Family-favorite activities in Cairns you shouldn’t miss

September 27, 2016 • Travel Tips • Views: 2040

Looking for a travel destination that your whole family will enjoy? Cairns got you covered! Enjoy rainforests and reefs, find hot spots for dining out and splurge in malls and watch the latest movie flicks with these family-favorite activities in Cairns. An unforgettable holiday awaits you!

Experience the Great Barrier Reef. You’ve heard of it, you’ve seen it – what’s left is for you and your family to try it! No visit to Cairns is complete without going to the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system, which is made up of around 3000 individual reefs. And get this, it’s even visible from outer space. Day cruises whether on small or large vessels gives you the chance to dive and snorkel among the vivid coral gardens.


Cairns’ favorite coffee and food. Cairns is famous for its coffee shops, and if you’re seeking a caffeine hit, you’ll find many amazing cafes lined up on Grafton Street and Spence Street. You’ll get not only a rich cup of freshly-ground coffee, but also be mesmerized by the plethora of breakfast and brunch options across the city. For an unforgettable evening of great food and exquisite wines, take advantage of Cairn’s balmy weather and dine al Fresca at The Esplanade, featuring Greek dishes and modern Asian fusion.

Visit wild platypuses. The Cairns Highlands boast a cooler temperature and a unique vibe that you won’t find anywhere else. The Cairns Highlands, Atherton Tableland are set 1000 meters above sea level, wherein old-fashioned townships, coffee, fruits, honey, macadamia nuts and artisan dairy products can also be found. The Tarzali platypus park has plenty of wild, but friendly platypuses that your kids will surely love.

Discover the Aboriginal Culture. Venture in the rich history of the world’s oldest living creature, which dates back over 40,000 years. Located just 15 minutes outside of Cairns, the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park houses authentic Australian Indigenous experience mixed with live music performances, dance and quaint storytelling.


Trek Rainforests. Pack your trekking gear and explore Australia’s biggest continuous tropical rainforest area, the Daintree, wherein the oldest lowland rainforest on Earth at 135 million years is located. Go deep inside to discover the hidden range of a wide variety of rare creatures, like the tree-dwelling kangaroo or the endangered cassowary – all in a lush and raw vegetation. Try the cruises down the Daintree River for a great relaxing experience while crocodile spotting.

Go fish. Fish on the edge of the world’s biggest reef system! There are world-class catches to be had by the picturesque beach and estuary fishing from Lake Tinaroo and Kings Point. You can try and catch yourself a Barramundi, the legend of Far North Queensland angling.

Visit Cairns Central Shopping Center. Cairns Central is the biggest shopping center in Far North Queensland and has been in the local region since the late 90’s. Take your family to Cairns Cinema after a day of tiring, yet fun activities to wind down and enjoy the latest flicks.  The center is fully enclosed and offers a wide range of stores and services. It boasts over 180 stores together with Myer, Target, Coles, and Vmax screens at Event Cinemas.

There are more activities and adventures to be had in Cairns just waiting for you, so tell your family and pack up for an amazing and unforgettable travel destination in the land of Oz.

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