Category: CAIRNS

two children get out and about and run along sand with beach ball

Get Out and About Cairns – January 2021

Many of us are still on a Christmas break and looking for entertainment, particularly the kids. Fortunately, you can get out and about in Cairns these holidays with a huge variety of events, activities and more, for all ages. Here is our list of what’s on this January:  

FRIDAY 1 JANUARY

Summer Reading Club Activities

Runs until 31 January

At Cairns Libraries

FREE / Kids

MONDAY 4 JANUARY

Tinkering with Transportation

Runs until 9 January

At Cairns Museum

10.00am and 12.00pm / FREE with entry* / Kids 5 – 12 years

FRIDAY 8 JANUARY

DFO Facepainting

Runs until 9 January, also runs from 16 – 17 and 18 – 22 January

At DFO Cairns

10.00am / TBA / Kids – Family

SATURDAY 9 JANUARY

Summer Fun Race Day

At Cairns Jockey Club

12.00pm / Entry $10.00, Children U15 FREE / Family

Pro Wrestling Power (PWP) New Years Knockout

At PCYC Edmonton

5.30pm / Tickets available from ASN Cairns and Jackley’s Bakehouse / PG

CQUniversity Cairns Taipans V Adelaide (Pre-Season)

At Cairns Pop-Up Arena

SUNDAY 10 JANUARY

Class: Paper Jewellery with Hayley Gillespie

At Cairns Art Gallery

10.00am / $18.00 – $21.00 / Kids 5 – 7 years

MONDAY 11 JANUARY

Slime of Your Life

Runs until 15 January

At Mount Sheridan Plaza

10.00am / 12.00pm / FREE / Kids

Art Class: Paper Jewellery with Hayley Gillespie

At Cairns Art Gallery

10.00am / $18.00 / $21.00 / Kids 5 – 7 years

Tropical Mosaics

Runs until 16 January

At Cairns Museum

10.00am and 12.00pm / FREE with entry* / Kids 5 – 12 years

Take 2 Music Program

11 – 13, 18 – 20 and 25 – 27 Jan

At 208 McLeod Street

Contact: Kia on 0409 207 198 / 11.00am – 1.00pm

TUESDAY 12 JANUARY

Drama Camp: League of Champions – Pikachu to the Rescue

Runs until 15 January

At The Young Company Theatre

9.00am / TBA / Kids 5 – 12 years

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Runs for two weeks

TBA / Family

Wednesday 13 JANUARY

Kids Fresh Food Workshops 

Runs until 16 Jan

At Cairns Central 

10.00am, workshops running 20 – 30 mins each until 1.00pm / FREE / Kids 

THURSDAY 14 JANUARY

Mel Buttle and Friends – Good Chat Comedy Club

At Paramour Cabaret Theatre

7.30pm / $35.00 – $180.00 / 18 +

FRIDAY 15 JANUARY

The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown

Runs until 24 January

At Tanks Art Centre – Tank 5

6.00pm / $30.00 – $40.00 / 12 +

Online Cartooning Workshop

At Cairns Libraries

10.00am / FREE / Kids 5 – 12 years

SATURDAY 16 JANUARY

Rainbow Kids Yoga Cairns

At Dragonfly Zen, 142 Grafton St

Bookings Essential – 0497 419 677 or email linda.ryan2@hotmail.com

1.00pm – 2.00pm / $10.00 / Kids 7 – 11 years

SUNDAY 17 JANUARY

Art Class: Finger Puppets with Hayley Gillespie

Runs until 31 January

At Cairns Art Gallery

9.00am / FREE / Mature

MONDAY 18 JANUARY

Lasertag Tournament

Runs until 22 January

At Laserfun at DFO Cairns

4.00pm / $25.00 / Kids – Family

Creative Art Activities

Runs until 22 January

At Mount Sheridan Plaza

10.00am -12.00 pm/ FREE / Kids

Art Class: Finger Puppets with Hayley Gillespie

At Cairns Art Gallery

10.00am / $18.00 – $21.00 / Kids 5 – 7 years

Morse Code Madness

Runs until 23 January

At Cairns Museum

10.00am and 12.00pm / FREE with entry* / Kids 5 – 12 years

TUESDAY 19 JANUARY

CQUniversity Cairns Taipans V Illawarra

At Cairns Pop-Up Arena

Art Class: Jewellery – Wire, Beads and Buttons with Adrienne Shaw

At Cairns Art Gallery

10.00am / $18.00 – $21.00 / Kids 5 – 7 years

Drama Camp: Wizarding Academy – Wands at the Ready

Runs until 22 January

At The Young Company Theatre

9.00am / TBA / Kids 5 – 12 years

WEDNESDAY 20 JANUARY

Sean Murphy: Commonwealth of Games (online)

