Segway tours along the Brisbane River.
Segway tours along the Brisbane River.

Enjoying a Brisbane getaway with the kids

DO something new, eat something you wouldn't normally eat, create memories for your kids and don't break the bank.

That's my recipe for a good holiday break, so often the best fit is right on our doorstep.

Whether it be holidaying at home or visiting the city for a few days, sometimes the best breaks are the simplest.

We were invited to spend a couple of days in Brisbane, staying at Hotel Jen overlooking the Roma St Parklands and Roma St station.

The well-priced hotel is located just a few hundred metres from the city along and walking distances to major attractions along Southbank.

Before even arriving at the hotel we took our youngest son ice-skating at Boondall and then checked out the winter skating in the CBD.

Our mini getaway also included us taking a ride on The Wheel of Brisbane, which provides spectacular views of the city and some nice commentary during the 12 minute ride.

Brisbane offers plenty of fun things to do.
Brisbane offers plenty of fun things to do.

Our son has always wanted to ride a Segway so when he spotted a half an hour session costing $35 we couldn't say no.

The beaming smiles on his face were priceless especially after he returned from a tour up and down the Southbank boulevard, along the beautiful Brisbane River.

Earlier, we checked out Queensland Museum's amazing animated Dinosaur Discovery exhibit.
It features more than 20 life-size models, the Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous, as scientists believe they would have been on earth 145 million years ago.

The interactive display was full of information and plenty of things for the kids to do and certainly looked a hit with the younger kids.

Walking below them, as they move, roar, gnash their teeth and bellow is quite an experience, even for adults.

Crashing in the ice in the heart of Brisbane's CBD.
Crashing in the ice in the heart of Brisbane's CBD.

There's plenty of photo opportunities inside the exhibit, which meant I spent longer in there then my wife and son did. If you check out #dinodisco and #qldmuseum, you will see what we mean. The display will be there until October 9, 2016.

The Queensland Museum is also home to the Sciencentre which has plenty of things for both younger and adult kids to do.

In Measure Island, you can test the speed and accuracy of your throw,  watch something scary to get your heart racing and then measure your heartbeat and explore topics as time, length, volume, density, buoyancy, and temperature.

There's even more fun at the action stations, which allow you to go spinning on a chair, walk through a room of mirrors and have your photo taken  of your head as if it was on a plate of fruit - without having it to be lopped off French Revolution style of course).

Our wanderings through the city certainly worked up an appetite which will superbly accommodated back at our hotel.
Hotel Jen's Nest restaurant, overlooking Brisbane's famous Red Lantern, offers a wide variety of Asian dishes which explode with great tastes.

Brisbane's Nest Restaurant also has a cocktail bar and comfortable places to enjoy a drink.
Brisbane's Nest Restaurant also has a cocktail bar and comfortable places to enjoy a drink.

The restaurant features super modern décor and a vintage Asian luxe style cocktail lounge with street facing bar.

Dishes take in the best Chinese, Malay, Indonesian and Vietnamese cuisine.

A nice touch is the herbs are picked from the restaurant's own organic sky garden - a rooftop to tabletop experience, as they say.

Michelin rated chef Kenneth Burton, who has taken out consecutive titles in the Queensland Tourism Awards, has created an 'east meets west' menu which even caters for kids.

One of the tasty entrees on offer.
One of the tasty entrees on offer.

My son enjoyed the Crying Tiger (sirloin steak, nahm jim jaew, crispy noodles, Thai salad, lemongrass, toasted coconut) so much he had it again the following night for room service.

The Vietnamese spiced pork cutlet and crispy pressed duck were also exceptional -and well priced at under $30 a main.

The hotel includes discounted parking, free Wi-Fi and very good reception staff keen to help make your stay in Brisbane as entertaining or relaxing as you wish.

Accommodation pricing varies but based on online searches ranges from about $130 a night to more than $200, depending on your room and the time you are travelling.

More information

Hotel Jen Facebook page

Nest Restaurant

Queensland Museum


Segway tours

Wheel of Brisbane

The writer was a guest of Hotel Jen.