Kid Friendly Beaches In And Around Brisbane
When looking for a beach to take the kids to most of us would head to the Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast in order to find a great beach. But on days when you want to stay closer to home, there are some great options in and around Brisbane itself.
Here are our top picks approved by mums in our private facebook group.
Streets Beach, Southbank
While this is a man-made beach you can’t go past it for an option in the City itself. With white sand surrounding the lagoon that contains chlorinated fresh water, it is great for adults and kids alike.
With varying depths, the lagoon suits swimmers, paddlers and toe-dippers and is patrolled year round by lifeguards. Plus the little ones will love the Aquativity water play area.
Barbeques, sheltered tables and grass areas are nearby making it a great place to spend the day. Toilets and changing facilities with showers are also available.
Suttons Beach, Redcliffe
This is a patrolled beach on the north side. It is a strip of beach that offers gentle waves ideal for the little ones and non-confident swimmers.
There are lots of grassy areas to have a picnic and there are some shady spots around too. Bring along the kids bikes or scooters for a ride along the promenade and they will also enjoy playing in the fully fenced playground.
Barbeques and toilets facilities are provided as well as a fish and chip shop not far up the road.
Redcliffe Lagoon, Redcliffe
Also in Redcliffe is a shoreside lagoon. Like Streets Beach, this is not quite a beach but it does have sandy areas and a nice lagoon for swimming with the kids with the safety of being patrolled during the summer months.
The kids will love playing with the water jets and squirters and then when they are looking for an alternative to the water there are lots of paths that are great for bikes and scooters.
Toilets and change rooms with showers are available as well as lots of places to make yourself comfortable for a picnic.
Scarborough Beach, Scarborough
Also on the north side is Scarborough beach which is a perfect kid-friendly beach that is protected by Moreton Island.
Facilities include parking, barbeques and picnic areas as well as toilets. Plus there is a foreshore path for the kids to ride along and the fully fenced Scarborough Beach Park close by.
Decker Park, Brighton
This beach has some good sandy sections for the kids to spend some time building sand castles. There are two unfenced playgrounds here to also keep the kids entertained with a decent range of play equipment on offer.
As with most of the others, there is barbeque and picnic facilities available as well as toilets.
For your furry friends, there is a dog park.
Lower Moora Park, Shorncliffe
This is a small beach near the Shorncliffe pier. So it is great for paddling and building castles in the sand.
At the pier, you can enjoy barbeque and picnic facilities while the kids ride their bike or scooter along the paths.
A sandy playground is located at Lower Moora Park as well to ensure the kids are entertained for hours on end.
Toilet facilities are available here too.
Pelican Park, Clontarf
A lovely little beach to splash around in the water and have a barbecue or picnic utilising the shaded picnic tables. As per its namesake, you will likely come across a pelican or two while you are here.
There are two fully fenced playgrounds for the kids to enjoy with a boat ramp and fish and chip shop close by.
Enoggera Reservoir, The Gap
Previously called the Enoggera Dam this is a great calm watering hole that is perfect for stand up paddle boarding for the kids to have a splash. You might even like to bring along fishing rods for the kids to try your luck.
There are no barbeque or toilet facilities right at the reservoir so you will need to be mindful of that if you are planning to spend some time here.
There are lots of trees for a shady picnic but bear in mind this area is not patrolled. There are however yellow pontoons in the water that indicate a child-friendly area to swim.
This is a great beach for the kids to have a splash as well as explore the sand and collect shells. There is a park where you can have a picnic and some cafes close by if you want to grab a bite to eat.
A playground close by will keep the kids entertained.
A 30-minute drive from the CBD, this beach is a great one for kids as there is lots of sand for the kids to play as well as a great bay for them to splash around in.
There is a playground just above the beach as well as plenty of picnic spots and barbeques.
The beach has plenty of space to splash about but bear in mind the beach is a designated leash-free area so your kids will want to like animals if you plan to head to this beach.
There is plenty of boardwalks around for you to spot local animals as well as a park next to the beach with picnic facilities.
Another great choice for the little ones. The Wynnum wading pool with water that is only knee deep is perfect for toddlers.
Right next to the beach is a park with picnic facilities available. Manly Marina and village which is closeby offers plenty of options for lunch.
There you have our top picks of Brisbane beaches for kids. Which goes to show you don’t always need to head to the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast to enjoy some beachside fun for the whole family.
Where do you love to go with your family for a swim?
Katie is the Managing Director and Editor at Mums of Brisbane. Most days will find her drinking coffee, playing racing cars and trying not to step barefoot on Lego. She lives with her husband and three children in beautiful Brisbane. You can read her story here.