At Cairns Libraries

1.00pm / FREE / Kids 5 – 12 years

THURSDAY 21 JANUARY

Art Class: Annotated Sketching with Yixy Ruan

At Cairns Art Gallery

11.00pm / $27.00 – $32.00 / Kids 10 – 14 years

SATURDAY 23 JANUARY

CQUniversity Cairns Taipans V Perth

At Cairns Pop-Up Arena

MONDAY 25 JANUARY

CQUniversity Cairns Taipans V Melbourne

At Cairns Pop-Up Arena

TUESDAY 26 JANUARY

Holloways Beach Party

At Holloways Beach, Casuarina Street

8.00am – 11.00am / FREE / Family

Tobruk Pool Party

At Tobruk Memorial Pool, 370 Sheridan Street

9.00am – 12.00pm / FREE entry / Family

Gordonvale Party in the Park

At Norman Park, Norman Street, Gordonvale

11.00am -2.00pm/ FREE / Family

THURSDAY 28 JANUARY

CQUniversity Cairns Taipans V Melbourne

At Cairns Pop-Up Arena

SATURDAY 30 JANUARY

Summer Series Race Day

At Cairns Jockey Club

12.00pm / $10.00 – $65.00 / Family

Art Class: Portraiture Short Course

Runs until 20 Feb

At Cairns Art Gallery

10.30pm / $105.00 – $125.00 / Kids 9 – 14 years

FRIDAY 31 JANUARY

CQUniversity Cairns Taipans V SE Melbourne

At Cairns Pop-Up Arena

Save The Date

4 – 5 FEBRUARY

Cairns Summer Sounds – John Butler

At CPAC Theatre

7:30pm / $115.50 / PG

THURSDAY 6 FEBRUARY

On The Road Again with Ash Grunwald

At Tanks Arts Centre, Tank 5

9.00pm / $50.00 / PG

FRIDAY 12 FEBRUARY

ARJ Baker – Comes Clean

At CPAC Theatre

8.00pm / $49.90 / MA 15+

Regular Markets

Rusty’s Markets

Date: Every Friday and Saturday

Time: 5.00am – 6.00pm

Date: Every Sunday

Time: 5.00am – 3.00pm

Location: 57 – 89 Grafton St, City

Palm Cove Markets

Date: 1st Sunday of the month April to December

Time: 8.00am – 2.00pm

Location: Williams Esplanade

Malanda Marketst

Date: 3rd Saturday of the month

Time: From 7.00am – 12.30pm

Location: Malanda Showgrounds

Mossman Community Markets

Date: Every Saturday

Time: 7.00am – 1.00pm

Location: 3 – 5 Foxton Ave, Mossman

Holloways Beach Markets

Date: 2nd Sunday of the month

Time: From 8.00am – 1.00pm

Location: Holloways Beachfront

Mount Sheridan Plaza Markets

Date: 2nd Sunday of the month

Time: From 9.00am – 3.00pm

Location: Mount Sheridan Plaza

The Ravenshoe Lions Archer Creek Markets

Date: 2nd Sunday of the month

Time: 7.00am – 12 noon

Location: Archers Creek Rest Area, Kennedy Highway

Atherton Lions Club Indoor Markets

Date: 2nd Sunday of the Month

Time: From 7.00am – 12 noon

Location: Merriland Hall (Robert St)

Yungaburra Markets

Date: 4th Saturday of the month (3rd Sunday in Dec)

Time: From 7.30am – 12.30pm

Location: Bruce Jones Park

Gordonvale Cottage Markets

Date: 1st Saturday of the month

Time: 7.00am – 12 noon

Location: Norman Park, Gordonvale

Kuranda Original Rainforest Markets

Date: Open every day excluding Tuesday and Wednesday

Time: 9.30am – 3.00pm

Location: 13 Therwine St

Kuranda Heritage Markets

Date: Open Thursday to Sunday

Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm

Location: 2 Rob Veivers Dr

Tolga Markets

Date: 1st Sunday of the month

Time: 7.30am – 12 noon

Location: Morrow Park Racecourse

Herberton Markets

Date: 3rd Sunday of the month

Time: From 7.30am – 12 noon

Location: Wondecla Showgrounds

Night Markets

Date: Open every day

Time: 4.30pm – 10.30pm

Location: 71 – 75 The Esplanade

Port Douglas Markets

Date: Every Sunday

Time: From 7.30am – 1.30pm

Location: Market Park

Woree Markets

Date: 20 December

Time: From 8.00am – 1.30pm

Location: Cannon Park Racecourse Car Park

Koah Monthly Markets

Date: First Saturday of the Month

Time: 9.00am – 1.00pm

Location: Koah Hall, Koah Road

Mareeba Markets

Date: Every 2nd and 5th Saturday of the month

Time: From 7.00am – 12.30pm

Location: Mareeba Centenary Park, Byrnes St

Tumoulin Count

Date: 4th Sunday of the month

Time: 8.00am – 12.00pm

Location: Tumoulin Railway Station, Tumoulin Rd

Family fun day at the beach for Check It Out in Cairns this January

Check It Out Cairns – January 2021

For Check It Out in Cairns this January we have amazing activities and events for kids, families and adults. The young ones can stay entertained with workshops and shows and the whole family can enjoy a day of fun at Tobruk Memorial Pool this coming Australia Day – and much more! 

