Tropical paradise. Tick. Warm weather year-round. Tick. Adventures galore. Tick. Cairns family accommodation. Tick! There’s no doubt about it; Cairns is an all-round top destination for families. “But I want to relax”, I hear you say. With calming sea breezes and a heritage-listed tropical rainforest, you can do that too.
There’s no shortage of things to do in Cairns and, as a parent, it’s highly unlikely you’ll ever hear the phrase ‘I’m bored’ uttered by your children while you’re there. A holiday in Cairns is guaranteed to create happy kids, and happy kids means happy (and relaxed) parents, right?
So why is Cairns the place to create happy families? Here’s a list of some of the fun and relaxing things you can do.
How to experience fun and relaxation in Cairns
Visit the Cairns Esplanade
Yes, you can take a relaxing stroll down this Esplanade, but this is not just any Esplanade, it’s action-packed. There’s a man-made lagoon, Muddy’s playground, a skate park, a climbing wall, volleyball nets and exercise equipment. You can relax on the grassy areas while the kids play and splash about or browse the markets while your partner keeps an eye on the kids.
Visit the Great Barrier Reef
You simply cannot visit Cairns without seeing the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. There are several tour boats that travel to the reef daily from the marina.
Visit an island
Fitzroy Island is popular with families and locals and is relatively close to Cairns. The island has plenty of family activities including snorkelling, kayaking, taking a trip on the glass bottom boat and visiting the Turtle Rehab Centre.
Meet a crocodile
Cairns is one of the best places to see a crocodile in its natural habitat. Just 40 minutes out of Cairns, Hartleys Crocodile Farm has boat cruises where you’ll enjoy crocodile spotting and see a crocodile leap out of the water for a feed. You might want to keep your hands inside the boat.
Nestled in the mountains 25km North-West of Cairns and surrounded by the oldest living tropical rainforest in the world, Kuranda is a place of escape and adventure. Kuranda is home of the Scenic Railway, Skyrail Rainforest Railway, Kuranda Markets, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, rainforest walks and more.
Experience Aboriginal Culture
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is one of the best places to learn about Aboriginal culture. The Tjapukai people happily share their culture; you can have a go at throwing a boomerang or spear, learn about bush tucker and listen to stories about their ancestors. Kids can paint boomerangs and make jewellery.
Hang ten at Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome
Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome is the world’s first challenge ropes course set in an indoor rainforest wildlife park. It has zip lines, ropes, cargo nets, swings and more will undoubtedly keep kids (and parents) occupied and then leave them utterly exhausted at the end of the day, just when it’s time for you to put your feet up at the hotel.
Finding the best Cairns family accommodation
As a parent, there are a few checkboxes that I like to tick when it comes to finding family accommodation; the accommodation’s suitability for all ages, if it has a kid’s club, playground or games, availability of children’s meals and if there is a supermarket nearby. When my children were younger, I also made sure the accommodation had a cot, highchairs and something to warm food like a microwave. A babysitting service is also another option.
Rather than calling every hotel in Cairns to find out if they’re family-friendly, you can use Hotels.com to search for a list of family accommodation in Cairns. Searching for accommodation this way is so much easier because all of the detailed information about the hotel, its main amenities and room provisions are provided simply by clicking on the relevant Cairns family accommodation. The ‘top spots nearby’ section is excellent for finding a hotel close to activities, particularly if you’re getting around on foot and the real guest reviews make it easy to narrow down the hotels with the best reputation.
This article was written in collaboration with Hotels.com.
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