets on sale now. Redlands Showgrounds.

Le French Festival | South Bank

Le Festival will be back in its usual format in 2022. Meanwhile, immerse yourself in the French experience and ‘joie de vivre’ at Le Festival’s 2021 smaller celebrations. Find out more here.

The best family festivals Brisbane in August

Storyarts Festival | Ipswich

  • 1-8 August 2021

Ipswich’s biennial StoryArts Festival returns in August! Presented by the Ipswich District Teacher-Librarian Network, the festival brings you award winning authors, illustrators, storytellers and performers from all over Australia to deliver an exciting program of literary experiences through an eight-day schools, family and adult program. 

The EkkaRoyal Queensland Show | Fortitude Valley

Festivals Brisbane Ekka

  • 7-15 August 2021 – CANCELLED.
At Families Magazine, we LOVE the Ekka! We believe when it comes to festival, Brisbane’s beloved Ekka is the cream of the crop! It’s been around since 1876 (if you can believe it!) and showcases all the best things about living in Queensland. Rides, showbags, displays, agricultural pursuits, games, media displays and so much more are on offer for families looking to have a brilliant day (or couple of days) off. We’ve even got some advice on how to do the Ekka on a budget. Score!

The best family festivals Brisbane in September

Brisbane Festival | Multiple Locations

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  • 3-25 September 2021
Thinking festival? Brisbane Festival is an absolute corker. Across the whole city for three weeks in September you’ll find dance, music, art, drama and displays that aim to excite and delight. There are also plenty of kids shows and events to be found. Most of the action takes place at Southbank and culminates in RIVERFIRE ! Woohoo!

RedFest Festival | Redlands

  • 3-5 September 2021 – CANCELLED
  • Norm Price Park, Redlands Showgrounds

Join in the celebrations with singers, dancers and artists from around. Families can enjoy over 50 carnival rides, reptile show, circus workshops, lantern decorating and parade, various craft activities and fireworks displays. Select from a range of food trucks and consider entering the annual Strawberry Eating Competition. RedFest has something for everyone.

Dayboro Show 

  • Sat 4 – Sun 5 Sep 2021

Enjoy a traditional country fair complete with side show alley, show bags, rides and kids entertainment. Of course, there will be the classic woodchopping, rodeo and dog show displays plus heaps more agricultural family fun. When the sun goes down prepare yourselves for Walter Whip and the Flames show plus an amazing fireworks display in the main arena. Tickets available at the gate. Dayboro Showgrounds. Find out more here.

Green Heart Fair | Carindale

  • Sun 5 September 2021

Brisbane City Council’s Green Heart Fair is back and will be better than ever! The fair will feature over 120 of Brisbane’s leading sustainability experts ready to share practical tips and tricks to live a more eco-friendly life. You will be treated to sustainability displays, expert talks, eco-friendly exhibitors, artisan markets, food trucks, and more! Carindale Recreation Reserve. Find out more here.

Laidley Spring Festival | Laidley

  • Thurs 9 – Sat 11 September 2021

The Lockyer Valley welcomes families from across South East Queensland to attend this three-day festival. Enjoy community exhibitions and demonstrations, markets, an array of food options and live entertainment.  Of particular interest is the free Family Fun Day *12 September* featuring the annual street parade, activities, face painting, roving entertainment and wildlife presentations. Find out more on their website.

Redcliffe KiteFest | Clontarf

  • 11 & 12 September 2021
In hopes that September will bring more wind, the family-favourite Redcliffe KiteFest will be moving to September this year. It might have a new weekend, but the annual Redcliffe KiteFest promises to deliver the same fun and colour for one huge weekend, boasting world-class kite displays, live character performances (headline act to be announced in March), workshops, market stalls, amusement rides and aerobatic displays, plus so much more. Can you guess who this year’s headline children’s act will be? Make sure you’ve clicked “Interested” in or “going” to be the first to know!

Nundah Village Street Festival | Nundah

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  • Sunday 12 September 2021
  • Sandgate Road, Nundah

Join Nundah for the communities annual festival, celebrating food, stalls, bands, local schools and entertainment. 

Strawberry & Dessert Festival | Sandstone Point

  • 18 September 2021

The Sandstone Point Hotel is home to the Strawberry & Dessert Festival! Fresh strawberry stalls, strawberry milkshakes, chocolate coated strawberries (OMG) and a ‘Strawberry Patch Bar’ that specialises in… you guessed it, strawberry drinks. There will be children’s entertainment and rides, live music, strawberry eating competition and FIREWORKS!

The best family festivals Brisbane in October

Oktoberfest | Brisbane

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  • Over two weekends on 8-10 and 15-17 October 2021.
Australia’s Largest German Festival is not just for grownups! Just like in a real German Festival there’s lots to keep the kids entertained from the minute you enter. Sundays are the best days for families, as they have a relaxed and chilled out atmosphere. Oktoberfest has plenty of kid-friendly entertainment including singing and dancing plus fabulous yodelling and German dancers, always a favourite – the youngest dancer is only five. Kids can join in the Hat Dance or groove along to the Chicken Dance. Find out more here.

MOSAIC Multicultural Festival | Roma Street Parklands

  • Sun 10 October 2021
  • Roma Street Parklands

MOSAIC can be reached via Roma Street Station and is an accessible festival held at Roma Street Parkland for the whole family. Its intention is to showcase the rich cultural benefits that our broader community experiences thanks to the incredibly diverse population of Queensland!

The Oyster Festival | Sandstone Point

  • Saturday 16 October 2021

The Sandstone Point Hotel is home to a GREAT family day out. Seafood stalls, wine, celebrity chefs, live music, rides, entertainment, and the famous Australian Oyster Opening Competition. You may even see a visit from *gasp* Spongebob Squarepants!

Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival | Tamborine

Tamborine Scarecrow Festival

  • October 29-31 2021

The Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival is an annual event to celebrate the great lifestyle enjoyed on the Mountain. It is essentially a huge Sculpture Show with the subjects being Scarecrow-related!

The Scarecrows on the Discovery Trail can compete in several categories, for great prize money and local fame. Young, old, clever, and artistically-challenged all participate, and the result is hundreds of scarecrows that have to be seen to be believed. Families can enjoy market stalls, rides, games, street performers, pig racing and food trucks. Gold coin entry fee.

The best family festivals Brisbane in November

Supanova! | South Brisbane

  • 6-7 November 2021 dates

This is for lovers of all things pop culture! Supanova is a celebration of the small and big screens. It’s held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in South Bank – expect to see some Cos Play! (People dressed in costume as their favourite characters)

The best family festivals Brisbane in December 

Woodford Folk Festival | Woodford – Cancelled 2021 

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Update: Unfortunately the 2021/2022 Woodford Folk Festival has been cancelled. They look forward to welcoming it back in 2022/2023. However, you can camp at the Woodford Folk Festival parklands this summer for Bushtime at Woodfordia.

As well as the fun stuff for the kids, you’ll find a wide variety of folk music as well as other genre on display for your listening pleasure. There are comedy acts, visual arts, theatre, circus tricks and oh-so-much more. You can camp or caravan onsite too. It’s a peaceful yet exciting way to round out the year.

Christmas in Brisbane!

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Christmas is the BEST time of year in Brisbane and we couldn’t close this article without mentioning it. While it’s not *technically* a festival, there’s SO MUCH to see and do in the city at this time of year! Check out our wrap up here! 

 

Festivals Brisbane – did we miss your fave?

Let us know what your favourite festival in Brisbane is in the comments!

Kerbside Collection Brisbane | Get the Latest on Clean-Ups in Your Suburb

Kerbside Collection Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Logan and Ipswich occur at various points throughout the year. Due to COVID, some Councils have cancelled or postponed their collections until 2022. 

Read on for a breakdown of what’s happening in each Council area plus everything you need to know about hard rubbish collections in your local suburb!

Kerbside Pickup in your area

Here’s the lowdown on your local Council’s kerbside collection policies.

Brisbane City Council

Brisbane City Council kerbside collection services help residents dispose of large household items. Residents will be informed via a flyer at least one week before the collection in your suburb. You can also get reminders when you download the Brisbane Bin and Recycling app. You must place your items for collection on the kerbside in front of your property by 6am on the first day of the collection period.

Residential households in the Brisbane local government area, including houses and multi-unit dwellings, are eligible to take part in the kerbside large item collection service. Properties that are not eligible include commercial properties, schools and vacant land.

Redland City Council

Redlands City Council does not provide a kerbside collection of bulky items. Instead, Redlands residents can take unwanted items and waste to their nearest Redlands Recycling and Waste Centres at no charge. Photo ID and proof of residency must be shown. This resource has information about where you can take bulky items. There is home assist service offered to residents in possession of a Pension Concession Card, DVA Gold Card or a confirmation benefit letter.

Logan City Council

Each year, Logan City Council holds a kerbside clean-up to help residents dispose of large household items and green waste. You’ll need to leave your unwanted items on the kerb by 6am on the first day of collection.

This resource shows dates for 2022 depending on your suburb along with full details of what can be included and how much can be disposed of. 

Ipswich City Council

You can find the latest schedule for kerbside collections from Ipswich City Council here. Residents will receive a flyer informing them of upcoming collection dates (or you can check the website). Ensure items are placed at the kerbside by the day before the collection. Find out what can and can’t be included in the kerbside collection here

Moreton Bay Region

The Moreton Bay Region has no regular kerbside collections.

Gold Coast City Council

The Gold Coast City Council has a flexible option for kerbside collections. Eligible Gold Coast residents can book one FLEXiSKiP for free per year. This is a heavy-duty, 3 cubic metre skip bag with a one-tonne capacity (it is big enough to fit couches, mattresses and other large bulky items). Eligibility criteria applies.  Find out more here.

Sunshine Coast Council

The Sunshine Coast Council does not offer a kerbside collection. However, they have established a large household item waste collection directory with the intent of helping residents find local suppliers offering paid waste collection services for unwanted items that are difficult to move.

What else do you need to know about kerbside collection Brisbane?

If your local Council offers kerbside collections (hint: not all of them do!), you’ll be notified by mail or by checking on your council website about when your collection period will be. The advice is to place your kerbside collection or hard rubbish items in front of your house during the weekend prior to collection week.

Find below a guide as to what can usually be collected and what is usually excluded from the collections. However, please be sure to check your local council link for confirmation of what you can and can’t include in your council area.

Items collected in kerbside collection Brisbane

Green waste:

  • tree and shrub clippings and palm fronds must be cut into 1m lengths and tied into bundles
  • leaves and grass clippings left in cardboard boxes (not plastic bags).

Hard waste:

  • furniture
  • wood products (no longer than 1m in length)
  • carpet and linoleum (lino)
  • stoves, dishwashers and washing machines with doors removed
  • small amounts of building materials like rocks and tiles
  • mattresses
  • tins of dry paint, with the lid removed.

Items NOT collected in kerbside collections

  • tyres, batteries, gas cylinders and fire extinguishers
  • fibro sheeting (whether or not it contains asbestos)
  • hazardous or medical waste, chemicals, oils
  • food or any waste that may rot or attract flies and vermin
  • refrigerators, air conditioners and freezers
  • glass or items that contain glass – including televisions, mirrors and computer monitors, tables, solar panels etc.
  • tree stumps and dirt
  • bean bags containing beans
  • tins of wet paint.

