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Things to Do in Cairns With Family

Visit Kuranda Koala Gardens, Take the Skyrail Cable Car, Cairns Botanic Gardens, Cairns Esplanade, Cairns Museum, Green Island, Cairns Aquarium, Swim in Cairns Lagoon, Cairns Zoom & Wildlife Dome and more.

Along with the famous Great Barrier reefs, there are many other things to do in Cairns with kids and family that you can enjoy thoroughly. It is the perfect city to plan a fun family trip to tropical Far North Queensland, Australia due to its warm tropical climate all year. You and the kids can enjoy the sun on the beaches, see koalas in the zoo, and get your hands dirty at Muddy's Playground.

There are numerous things to do in Cairns with family, like snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef, a trip to Green Island, or visiting the Artillery Museum and getting amazed by the Australian Armour. To keep your kids entertained, you can engage them in fun activities like taking the Skyrail Cable Car and seeing the diverse marine life at Cairns Aquarium. Many of these kids activities in Cairns are free and count for a fantastic week in the city.

Here is the list of best things to do in Cairns with family:

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Visit Cairns Zoom & Wildlife Dome

  • Get a real-time experience of tropical rainforest at Cairns Zoom & Wildlife Dome and be a part of the best family things to do in Cairns. 
  • Australian animals like koalas, snakes, tropical birds, and saltwater crocodiles are the main attraction here. 
  • You can get many things to do in Cairns with Kids along with a lot of information about the local wildlife, and an opportunity to be a part of interactive sessions about the same.  
  • Take a walk to explore the park or get involved in adrenaline-pumping activities like zip lining, dome climbing etc. 

Timings- Thursday to Tuesday, 6 am to 9 pm, Wednesday noon to 9 pm

Price- USD 17.74, ASD $ 26.00 

Visit Kuranda Koala Gardens

  • Get to experience the boutique wildlife attraction where you can encounter many Australian animals like wallabies, wombats, quokkas, gliders and the world-famous Koalas.
  •  Kuranda Koala Garden is one of the few places where you can get a souvenir picture with a Koala and a Python, and other native animals.
  • Kids can adore looking at all the cute animals eating and sleeping in their zones.

Timings- Mon, Thur- 9 am to 6 pm, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sun- 10 am to 4 pm

AUD $ 20, USD 13.45

Visit Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

  • Take a 15-minute ride to Palm Cove Beach, visit Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, and see the crocs trying to catch food dangled in front of them during the lagoon ride. 
  • You can also stroll around with the kids and introduce them to other animals like lizards, cassowaries, snakes and koalas. 
  • The cassowary feeding, a snake show, and the Crocodile Attack Show are some of the most entertaining family things to do in Cairns. 

Timings- 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Price- USD 29.10, ASD $ 43.00
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Take the Skyrail Cable Car

  • One of the fun family things to do in Cairns is to glide over Australia's wet tropics through the Skyrail cable car starting from Smithfield, Queensland.
  • Spend a good 1 ½ hour in the pristine rainforest canopy before you descend to explore the forest floor at red peak and Barron Falls.
  • Make the most of this unique trail while you enjoy the rainforest's sounds, smell and sights. 
  • Add a few stops to your journey and enjoy lunch in the Kuranda village or take a tour of the CSIRO educational centre for the kids to learn more about the local area.

Timings- 8:55 am and 9:55 am, 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm

Price- USD 119.00 for adults, $ 64.50 for kids
           AUD 176.06 for adults, $ 95.43 for kids

Go to Cairns Botanic Gardens

  • Include a trip to the botanical gardens on Collins Avenue, Edge Hill to complete your things to do in Cairns with kids list. 
  • Indulge in a tropical paradise where you can explore and learn about tropical flora and agriculture and relax in the green environment. 
  • Visit the four gardens inside the Cairns Botanical Gardens called, Flecker Gardens, Centenary Lakes, Mt. Whitfield Conservation Park, and the Tanks Art Centre. 
  • Here you can spend some time learning about a number of native trees, plants and freshwater swamps in detail.
Timings- 7 am - 4.30 pm every day

Explore Cairns Esplanade

  • Take a gentle walk on the 5.1 km long shores of Cairns Harbour. 
  • You can enrich your experience of things to do in Cairns with family with the breathtaking view of the tropical forests, birdwatching or shopping and eating at the restaurants. 
  • The kids can enjoy the sandy beaches or swim in the lagoon before a cosy picnic in the nearby park.

Visit Cairns Museum

  • Visit the Cairn Museum to learn about the exciting culture and history of Cairns city. 
  • Keeping kids' activities in Cairns in mind, this museum is in the Cairns School of Arts building, right in the middle of the town. 
  • Children can take an educational dip through five galleries about various interesting topics related to good and bad things about living in the tropics, industries, the great reefs and more. 
  • If you have an interest in learning about Bama Traditional Owners, the sugar cane industry, tourism development, and cyclones, you definitely must add this place to your things to do in Cairns with Kids and Family list.  

