Brisbane Airport’s a brilliant base for family trips to domestic destinations, as well as a springboard for special holidays to see rellies in locations like London, Bali, Shanghai or New Zealand. But when you’re traveling on a budget with kids, it’s all too easy to overspend and end up short of spare cash during your trip. With that in mind, here are 8 thrifty tips for Brissie family flyers.


1. Cheap flights

Finding the right deal on plane tickets is paramount, especially when traveling in a large family group. You can bag bargain flights from Brisbane at and book early to save more.

2. Vouchers

Vouchers are your best friend when you want to save cash on attractions, shops and services in and near Brisbane’s air hub — browse to see what’s on offer.

3. Beaches

If you’re a family of beach bums, building in time to get some sand between your toes on the way to the airport won’t break the bank. Nearby beaches include Cribb Island, Nudgee Beach and Streets Beach Lagoon — take your pick.

4. Parks

When you like free family recreation on slightly more solid ground, there are plenty of Brisbane parks that are perfect pre-flight pitstops. For instance, Melrose Park has barbecue pits, swings and slides, while Tuckeroo Park has plenty of green spaces and is close to a beach, so offers the best of both worlds.

5. Airport parking

Getting to the airport in your own ride rather than relying on public transport can sometimes be less stressful. But you don’t want to splash cash on expensive onsite parking when you get there, so find Brisbane Airport parking from and book ahead for a safe, secure bargain.

6. Designer bargains

Packing your family’s bags for a long break can be a bit of a logistical nightmare, so you can be forgiven if you arrive at the airport to find that your favorite pair of shades or swimsuit is missing. But fear not — DFO at Skygate is a stone’s throw from the airport and the perfect place to pick up cut-price deals on high-quality children’s fashion, sports goods, international designer brands and more.

7. Brilliant burgers

If beef patties nestled in a soft bun, surrounded by crisp salad and sumptuous sauce sounds splendid, you really need to stop off at Just Poppy’ burger joint at Riverhills Plaza prior to your flight. It’s been named Brisbane’s best burger by Brisbane Times readers and the menu is value for money too.

8. Kid’s Play Zone

When flights get delayed, kids become antsy, so you’ll be relieved to know that there’s a dedicated Kid’s Play Zone at Brisbane Airport where your rug rats can burn off excess energy playing lively games on interactive big screens. You’ll find it on The Village Green in the International Terminal and its gratis.

That’s our list of 8 thrifty tips for Brissie family flyers.! Share your own Brissie Airport thrifty travel tips in the comments section.


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