What are the rules for kerbside collection Brisbane and hard rubbish pick up?

A pile of goods waiting for a kerbside collection

Official hard rubbish rules are:

Place your items neatly on the kerb in a pile and observe the following:

  • As a guide, two people should be able to load your waste in five minutes.
  • Place your waste on the footpath in a neat pile. Your waste should not obstruct pedestrian traffic and should not be placed on top of water meters or directly in front of letterboxes or other people’s driveways.
  • Piles of hard waste items should be no larger than 2 metres wide, 1 metre high and 1 metre deep.
  • Green waste must be cut into 1 metre lengths and tied into bundles.
  • Excessive waste loads may not be collected.
  • Again, check your local council for any specific rules they might have.

Unofficial hard rubbish rules are:

  • If someone else could use it – donate it to an op shop instead of sending it to landfill.
  • While you’re not supposed to touch other people’s rubbish piles, IF you do ensure that you leave the area as neat as possible.
  • While you’re not supposed to touch other people’s rubbish piles (notice we keep stressing this?), IF you do please don’t go onto their property to ask them questions about items or that they hold them for you so you can come back with a trailer. That sounds obvious but you’d be surprised…
  • Do your best to ensure that your street stays as neat as possible during collection time
  • Be careful of people pulling over sharply to inspect items if you’re driving on a street that’s involved in kerbside collection.

Kerbside collection Brisbane and beyond – your story

Got any stories about kerbside pickup time? Found anything cool? (Not that we encourage that…) We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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Antarctica Facts for Kids for Your School Project

 

Looking for Antarctica facts for kids? This desolate place intrigues many, renowned for its icy climate and white wilderness.  Of late, a place of interest due to climate change and melting ice. The region plays host to many explorers.  

We have put together some interesting facts about Antarctica and why it is so important.  So, if you are talking about Antarctica in school, or trying to find facts about the place for a fun project, this article will give you the Antarctica information you  need.

Antarctica facts for kids

Some basic information about Antarctica for kids:

  1. What is Antarctica?

It is the fifth largest continent in the world and located in the southern hemisphere (bottom of a globe).  The South Pole forms part of the region.  It is approximately between 7-8,000 kilometres from Australia (dependent on where you travel from and to).

Ice is the mainstay of the Antarctic region.  There are no countries within the continent, however many countries lay claim to areas within the Antarctic region including Australia.  The Antarctic region contains a series of islands, mountainous regions, volcanoes, oceans that surround it. Antarctica is divided into two regions namely Eastern Antarctica and Western Antarctica.  The Transantarctic mountains divide the region into Eastern and Western areas. 

The eastern and western regions are different; the eastern side is much older in its rock formations than the western side.  The western side contains more active volcanos.

  1. What will I find in Antarctica?

In short, not a lot!  This is a very cold and icy place and there are no humans who live in the region all the time.  Research groups or visitors travel to the area throughout the year and there are structures that house these visitors.  The region contains the world’s largest ice sheet.  There is plenty of snow and ice, and the area is very dry. As you would expect, the outlook is very white!  There are two huge ice shelves within the region; Ross ice Shelf and Ronne Ice Shelf.  The Ross Ice Shelf is the largest and measures just under 200,000 square miles!

  1. Antarctic animals

Antarctica Facts for Kids

An abundance of wildlife exists here! Most of the wildlife can be found in the waters surrounding the Antarctic region.  Penguins and seals aplenty, together with whales, some fish and birds and squid. 

Due to the extreme cold weather, there are not many land animals. Animals such as polar bears and arctic foxes are only found in the North Pole (the top end of the globe). 

Animals that live in the region have adapted to the cold climate.  Penguins and seals have a thick layer of fat (or blubber) which helps to keep the animals warm and provides energy. Penguins will huddle up in the winter climates. This helps to keep them warm and protect them against the harsh weather.

The largest mammal also hangs out in this area – the blue whale. These huge animals live on krill which can be found in the waters surrounding Antarctica.

  1. Why is Antarctica so important?

Antarctica has been heavily researched over the years.  Approximately 200 years ago the area was discovered accidentally.  It is important for the earths’ climate control and balances the absorption of solar heat (and how much reflects).  Due to changes in climate control, research is ongoing.

The islands of Antarctica

As mentioned, there are no specific countries in the continent of Antarctica.  The region is split into two areas namely Eastern Antarctic and Western Antarctic and a number of countries lay claim to areas.  Included in the make-up of Antarctica are a number of islands:

  • South Orkney Islands; also South Georgia; South Shetland Islands and South Sandwich Islands – claimed by United Kingdom.
  • Heard and McDonalds Islands – claimed by Australia.
  • Scott Island; Balleny Island – claimed by New Zealand.
  • Peter I Island; Bouvet Island – claimed by Norway.

What do people do at Antarctica?

Antarctica Facts for Kids

As mentioned, the area is host to many researchers.  Many countries regularly send scientists to the region. Both USA and Australia, together with Russia, Chile and Argentina, own some of the largest research stations.  Those that do venture into the region have to be careful with food supplies – shops are scarce here!  Food is, therefore, regularly rationed for the duration of the research project.   The largest research station is McMurdo (owned by the US).  This has approximately 80 buildings and can house over 1,000 people at any one time.  The station is similar to a small city – it does have shops and facilities onsite and even an ATM!

