5 tips to survive your family holiday

Brisbane is one of the best places to take your family on a holiday. According to Tourism Australia’s latest Regional Profile of Brisbane, Brisbane is indeed a much-loved family destination. In fact, in 2015, 873,000 families from around the world chose to holiday in Brisbane.

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As a local accommodation provider who offers 3 bedroom apartments in Brisbane, I’ve met my fair share of families who visit the city for a family holiday. However, I’ve also met a large number of stressed-out parents who find it tough to manage all members of the family whilst on holiday. As such, in order to help you survive your family holiday, I’ve created a small list of 5 tips for you. Follow these tips and you’ll find your Brisbane family holiday to be much more enjoyable and pleasurable for all.

1. Let your kids know about the travel and upcoming events

Before you embark on your family holiday, make sure to talk to your kids about the holiday. Let them know about what you’ve planned so that they don’t feel frightened or pushed around. Personally, I make a small booklet with photos which I show to my kids before we go on a holiday. I also print out photos of events and include them so that the kids can anticipate their trip. Remember – you don’t need to make things too fancy – just make sure that your kids know what to expect from their holiday. It’s also a good idea to decide on a mutual trip goal to ensure that every family member is on the same page. Whether you’re planning to relax at South Bank, learn a new skill or explore the CBD, you should make sure that the kids know what to expect. Most importantly, make sure that you choose your accommodation appropriately. Our 3 bedroom apartments in Brisbane at The Hub are perfect for family holidays.

2. Limit yourself to one event per day

There’s nothing more stressful than having to get around an unfamiliar city with kids, and Brisbane is no exception. Kids can get stressed out by travel much more than adults and this spells the recipe for a disastrous holiday. The best way to avoid this is to keep your travel schedule light, don’t jam 5 activities into one day. A good idea is to book a 3 bedroom apartment in Brisbane that is close to the attractions you plan to visit. This way, you can take your kids to South Bank or to the CBD to enjoy a full day of activities with no stress. Remember – if you limit yourself to only one event per day, you’ll enjoy your holiday much more.

3. Keep time aside to chat with your kids at night

Kids love experiencing new sights and sounds at any time, regardless if they are on holiday or not. Make sure that you keep some time aside to chat with your kids at night. This way, you’ll get to hear what they are excited about and what conflicts or insecurities to deal with. Choose accommodation that allows you to have some quiet time with your kids after the lights go out. Thankfully, our 3 bedroom apartments in Brisbane at The Hub will make this an easy task.

4. Relax and unwind

In my opinion, the best tip to enjoy a family holiday is to treat it like a holiday. What I mean to say is that a holiday should be a break from work and the routine activities of life. Relax, have fun and enjoy the moment. Also, by choosing spacious accommodation, such as our 3 bedroom apartments in Brisbane, you can relax in a comfortable atmosphere when you’re not out exploring the city. Do not make your holiday seem like just a change of scenery to the kids. Show your kids that you’re in a relaxed and happy mood and they will be less cranky on the trip.

5. Limit the time spent viewing screens

On a Brisbane family holiday, you must ensure that everyone is engaged and present during activities and events. Tell your friends on social media that you will be back in a few days and limit the time children spend on their iPads and phones. Although we offer a Smart TV and free Wi-Fi in our 3 bedroom apartments, which can be very indulging, it’s best to get out and explore the sites of Brisbane – after all, isn’t that what you’re here to do? This way, you’re sure to have a much better holiday experience.


A family holiday in Brisbane can indeed be a thoroughly enjoyable experience. However, if you don’t plan things right, your family holiday can quickly turn into a disaster. Make sure that you speak to your kids about the holiday and your planned events before you arrive. When exploring Brisbane, limit yourself to one activity per day. Always remember to keep some time aside for chatting with the kids, especially at night after a day of exploring the city. Make sure that you relax and unwind on your holiday, leaving your work and routine behind. Also, limit the time your kids spend on iPads and social media. By following these tips, you’re sure to survive your family holiday.

For the family friendly accommodation, you cannot beat 3 bedroom apartments in Brisbane. Thankfully, that’s exactly what we have on offer here at The Hub. Our spacious apartments are fully furnished with modern facilities and amenities and will make your stay relaxing and comfortable. Our accommodation is incredibly affordable as well. Click here to view our rates and availability.


About HubApartments

Bridget Goodwin is the owner of The Hub Apartments Brisbane and has been in the tourism industry for a number of years.