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  • What to pack

    For cool season (Apr-Sep):

    1. Sun protection – hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
    2. Light, airy clothing
    3. A light scarf or sweater for evening

    For warm season (Oct-Mar):

    1. Swimwear, beach slippers and beach accessories
    2. Sun protection – hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
    3. Light, airy clothing
    4. An umbrella or poncho
    5. Insect repellant
  • Our Hotels

  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Tjapukai

    Your little adventurers are going to love gliding above the rainforest's canopy while onboard one of these clear-bottomed gondolas. With a bird's-eye view of the Daintree rainforest below, you can spot many types of birds flitting beneath your gondola while enjoying the 90-minute ride through the canopy. Later, take time to explore nearby Tjapukai to learn about the area's Aboriginal heritage and for the kids to try their hand at throwing a boomerang, mastering spear-throwing or getting a lesson in the didgeridoo. From hunting for Australian bush tucker, to discovering the diversity of the many aboriginal clans throughout the country, this is an ideal opportunity to learn about Australia's rich indigenous culture.

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  • Kuranda Village

    Discover the charms of Kuranda Village, a scenic market town tucked away deep in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest. Getting to Kuranda is sure to enthral little adventurers, involving a train trip, gondola ride or winding drive through the thick rainforest. No visit should miss exploring its unique outdoor market that is loved for its mix of handmade souvenirs and artisan wares. Once you've shopped up a storm, follow the walking trail to Barron Falls Lookout that winds deep into the rainforest. This 40-minute return walk is entirely on a raised platform, making it easy-going for little legs and strollers.

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  • Explore the Daintree for ice cream, fruit tasting and fun

    Known as the green heart of Queensland, the Daintree Rainforest is full of fun activities to occupy even the littlest travellers. Your kids will love visiting the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary to interact with its 1,500 airborne residents; calling into the Kuranda Koala Gardens to meet some of Australia's most iconic wildlife; paying a visit to the Daintree Ice Cream Co, where the menu might include exotic tropical flavours like sapote, macadamia and jackfruit that are sure to tickle their tastebuds, and taking a tour of a 22-acre orchard to sample some 15-types of tropical fruit.

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  • Cairns Esplanade, Boardwalk & Lagoon

    Get acquainted with the heart of Cairns's downtown while exploring its stunning Esplanade on the city's foreshore. Little adventurers will love the wealth of activities, which range from a sandy-edged swimming lagoon to several playgrounds and water play areas. Make the most of the free barbecues to cook up a feast, take an easy walk along its boardwalk or find a shady spot under the trees for a picnic.

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  • Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre

    Jump onboard a catamaran for the 45-minute journey to nearby Fitzroy Island, home to offshore reefs, spectacular rainforests and the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. Take a tour through this turtle hospital and learn about the centre's efforts to protect and maintain the wild turtle population. Little explorers will love meeting some of the centre's "guests," ranging from tiny baby turtles to giant green ones and learning about their journey to recovery.

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  • Great Barrier Reef with Sunlover Reef Cruises

    Discover the diversity of the world's largest reef by joining a day trip out on the coral with Sunlover Reef Cruises. Options abound to ensure everyone can experience the magic of the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef, regardless of age and ability. Little explorers will love floating above the reef to spot its fish, turtles and coral while onboard a glass bottomed boat, and those who are over 12 or older and have more experience in the water shouldn't miss the chance to try scuba diving or a sea walker helmet dive. With a fully-enclosed children's pool, underwater observatory and touch tank all on offer, this is the perfect reef-bound adventure for your little adventurers.

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  • Cairns Art Gallery

    Home to a wide collection of local, national and international work, a visit to the Cairns Art Gallery makes the perfect day out for the whole family. Housed in the impressively opulent former residence of the State Government Insurance Office, this is an ideal spot to view Indigenous artwork and learn about tropical north Queensland's rich visual art tradition. Call ahead to find out about their kid-specific art classes that include meeting exhibiting artists to learning about self expression through creative outlets.

