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Things To Do this Labour Day Long Weekend in Brisbane

This article will share our favourite things to do on the Labour Day long weekend 2024, in Brisbane.

This year the Labour Day long weekend public holiday falls on Monday 6th May 2024. If you’re looking for things to do in Brisbane with your kids this Labour Day long weekend, we’ve got you covered!

The celebration of Labour Day has its origins in the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. With that in mind, we’re here to help you make the most of your daily eight hours of recreation this Labour Day long weekend in Brisbane.

If you are looking for ideas for a weekend getaway from Brisbane, we know that too!

Labour Day long weekend ideas for 2024

In brief:

If none on those work for you – here are a bunch more options!

Science Centre | Queensland Museum

The Sciencentre is located on Level 1 of the Queensland Museum. They have permanent and changing exhibitions and your Brisbane Family can be very hands on to learn more about science. You can play and investigate your way through SparkLab, using lots of the same skills that scientists, engineers and mathematicians use in their everyday.

SparkLab is a timed entry experience. Choosing your preferred time will reduce waiting times and provide an enjoyable experience for all visitors. SparkLab is open daily from 9.30am. Entry times commence at 9.30am, then every half hour until the last entry at 3pm. Find out more here.

The Castle of Tarragindi | GOMA

The Castle of Tarragindi
The Castle of Tarragindi

For ‘The Castle of Tarragindi’, Australian artist Natalya Hughes invites children to explore the imaginative artform of the ‘grotesque’ through hands-on and multimedia interactives. Grotesque designs are characterised by hybrid forms made up of parts of animals, plants, and other shapes.

The exhibition design features a striking blue and white colour palette, referencing grotesque imagery in the style of French designer Jean Bérain, combined with Australian flora and fauna. The setting is stunning and the activities are perfect for all ages. Find out more here.

Pasifika Vibes Festival | Pine Rivers

The region’s largest Polynesian festival takes place to celebrate Māori and Pacific Island culture through dance, music, food and entertainment at the Pine Rivers Showground. The event runs from 8.30am to 3pm. Entry is a gold coin donation. Come along and enjoy the live entertainment and browse the stalls.  Find out more here

Rearranged: Art of the Flower | Brisbane

Rearranged: Art of the Flower

Still life takes on new life celebrating the art of the flower at the Rearranged: Art of the Flower exhibition showing at the Museum of Brisbane from 25 November 2023 – 11 August 2024.

Brisbane has a strong culture of artists using floral imagery to tell stories of this place. In a space reminiscent of a quintessential Queenslander house, Rearranged: Art of the Flowerinvites families to stroll through a lush collection of paintings, textiles, sculptures, ceramics and new media.

Journey through the house, out the back and into the garden, and revel in the beautiful blooms of Brisbane. Find out more here

Jurassic World by Brickman | South Brisbane

Jurassic World by Brickman® Queensland Museum

An adventure 6 million LEGO® bricks in the making. Get ready to build some dino-mite excitement with more than 15 dinosaurs roaring into Queensland Museum for the Jurassic World by Brickman® exhibition open until 14 July 2024.

This iconic exhibition created by Ryan ‘Brickman’ McNaught, brings to life Jurassic World – the juggernaut franchise from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment – and is the largest LEGO® exhibition in Australian history.

With over 50 large-scale dinosaurs, props, scenes and activities made from over 6 million LEGO® bricks, the immersive must-do creative adventure provides inquisitive explorers an interactive and thrilling journey through stories and characters from the Jurassic World franchise. You can find out more here

Australia Zoo | Beerwah

australia day with kids kangaroo

Labour Day is the perfect time to visit Australia Zoo! There is so much to see and do. Don’t forget to pack your swimmers and towels so your little ones can enjoy the water park too!

Read our post about how to get cheap Australia Zoo tickets here.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary | Fig Tree Pocket

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, located in beautiful Fig Tree Pocket, Brisbane is the ideal place for a thoughtful, enjoyable and educational family outing. The Sanctuary has been a Brisbane institution since 1927 and is open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm.  You can read our Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary review here.

