Cairns Activities for Children

Cairns is a fantastic place for Kids. There are many activities available for children from playing at the Cairns Esplanade and Muddy's Playground to activities on the great barrier reef and daintree rainforest

Cairns Activities for Children

Cairns Esplanade and Swimming Lagoon

The Cairns Swimming Lagoon is a massive crystal clear man made salt water swimming sanctuary. The Cairns swimming Lagoon covers 4 hectares allowing for 1000 swimmers at a time. Go on and relax! Lay down those beach towels on the soft grass, bring along some food to cook up on one of the 12 public barbecues, eat at the picnic tables and enjoy all of this with the public change rooms and toilets within seconds of Cairns Esplanade Lagoon. On weekends join in on the Cairns Esplanade Markets, activities and let the children dance to the live bands that pump out music just for fun.

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Muddy's Playground

Welcome to one of Australia's best kids playgrounds, 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 and in turn keep the parents sane and give them sometime to catch up with friends for a coffee or snack at the on-site cafe.

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Cairns Esplanade Boardwalk

The Cairns Esplanade boardwalk is the gathering place for joggers, cyclists, power walkers, yoga enthusiasts, skateboarders, rollerbladers or for those that want to take a stroll along the timber boardwalk in the sunshine and just take in the fresh clean air and ocean and mountain views.

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Cairns Skate Park

Cairns Skatepark is the biggest skatepark in all of Australia. It stretches 2300m2 and sits in the picturesque setting of the Cairns Esplanade overlooking the Coral Sea. The park opens daily at 6:00 AM and is open late as many bright pod lights surround the Cairns Skatepark. A great place to roller skate, long board and let the little ones get around on their scooters whilst mum and dad set up the picnic table for a day of fun.

At the Cairns Skatepark you will encounter challenges like the following

  • Clover bowls with rounded hips and pockets
  • Cradles
  • Moguls to negotiate
  • Tombstones
  • Lots of intersecting paths that criss and cross one another
  • Long runs with ledges, rails, banks, stairs and gaps all over the place.

The shaded areas that surround the skatepark are ideal for those desiring to watch the avid skaters who come daily to try out this skatepark heaven.

Cairns Baby Equipment Hire

Hire Baby Equipment and Travel Light from $30.00 per week. We can provide baby hire equipment including prams, strollers, twin strollers and car seats for holiday makers from Cairns to the Northern Beaches including Trinity Beach and Palm Cove

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Interaction between Animals and children can be so funny to watch sometimes and in Cairns these species can be introduced in so many ways. The wildlife animal parks are open daily for self guided tours or if you like you can dine alongside the wildlife for breakfast, lunch and dinner options including an informative guided tour with a wildlife officer. Cuddle those cute Koalas or a baby crocodile, get a front row seat at the crocodile attack show and get right inside the giant bird cage to hand feed the Native Australian birds.If you are game enough you can even have breakfast or dinner with Australia's largest pride of Lions. The wildlife is just awaiting you in the many multi award winning animal attractions in Cairns, Australia.

Children's activities on Cairns Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the natural wonders of the entire World as its coral reef system is visible from outer space and it has the reputation as the cleanest water in the world that supports such a diverse range of marine life and variety of coral. Combine education with fun and book ahead to hop onto one of the Cairns Great Barrier Reef Tours. Kids Great Barrier Reef Tours are best done on one of the Outer Barrier Reef Pontoons as they provide lot's of interactive things to do or visit a Cairns Great Barrier Reef Island so the little ones can have some space to run around,build sand castles and wade in and out of the water. The Great Barrier Reef is accessible whether you are a swimmer, non-swimmer or beginner, there is absolutely something for everybody. In fact, you don't even have to get wet to see The Great Barrier Reef. Just spend some time in the underwater observatories gazing at the fish, the divers and the snorkellers, take a ride in the semi submersible submarines or cruise around the reef on a glass bottom boat tour to see giant clams and coral gardens in the deeper water.

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Children's activities on Cairns Great Barrier Reef
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Take the Kuranda Scenic Railway up to Kuranda while viewing the world heritage rainforest, through 16 tunnels and past the famous Barron River waterfalls. The Kuranda Village, otherwise known as the village in the rainforest contains many eclectic shops, small restaurants, cafes, pubs, heritage markets that run daily as well as animal attractions like Birdworld, the Butterfly Sanctuary, the Koala Gardens and the Venom Zoo which you will either love or hate with its creepy crawlies. On your way down, soar through the tree tops on the Kuranda Skyrail. Be sure to stop the the two unique boardwalk stops on the way down to get the best views and photographic opportunities of the Barron Falls and visit the rainforest interpretation centre and join a tour with a park ranger.

