Our top 5 things to do with kids in Cairns

Top 5 things to do with kids in Cairns

Travelling to Cairns with kids? You won’t be disappointed. Not only is there plenty to do in Cairns, but it is easy to get around and almost always has perfect weather.

It is the school holidays, and we have decided to go to Cairns again. This is our fourth trip in the last few years. We keep coming back as it is the perfect place for a family holiday where there is plenty to do, the weather is always right for swimming, and there are plenty of outdoor activities to keep us occupied.

Following are our top five things to do in Cairns with kids.

1. Muddy’s Playground

My daughter loves Muddy’s Playground. It is located at the northern end of the Esplanade and is a favourite spot for young families.

The playground is fenced in and is perfect for parents who want to let their kids run around safely and play in the water and on the equipment.

The play equipment is modern and suitable for children who are only crawling up to five years old.

There is also a cafe on site that serves great food and coffee. We love to have breakfast and coffee at the cafe before spending the morning in the playground.

You will find us at Muddy’s Playground most days of our holiday as it is something that Lola never gets tired of.

Muddy's Playground

Muddy’s Playground

2. Kuranda Scenic Railway

The famous railway travels from Cairns to Kuranda, a village in the rainforest. The journey passes spectacular waterfalls, rugged mountains and has astounding views.

We have taken this trip twice, once in the regular economy section and another time in gold class.

It was a fantastic journey, however during peak season we went in the economy section, and you are squashed onto a three seat wooden bench and may be travelling backwards.

After one hour like this, we were uncomfortable, and Lola had to keep getting up.

When we travelled gold class, it was an entirely different experience. We had plenty of room, faced forward, had lovely drinks served, and we were able to move around the cabin more.

I would highly recommend this trip due to the history and the experience of travelling through the rainforest on the train.

Make sure you go, gold class, as it is well worth the extra cost.

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Gold Class Cabin on the Kuranda Scenic Railway

Gold Class Cabin on the Kuranda Scenic Railway


Waterfall from the Kuranda Scenic Railway

Waterfall from the Kuranda Scenic Railway


3. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway runs over 7.5kms of rainforest and allows you to view this spectacular world heritage listed rainforest from above.

You travel in comfortable six-person gondola cabins, and it takes 1 1/2 hours one way or 2 – 2 1/2 hours return to Kuranda.

We have made the one-way trip from Kuranda to the Smithfield Terminal each time we have visited Cairns, and Lola loves it. There is something peaceful about being high up among the trees, and the views of Cairns are amazing.

Lola on the skyway

Lola on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

4. Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome

We always visit the dome when we come to Cairns. The Dome is located on top of the Reef Hotel Casino and has plenty of wildlife for the children to observe as well as the ZOOM obstacle course.

We visit several times during our stay as when you buy a ticket it lasts for three days. We usually spend about an hour here wandering around looking at the birds and attending one of the wildlife presentations throughout the day.

I am looking forward to when Lola is old enough to try the obstacle course. It looks tough but also a lot of fun.

The Dome ZOOM Obstacle Course

The Dome ZOOM Obstacle Course

6. Esplanade Pool

In central Cairns, you will find the Cairns lagoon. Cairns doesn’t have any beautiful beaches, so this man made lagoon is perfect for cooling down.

The lagoon has several different depths suitable for adults as well as children and has a beach style entry including sand on one side.

There are plenty of places to camp out for the day on the grass and lockers to secure your belongings.

It is close to shops and plenty of restaurants and right in the centre of Cairns.

Our favourite place to stay - The Cairns Novotel Oasis Resort

Our favourite place to stay – The Cairns Novotel Oasis Resort

There are plenty of other activities for children in Cairns. However, these five are the top 5 things we always do on each trip.

So, if you only have limited time, these activities are sure to please.


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