Fun facts about Antarctica

  • Antarctica is the coldest continent in the world!
  • Polar cruises are very popular and approximately 40,000 tourists visit the region annually.
  • Aurora Australis (the name given to the Southern lights). This ‘light’ show throws a green light around the sky area during the winter months of March to September.
  • Antarctica has only two seasons: summer and winter.
  • Antarctica has approximately 90% of the world’s ice and over 50% of the world’s fresh water.
  • The Antarctic Treaty of 1961 regulates research activity between all the countries involved for peaceful research operations.
  • The area is the least populated continent in the world.
  • This is a very windy place – winds can reach over 200 miles per hour.
  • The Southern Ocean surrounds the continent.
  • Antarctica is nearly double the size of Australia.
  • No country controls the region, but many lay claim to certain areas.
  • The average thickness of the ice is approximately 1 mile (but in some areas even thicker)!
  • Antarctica is a ‘desert’ due to its lack of rain/water!
  • There are times throughout the year where the region does not see any sun at all!
  • Equally, there are times throughout the year where the sun is shining at midnight!
  • Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen was the first explorer to reach the South Pole back in 1911. He used a combination of dog sleds and skiing to reach his destination. British explorer Robert Falcon Scott arrived some 5 weeks later.
  • Temperatures in the region can get very low, on average as low as -60 degrees Celsius (-76 degrees Fahrenheit), but it has had much colder temperatures recorded.
  • Ice covers approximately 99% of Antarctica!
  • Mount Erebus is an active volcano found in the region.
  • A child has been born in Antarctica.
  • You will also fine the nematode worm in high numbers.
  • Antarctica has no trees.
  • Every year cargo ships bring much needed supplies.
  • The Transantarctic mountain ranges are one of the longest in the world.
  • British explorer Felicity Aston was the first person to ski across Antarctica.
  • Large icebergs have broken away, crashing into the ocean.
  • The water surrounding Antarctica are deep (up to 5,000 metres).
  • The ice surface grows every year at the change of seasons (from summer to winter).
  • Likewise it reduces every year (from winter to summer).

How can we help Antarctica?

Antarctica fun facts for kids is a great way to learn about this stunningly beautiful area. Learning about climate change, research projects and the ongoing need to protect our planet will help in our understanding of the area. 

Antarctica facts for kids

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Strawberry Farms Brisbane – Pick Your Own Strawberries!

Strawberry Farms Brisbane! Are you looking for best places to go strawberry picking Brisbane has to offer?

We’re lucky to have so many local strawberry picking farms right on our doorstep. Prepare yourself for juicy, ripe, sun-kissed strawberries just begging to be dipped in cream or chocolate. Plus the kids just love the concept of *pick your own strawberries* in Brisbane.

This article will detail where all the best strawberry picking Brisbane day trip options are and is a locals guide to strawberry farms Brisbane.

Find a strawberry farm Brisbane – pick your own!

How can you make sweet, juicy and delicious strawberries infused with Queensland sunshine even better? Pick them yourself with the kids! Check out all the amazing pick your own strawberry farms Brisbane has to offer and add it to your *days out from Brisbane* bucket list!

Not only do you get to take home your own freshly picked strawberries and pink juicy grins, but you’re getting your family out of the supermarkets to see where real food comes from. Turn your strawberry picking adventure into a home kitchen science lesson and dust off your favourite jam, shortcake or choc dipped strawberry recipe when you get home.

There are several strawberry farms near Brisbane that allow you to pick your own strawberries. Most cater for family visits with cafes, toilets and even play areas. Prams and strollers will easily maneuver through the rows of strawberries but the ride may get a little bumpy! Wheelchair access to pick strawberries is limited.

When is strawberry season in Brisbane?

Strawberry picking season in Brisbane is generally June to November each year. The season can vary slightly depending on the weather so if you’re planning a strawberry picking adventure after mid-October it’s a good idea to phone beforehand to avoid disappointment.

Entry is mostly free and you’re charged per kg for your freshly picked strawberries. The cost varies throughout strawberry season and is generally cheaper in the warmer weather when strawberries are at their peak.

Where to go strawberry picking Brisbane

Whilst there are not any strawberry farms right IN Brisbane, we have rounded up all the strawberry farms near Brisbane and mostly they seem to be to the north (except one). Below are our picks for Strawberry picking north Brisbane.

Rolin Strawberry Farms Elimbah

Strawberry Farms Brisbane a picture of a ripe strawberry

  • 124-190 Rutters Road, Elimbah QLD 4516
  • Phone: (07) 5497 4253

Rolin Farms on the Sunshine Coast, about 12 minutes up the road from Caboolture (45 minutes north of Brisbane), is THE places to pick your own strawberries near Caboolture.

It is open every day from 8:30am to 4pm on weekdays and 8am-4pm during strawberry season (June through October). You can pick-your-own strawberries from around August. 

They cater for bus tours, playgroups, school visits, birthday parties and even weddings. During school holidays there are fun, inspiring and healthy strawberry themed activities organised for the kids. There is a strawberry farm Brisbane store that sells pre-picked strawberries, homemade strawberry ice-cream and chunky home style jam. There’s also a playground available for the kids and onsite car parking which can accommodate buses and large vehicles. Find out more about Rolin Farm here.

McMartin’s Strawberry Farm

  • Lot 7, 105 Sports Road (next to Maroochy Wetlands), Bli Bli QLD 4560
  • Phone: (07) 5448 4912

Pick your own strawberries or buy from the stall between 8:30am-4:30pm daily. The farm is located on the Sunshine Coast just outside the town of Bli Bli on your way to the Maroochy River. Selling strawberries and other fruit and vegetables when available. Home-made gourmet ice creams and jams, Devonshire tea, souvenirs and much more. This is another great strawberry-picking Sunshine Coast option for families.

Find out more about McMartin’s Strawberry Farm here.

LuvaBerry Farm

  • Ziviani Road, Wamuran QLD 4512
  • Phone: 0417 741 692

Looking for a more intimate strawberry picking experience? LuvaBerry’s family farm is the answer. Located 15 minutes out of Caboolture, during strawberry picking season LuvaBerry is open every weekend (weather permitting), 9am – 5pm.

