REVIEW: Things to do in Redlands with Kids | Top Tips for a Day Out!
Looking for things to do in Redlands with kids? There are plenty of fun activities to choose from in the Redlands area! Here are our favourites!
1. Redlands Indigiscape Centre
Go back to nature and take the kids to the Redlands Indigiscape Centre. Located along Montana Drive, kids will love exploring the new Discovery Centre, walking along the walking trails and visiting the botanical gardens. They may even spy some of the local wildlife. When it comes time to having lunch, there are several options to choose from. The centre has BBQs and picnic tables surrounding it, perfect for a BYO lunch; however, there is also the Tea Garden Cafe which is open every day. Finish the day off by letting the kids play on the playground at the centre. There’s plenty to do and see, including a maze, flying fox and a sandpit. For a fun day out, you can’t beat the Redlands Indigiscape Centre.
2. Redland Museum
The Redland Museum is a fabulous place for the whole family to spend a few hours, or even the whole day! Housing a collection that includes display rooms from bygone eras, an old school house, railway and horse carriages, machinery, toys and household items (plus a whole lot more!), Redland Museum also hosts regular events and activity days especially for children. If you visit on the weekend you might even see the Smithy at work!
3. Mountain Biking
The Redlands has the BEST mountain biking trails! Located in the Scribbly Gum Conservation Area (between Alexandra Hills and Thornlands), you’ll find over 25km of twisting turning tracks through a range of terrains and inclines. Some paths are suitable for beginners, and some are definitely for the more experienced! We recommend you download the map and etiquette guide from the council website before setting out as trails are shared with walkers too.
4. Bayview Conservation Area
The Bayview Conservation Area has undergone a $1.3 million upgrade and now boasts barbecue and picnic areas, horse and bike stations, new showers and toilets, and a bike hose-down facility. Covering 1000 stunning wildlife-filled hectares, the park also has 60km of hiking, mountain biking, and horse riding trails and hosts a number of family-friendly events throughout the year.
The Moreton Bay Cycleway stretches 152km, all the way from Bribie Island right down to Redland Bay in the Redlands. The Redlands stretch cruises along the coast from Thorneside, taking in parks and wetlands through Cleveland and Thornlands, with stunning views along the way to Redland Bay. Most of it is suitable for all ages and abilities, so download the map from the council website and go exploring a new cycle path today!
6. Heritage Trails
The Redlands has a rich history with lots of hidden gems and points of interest. Download one of the six Redlands Heritage Trail maps here and discover something new about the Redlands!
7. Redlands Performing Arts Centre (RPAC)
The Redlands is lucky to have it’s own theatre with a constantly packed program of events and performances. There’s always something family friendly on at RPAC. Click here to see what’s coming up.
8. Redland Youth Plaza
Something for the older kids, located on Old Cleveland Road, Capalaba, is the Redland Youth Plaza. The Plaza is a world-class skate and BMX facility featuring streetscapes, an eight-foot bowl, and a range of different surfaces for kids to test their skills. Redlands Youth Plaza contains a 100m long street run with ledges, hubbas, steps and gaps that connects into a feature bowl area containing a 6 to 8 foot bowl with pool coping, hips, sub box, sub rail and stepped back vert wall. There is also a larger connecting plaza with a 12 stair, 8 stair, big 4, access ramp gap, garden gaps, flat bar, manual pads as well a multitude of timber, steel, paved and concrete ledges. The whole space will be lit at night and includes an elevated skateable stage for a variety of different events, treed viewing and seating spaces throughout.
This multipurpose public space also has a major performance stage with 3 phase power & event infrastructure, a large lawn court, a redeveloped Rage Cage for ball sports, an art and exhibition space with permanent mounting posts and numerous social spaces for informal gathering and art displays. WAP technology is also included to provide an interface with Councils web page, music downloads and Web surfing whilst at the space.
9. Redlands Art Gallery
Want your kids to get creative? Visit the Redlands Art Gallery. With plenty of exhibitions to look at, it’s a fun experience for those who enjoy art. Best of all, for one Sunday every month, the Gallery hosts a Family Fun Day. Featuring a huge variety of art activities for children to take part in, this whole day event is sure to entertain the children and get them out of your hair.
10. Wellington Point Reserve
Looking for a family park with a beach side twist? Wellington Point Reserve is the place for you and your family! Shaded underneath huge fig trees is a wonderful children’s playground. Featuring a sandpit, swings and a genuine climbing wall, the kids will have hours of fun at the park. Opposite the playground is a small beach. This lovely beach is perfect for walking along, swimming in or even just building sandcastles next to. With a choice of picnic areas and cafes, you’ll be sure not to go hungry at Wellington Point Reserve.
11. Capalaba Regional Park
Hosting one of the most fantastic playgrounds in the Redlands area, the Capalaba Regional Park is the perfect place to bring the most active kids. The playground has a variety of equipment, including flying foxes, slides, swings (including a liberty swing), bouncing apparatuses, a fortress and a forest of colourful poles for the kids to get lost in. Bring along a picnic lunch and you have the perfect day out with the kids.
12. Stradbroke Island
Part of the Redland’s council, Stradbroke Island is the perfect place to have a fun getaway with the kids. An island paradise, Stradbroke Island hosts huge stretches of beaches that the children with love to play on. Some of the best beaches on Straddie include Dunwich, Main Beach and family favourite Cylinder’s Beach. All but Dunwich are patrolled, so you can have peace of mind when the kids are in the water. There are plenty of BBQ areas around Cylinder’s Beach for a BYO lunch and Dunwich houses many lovely cafes and restaurants to eat at. For some fun in the sun, Straddie is the way to go.
13. Coochiemudlo Island
Coochiemudlo Island is a great place to relax while the kids have fun. Just a quick 10–minute ferry trip from Victoria Point, Coochiemudlo Island (affectionately known as Coochie) is a sub-tropical island a mere 5km2. It has great beaches for swimming and splashing around, places to fish, walking trails, and a place to hire kayaks, canoes, tinnies and aqua bikes. It’s the perfect spot for a picnic and even Matthew Flinders thought it worth a visit back in 1799!
14. St. Helena Island
Bit of a cheat here because St. Helena Island isn’t actually in the Redlands, but it’s only a short journey away, and for a real trip back in time you can’t beat it! Your day trip to the island starts when you board the Cat o’ Nine Tails at Manly Esplanade, where your tour guides will whisk you across the sea to a nineteenth century penal colony. Your family will be greeted by a welcoming host of actors in period costume who’ll give you an authentic historic experience, and a scrummy picnic lunch. This is history replayed at its finest, and your kids won’t even realise they’re learning!