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Cairns Resorts Family Holiday Accommodation

Sep 26

Cairns Resorts Family Holiday Accommodation

Photo Courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland

Cairns is a beautiful tropical city situated in Far North Queensland and is known as the gateway to the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest and one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the iconic Great Barrier Reef.

Cairns is a very safe and popular holiday destination for families with children and or grandchildren of all ages, and a lot of our families come back year after year they enjoy it so much.

Not only does Cairns have many great tours and attractions, the destination also offers a world of fun and a lot of free family events thru the year in the open public spaces around the city.

So come on, bring your family to Cairns for your next family holiday, you certainly won’t get bored here.

Our Cairns Holiday Specialists team can plan it all for you so you just have to arrive on that plane and begin the fun.

Family Accommodation in Cairns

When thinking about booking your Cairns accommodation for your whole family you need to take your husband or wife’s thoughts and desires into the equation and discuss it together to ensure everyone’s needs are met in the type of resort, hotel or self-contained apartment complex you choose. 

Is the resort located next to the Cairns Esplanade so you can take the kids down to Muddy’s playground whilst you sit and have a coffee at the café and watch them play?

Photo Courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland - Andrew Watson

Is the holiday apartment in the centre of Cairns city so that you will not need a rental car?

There is so much to consider before just going online and automatically booking a room based on the cheapest price or the simple convenience of it.

If it’s a new destination you are visiting then you should talk to a local holiday expert as they can advise of the places that most families favour for one reason or another, and they can also then advise the best tours and attractions to book based on your families ages and interests.

They could even tell you where to get the best family meal deal in Cairns!

Photo Courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland

Another great thing about accommodation in Cairns is you’ll be able to find something that suits your budget and requirements.

Families travelling to Cairns tend to go for either the one, two or three-bedroom self-contained holiday apartments.

 These holiday apartments come with an equipped kitchen and a washing machine & dryer which come in handy for families and are usually located in or close to the city centre.

Another popular choice is holiday resorts. Some Cairns resorts have great amenities and lots of entertainment for the kids such as, giant jumping pillows, swimming pools, playgrounds, BBQ area etc.

You have a choice of room types depending on the size of your family.

Things To Do In Cairns For Families

When it comes to ‘things to do’ in Cairns, you will never be bored.

Although there are a lot of great guided tours to the Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda or the Daintree Rainforest, there are also a lot of free activities for you to enjoy.

Cairns Esplanade – South of the Esplanade is the Fig Tree Playground, with great surrounds, big open space for ball play with free BBQ’s and tables right near the water.

Head north and you’ll find ‘The lagoon’ which is a large open swimming pool free for public use.

Cairns Family Fun Holidays - Cairns Lagoon - Photo Courtesy of Tourism Tropical North Queensland 

There are BBQ facilities all around this area with picnic tables.

Continuing north you’ll find ‘Muddy’s Playground’ this is a popular place for kids as it features jungle gym playgrounds and water play sections.

There’s also Muddy’s Café located inside the playground area which has a great selection of food and drinks.

Just past Muddy’s Playground is the skate park with volleyball, basketball and tennis courts.

Further past that is the Pirate Ship Playground this is a great spot if you want to get away from the crowds but still have access to great amenities.

You Simply Must See the Great Barrier Reef!

Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

There are plenty of reef tours to choose from so I know it may be a little hard to choose one that suits your family’s needs.

To help you out I’ve listed a couple that may make your decision making a little easier as these specific reef tours were created with families in mind.

Moore Reef Pontoon – this is perfect for families with mixed aged children because there’s something for every family member.

Family Fun Day At Moore Reef - Photo Courtesy of Sunlover Cruises

This brand new interactive floating pontoon features the only waterslide on the Great Barrier Reef!

Mum, dad and the kids will simply love this new attraction and the parents will certainly win brownie points with the kids for choosing this tour.

This reef trip is also educational as it has marine life touch tank, fish feeding presentations by marine interpreters, snorkelling, an enclosed swimming pool for little kids, an underwater observatory, semi-submersible submarine and glass bottom boat tours which are great for non-swimmer and also if you have really young children.

Fitzroy Island – this is a great option for those travelling with kids who like a little adventure.

Fitzroy Island - Photo Courtesy of Tourism Tropical North Queensland

At Fitzroy Island there are many activities available to you such as, the ocean trampoline, paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkelling and hiking.

You may want to try Snuba Doo (min age 6yrs) also known as ‘power snorkelling’ or go beyond snorkelling and try Snuba (min age 12yrs) under the supervision of your snuba guide you can explore underwater up to 3 metres.

The Rainforests of Cairns

A popular choice to see part of the World Heritage Rainforest is to hop on board the Skyrail & Train and take a trip up the mountain to Kuranda Village.

After a 1hr 10min scenic train ride through the rainforest and windy mountains you arrive in a little village called Kuranda.

By all means don’t take the small size of this town for granted as it has lots to offer.

Photo Courtesy of Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

With amazing rainforest walks, markets, wildlife attractions, restaurants and art galleries be sure to plan this trip allowing you plenty of time for each activity.

Return back to Cairns on the Skyrail rainforest gondola. This takes approx. 1.5hrs including the two stops along the way with rainforest boardwalks.

You’ll have amazing views of the rainforest from above as well as the city and Coral Sea.

Dining Out With Family in Cairns

Dining out in Cairns is great as most restaurants here are family-friendly and usually have a kid’s menu to offer.

Cazaly’s - An award winning club where you can meet, drink, eat and play, there is something for everyone in your family located just outside of Cairns City.

The Barassis restaurant features high quality meals for you to enjoy. When your kids are finish eating you can take them over to the Kid’s Play House. 

Their playground is an indoor extravaganza for your kids to go wild in. There is a $2 fee to be paid for your kids to play while being supervised.

Hog’s Breath - A great family restaurant to enjoy hearty meals with your family. Kids can choose from a range of colouring in pictures to enjoy with their steak and curly fries.

Kids also eat free on Monday and Tuesday with the purchase of a $20 adult meal, this even includes a free soft drink and ice cream.

Splash Seafood Restaurant – If you’re looking for quality freshness on the coast then Splash Seafood is the place to go, with various scrumptious seafood dishes on the menu, and a children’s menu too.

Cairns Is A Great Place To Enjoy Seafood - Photo Courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland

Each menu includes colour-in activities and all children are provided with crayons, and a high chair if necessary. The relaxing and friendly atmosphere allows you to enjoy great meals and the scenery around the water as a family. The casual setting is great for lunch and dinner on any day of the week.

Cairns has so much to offer for a family holiday, especially when it has a warm climate all year round.

Relax, explore, or go on a wild adventure. There is definitely something here to suit every family member.

Speak with us at Cairns Holiday Specialists so we can put our local knowledge and experience to use to help you plan the best holiday for you and your family.

Author: Chelsea Keil - Destination Specialist

Posted on September 26, 2018 at 10:04am by Christina James

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