They offer Peckish Picking- where you can eat as many strawberries as you like in the field (price includes a box to take home as well), and a Farm Gate stall selling lots of other fresh local produce from jams and chutneys to avocados and ice creams and even do morning yoga! A great day out for kids and adults alike, with complimentary farm tours available plus tea, coffee and locally made biscuits! If you are looking for a strawberry farm Caboolture style, this is it! You can also buy freeze-dried strawberry goods to keep you going when the strawberry season ends. 

Find out more on the LuvaBerry website.

Chambers Flat Strawberry Farm

  • 912 Chambers Flat Road, Chambers Flat QLD 4133
  • Phone: (07) 5546 3652

Located in the Logan shire area of Brisbane, Chambers Flat strawberry picking is run by third generation strawberry farmers. At the Chambers Flat Strawberry Farm Brisbane, you can pick your own juicy strawberries from their beautiful fields or buy them freshly picked along with jams and other strawberry delights from their farm store. You simply MUST try their strawberry ice cream! They are HUGE and very tasty with freshly blended strawberries and ice cream. Yum!

Open seven days from June to November including public holidays (pick-your-own is available August, September and October). Opening hours are 8.30am -5pm Monday to Saturday and 8.30am to 4pm on Sundays, with strawberry picking finishing 30 minutes before closing time. Facilities include: car park, small cubby house for kids, picnic area with some tables, toilets and shaded areas to stop and rest when you’re weary from picking strawberries. Visit the Chambers Flat Strawberry Farm Facebook page.

Cooloola Berries

Strawberry Farms Brisbane Two kids picking strawberries at Cooloola Berries

  • 856 Tagigan Road, Wolvi Qld 4570
  • 07 5486 7512

Cooloola Berries is a working farm located on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Pick your own sweet, ripe, delicious strawberries and blueberries fresh from the farm. PYO strawberries is available June to November (depending on the season) and PYO Blueberries from December-January each year. Cafe serving local produce re-opens from 4th May 2022.

Visit their beautiful lavender fields which flower most of the year round. The venue is also suitable for weddings, birthdays and anniversaries. 

Twice a year, the farm takes part in the Cooloola Farmers Trail where they open the farm to showcase their farm to the public. 

Jarvis Fresh Strawberries

Update: No longer offering strawberry picking but still has a shop.

  • 445 Rochedale Road, Rochedale QLD 4123

This farm is gaining popularity. They sell strawberries in containers in the shop, so you won’t leave empty-handed. It’s a good idea to check their Facebook page to see if they have posted any notes about availability, particularly at the end of the season (typically strawberry seasons are June to October). Remember to take your own container! Find them on Facebook.

The Strawberry Farm Gold Coast

Update: Permanently closed.

  • 1 Pimpama Jacobs Well Road, Pimpama, QLD
  • Phone: (07) 5546 6245

The Strawberry Farm has operated for well over 20 years and is well known to locals and tourists alike. Old-fashioned service and country charm see people relaxing at this stop for hours. Situated conveniently next to the M1 Pacific Motorway midway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast it proves to be a popular stop for motorists with plenty of parking and amenities available.

Children love the free animal farm as they can walk amongst, feed and be delighted by so many different animals. Delightful treats include the famous “Strawberry Cone” – a giant cone filled with vanilla ice cream, strawberries and fresh cream topped with strawberry ice cream then a dollop of cream and another strawberry!

Twist Brothers Strawberry Farm

Update: Closed to grow turf instead.

  • 447 Chevallum Road, Chevallum QLD 4555

Twist Brothers offered an authentic picking experience set against a gorgeous natural backdrop. Locals and tourists alike rated it very highly in terms of easily picking delicious fresh fruit. This venue for strawberry picking on the Sunshine Coast was a great choice if you were on the way to, or coming back from, visiting other local sites.

Strawberry Fields Palmview

Update: Strawberry Fields closed in 2021.

  • 133 Laxton Road, Palmview QLD 4553 – Exit 190 off Bruce Highway
  • Phone: (07) 5494 5146

Strawberry Fields farm on the Sunshine Coast is open 7 days a week from 8am to 4pm throughout the year. They offer pick your own strawberries sessions from June to November. This farm is your best strawberry picking Sunshine Coast option.

Strawberry Fields has been a family owned strawberry farm Brisbane since 1980. They run educational tours for school groups and also cater for birthday parties. Kids activities include tractor rides, a playground and hay bale climbing.

Picnic tables are provided so you can relax and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding green country side and manicured gardens while eating lunch. Their café sells a range of scrumptious strawberry themed delights (think fresh strawberry ice cream, strawberries and cream, parfaits, pancakes and more). They also stock a range of local crafts and locally grown produce. Regulars tell us that this is the best strawberry farm Brisbane has to offer for kids and activities!

Brisbane strawberry picking

Do you know of other great strawberry picking near Brisbane options? Let us in on your sweet, sweet secret – tell us below. You can always pick up some delicious  strawberries at your local Sunday markets too. If you’re open to going further afield you can also check out these Sunshine Coast Strawberry Farms. To celebrate a great day of picking delicious fresh produce, why not blitz up one of these delicious strawberry cocktails!

Strawberry Picking Sunshine Coast!

Are you looking for a delicious, fun activity to do with your kids? Set a course for a strawberry picking Sunshine Coast adventure!

Strawberry picking on the Sunshine Coast

Sweet, fresh berries smeared all over your giggling children’s faces after an afternoon of picking them straight off the bushes. Tired bodies in the car on the way home, worn out from a day spent in nature learning about where our food comes from. Cooking with gorgeous fruits that your little ones have collected and feel proud of. Sound idyllic? It is! Why not try a strawberry picking day trip, Sunshine Coast style?

