Cairns is packed with stylish bars and glamorous seafood restaurants- but dragging the kids to these spots can turn into a nightmare.

Luckily, this beautiful tropical paradise has plenty of activities for the whole family, with outdoor adventures, exciting attractions, and more!

  • Cairns Lagoon

    The Cairns Esplanade is constantly busy with both locals and tourists, packed with restaurants, grassy picnic sections, and of course, the Cairns Lagoon. Which is one of the best things to enjoy as a family, being also one of the best free activities around! A man-made lagoon featuring pristine water, surrounded by soft grass and plenty of space to stretch out and sunbake. Parents can relax on their towels and enjoy reading a book, and the kids and head off into the water, spending their day splashing in the refreshing waters for as long as they please.

  • Great Barrier Reef

    No matter what age you are, the Great Barrier Reef is an exceptional attraction to see. Home to an astonishing range of marine life, with colourful coral and tropical fish whizzing about the reef. For family groups, the best way to see these reefs is via the Pontoons set up throughout. Featuring playgrounds, water slides, snorkelling sites, informational tours, a bar, and even a food court, this Ponton has something for the whole family. Making it easy for the whole family to enjoy the day with the range of options at their fingertips!

  • Green Island

    Enjoy a day in the tropical wonderland that is Green Island! Only a 45-minutes boat ride from Cairns, visitors can enjoy a full day of free time to do as they like! Snorkelling and diving experiences are available for those wanting to explore the shallow shores of the island, as well as kayaks for others wanting to paddle around the region further! Others can trek along the island’s walking trails to see the lush rainforest and the unique animals living with, whereas those simply looking to relax can set themselves up on the beach for the day!

  • Sky rail Rainforest Cableway

    Soar up to the clouds on the exciting Sky rail Rainforest Cableway. A state-of-the-art cableway which glides over 7.5km of rainforest scenery to reach the charming town of Kuranda. Visitors can marvel at the surrounding beauty of the region, making the 90-minute journey to this bush town an exciting and rewarding adventure!

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Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward began with a passion for travel and turned it into a thriving tourism business. He co-founded Sightseeing Tours Australia after starting out as a tour guide in Melbourne. Cameron delights in helping visitors get the most from their trip to Australia. Whether he's leading tours or writing about his favourite places, Cameron loves sharing his local insight with fellow travellers.

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