Children's activities in Kuranda

Although rainforest tours can be long days, they are also fun filled and informative and some even include river boat cruises to see crocodiles, pythons, cassowaries and lots of other native Australian animals in the wild. There are also some optional tours that incorporate a visit to an animal adventure park into your day in order to split up the time for kids. The World Heritage Rainforests of Cape Tribulation and the Daintree are a big subject in school projects so why not let your little ones get a head start and see it for themselves whilst taking notes on what the tour guide teaches the family about the rainforests history, its secrets and mysteries.

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Cairns Rafting for Kids

Cairns White Water Rafting caps an age limit of 13 years and older in order to go rafting in those rough rapids but don't let that discourage you! Family rafting is fun for everyone from age 6 and up. It takes place on the Barron River, with the thrills of the paddling rapids graded 1 to 2. A Parent or guardian must sign the waiver form for anyone under 18 years of age, however, children above the age of 10 years old can even raft in a separate 2 seater raft or 8 seater without their parent or guardian inside that raft.

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Cairns Hot Air Ballooning for Kids

Hot Air Ballooning is something that many people say is something that they have always wanted to do... Why not give the kids that lifetime memory at a young age to last a lifetime? Kids ages 4-14 years are welcomed with the presence and signature of a parent or guardian. The rates for Cairns Hot Air Ballooning are $100.00 cheaper than in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and the scenery in Cairns Australia takes a number one place in terms of beauty.

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Cairns Horse Riding and Quad Bikes

Kids 5 years and older are more than welcome to join in on the Cairns Horse Riding Tours and those above the age of 10 are welcome for the quad bike experience. The World Heritage Rainforest has never looked so thrilling and fun as it will, while passing through on the back of a horse or racing through on an ATV quad bike. Those under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parents or guardian and those under the age of 18 must have their waiver form signed by a parent or guardian.

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Cairns Bungy for Kids

With the presence and signature of a parent or guardian, a child age 10 and with a minimum weight of 45kg can jump solo! If you are under 45 kg, this is still available but must be done in tandem with a friend, or one of the great crew. Photos or videos can even be purchased for keepsake memories! The patio area is open to friends and family of the jumper or jumpees to watch their loved one jump in one of 18 different styles off of a 50 meter tower! Perhaps even try the Minjin Swing, which soars horizontally through the sky at 45 meters above the ground at 120 km/hr

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Childrens Activities in Far North Queensland
Cairns Hot Air Ballooning for Kids
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Cairns Bungy Jumping for Kids

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Jungle Surfing Canopy Tour
  • Departs From: Snake House - Cape Tribulation (Self Drive required from Cairns & Northern Beaches)
  • Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours from pick up to drop off

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Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Departs From: Cairns, Smithfield, Kuranda
  • Duration: Skyrail 1½ hours one way Allow 20 minutes for each Rainforest station Kuranda Scenic Railway approx 1½ hours

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Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef Cruise
  • Departs From: Marina Mirage Port Douglas
  • Duration: 10:00 - 16:30

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Outer Barrier Reef & Green Island
  • Departs From: Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street
  • Duration: 7 hours approx

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Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
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Cairns Tropical Zoo
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  • Duration: Cairns Tropical Zoo is open from 08:30 - 16:00

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Cairns Zoom & Wildlife Dome
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  • Duration: Opening Hours 9am-8pm

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Blazing Saddles Horse Riding
  • Departs From: Cairns, Cairns Beaches, Yorkeys Knob

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The Wildlife Habitat Breakfast with the Birds
  • Departs From: Port Douglas
  • Duration: 2 hours approx

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Bumper Tube Rides
  • Departs From: B Finger Cairns

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Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Departs From: Kuranda Village
  • Duration: 30 minutes

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Rainforestation - Nature Experience
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Bungy Jump
  • Departs From: Cairns, Port Douglas, Cairns Beaches
  • Duration: The site is open for jumping everyday from 10.00am till 5.00 PM

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Parasailing
  • Departs From: Cairns
  • Duration: 9:00 AM Daily 11:00 AM Daily 1:00 PM Daily 3:00 PM Daily

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Barron River White Water Rafting
  • Departs From: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Duration: Full Day Tours and Half Day Tours Available

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Estuary Fishing
  • Departs From: Cairns Marnia E Finger
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