We’re here to help you find a strawberry farm on the Sunshine Coast. They’re not only open during the school holidays – you can go any time as long as the berries are in season. This is a unique, unforgettable experience – a memory you’ll really treasure when those little faces have grown much bigger. Make sure you check out our list of Brisbane strawberry farms as well!

Rolin Strawberry Farms Elimbah

  • 124-190 Rutters Road, Elimbah QLD 4516
  • Phone: (07) 5497 4253

Rolin Farms on the Sunshine Coast, about 12 minutes up the road from Caboolture (45 minutes north of Brisbane), is THE places to pick your own strawberries near Caboolture.

It is open every day from 8:30am to 4:30pm on weekdays and 8am-4:30pm during strawberry season (June through October). You can pick-your-own strawberries from around August. 

They cater for bus tours, playgroups, school visits, birthday parties and even weddings. During school holidays there are fun, inspiring and healthy strawberry themed activities organised for the kids. There is a strawberry farm Brisbane store that sells pre-picked strawberries, homemade strawberry ice-cream and chunky home style jam. There’s also a playground available for the kids and onsite car parking which can accommodate buses and large vehicles. Find out more about Rolin Farm here.

McMartins Farm

  • Lot 7, 105 Sports Road (next to Maroochy Wetlands), Bli Bli QLD 4560
  • Phone: (07) 5448 4912

Pick your own strawberries or buy from the stall between 8:30am-4:30pm daily. The farm is located on the Sunshine Coast just outside the town of Bli Bli on your way to the Maroochy River. Selling strawberries and other fruit and vegetables when available. Home made gourmet ice creams and jams, Devonshire tea, souvenirs and much more. This is another great strawberry picking Sunshine Coast option for families.

Find out more about McMartins Strawberry Farm here.

LuvaBerry Farm

  • Ziviani Road, Wamuran QLD 4512
  • Phone: 0417 741 692

Looking for a more intimate strawberry picking experience? LuvaBerry’s family farm is the answer. Located 15 minutes out of Caboolture, during strawberry picking season LuvaBerry is open every weekend (weather permitting), 9am – 5pm..

They offer Peckish Picking- where you can eat as many strawberries as you like in the field (price includes a box to take home as well), and a Farm Gate stall selling lots of other fresh local produce from jams and chutneys to avocados and ice creams and even do morning yoga! A great day out for kids and adults alike, with complimentary farm tours available plus tea, coffee and locally made biscuits! If you are looking for a strawberry farm Caboolture style, this is it! You can also buy freeze-dried strawberry goods to keep you going when the strawberry season ends. 

Find out more on the LuvaBerry website.

Cooloola Berries

  • 856 Tagigan Road, Wolvi Qld 4570
  • 07 5486 7512

Cooloola Berries is a working farm located on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Pick your own sweet, ripe, delicious strawberries and blueberries fresh from the farm. PYO strawberries is available June to November (depending on the season) and PYO Blueberries from December-January each year. Cafe serving local produce re-opens from 4th May 2022.

Visit their beautiful lavender fields which flower most of the year-round. The venue is also suitable for weddings, birthdays and anniversaries. 

Twice a year, the farm takes part in the Cooloola Farmers Trail where they open the farm to showcase their farm to the public. 

Strawberry Fields Palmview

Update: Strawberry Fields closed in 2021.

  • 133 Laxton Road, Palmview QLD 4553 – Exit 190 off Bruce Highway
  • Phone: (07) 5494 5146

Strawberry Fields farm on the Sunshine Coast is open 7 days a week 8am to 4pm throughout the year, with pick your own strawberries available from June to November. Strawberry Fields has been a family owned strawberry farm since 1980. They run educational tours for school groups and also cater for birthday parties. Kids activities include tractor rides, a playground and hay bale climbing.

Picnic tables are provided so you can relax and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding green country side and manicured gardens while eating lunch. Their café sells a range of scrumptious strawberry themed delights (think fresh strawberry ice cream, strawberries and cream, parfaits, pancakes and more). They also stock a range of local crafts and locally grown produce. Check out their Facebok page here for updates.

Gowinta Farms

Update: No longer open for strawberry picking.

  • Location: 205 Burys Rd, Beerwah QLD 4519

Gowinta Farms was a gorgeous spot with over 170 acres of strawberries! They also had THREE MILLION pineapples, 10000 lychee trees and 6 acres of greenhouse crops. Beerwah Caravan Park is located within the Gowinta Farms property so you may be interested in having a longer stay at one of the best places for a strawberry picking Sunshine Coast adventure.

Twist Brothers Strawberry Farm

Update: Closed to grow turf instead.

  • 447 Chevallum Road, Chevallum, QLD 4555

Twist Brothers offered an authentic picking experience set against a gorgeous natural backdrop. Locals and tourists alike rated it very highly in terms of easily picking delicious fresh fruit. This venue for strawberry picking on the Sunshine Coast was a great choice if you were on the way to, or coming back from, visiting other local sites.

Strawberry picking Sunshine Coast style!

A family adventure without screens in sight. Something old-fashioned that’ll make for amazing memories and pictures to send the grandparents. Fresh, natural produce that kids will go bananas (or berries!) for. Strawberry picking on the Sunshine Coast is a great idea for families so make sure you put it on your list! To celebrate, why not blitz up one of these delicious strawberry cocktails!

Cheetah Facts for Kids

Looking for interesting facts about Cheetah for kids? These magnificent creatures may look like giant cuddly cats, but how do they live and survive? Where can you find them?  What do they do?

We have compiled a great list of interesting facts about cheetah for kids! What do we really know about them and why do they act the way that they do?  What are some of their characteristics? Read on for some cool facts about cheetahs.