Timings- 10 am - 4.00 pm every day 

USD 29.61, ASD $ 43.76

Take a Trip to Green Island

  • Do not miss this next one of the best things to do in Cairns for families by taking a day trip to Green Island. 
  • This lush green place is an excellent spot for kids where you can enjoy the white sand beaches with them. 
  • Green Island is an hour's boat ride from Cairns and offers a dozen fun activities you can partake in. 
  • Experience a unique and unforgettable view of the fantastic coral, right off the shore while visiting Cairns with family. 
  • Treat your adventurous side by scuba-diving or a glass-bottomed boat ride for kids, and you can also enjoy the scenic view of the island surrounded by a helicopter flight. 

Price- USD 90.05, ASD $ 133.00

Meet Diverse Marine Life at Cairns Aquarium

  • Planning an exciting day at one of the newest kids activities in Cairns will make it a fun and educational day for everyone. 
  • Here in this Aquarium, you will see a collection of Queensland marine life showcased in a manner that both young adults and kids can enjoy a brief visit. 
  • You can also be a part of the regular talks and presentations about reefs and learn exciting facts about the sea that are held the whole day. 

Timings- 10 am to 3 pm

USD $ 30.98, ASD $ 46.06

Swim in Cairns Lagoon

  • Take advantage of a good swim in Cairns lagoon while exploring the Cairns Esplanade, as it is a perfect space for kids to have a splash session in the saltwater pool. 
  • The 4800 sq metre sq lagoon is the top attraction and counts among the must things to do with kids in Cairns. 
  • Plan a sunny picnic here, including a swimming session, and play on the beach for the kids, and you can enjoy the leisurely atmosphere of the area.
  • The complete lagoon is filled with shady trees, open spaces and timber decks where you can enjoy your food and drinks. 

Timings- Thursday to Tuesday, 6 am to 9 pm, Wednesday noon to 9 pm

Snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef

  • Snorkelling and witnessing nature's wonder at Australia's great barrier reef in Cairns is one of the most amazing experiences that you can be a part of. 
  • Pick from the different routes guided by the friendly staff and enjoy the excursion of the local marine life with a closer look. 
  • Afterwards, enjoy an idyllic time sitting at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef and admiring the surrounding tropical tree and waterfalls. 

Price- From USD 146.71, ASD $ 215.00

Enjoy Palm Cove Beach

  • Add a trip to the beach to your list of things to do with kids in Cairns, and you will get a lot of free time for yourself while the kids build a sandcastle and play around. 
  • Spend quality time with plenty of palm trees on the beach and swim in the small waves of the sea. 
  • The back area of the beach has wings, slides and climbing equipment for the kids, benches, and a picnic table from where you can keep an eye on the kids and bite on the delicious takeaway.

Play at Muddy's Playground

  • On your visit to Cairns Esplanade, you can also visit Muddy's splash playground, which will be a great hit amongst the kids. 
  • The collection of swings and rides, seesaw, playhouse, puzzle games, rope bridge and the flying fox are too much fun for the kids, and you can sit and have a cup of coffee, lunch or a nice barbeque from Muddy's cafe on the site. 

Timings- 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Explore the Australian Armour & Artillery Museum

  • The Armour & Artillery Museum in Cairns will take you on a trip to the history of World Wars 1 and 2. 
  • The museum is one of the stops on the Skyrail trip and features all the armoured Vehicles and artillery from the 1800s to the present day. 
  • You and your kids will learn detailed information about this fascinating collection displayed in the museum and many mind-blowing facts about WW2. 

Timings- 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Price- USD 25.00 ASD $ 37.16

Play On the Cairns Beaches

  • Relax and enjoy this option in your things to do in Cairns with family list by basking in the long stretch of perfect sandy beaches of Cairns. 
  • The crystal-clear water of Tropical North Queensland will hit the spot when you walk through Nudey Beach on Fitzroy Island. 
  • You can also hit the Four Mile Beach in the resort town of Port Douglas for an even more family-friendly place. 
  • On the beautiful Punsand Bay beach, you will experience the breathtaking views of sunset and sunrise.

People Also Ask About Cairns

  1. What are the best places to visit in Cairns?

    The places to visit and things to do in Cairns with family are Kuranda Koala Gardens, Cairns Zoom & Wildlife Dome, and Cairns Aquarium. You can also take a trip to Palm Cove Beach and Skyrail Cable Car.
  2. What are the best things to do in Cairns at night?

    You can visit Cairns Aquarium to see marine life by twilight, which is one of the most entertaining things to do in Cairns for families. Or you can explore the great barrier reef at a night dive and have dinner at the Flames of the Forest or Gilligan's.
  3. What is the best time to visit Cairns?

    The best time to visit Cairns is during the winter months, when the weather is pleasant to explore the city in one of the best ways possible. During these months one can explore all the outdoor activities, as the weather is dry with calm winds, making it a perfect getaway place to explore. 
  4. ??How much does it cost to visit Aquarium in Cairns?

    The ticket to Cairns Aquarium can cost approximately USD $ 30.98 or AUD $ 46.06, and offers many engaging kids activities in Cairns along with a collection of marine life.
  5. What is Cairns known for?

    Cairns is famous for the great barrier reef and tropical climate and is a tourist spot for family-friendly places like Palm Cove Beach and Skyrail Cable Car. Some of the unique things to do with kids in Cairns include Muddy's Playground, Kuranda Koala Gardens and sandy Cairns Beaches.
  6. How many days are sufficient to visit Cairns?

    Three days are recommended to cover all the family things to do in cairns, like, the beaches, watching the marine life and inventory visits.
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