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Family & Kids Activities

Fun for all

If you’re looking for the ultimate family holiday, Tropical North Queensland should be at the top of your list. From the hundreds of golden beaches fronting onto the calm waters of the Coral Sea to the lush green rainforests and national parks, there’s always something to do outdoors. You can explore from a kayak, canoe or paddleboard, race around on mountain bikes or hike up to secret lookouts.

Splash around in the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon, go waterfall chasing in the Atherton Tablelands, spot cassowaries at the Djiru National Park and feed a big reptile at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures.

There’s a large selection of resorts with great facilities for families, like huge swimming pools, playgrounds and special kids’ menus. If your family needs more space, self-contained apartments are a great option or you can check in to one of the excellent caravan parks in the region, many of which have pools and even waterslides.

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Children play in Palm Cove
Palm Cove
Palm Cove: a family affair

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Cairns Lagoon
Cairns & Northern Beaches
8 Free ideas for family fun in Cairns

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wombat at hartleys crocodile adventures
Kuranda
5 places to spot animals in Kuranda

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Port Douglas
Why Port Douglas is the perfect spot for a family holiday

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Skyrail road view
Wet Tropics Rainforest
6 reasons to see the rainforest with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Welcome to Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, an aerial experience through Australia’s most famous rainforest, the Wet Tropics.

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Cairns ZOOM & Wildlife Dome
Cairns & Northern Beaches
Ideas for a rainy day in Cairns with kids

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Beach and sunrise
Adventure
5 Family-friendly camping spots near Cairns

Whether it’s time spent outdoors, the excitement of exploring a new landscape or just sleeping under the stars, my time camping as a kid has meant a desire to share similar experiences with my own children.

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Mission Beach MTB Park
Adventure
Six family-friendly mountain biking trails

If you have children in tow on your next Tropical North Queensland adventure, add these family-friendly trails to your itinerary.

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pullman palm cove
Tropical Lifestyle & Culture
Dive into this guide of swim-out hotel rooms

Walk in: swim out. For that added splash of luxury to your weekend getaway, family holiday or romantic retreat the following hotels will get you as close as you can to the most convenient and luxurious pools in the region.

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Cairns & Northern Beaches
A wildlife warrior’s 3 day guide to the tropics

Love animals? Love nature? Love khaki? If you answered yes, this guide has your name written all over it, and we’re calling you a wildlife warrior from now on. Trek to the tropics for three days of nature in the north with this itinerary.

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Daintree Discovery Centre
Wet Tropics Rainforest
The Wet Tropics’ Famous Five Precincts and a guide to exploring them

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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Unique Nature
5 things you didn’t know about crocodiles

They may have a reputation as one of the planet’s most powerful creatures, but crocodiles are equally as fascinating as they are fearsome.

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Family Activity & Attractions

With countless activities on offer, here are some of the best places to take your family.