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Things to Do in Cairns with Kids

Things to Do in Cairns with Kids

With tropical beaches, a UNESCO World Heritage Site rain forest, and the islands of the Great Barrier Reef all on the city’s doorstep, Cairns offers plenty of options for a family adventure. From wildlife encounters and outdoor activities to fun family attractions, here are some ideas for things to do in Cairns with kids.

  • Swim and snorkel along the Great Barrier Reef on a full-day boat cruise, or enjoy aerial views on a thrilling helicopter flight.
  • Skip the long lines with a great-value family ticket for attractions such as the Cairns Museum or Cairns Aquarium.
  • Spot Aussie animals such as kangaroos, cassowaries, and crocodiles or enjoy breakfast with the koalas at Hartley's Crocodile Park.
  • Discover Australia’s Aboriginal history and heritage at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, where kids can also try playing a didgeridoo or throwing a boomerang.
  • Enjoy an action-packed family day out in the rain forest at Kuranda, where you can ride the Skyrail and Scenic Railway and visit attractions such as Birdworld and the Butterfly Sanctuary.
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Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns

Fitzroy Island Day Trip from Cairns

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Explore the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef on a full-day tour to Fitzroy Island. After arriving from Cairns on a fast ferry, have free time to do what you choose: snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, lounge on the white-sand beach or see the coral from a glass-bottom boat. Upgrade to add the Activity Pass Plus Lunch, which provides a picnic lunch, snorkeling gear, stinger suit, a glass-bottom boat tour.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Breakfast with the Koalas at Hartley's Crocodile Park from Cairns or Palm Cove

Breakfast with the Koalas at Hartley's Crocodile Park from Cairns or Palm Cove

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Begin your visit to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures with breakfast in the company of a koala and its keeper. After morning hotel pickup in Cairns or Palm Cove, transfer to Hartley's in time for your hot Aussie breakfast and conversation with the keeper about the koalas. Then you can explore at your leisure: take a boat cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon to watch crocodiles feeding. Enjoy informative and entertaining wildlife presentations throughout the day, and see Australian wildlife up close, including kangaroos, wallabies, snakes, cassowaries, quolls and more.
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  • 6 hours
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Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls and Rainforest Day Tour Departing Cairns

Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls and Rainforest Day Tour Departing Cairns

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Immerse yourself in Northern Queensland’s waterfalls, rainforests, and other natural wonders on this full-day tour from Cairns. Admire the untouched scenery and stop to swim in the famous Millaa Millaa, and Josephine Falls. In between, visit Babinda Boulders and Mount Hypipamee, watch for wildlife such as tree-kangaroos and platypus, and admire a tropical sunset at Lake Eacham. National Park admission, lunch, refreshments, and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 11 hours
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Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome

Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome

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Get an up-close look at the rainforest from the middle of Cairns at Carins ZOOM and Wildlife Dome. This family-friendly attraction is home to Australian animals like koalas, snakes, tropical birds, and a saltwater crocodile. You can simply explore the park at your leisure, or choose some of the many activities like a ropes course, zipline, dome climb and more. You also have the option to upgrade your admission to the 4 Park Pass if you want to visit other Cairns-area attractions like the Butterfly Sanctuary and Rainforestation.
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  • 1 to 5 hours
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Skip the Line: Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park Ticket

Skip the Line: Kuranda Rainforestation Nature Park Ticket

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Explore Kuranda's Rainforestation Nature Park, a 100-acre (40-hectare) tropical rainforest and World Heritage site located within five minutes of Kuranda village, accessible from Cairns. Your admission ticket to this family-friendly attraction includes three eco-experiences: see Australia's native animals at the Koala and Wildlife Park; ride the amphibious Army Duck on a unique rainforest tour; watch an Aboriginal Dance Show at the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience and take a Dreamtime Walk.
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  • 4 hours
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Cairns Estuary Fishing

Cairns Estuary Fishing

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Go fishing in the smooth waters of Trinity Inlet during a half-day outing a professional guide. After a convenient hotel pickup, board a 19-foot (6-meter) flat-bottom boat called the River Rocket. Explore mangroves and watch for wildlife—including saltwater crocodiles—as you search for Grunter, Fingermark, Blue Salmon, Queen Fish, Thread Fin, and other local species. Enjoy all necessary gear included in the tour price.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Cairns Aquarium Family Ticket

Cairns Aquarium Family Ticket

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Explore the Cairns Aquarium with this convenient, advance-purchase, family-priced ticket. Marvel at an educational exhibit that traces the journey of a drop of rain from mountain to sea. Check out rare marine life like Gray Reef Sharks, Freshwater Sawfish, and Humphead Maori Wrass. See the Deep Reef Tank, travel deep underwater at the massive oceanarium, and enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the research facility.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Small-Group Afternoon Cairns City Tour with Harbour Dinner Cruise

Small-Group Afternoon Cairns City Tour with Harbour Dinner Cruise

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Explore Cairns with a local guide and enjoy a dinner cruise on this all-day combination tour. After a convenient pickup from your Cairns City or Northern Beaches hotel, visit popular destinations like the Flecker Botanical Gardens and Lower Barron Gorge. Enjoy a scenic lookout with gorgeous views and afternoon tea—included in the tour price—before feasting on a 3-course dinner aboard the 85-foot (26-meter) Spirit of Cairns catamaran.
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  • 8 hours
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