We have put together some interesting facts about cheetahs. So, if you are talking about the big cats like cheetahs in school, or trying to find facts about cheetahs for a fun project, this article will give you the cat information you need to help you ace that assignment about cheetahs. Here are our cheetahs tips and facts to help you!

Cheetah facts for kids

Cheetah Facts for Kids

Some fun facts about cheetahs for kids:

  1. What are cheetahs?

Cats! These beautifully stunning, large cat species have an amazing coat of black spots on a background of orange fur.  They are slender in build which helps them gain extraordinary speeds when chasing their prey.  These cats are usually found in parts of Africa and Asia (although in some countries they are now recorded as ‘extinct’).  The male is typically larger than the female and stand, on average, 30 inches tall.  Their striking coat helps them to camouflage (hide) in the background, useful when trying to find their food!

Often confused with leopards in appearance; one distinction is the spots on the coat (black spots on cheetahs and rosette-style spots on leopards). Cheetahs also have black tear streaks on each side of their face. Leopards take their hunted prey up into a tree (cheetahs will not).

  1. What do cheetahs eat? What are cheetahs favourite food?

Cheetahs are meat-eaters (also known as carnivores).  They usually go hunting for their food through the early or late parts of the day (not night time hunters). Often, they are found up a tree scanning for their next meal. In the African savannah they have choices of meat.  This usually includes gazelles, zebra, rodents, rabbits, birds and antelope.  They will chase after their prey and can reach speeds of over 100kph (but cannot maintain this speed for any length of time). Cheetahs are extremely flexible and their build lends itself to being able to change direction easily and quickly. They will aim for the throat of their prey which will suffocate and kill. 

  1. Younger members of the family

Cheetah Facts for Kids

The family unit is different for both males and females.  Males will generally stick with other male siblings (brothers) for life. This gives them the best chance of survival and allows hunting in numbers.  ‘Coalition’ is the name given to a male group.  The coalition is useful when defending themselves against other predators.

Females, on the other hand, are relatively alone once they reach maturity.  They will, however, look after their babies (cubs) for some time.  Mums will teach their cubs how to climb trees, how to hunt for prey and will learn fighting skills by play-fighting with their siblings.

Female cheetahs will start having babies from around two years of age. Cubs will stay with mum until around 18 months of age and will then move on.  Sometimes they will hang out with their siblings while learning the finer points of hunting and, as mentioned, brothers often stick together.

Mums will travel with her cubs in order to find food.  Cubs will join in with the hunt just before they reach their first birthday.

When the cubs are very young and very dependent on mum, it is difficult for her to find food and tend to her offspring.  Predators often kill cubs in these first few months.

Endangered species

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), lists threatened species of animals and plants. This means that they raise the profile of animals that are in danger of becoming extinct (no longer living). Acinonyx jubatus (Cheetah), in recent years, have featured on this list classified as ‘vulnerable’. The Endangered Animals list within the ICUN, has 7 categories ranging from least concern (not currently worried about them) to critical (meaning that there is a real possibility they will become extinct). By raising the profile of a species via their ‘red list’, it provides advice and research to ongoing local projects to help protect the habitat and animal to help them survive.

Cheetahs are ‘vulnerable’ for a number of reasons including:

Habitat loss: Habitat is a word used to describe the area in which a species exist.  Cheetahs are often found in savannahs (grassland areas), where they can use the trees to climb and find prey and shelter in long grass (also good for hiding). These areas are becoming fewer in number mainly due to human activity of clearing areas for materials or building works. 

Other predators:  Cheetahs are looking for similar food as other wildlife.  With so many hunting the same type of animal, they often miss out.  Other predators will also hunt for young cheetah cubs when they are at a vulnerable age which will also keep cheetah numbers low.

Hunted: Their stunningly attractive fur has lead to them being hunted for their coats.

In Asia, cheetahs are only found in parts of Iran. They are listed as ‘critically endangered’ in this region and are completely protected.

Most cheetahs are found in African nations, particularly South Africa.  According to the IUCN figures, there are less than 7,000 known cheetahs living in the wild. They can live up to 14-15 years of age.

Fun facts about cheetahs

  • Cheetahs do not roar! Unlike other large cats, they are relatively silent, but will growl (and purr).
  • Although the fastest animal on land, they can only maintain this speed for under one minute.
  • The long tail of a cheetah acts as a balancing tool.
  • Male cheetahs do not help bring up their cubs.
  • They have fantastic eyesight (useful when trying to identify their next kill).
  • There are usually between 2 to 8 cubs per litter.
  • Cheetahs can have up to 3,000 spots on their coat.
  • Although in the wild cheetahs can live up to 15 years, in captivity this can be up to 20 years.
  • A number of cheetahs can be found in captivity including here in Australia.
  • Female cheetahs will move their cubs every few days to help protect them from predators.
  • Cheetahs can survive in the desert!
  • Cheetahs often enter farms looking for livestock to hunt (sadly they are often killed when doing so).

How can we help cheetahs?

The cheetah fun facts for kids are a great way to learn about these beautiful big cats. It is obvious that they are in need of protection and help if we want them to stay in existence. So, what can we do?  Conservation is a term used to help protect a species or environment. There are many projects in areas where cheetahs can be found, from breeding programmes to monitoring cheetahs’ movements, to better understand the species. 

That said, individually you may feel there is nothing we can do to help.  Donations are always an option – these programmes often rely on funding to keep going.  Alternatively, there are ‘adopt’ programmes where you can ‘adopt’ a cheetah (not to come and live with you!) but will often involve a donation and in return you will receive ongoing information about a particular cheetah.  This often tracks them and provides information – a great education tool.

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Fun Facts About Cats for Kids

If you are looking for fun facts about cats, then you have found the right article!

We have compiled a great list of interesting facts about cats for kids! Often these creatures can be found in homes around the world as a very much-loved pet.  What do we really know about them and why do they act the way that they do?  What are some of their characteristics? Read on for some cool facts about cats.

