10 Things To Do In Cairns With Kids

Planning a trip to Cairns with family? No trip would be complete without the Great Barrier Reef, crocodiles or The Daintree Rainforest. Check out the rest of list to read about these, plus the other seven best things to do in Cairns with kids that suit families of all ages.

1. The Great Barrier Reef

One of the best things to do in Cairns with kids is seeing the Great Barrier Reef. Whether you take a boat, swim or snorkel through the reef, your kids will absolutely love seeing the myriad of colourful fish in the crystal clear waters. This is a great area to teach your children about the importance of wildlife conservation.


2. The Atherton Tablelands

The Atherton Tablelands are one of the best attractions in Cairns for kids. With amazing geologic wonders like waterfalls, crater lakes, caves and lava tubes and wildlife such as the tree kangaroo. Kids will have fun getting active as you hike or bike through these amazing features.


3. Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

No trip is complete without some culture and history. The Tjapukai has some great kids activities, like boomerang making and lessons, that your kids will love while also learning about other cultures. The park serves some exciting traditional food for your family to try. The locals also put on some fun nighttime shows that will enthrall your children as they learn about the Aboriginal culture.


4. The Daintree Rainforest

There is so much to do in the Daintree Rainforest you may want to hire trip planners to help you plan your days. There are many tours you can take, hiking, biking and so many animals to see. Your kids will love going zip lining through the rainforest and visiting the wildlife parks and zoos. If your children want to see a platypus, Atherton has a great viewing area.


5. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

If you family wants to get another perspective on the rainforest, you will want to try the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Your family will delight in soaring above the rainforest for over an hour. If you want the ultimate experience, take the Kuranda Scenic Railway on the way back to get another view of the rainforest. Make sure to stop off in Kuranda to see birdworld, the butterfly sanctuary and the koala gardens where you can actually hold a koala.


6. Cairns Esplanade

You can spend an entire day with the kids at the Esplanade. The Cairns Lagoon is great for swimming and has shallow waters perfect for little ones. Take a walk down the boardwalk for some food and shopping and stop off at Muddy's Playground and Funship Playground.


7. Green Island

Green Island is an island located in the Cairns Region, Queensland. It is an another great way to see the Great Barrier Reef. There are many holiday activities to do here, including snorkeling, swimming and glass bottom boat tours of the Reef. To get an even closer view of the Great Barrier Reef, take a semi-summarine, which takes you underwater to see the marine life.


8. Marineland Melanesia

If your family loves marine life and crocodiles, Marineland Melanisa is perfect. You can visit the site on the coral cay and see over 50 crocodiles. Make sure to visit Cassis, who is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest crocodile in captivity. You can also get a bit of culture with traditional Melanisian artifacts.


9. Mossman Gorge

Take a hike through the Mossman Gorge with your family to see amazing geological structures. There is a cool suspension bridge that crosses over the gorge for the adventure seekers in your family. Your family will also enjoy the Aboriginal cultural offerings. One of the can't miss features is a dream time walk with an Aboriginal guide.


10. Hartleys Crocodile

Adventure Another great way to see some crocodiles is at Hartleys Crocodile Adventures. With live crocodile shows and a boat tour, your kids are sure to have a great time. There is also lots of other wildlife to see and your family can get up close and personal with a koala.

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