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Best things to do in Cairns with kids

Are you looking for the best things to do in Cairns with your kids or your family? Well, I have put together a list of all the things I did with my son on our trip to Cairns. I hope you have as much fun as we did.

I want to begin by acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the lands mentioned in this post and pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging. The Gimuy-walubarra yidi people are the traditional owners of the Cairns and surrounding district. The traditional owners of the coastal country between Cairns and Port Douglas are the Yirrganydji people. The Djabugay people are the traditional owners of Kuranda.

Explore the Great Barrier Reef around Cairns

Sailing on the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns. Michaelmas Bay.
Michaelmas Bay, Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is an amazing natural wonder located off the coast of Queensland, Australia. It is composed of over 2,900 reefs and 900 islands, stretching for 1,400 miles. The reef is home to diverse marine life and is the world’s largest living structure. Snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef is a perfect adventure for families with children of all ages. Explore the coral reefs and see the unique and vibrant ecosystem.

Check out my review of the Sunlovers Pontoon here and take a look at the tiktok video below. This was such a great day out on the water for both families and solo travellers alike.

@serendipitous_wanderlust Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef #snorkelling #greatbarrier #greatbarrierreef #gbr #gbr🐠 #serendipitouswanderlust #travellife #traveling #travelbucketlist #traveltiktok #traveltok #coral #Reef #fish ♬ 1815Km – Official Sound Studio

Go Karting in Cairns

Go Kartin in Cairns

Cairns is an ideal location for go-karting. Due to its beautiful weather and stunning landscapes. All ages over 11 years old and 150cm tall, can enjoy racing through tight turns and obstacles. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, go-karting in Cairns promises to be an exciting and unforgettable experience.

Laser Tag and Escape Rooms in Cairns

Looking for a fun and exciting activity that combines laser tag and escape rooms? Cairns Laser Tag offers a variety of games and challenges for groups of friends or family to enjoy. Compete against each other with lasers and try to escape the puzzling rooms. You’ll never be bored with the range of options available.

Mossman Gorge near Cairns

Mossman Gorge not far from Cairns

Escape to the beauty of nature in Far North Queensland. Discover the stunning Mossman Gorge in the Daintree. Nestled just outside Mossman, this gorge is a natural wonderland part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Indulge in the untouched forests and crystal clear creeks, home to remarkable wildlife and breathtaking scenery. Whether you seek a peaceful retreat or a chance to explore the natural beauty of the region. Mossman Gorge is a must-see attraction for all travellers.

@serendipitous_wanderlust If you’re looking for an incredible place to explore, visit Mossman Gorge! Nestled in the Daintree Rainforest of Far North Queensland, the spectacular gorge is home to some of the region’s most stunning landscapes. From swimming in the crystal clear waterholes to learning about the cultural history of the Kuku Yalanji people, Mossman Gorge offers something for everyone. #mossman #mossmangorge #serendipitouswanderlust #daintree #travel #traveltok #QLD #Australia #travelbucketlist #traveltiktok #river #rocks #swimmingholevibes ♬ original sound – liam

The Australian Armour & Artillery Museum

The Australian Army and Artillery Museum in Cairns

If you’re into military history, make sure to visit the Australian Armour and Artillery Museum. Located in Cairns, Queensland, this museum offers a unique opportunity to explore a wide collection of military vehicles, artillery, and artifacts. You can learn about the evolution of warfare from the Great War to modern-day operations. Take a guided tour and discover the brave men and women who fought in these armed conflicts. It’s an exciting and educational experience that’s definitely worth checking out.

Experience the thrill of controlling a powerful tank at the Australian Armour and Artillery Museum. Explore the important role that armour and artillery have played throughout history. Take a journey through time as you ride a tank through the museum. It’s the ultimate driving adventure for anyone looking to learn and have fun.

Timezone in Cairns

Timezone in Cairns

Looking for a way to keep your kids entertained? Timezone is the perfect option! With activities like bumper cars, basketball, and arcade games, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. Kids can use their imagination and create their own adventures.

Kuranda Scenic Rail to Cairns

Kuranda Scenic Rail between Kuranda and Cairns

Experience the beauty of Far North Queensland with Kuranda Scenic Rail, the perfect way to explore Australia’s tropical rainforest. This unique train journey takes you through the Atherton Tablelands, Barron Gorge, and the Coral Sea while offering stunning views of the World Heritage-listed rainforest. Whether you’re planning a day trip or an extended holiday, Kuranda Scenic Rail has something for everyone.

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in Cairns

Skyrail rainforest cableway in Cairns

Looking for a unique way to explore the rainforest? The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway offers stunning views of the natural landscape and wildlife below. In just a few hours, you can enjoy the breathtaking sights of one of the most biodiverse habitats on earth. From lush green canopies to cascading waterfalls and glistening rivers, this journey is sure to leave you in awe of its beauty.

Build Rock Cairns with your kids at the Gatz

Rock Cairn off the beach near Cairns

Looking for a fun outdoor activity to enjoy with the kids in Cairns? Look no further than Gatz Balancing Rocks. Located off the Captain Cook Highway, this site features impressive displays of perfectly balanced boulders that have stood the test of time. For an added challenge, try building your own rock cairn to add to the ancient landscape. Check out our blog post for more details.

Explore the beaches along the Captain Cook Highway

Beach along the Captain Cook Highway near Cairns

Looking for a stunning scenic drive in North Queensland? Look no further than the Captain Cook Highway. This iconic highway takes you from Cairns to Port Douglas and is home to some of Australia’s best beaches. Explore secluded coves and hidden islands for a memorable adventure with your kids. Don’t miss out on the beauty of the beaches along this route.

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7 Comments

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    Sharyn
    December 3, 2023 at 10:14 am

    I’m off to Cairns shortly, thanks for all the inspiration – my kids will really enjoy themselves with your kid-friendly holiday suggestions.

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    Sheryl
    December 3, 2023 at 10:52 am

    Cairns looks beautiful, I love your photos! You and your kids got up to some pretty amazing adventures by the looks of it. Will have to look this up when we travel to Queensland!

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    Alona
    December 3, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    Seems so exciting. I’d love to try the skyrail rainforest cableway.

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    Josy A
    December 3, 2023 at 12:41 pm

    I am loving the sound of all the nature related things to go near Cairns. The beaches, the Mossman Gorge and that amazing cableway all look fabulous!

    (p.s. I love that you included building cairns in Cairns! :))

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    Kelly
    December 3, 2023 at 2:42 pm

    What a helpful listicle of top things to do in Cairns with the kids! It’s always lovely to see how many kid-friendly activities there are to try on your travels!

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    Rhonda
    December 3, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    When I took my kids to Cairns, we did many of these things. We missed the Great Barrier Reef as the weather wasn’t too good. I’d love to go back and do that.

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    Susan
    December 4, 2023 at 8:36 am

    Mossman Gorge looks beautiful! I visited Cairns nearly 20 years ago and this makes me want to go back. Thanks for these great ideas!

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