Things to do in Cairns with Kids

Things to do in Cairns with Kids
Do you have kids and are looking for a place to spend the school holiday with them? Cairns Australia is the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy a great time together. Cairns is a small touristy town located in the northeast of Australia. Cairns has tropical weather so it is quite hot and sunny for most of the year. Cairns is so great for a holiday because the region has so many tours and attractions that will keep everyone busy during the whole stay. Cairns is the front door gateway to the biggest barrier reef in the world. The Cairns Great Barrier Reef is so big that it can be seen from space with the naked eye. The reef is composed of around 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres. It is a unique place. Another big attraction in Cairns is the rainforest. Cairns has the oldest rainforest in the world. The rainforest is considered to be about 135 million years old. It is just an amazing place to visit. But what are the best activities for kids? Tourism Cairns has put together a list of best activities to do with kids in Cairns. See them below.
  1. Great Barrier Reef Pontoon
Let’s start with the main tour in Cairns, The Great Barrier Reef. There are many reef tours available in Cairns. Every day several vessels depart Cairns marina to travel to the reef with lots of tourists on board. The vessels provide slightly different tours and travel to different parts of the reef. So which reef tour is recommended for families with kids? The pontoon has to be the most popular amongst families. The pontoon is a floating platform located in the middle of the reef. The platform is quite stable and offers comfort and great facilities for everyone. There are tables, chairs, toilets, showers, change rooms, sun chairs for sunbathing, lockers and even a waterslide. At the platform travellers can participate in many activities such as: snorkelling tour, glass bottom boat tour, semi-submersible tour, visit to the underwater observatory, scuba diving, helmet diving, and much more. So it is a day full of activities and great fun. It is definitely a “must do” when it comes to visiting Cairns. Click on the link below for more information about Great Barrier Reef Tours in Cairns.
Barco azul na água

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  1. Waterfall Circuit
Let’s go to the second most popular tour in Cairns, the Rainforest. There are also many tours available in Cairns departing daily. But which one is recommended for kids? The Atherton Tablelands has to be the most popular rainforest tour for kids. This is because it visits many lakes and waterfalls as well as the rainforest. Usually, kids love water so in this tour the whole family enjoy a whole day of fun, visiting Atherton Tablelands Waterfall Circuit located about 60km west of Cairns. The places visited are several lakes, waterfalls, creeks, the rainforest including the famous Curtain Fig Tree, a 500 years old tree with aerial roots dropping 15m to the forest floor. It is a great tour to do with the whole family. Click on the link below for more information about Atherton Tablelands Tours in Cairns.
  1. Islands 
Visiting an island is a great thing to do with kids. On the island the whole family can also participate in many activities. There are 2 main islands near Cairns, Green Island and Fitzroy Island. Even though they look different, they both offer about the same tours and activities. Green Island is much smaller, only 12 hectares in size when Fitzroy Island is much larger, 339 hectares. Both locations take about 45 – 50 minutes by boat to get there. The activities both islands offer are: snorkelling tour, glass bottom boat tour, stand up paddle boards, paddles skis, scuba diving and much more. Green Island and Fitzroy Island are part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park so visitors can snorkel and enjoy the reef system around the islands. The islands are great locations to relax and enjoy the tropical atmosphere. Click on the link below for more information about Island Tours in Cairns.
Ilha com árvores e água ao fundo

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  1. Horse Riding
For more adventurous families, why not do a Horse Riding through the rainforest? Horse riding is a great activity for families, the farm environment and the direct contact with animals are usually something that attracts kids. Horse Riding in Cairns has the “extra fact” which is the rainforest. Participants ride through gorgeous rainforest locations and also into creeks, making the whole riding experience quite exciting and adventurous. It is definitely one of the most exciting activities to do with kids. Click on the link below for more information about Horse Riding in Cairns.
Homem andando de cavalo

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For more information about tours in Cairns please visit the website page below. Or contact us @ Tourism Cairns. Tourism Cairns has over 15 years of experience helping visitors with their local experience in Cairns. Website: Email:

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