One of the most challenging things about planning a family vacation is figuring out activities that everyone can enjoy as a group. Some members of the family might prefer to go shopping, others would want to go hiking or explore a local museum or park, and then there are those who would opt to indulge their hobbies, especially if the destination is a great venue for doing so.
The solution, then, would be to find a place that can appeal to everyone’s tastes.
Queensland’s Maritime Museum, to an extent, fits the bill.
Established in 1971, this museum draws avid visitors from all over the world. The compound provides tangible proof of Queensland’s rich maritime history, and is sure to delight and entice all aspiring sailors, whether they be young ones or once young.
The museum’s two-level exhibition building houses models of all kinds of ships that were instrumental in developing Queensland into the community that it is today. Here, you will find accurate and painstakingly-built replicas of historic sailing ships, early cargo ships, super-tankers, and even the odd cruise ship or two.
You can even literally get onboard one of them. The warship Diamantina is lodged in the dry dock, and since its 1945 restoration, has offered unfettered access throughout its premises. Since many of the original fixtures are still in place, you can easily spend an entire day pretending to be a sailor or a captain onboard this marvelously large warship. History buffs may also find the experience heightened by the fact that the Diamantina is the last of its kind in the whole world.
Those who target fulfilling a certain number of steps for the day could accomplish this by walking along the South Brisbane Dry Dock. Measuring a total of 430 by 60 feet, its massive size is due to the increasing bulk of sea vessels docking here over the centuries.
And what maritime museum is complete without a lighthouse exhibit? Queensland’s is especially fine. Theirs contains superbly restored lighthouses that remain functional to this day, along with displays that educate visitors on the evolution of lighthouse technology. If you’ve ever wondered how they manage to make the flame in a kerosene lamp visible to ships that are leagues away, you may want to linger in this section of the museum.
Should you wish to indulge in a bit of retail therapy at the end of your visit, the Museum Shop can present you with a lovely array of maritime gifts, souvenirs, and books. Here, you can try on a sailor’s cap for size or purchase a sailing ship model as a reminder of your time in Queensland.
The Queensland Maritime Museum is open every day from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm while the day’s last visitors are admitted at 3:30 pm. They have sufficient public toilets as well as facilities that aid the handicapped in going around the space. And should you forget to eat your lunch from all the excitement, there’s a picnic area provided for your use too.