Travelling with your family can be a rewarding and memorable experience, but it can also come with a few hurdles. Reduce your stress with some extra planning and the following information to help you travel through Brisbane Airport.
Brisbane Airport is a child-friendly environment and our staff try to accommodate families as much as possible, particularly through the security screening process. It is a requirement by law that Brisbane Airport security staff screen everyone, regardless of age, at the security checkpoint.
Rules around Powders, Liquids, Aerosols, and Gels
On domestic flights, there is no limit to the volume of powders, liquids, aerosols or gels that you can take on board in your carry-on baggage, however aerosol containers must have a fitted cap or locking device.
For international flights, you are able to carry on board a reasonable quantity of inorganic powder (non-food based powders like talcum powder), liquid, aerosol or gel items for a baby or infant. Pack only what you need for the duration of your flight and any delays that may occur.
There are no quantity restrictions for organic powders (food/plant based) powdered such as powdered baby formula. Baby products allowed may include, but are not limited to:
- Baby milk, including expressed breast milk and powdered formula
- Sterilised water
- Baby food in liquid, gel, powder or paste form.
Read more information about travelling with children and what is considered a reasonable quantity of inorganic powders, liquids, aerosols or gels.
Screening Children and Items
It is a requirement by law that babies and infants go through similar screening to adults.
Babies can be carried by an adult or, if they can walk unassisted, they should walk through the screening point on their own. Children will not be screened with body scanners.
Carriers, strollers and prams must be screened separately along with other carry-on baggage. Many airlines do not allow these items in the cabin due to space and stowage constraints. If you are unsure about your carry-on requirements, check with your airline before you travel.
To make things easier for those travelling with little ones, Brisbane Airport has parenting rooms located throughout the Domestic and International Terminals. Rooms are equipped with baby change facilities, feeding chairs and microwaves*.
Domestic Terminal Parent Rooms
- Level 1, near Qantaslink Check-in Desk
- Level 1, opposite Baggage Reclaim 1*
- Level 1, next to the Airtrain Ticket Desk*
- Level 2, Qantas end next to Ripcurl
- Level 2, Virgin end opposite the Virgin Australia Service Desk
- Level 2, Central satellite opposite Giancarlo*
- Level 2, Central Terminal Area opposite Mecca Maxima*
International Terminal Parent Rooms
- Level 4, behind Flight Centre*
- Level 4, next to Corretto Bar and Cafe*
- Level 4, behind Sushi Sushi*
- Level 3, behind Dreamtime Journey*
- Level 3, behind the food court*
- Level 2, before JR/DUTY FREE opposite Gate 80*
- Level 2, behind the rental car desks*
There are a few hot water options at Brisbane Airport.
- Parent rooms are fitted with microwaves
- There is a hot water station located in the International Terminal, behind the Coffee Club on Level 3.
- Retailers can provide hot water, though some may charge a small fee.
If you are looking to park at the airport, consider the ParkValet with the concierge service added on to take the stress out of your trip from the outset. Our concierge will assist with your luggage and help get the family into the terminal.
If you are being picked up or dropped off, consider booking ParkShort so that your friends and family can give you a hand with your luggage and children while getting into or exiting the terminal. Book parking online for the best deals.
Children under the age of two are classed as a baby and required to either sit with an adult on the plane or occupy a seat (on their own ticket) in an approved child restraint system. Children between the ages of two and twelve will have their own seat on a child fare. Contact the airline before booking flights to ensure you are across their requirements and assistance options, as they may vary. Things to consider before booking:
- Are baby, toddler or child meals available?
- Are infant bassinets available?
- Are passengers travelling with children given priority boarding?
- Can a stroller or pram be checked-in at the departure gate or will it need to be checked-in at the oversized baggage drop-off?
- What in-flight entertainment and/or packs options are there?
- Can check-in be completed at home on via a smartphone to avoid queues?
- Are loan strollers available? (Please note: Brisbane Airport does not have a loan stroller service)
Interactive Play Areas
At the International Terminal, on the Village Green after passport control, there is a permanent interactive screen where kids can play a range of airport-themed games.
You can also find a kids pop-up play zone on Level 4 of the International Terminal near the food court. Whether you're sending family or friends off or burning some pre-flight energy, keep the kids occupied with a range of toys and fun photo opportunities in this fun and interactive space.
From time to time, there are other interactive activities happening in the terminal that are the perfect way to keep children occupied. Check out what’s on when you are travelling.
Watching planes and happenings on the tarmac can keep children entertained for hours (well, a few minutes at least). Select a good position by the windows of each terminal to watch planes take off, land, disembark and refuel.
It’s a great opportunity to talk about the different airlines and the different operations that need to happen before you get on the plane, from refuelling to catering and baggage handling.