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  • Cairns Zoom & Wildlife Dome

    Discover the magic of the rainforest right in the heart of the city with a visit to this must-see attraction. With koalas, wallabies, reptiles and even an old crocodile named Goliath calling it home, little explorers will relish the chance to get up-close to Australia's iconic wildlife while in a unique natural setting. Thrill seekers will also relish the many activities, which include climbing over the OUTSIDE of the centre's signature glass dome or zip-lining over Goliath the resident crocodile.

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  • Zip-lining with Jungle Surfing

    Get a jaw-dropping view over the Atherton Tablelands while taking a guided zip-lining tour through the rainforest's canopy on this day trip out of the city. Little adventurers from age three and up will relish the opportunity to see some of Queensland's best scenery from an entirely new angle as you take on its many zip-lining expanses, some of which reach up to 19-metres off the ground. If you're feeling brave, your guide will help you try zip-lining upside down!

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  • Crystal Cascades

    Discover one of the city's best kept secrets on a day trip to this series of freshwater pools and waterfalls. Cool off with a dip in the beautiful crocodile-free pools, flanked by granite boulders and rainforest. Little travellers will love splashing in the shallow swimming holes, while older adventurers can explore some of the deeper pools dotted along the track. Accessible only by your own vehicle, getting into the falls involves an easy 30-minute walk along the landscaped footpath from the public car park. With changing rooms, picnic tables and free barbecues available, visiting Crystal Cascades makes for an easy — and affordable — day trip.

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  • Waffle on Cairns

    For breakfast that goes beyond the usual offerings, you can't beat this Cairns institution. Here, the menu runs from savoury options, such as the avocado and bacon packed avocardio to sweet delights like the Robert Brownie Junior, which features the magical pairing of waffles, brownies, fruit, cream and chocolate. While there's no dedicated kids' menu, there are plenty of sweet and savoury options little diners are sure to love.

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  • Caffiend

    Tucked away in the heart of Cairn's city centre is this coffee-lovers delight. While locals love it for its single-origin brews and interesting menu, its relaxed, arty atmosphere, complete with a giant graffiti-covered wall, is sure to keep your little travellers happy. With their own in-house roaster, and signature blends for those who prefer their coffee with or without milk, you know your coffee needs will be well-catered for at Caffiend.

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  • Apex Milk Bar

    With arguably the best burgers in town, this restaurant specialises in a range of American-inspired dishes that are sure to keep the whole family happy. Besides the usual burger, you will fine unique dishes such as the Wham Bam Vietnam hot dog topped with slaw, pickled carrot, coriander and sriracha mayo. A great kids' menu that includes burgers, fried fish and crumbed chicken, all served with chips, together with classic thick shakes and a range of interesting sides ensure everyone's tastes will be satisfied at Apex.

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  • Prawn Star

    Climb aboard this pair of docked fishing trawlers that dish up the best prawns in town. One of the city's most-loved restaurants due to its unique setting, friendly service and unbeatable seafood, this is sure to be a hit with your little ones, who can imagine they're adventuring out to sea while trying a wide selection of Cairn's legendary seafood. The menu reflects whatever's arrived fresh that day, but the Morten Bay Bug, a small Australian lobster, is perfectly sized for your little eater.

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  • Bagus Cafe

    Conveniently located in front of one of the Esplanade's most popular playgrounds, Bagus Cafe serves-up authentic Indonesian fare in a relaxed environment and at a very reasonable price. With perennial favourites such as nasi goreng fried rice and satay skewer sticks, this is a perfect place to grab a variety of takeaway options for an impromptu picnic. Alternatively, pull up a chair at one of the outdoor tables where sandy feet and swimmers are welcome dining attire. If you find yourself with little travellers who'd prefer to lunch on always popular options such as toasted sandwiches, burgers and chips, these are also well-covered at this much-loved cafe.

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  • Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside

    Soak up the sun and sea at Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside. Situated on Cairns Esplanade overlooking Trinity Bay, each room features a private balcony, offering refreshing sea breezes and stunning views of the ocean throughout your stay. To explore the sights, take a short stroll down the esplanade to town, or hop aboard the hotel’s free CBD shuttle bus. Complete your stay with a family meal at the Harbourside Bar & Kitchen, which uses the freshest ingredients from the region.

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