We have put together some interesting facts about cats and kittens. So, if you are talking about the cats or pets in school, or trying to find facts about cats for a fun project, this article will give you the cat information you need to help you ace that assignment about cats. Here are our cats tips and facts to help you!

All about cat facts for kids

Some basic cat information and cat trivia for kids:

  1. What are cats?

Plenty of cats are found around homes all over the world.  Adored pets in many countries, but there are countries where they roam wild (some are found wild in Australia).   There are different breeds from short-hair, long-hair and even no-hair at all!  They also come in many shapes and sizes (and colours). 

The term ‘big cats’ refers to those larger than the cats found in homes as pets.  These include cats such as lions, tigers, panthers, cheetahs and leopards.

Cats typically weigh up to 5kg.  They range in length with the male usually a little bigger. Cats have a great sense of smell and hearing. They are also very sensitive to touch, particularly around the whiskers and ears.

The claws of a cat are retractable which means that they can draw them back in when not in use.  Claws are useful for climbing and when hunting (or playing!).

  1. What do cats eat?

Cats are meat-eaters (also known as carnivores).  Cats in the wild typically hunt for their food.  At home as pets, a lot of foods have been developed to provide them with a well-balanced diet. 

In the wild, cats are nocturnal by nature.  Their eyes will become wide and can shine in the dark.  This will allow them to identify prey. They will feed on rodents and love fish!.

  1. Facts about kittens

Females can start having babies from approximately 7 months of age. A ‘queen’ is the name given to a breeding female. A ‘kitten’ is the baby name of a cat.  Often mums will have a number of babies in one go (a litter).

Mum’s will look after their babies.  Kittens stay with mum to feed on the milk that she produces. They are also taught a few things (until usually around 12 weeks).  Babies should not leave mum until they are fully weaned (this means that they are no longer feeding from mum directly and are independent). 

What are the different types of cats?

As mentioned, there are a number of different species of domestic cat.  Usually found in two categories (short-hair and long-hair).  There are many, but a few include:

Bengal cat:

They are remarkable to look at as they could be mistaken for a mini tiger!  Markings are very similar. 

British Shorthair:

As the name suggests, they have short length fur. Yes, they originated in Britain. Their coat is thick and soft and colouration varies.

Burmese Cat:

They have very soft and silky fur which is short in length. They are stockier than other breeds.

Persian Cat:

Noted for their long coats. 

Ragdoll Cat:

A very popular breed of cat.  Their coats are long and very soft to touch. 

Siamese Cat:

They are easily recognisable with lighter bodies but darker areas around their paws, ears, face and tail.

Sphynx Cat:

Completely hairless! No fur whatsoever.

Are cats domesticated? Facts about cat behaviour

Fun Facts About Cats for Kids

Yes! Lots of cats are domesticated. Cats that we have at home are called domesticated.

So maybe you have a cat at home that you help to look after. There are some behaviours that cats are famous for:

Purring: A soft sound that the cats make when they are relaxed.  Often associated with contented cats being cuddled.  It sounds like a humming noise.

Spiky tongue: Cats have a very coarse, roughened texture to their tongue.  Cats are self-cleaning animals, so you will often see them licking their fur and washing their faces.  The coarseness of the tongue helps with this task.

Head bumping: Cats often nudge their heads and cheeks against you.  This is a social trait that deems you as a safe person.   

Cat crying (Meow): A cat often meows for a number of reasons.  Sometimes it’s just to let you know that they are around and are saying ‘hello’.  Other times it could be to let you know that they are hungry or thirsty. It could be because they are feeling unwell.  Meowing is an attention call.  They can range in loudness and frequency so it is useful to understand why your cat is making the sound (or if it’s just saying hello!).

Cats and heat:  Cats love the warmth.  Often you will see cats stretched out enjoying the sun through a window, or making itself comfortable in a snuggly blanket.  

Sleepiness: Cats absolutely love sleeping.  They will get many hours of sleep through the day, particularly when warm and comfy!

More fun facts about cats

  • Garfield, the famous cat, is a Persian breed!
  • Cats are unable to climb down from a tree head first, due to the positioning of their claws!
  • Most cats do not like getting wet.
  • A cat has successfully travelled to space!
  • Cats typically live up to 15 years of age.
  • Cats have 30 muscles that control their ears.
  • A male cat is a ‘tom’.
  • A ‘clowder’ of cats refers to a ‘group’ of cats.
  • A cat can run up to speeds of just under 50 kph.
  • Cats can survive falls from long distances – they have a reflex that allows them to land feet first.
  • Cats do not see colour very well.
  • A cat can sweat through its paws!
  • Cats like to hide – you will often find them curiously checking out boxes or cupboards to hide in!
  • Cats can make their tails look bushier when they are angry (they also arch their backs)

How can we help cats?

The cat fun facts for kids are a great way to learn about these beautiful creatures. We are very lucky to be able to be so up close and personal with them.  If you spend time giving a cat attention and understanding what it needs, you will be well rewarded.

There is a lot of advice on how to best look after your cat.  Keeping cats indoors (or contained cat enclosures), to keep both them and the wildlife safe, is highly recommended in Australia. As mentioned, cats are hunters and can get caught up in catching protected wildlife or coming to harm from a predator.

If keeping cats indoors, you will need to invest in litter trays and teach your cat to use it when going to the toilet. Cats are very intelligent so this should be an easy task.  Cats also like to scratch to keep their claws sharp.  Many products exist for domestic cats such as scratching posts and materials (it also prevents them from using your much-loved furniture!).

If you are thinking of investing in a cat as a pet, why not take a look at some of those that are in rescue centres and talk to some of the experts to better understand how to look after them. 

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