Cairns is the crown jewel of Far North Queensland, Australia.

It’s a one of a kind tropical paradise and the gateway to two of the most unique and precious places on earth. It’s also a very cool place for kids.

With the Great Barrier Reef, the Atherton Tablelands and numerous beaches, waterfalls and rainforest nearby, it’s practically impossible to see it all in one short stay.

So, here is a list of sites and activities that will make your North Queensland holiday especially memorable for the kids.

The Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest

It always great when an educational experience is disguised in fun, and nowhere else can learning be as fun as in the reef. Kids have a natural curiosity and soak up information like sponges.

One trip out there in a glass bottom boat or for older kids, snorkeling, takes them up close and personal to one of the Great Wonders of the World.

The same can be said for the most ancient Rainforest still in existence and home to the largest variety of animals, plants and birds.

Even the smallest children will wonder as they look skyward to take in the 1100-year-old giant twin Bull Kauri.

Here’s a prime opportunity to teach them the importance of preserving one of Australia’s most valuable places.

 The Esplanade Kids can play in a 4800 square metre man made lagoon and build sandcastles on the golden beach.

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Muddies Playground Cairns

Take the tiny tots to Muddy’s Play Area where the fun of splashing in water up to their ankles can last for hours allowing them a means to burn off extra energy while giving parents a much needed break in lush, grassy areas.

The esplanade has fun fitness programs designed with kiddies in mind and well as games for the entire family.

These are just a few of the attractions that make the Esplanade a must-see, must-do for any family fun-seekers in Cairns.

 Fishing With all the rivers and estuaries in and around Cairns, why not take the kids fishing?

Even if you have no experience, fishing charters in North Queensland are full of knowledgeable and friendly crews that will help you and your children set up your rods and hooks and teach you the best fishing techniques.

 Family Friendly Dining places like Barnacle Bills seafood restaurant, Cafe China Restaurant have a huge variety of scrumptious far eastern concoctions geared toward large groups.

Try Grill’d  on the Esplanade what kid doesn’t like a great burger and fries?

Or make use of one of the twelve barbeques there and grill your own!

Accommodations Choose from one of the more than 22 family friendly accommodations offered in and around Cairns.

You can set your family in the lap of luxury with breakfast buffets and stunning views Cairns is famous for to moderately priced comfort, most with free Wi-fi.

For those on a tight budget, some reasonably priced hostels have a great family vibe about them.

 The dilemma of taking a holiday at one of the most popular destinations in Australia is too many options and not enough time.

A family vacation isn’t just for R&R, it’s an opportunity for the family to be together and for the kids to learn and broaden their horizons.

Of course, budget is a factor, too, but whatever your budget, Cairns gives you the most profit for the price, and it’s a guarantee your kids will have the time of their lives.