Sometimes navigating airports with kids feels like herding cats. With our tips and tricks on how to transit through BNE's Domestic Terminal, the process can be less stressful. Here's how to start the family trip right and make the most of the fab free facilities, kid-friendly restaurants and affordable shops on offer.
Having loads of time before the flight is the secret weapon for relaxed families at Brisbane Airport. A two-hour buffer before boarding ensures you're never panicked or rushed. With ample time to check-in extra gear and manage little ones through screening, you can take any accidents or distractions along the way in your stride.
Brisbane Airport has a range of parking options to suit your family. If we're whisking off for a weekend, ParkLong is our first choice, parking the car in the secure multi-level car park opposite the Domestic Terminal and strolling across to check-in. But if you're after the easiest route, ParkValet lets you unpack the car and head straight to the terminal.
Grab a Snack
For a quick family bite or healthy snacks for the flight there's plenty of nutritious food options from both Domestic Terminal food courts. Choose from Sushi Sushi cucumber rolls and made to order Sumo Salads at the Virgin Food Court.
There's also kid favourite treats including; National Pies sausage rolls, Carl's Jnr crisp cut fries, burgers from Hungry Jacks, Mad Mex nachos, Red Rooster nuggets or a Krispy Kreme donut, which always taste better at the airport.
Download & Power Up
Power up and avoid low battery crisis in the air with free Charging Stations located at the Qantas Food Court, Virgin Food Court and at the front of the Virgin Australia Service Desk by gates 43-48.
Load up devices to keep kids entertained with the latest apps and entertainment. Free WiFi is located at the Central Terminal for any last minute download requests.
Qantas and Virgin also have their own in-flight entertainment apps to download offering free interactive games, music, movies and TV Shows to stream on-board.
Pick Up Travel Essentials
Stress less knowing any last minute travel supplies can be picked from Airport Pharmacy. There's an impressive range of essentials including; ear plugs for delicate ears, first aid kits, children's medicines and kids vitamins.
Often tricky to find at the shops, handy travel sized items such as shampoo, antiseptic gel, sunscreen and perfume are readily available in one place.
Read & Relax
Fuel your kid's passion for reading and create a pre-flight ritual of picking a book together for the trip. The back wall of the Watermark Books and Café is filled with a wonderful range of children's books, puzzles and activity packs. Flick through travel themed adventures and great Aussie favourites whilst sipping on a perfectly brewed Campo's flat white.
Hit the Shops
Check out the shops and discover some great finds for the family trip, at the same prices you'd find at your local shopping centre. While the kids settle into the free WiFi, get in a little fashion fix with the latest shades at Sunglass Hut or a fresh new holiday look from Seed Heritage or Witchery, conveniently sitting side by side near Gate 22 at the Qantas end.
Kids can also pick up cute and compact travel toys, gadgets and card games from Zoodle.
If you've left the PJ's at home, which is easily done, Peter Alexander has trendy new pyjamas for the entire family. The stylish kids sleepwear range doubles up as a spare change of clothes - just in case!
Hydrate & Bathroom Break
Keep up the fluids on your flight by packing an empty, lightweight, reusable water bottle in your carry-on. Fill up after security at the terminal's free water stations.
While you're at it, be sure that all the kids get that important bathroom break before boarding and avoid the need for a nappy change or toilet situation during take-off.