7 Awesome Kid Friendly Ideas in Cairns and Port Douglas

Published on: 31 August 2021
River Drift Snorkelling

Looking for kid friendly ideas in Cairns and Port Douglas? Whether you’re visiting Cairns in the school holidays and looking for the best school holiday activities in the area or you’re a local wanting to share the fun with your children, Cairns and Port Douglas are overflowing with kid friendly ideas and activities to do. Discover some of the best below.

1. Cairns Zoom

Situated in the heart of Cairns City, Cairns Zoom & Wildlife Dome is a hit with kids (and kids at heart!). Found in the roof of the Reef Hotel Casino (Google Maps location here), you’ll find a high ropes course, animal park and the opportunity to zip line over a crocodile! Cairns Zoom is one of the most popular things to do in Cairns city for kids and is a great way to fit in some exercise, excitement and adventure while staying within the city.

2. River Drift Snorkelling

River Drift Snorkelling - Back Country Bliss

Show your children the best side of the Daintree Rainforest with Back Country Bliss Adventures’ River Drift Snorkelling Tour. In this half day tour you can float and snorkel along the Mossman River learning about the 130 million year old rainforest and the incredible diversity of plants and fish found here.

If you can’t get enough of the rainforest (and who could blame you!) you can combine your River Drift Snorkelling Tour with a visit to Mossman Gorge where you will view the brilliant green rock pools and learn the ancient stories from the Kuku Yalanji people. The Back Country Bliss Adventures’ Mossman Gorge Adventure Day Tour (combining the River Drift Snorkelling and Mossman Gorge experience) spends more time in the rainforest than any other Tropical North Queensland day tour and is a great way to maximise your family time in Cairns and Port Douglas.

Learn more: River Drift Snorkelling Tour and Mossman Gorge Adventure Day Tour.

3. Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

Family with baby looking at koala in wildlife park
Image: Tourism & Events Queensland

If crocodiles are what you want, crocodiles are what you’ll get at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. Found in Wangetti, midway between Cairns and Port Douglas, at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures explore the various wildlife habitats before joining a crocodile cruise where you will see crocodiles up close and personal (from the safety of your boat!). Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is also a great stop for kids to break up the 70 minute drive between Cairns and Port Douglas!

4. Four Mile Beach

If you’re looking for kid friendly ideas in Port Douglas, you can’t go pass Four Mile Beach. With stretches of white sand, fringing palm trees and (during stinger season) a dedicated swimming enclosure on the beach, Four Mile Beach is a great kid friendly activity in Port Douglas. If you time your trip with the Port Douglas Carnivale weekend in May, you can also enjoy the Carnivale’s Family Beach Day!

5. Great Barrier Reef with Quicksilver Cruises

There are a number of kid friendly ways you can explore the Great Barrier Reef. Quicksilver Cruises depart the Port Douglas Marina to take you to Agincourt Reef on the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Here you’ll be able to relax on a spacious reef pontoon where you can snorkel the reef, enjoy a semi-submarine tour and those aged 12 and above can even try an introductory dive!

6. Muddy’s Playground

You’ll find all the Tropical North Queensland local families down at Muddy’s. On the northern end of the Cairns Esplanade is a popular playground and water park. Here your children can play while you enjoy a coffee or smoothie at Muddy’s Cafe (and if you’re hungry, we recommend trying the tacos – they’re a locals’ favourite!).

7. Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

A popular family friendly experience in Port Douglas is Wildlife Habitat. Here you can wander through the exhibits and interact with the wildlife as they explore nearby. Expect to see kangaroos, koalas and emus plus those itching to see a crocodile can walk the Predator Plank over a crocodile exhibit (pictured above!).

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