Things to Do in Cairns with Kids

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Things to Do in Cairns with Kids

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  • christine i
    Loughton, UK20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Did this trip today. Emma our guide was very knowledgeable & shared lots with us about the rainforest.

    Sadly as a result of the cyclone damage we couldn’t visit Cape Tribulation so our itinerary had to be jigged around which was disappointing but obviously not something that Emma or the company could control.

    Trip on Daintree river pleasant, although all the crocodiles seemed to be hiding.
    Mossman Gorge nice & the opportunity for a paddle/dip was welcomed.

    Lunch stop - a hot meal provided & the Barramundi was very good
    Written February 6, 2024
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  • Mark E
    Whitianga, New Zealand741 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a very safe place to swim in Cairns.

    The beach and bay is not the safest for swimming.

    There are lifeguards on duty.

    Sand is lovely white and manicured each day.

    Big pool and lots for kids to do.

    Large area in park like location.

    Enjoy.
    Written April 15, 2024
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  • Mark E
    Whitianga, New Zealand741 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great walk, plenty to see.

    Nice views of the city and bay.

    Lots of places to rest and take in the sights.

    Heaps of activity.

    Lots of bird life.

    Take a walk past the lagoon as well.

    There is sometimes singers on the stage and buskers at night.

    Take the walk in both the day and night.
    Written April 15, 2024
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  • kmcgra
    Batavia, IL1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The aquariums were so well kept and the scheduled talks amazing. We arrived when it opened at 9:30 a.m. and did all 4 scheduled talks between 10:15 - 11:30 a.m. about River Monsters, Denizens of the Deep, Life of Sharks & Rays and Curious & Coloured. The talks were all great!! We were there about 2 and a half hours. It was a great experience to learn about the great barrier reef from a local source.
    Written March 20, 2024
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  • vickiebypass
    Stamford, CT249 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Cairns Botanical Gardens are big, but it was stultifyingly hot (at least to me) and a garden isn’t necessarily the best place to be unless you’re in the shade. But this garden has a rainforest boardwalk, which is just what it sounds like - a raised boardwalk through a mini-rainforest. Theoretically, it sounded humid and full bugs to me, but I was here, it was there so off I went. Another scenario where I had it all wrong – the rainforest was shady and the palms reached so high skyward. Sunlight dappled the floor of the rainforest, there were various birds and sounds of big leaves dropping, plus other noises. There were two types of palm groves and a boggy area. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed looking at the bark on the different trees, how the palm leaves/fronds grow, all the dead leaves on the floor and searching out any floral growth on the palms; it was very quiet, velvety air and warm, but I was glowing, not dripping with sweat. Three people passed me who were striding briskly on their way to somewhere – or just getting exercise. Although the Aboriginal Plant Use Garden is small, it was interesting to me, as was the Bamboo Collection (I had no idea there are so many varieties) and the Flecker Gardens.
    Written April 18, 2024
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  • Mark E
    Whitianga, New Zealand741 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A huge facility with a huge range of military vehicles, armouries and much more from the 1800s and WW1 and WW2 from many different countries.

    Tanks, armoured vehicles, cannons, trucks, cars and motorcycles and much much more.

    You can take a ride in a tank, they have a large area out back for this.

    They have a shooting range down stairs.

    We had a bit of a giggle walking around guessing which country the vehicle came from before we got to it. My guesses were fairly accurate for the British vehicles as most had an oil drip tray under them lol.

    Well worth a wander around.

    Written April 16, 2024
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  • Alix V
    Sydney, Australia163 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An absolute highlight of one of our days chasing waterfalls. Josephine Falls is crystal clear, so unbelievably clean and has a safe and bigger swimming spot at the bottom. Set yourself up on the rocks and you can stay for hours in the shade. There is a fun natural rock slide into the pool as well as a rope swing.
    Written January 10, 2024
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  • Winter74
    Australia28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    10/10 place for kids! Bring bathers and change of clothes kids loved it. Water was cold but on a sunny day that wouldn’t be a problem and it didn’t stop our kids from getting wet anyway.
    Written August 12, 2023
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  • John Turner
    Caulfield, Australia3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spent day visiting Fig Tree, waterfalls and lakes in Atherton Tablelands. Did a self drive from Cairns and everything well sign posted. An excellent day’s
    Written September 8, 2023
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  • Mark E
    Whitianga, New Zealand741 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice market for fruit and vegetables.

    Biggest variety we have seen in a long time.

    Lots of stalls offer tastings.

    Huge variety of fruits we had never seen before.

    There are other stalls offering a variety of different nick nacks and souvenirs etc but not as many as the night markets offer.

    Lots of parking available although we walked there.
    Written April 16, 2024
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  • vickiebypass
    Stamford, CT249 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Cairns Museum was great –one of these small local museums that do a very good job at telling their unique story. The top floor was all about the people who have settled and lived in Cairns from 1907 through now, and they told the stories via photos of a person and a vignette about what they did. Good blend of male/female, whites, aboriginal, Europeans and I thought it gave a good flavor of the town. The next floor was displays around themes like dressing, cooking, safety, home life, work, etc.. more photos and the tools that people used with explanations; the home life part was very interesting to see the rather primitive washing machines from the 1950s, the wooden screened cabinets with the four legs set into metal rings, filled with kerosene to keep the ants out. Very evocative section. The docent in the room was very informative and pleasant.

    They have a veranda on the second floor as part of the museum and originally when they told me oh, don’t miss the veranda, I thought “yeah, right – it’s a trillion degrees and you want me to sit outside” but when I saw the door I went outside. Well, I was 100% wrong.! There was a pleasant breeze, ceiling fans, white wicker furniture, and a very nice view over Main Street and the trees. I talked to the same docent later on and she explained that the key in Cairns is to get up high so that you get a breeze; and that’s why a lot of the houses (Queenslanders) are raised and have lots of windows to let the breezes come through. Okay, I was convinced. I would definitely recommend this museum if you want to learn about the history of the town.
    Written April 18, 2024
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  • scvrose
    Fiddletown, CA1,105 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Seastar dropped us off before the island we swam in. Enjoyed watching the hundreds of birds making their nest on this slender piece of land. One of my highlights.
    Written November 18, 2022
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  • Koko
    Sydney, Australia1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The gallery reopened in a new location and there are so much amazing items to see! Most items on display are rare which you don't even see in Japan. If you love Japanese history, antiques, art and/or swords, I highly recommend it! John, the owner, is very friendly and knowledgeable.
    Written February 2, 2024
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  • Joanne
    Lake Mary, FL1,787 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    it is a very small island you can easily walk around in an hour. There are beautiful paths with lots of trees to keep you shaded. Do bring bug spray as I was eaten alive by mosquitos and ended up with big welts (even through t-shirts). They have a dive shop - I just got basic snorkeling equipment for AUD26 - the stinger suit is extra but there were no jelly fish I ran into. The beach area has so-so snorkeling - some fish and not much coral - you need to get the tour out to the reef. The swimming pool on the island was a bit lame, and the food was about $8 for a pre-packaged sandwich. There were tons of these little brown birds that begged for handouts - they were almost tame and rather amusing. On the island is a Marineland with a croc show that was a lot of fun.
    Written February 6, 2024
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  • Maryam S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A day full of fun snorkeling and swimming, we had a chance to see many fishes and turtles. We saw many nice reefs and coral
    Written January 11, 2024
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