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Amazing Attractions of Cairns – For the Best Family Vacation

Cairns is the perfect spot for a family vacation. The tropical environs appeal to both older and younger kids. And best of all, a holiday in Cairns does not break the bank! Read on for a full list of kids' attractions in Cairns and start planning your family vacation.


Plan to Enjoy the Cairns Esplanade and Swimming Lagoon

This is no ordinary pool; the Cairns swimming lagoon is a man-made saltwater 'mega' pool. The lagoon covers a total of 4 hectares and accommodates a whopping 1,000 swimmers at once. This is the ultimate spot for the entire family to relax and soak up the tropical sun. Large grassy lawns are available for you to spread-out mats and enjoy a picnic. The place also boasts 12 public BBQ pits for you to cook up a good meal. The Cairns Esplanade is also popular for its weekend markets and live music, which encourages the kids to jump around and appreciate the rhythms. If you are looking for family friendly hotel accommodation in Cairns, look for one that's central to the Cairns Esplanade to keep your kids occupied all the time. For instance, the Oaks Cairns Hotel is only 4 minutes from Cairns Esplanade!


Savour the Thrills of Muddy's Playground

This playground is every kid's dream park and certainly, one of the best kiddies' playgrounds in Australia. Muddy's Playground is where your kids get to run in ankle-deep puddles and enjoy a riotous time. The place is ideal for kids to burn off excess energy since the playground is fitted with a flying fox and rope bridges. There's more in the form of playhouses, see-saws, and even storytelling corners.


Enjoy the Action at Cairn's Skate Park

Australia's largest skate park is located in Cairns! Now, do you see why its every family's favourite vacation spot? Located within the pretty Esplanade Lagoon environs, the 2,300 square-metre skate park overlooks the gorgeous Coral Sea. It is open from as early as 6 am and stays open till late in the night. Hence, the entire family can enjoy an exhilarating bout of roller-skating and longboarding with plenty of space for the youngest members of your family to ride their scooters. There are grassy areas where you can enjoy family picnics or simply watch the antics of serious skaters enjoying the facilities.


Hot Air Ballooning in Cairns

Kids from ages 4 to 14 can take part in the Cairns hot air balloon ride experience. It is an awesome way to create lasting memories of epic family vacations. The hot air balloon rides in Cairns are cheaper than those offered in Melbourne or Sydney.


Family Tours of The Great Barrier Reef

Catamaran cruises from Cairns let you explore the splendours of the Great Barrier Reef. Tours head out from Marlin Marina and stop at Michaelmas Cay where plenty of shallow pools and soft sandy beaches offer kids plenty of places to play. And for the older kids, there are scuba diving and snorkelling lessons, which they would surely enjoy!