Cairns is the ultimate school holiday escape for families with kids. This Far North Queensland holiday destination is packed with heaps of things to do and see to keep the kids well and truly entertained during your stay.
The top 10 things to do in Cairns for kids includes:
1. Cairns Esplanade and Swimming Lagoon
The Cairns Swimming Lagoon covers 4 hectares and is so massive that it can accommodate 1,000 swimmers at a time. This crystal clear man-made salt water swimming sanctuary ranges in depth from 32 inches to 5 feet to cater for all age groups. The Lagoon features underwater seating benches so you can sit in the water and keep cool or sunbake on the grassy knoll surrounding the water. The large swimming area is patrolled daily by Life Guards who ensure the safety of all swimmers. There are also 12 BBQ facilities near the Lagoon that are cleaned daily and are available for use throughout the day.
2. Outer Barrier Reef Pontoon Tour
Great Barrier Reef tours for the little ones are best done on one of the Outer Barrier Reef Pontoons, as they provide lots of on-board interactive things to do and see, that are specially designed for kids. All of the tourist boats carry floatation equipment such as pool noodles and floatation jackets. The kids can spend their time on the platform’s underwater observatories gazing at the marine life, then take a ride in the semi-submersible submarines or cruise around the reef on a glass bottom boat tour to see the coral gardens in the deeper water.
3. Kuranda Vintage Train & Skyrail
Most kids love a train ride! Take a ride on the world famous historic Kuranda Scenic Railway up to Kuranda Village, take a look around this interesting little town and then catch the Kuranda Skyrail back down to Cairns. For the animal enthusiasts there are fantastic animal attractions and informative shows at Kuranda at Birdworld, the Butterfly Sanctuary, the Koala Gardens, the BatReach sanctuary and the Venom Zoo.
4. Jungle Surfing Zipline
Take the kids on a unique rainforest journey where your feet don’t touch the ground with Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours. Jungle Surfing is a series of eco-friendly tree platforms and flying fox zipline cables through the ancient Daintree Rainforest. The fully guided tour is a memorable mixture of exhilaration and education, plus the kids love it!
5. Cairns Horse Riding
The kids can experience the Aussie bush, rainforest and spectacular views on horseback with a Cairns horse riding adventure. Horse riding trails meander through beautiful bushland and rainforest, allowing you to get in amongst nature and experience it first hand. The trails are perfect for absolute beginner riders through to the more experienced rider. Horses are handpicked for your particular skill level and you are provided with a safety and introductory riding lesson and then split groups into skill levels to ensure you have a safe and fun horse riding experience.
6. Canyoning at Crystal Cascades
For the adventurous spirits, try out a day of canyoning in the breathtaking Crystal Cascades hidden in the tropical rainforests outside of Cairns. Crystal Cascades is a natural series of waterfalls that flow into large pools. The canyoning adventure includes:
- 5 Abseils up to 32 metres (104 ft)
- Rock slides and swimming
- 4 Rock Jumps if you are feeling brave
- 30m Zip Line with water splashdown
Suitable for children 8 years and older.
7. Day Trip to Green Island
Only a short 45 minute boat ride from Cairns is the tropical Green Island, an idyllic and lush coral cay on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Activities offered on Green Island include snorkelling, semi-submarine and glass bottom boat coral viewing tours, scuba diving, Seawalker helmet diving, buffet lunch, time to explore Green Island or simply relax on the white sandy beach.
8. Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, located 40 minutes from Cairns is simply the best place to for the kids to see crocodiles and local wildlife in Tropical North Queensland. With over 2,100 metres of timber boardwalks and pathways taking you on a journey of discovery through woodlands and rainforest where you can see an array of wildlife, including beautiful tropical birds, reptiles, insects and other native fauna. There are entertaining and educational wildlife presentations on offer including snakes, cassowaries, koalas, crocodiles, quolls and much more.
9. Cairns Zoom & Wildlife Dome
Cairns Zoom & Wildlife Dome is conveniently located in the heart of Cairns city on top of the Reef Hotel Casino. Whether you are looking to cuddle a koala, visit other native Australian animals (including Goliath… an enormous saltwater crocodile) OR seeking an adrenalin pumped day ziplining in the air. Ideal for all people of all ages!
10. Muddy’s Playground
A fantastic and fun playground where children can run through ankle deep water and splash in the shallows. From rope bridges, flying fox, slides, play houses, story-telling areas, to see-saws, Muddy’s Playground in the heart of Cairns city has plenty to keep the little ones amused for hours. There is also an on-site cafe where parents can sit and relax or catch up with friends for a coffee or snack.
Most of these tours and attractions can be booked either at our tour booking desk or online at Getaway on Grafton’s Tour Booking Page.
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