Museum of Brisbane & Clock Tower | Brisbane City

There’s a world of culture and creativity to keep little ones busy at MoB these holidays! Play Eye Spy, climb the Clock Tower, hone your drawing skills, and craft your very own superhero badges. Not to mention, a brand new FREE exhibition to explore. Can you come out to play?

The Museum of Brisbane is open 10am – 5pm daily and the clock tower tour operates from 10.15am – 4.45pm every 15 minutes. Find out more here.

The Caxton Hotel Seafood Festival | Petrie Terrace

seafood buffets Brisbane

There’s something for everyone at The Caxton Hotel Seafood Festival. They’ve taken the best bits from the beloved street festival and jammed it into the entire venue. Reserve a table and treat yourself to a Deluxe Seafood Platter! FREE entry. Live music across two stages plus food trucks and Darren Middleton from Powderfinger.

Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre | The Gap

Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre
📷: Hannah S, Lyle Radford © Queensland Government

The Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre is a great place to take little kids who are keen to experience our Australian wildlife without the big zoo prices! Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre is located at 60 Mount Nebo Road, The Gap, only 12km from Brisbane’s city centre.

At the Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre you can explore the best that Brisbane’s backyard has to offer.  Your first stop should be the Information Centre to find out about the varied experiences on offer in D’Aguilar National Park. They have informative displays and friendly Park Rangers who will help you discover the unique experiences and wonders of Queensland’s national parks.

While you’re there, take advantage of the spectacular panoramic viewing experience on a virtual lookout platform that showcases nearby national parks. Read our full review here

Go further afield this Labour Day on a road trip:

Want to take advantage of the long weekend? What about a road trip where there are lots of things to do!

Past Labour Day events

Monster Trucks, Sprintcars, Fireworks | Archerfield Speedway 

Monster Trucks, Sprint Cars, Fireworks, Super Sedans, AMCA Nationals, Compact Speedcars and Stock Cars! That’s just a taste of the excitement waiting for your family at Archerfield Speedway this Labour Day long weekend! Early racing will kick off from 3pm with the main program commencing from 6pm.

Perception Deception | Ipswich Art Gallery 

Does your brain play tricks on you? Is my reality the same as yours? Questacon’s family-friendly Perception Deception exhibition explores how our sense of ‘reality’ is formed by our brains using sensory information—but our senses can sometimes deceive us!

Perception Deception consists of hands-on and multimedia experiences, each using perceptual tests and illusions to reveal how our brains edit, prioritise and even add information about the things and people around us. The exhibits cover themes of visual, audio, audio-language, tactile and social perception.

Scenic Rim Adventure Festival | Scenic Rim

The Scenic Rim Adventure Festival at Mt Barney Lodge is a long weekend adventure festival of expeditions, walks, talks and wild adventures.

The Sound Society | Roma Street Parkland 

Relax and listen to smooth, live jazz tunes for FREE at The Sound Society. Roma Street Parkland is Brisbane’s biggest sub-tropical backyard! The venue is licensed from 10am – 8pm, however to consume alcohol you must be 18 years and over and have food to accompany your drinks. You can pre-order a delicious hamper from The Garden Room or feel free to pack your own picnic.

Challenge yourself on a guided expedition, be inspired by internationally renowned guest speakers, learn new skills in our workshops, or kick back and watch a film or two, with experiences for all ages, from beginner to advanced.

Alice – A Journey Through Wonderland | Brisbane Arts Theatre

What better way to spend the long-weekend than at the Theatre. Led by a befuddled and busy white rabbit, Alice Liddel stumbles upon a world like none she’s seen before. Wonderland is in endangered by the erratic whims of a queen with the power to destroy everything and Alice must join with new friends, solve an ancient prophecy, save Wonderland and… find her way home. Find out more here. 

Minibeasts | Pine Rivers

Learn about the hidden world of creepy crawlies in Minibeasts, a hands-on exhibition at Pine Rivers Heritage Museum.

Minibeasts highlights the spectacular realm of insects, and celebrates all things that creep, crawl, wriggle, squirm, buzz and flutter! Minibeasts are creatures without either a backbone or an internal skeleton (invertebrate), and include beetles, butterflies, spiders, worms, praying mantis, centipedes and bees.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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