Here are six of the best upcoming events and things to do this January in Cairns. For huge list of events and activities for all ages you can check out our What’s On blog for January. 

Mount Sheridan Plaza School Holiday Activities

Where: Mount Sheridan Plaza

Slime of Your Life

When: 11 – 15 January, 10.00am and 12.00pm (two shows daily, run time: 40 minutes)

Click here for more information. 

Get ready to have the ‘Slime of Your Life’ at Mount Sheridan Plaza, with this great kids show hosted by the fantastic Paramour Theatre. During each show, participants will be drawn from the audience to take part in wild and wacky mini-games. They just might get slimed!

Creative Arts Activities

When: 18 – 22 January, 10.00am – 2.00pm

Unleash their imaginations and creativity with the Cairns Art Gallery in Centre Court. Kids can learn collage, portrait drawing, sculpture, upcycled art and participate in Australia Day themed fun. Visit the website for all of the details.

 

Kids Summer Entertainment with Cairns Libraries

When: Summer School Holidays

Where: Cairns Libraries

Click here for more information. 

Register for the epic Summer Reading Club Program to take part in fun activities. This includes the 40 days in 40 ways reading challenge and library scavenger hunt, running until 31 January. The FREE activity pack can be picked up from any local library.

Kids can also enjoy the Science Spark STEM activities, Crafty Origami, Online Cartooning Workshops and the hilarious Sean Murphy Live – Online Commonwealth of Games show, all for FREE! There’s no room for summer holiday boredom with Cairns Libraries!

 

Centacare FNQ’ s School Savvy Pop-Up Shop

When: 5 – 28 Jan, weekdays 10.00am – 2.00pm unless sold out

Where: 86 Anderson Street, Manunda

For more information: 4242 1058 or schoolsavvy@centacarefnq.org

School Savvy is an upcycling initiative now in its fifth year, which aims to provide affordable school uniforms and supplies for those families on low incomes or those who are going through challenging times. The main School Savvy FNQ Pop-Up Shop will be located in Manunda, with other pop-ups happening in Mooroobool and Edmonton on selected dates. Donations of good quality, second-hand or new school uniforms and school supplies will also continue to be accepted throughout January. Donations can be dropped off at the School Savvy shop during opening hours. Or, alternatively, donations can be dropped at any Vinnies store or at Centacare FNQ reception on the first floor at Aplin Street.

11th January, 10.00am – 2.00pm – Centacare FNQ, Mooroobool School Savvy Pop-Up Shop. 1 day only at Mooroobool Community Hub, 2 Shang Street.

13th – 14th, January 10.00am- 2.00pm – Centacare FNQ, Edmonton School Savvy Pop-Up Shop. 2 days only at Hambledon House, 177 Bruce Highway.

 

The Best Activity Sessions with Cairns Museum

When: 4 – 9 January (Tinkering with Transportation), 11 – 16 January (Tropical Mosaics) and 18 – 23 January (Morse Code Madness). All are from 10.00am and 12.00pm as one hour sessions.

Where: Cairns Museum (School of Arts Building)

Click here for more information. 

Cairns Museum is providing educational and exciting workshops for kids aged 5 – 12 years old these holidays, FREE with Museum entry (must be booked online).

Tinkering with Transportation explores how methods of transport have changed over time. Can your creations pass the Museum’s fun design challenges? Tropical Mosaics encourages kids to make their very own mosaic that celebrates Cairns. Finally, Morse Code Madness teaches kids about the history of Morse Code, finishing with the attendees making their own morse code device.

 

Australia Day Pool Party

When: Tuesday 26 January, 9.00am – 12.00pm

Where: Tobruk Memorial Pool

Click here for more information. 

Get ready for an epic morning of Australia Day family fun! Tobruk Memorial Pool and the Cairns Regional Council invite everyone to join in on games, giveaways, the FREE sausage sizzle, dragon boating and come and try events (water polo and underwater hockey) – all through FREE entry to one of Cairns most iconic venues.

Council celebrations will also take place at Holloways Beach and Norman Park in Gordonvale for the Holloways Beach Party between 8.00am and 11.00am, and the Gordonvale Party in the Park between 11.00am and 2.00pm. Join in the family fun with live entertainment, FREE sausage sizzle and market stalls.

 

Mel Buttle and Friends – Good Chat Comedy Club

When: Thursday 14 January, 18 +

Where: Paramour Cabaret Theatre

Click here for more information.

Adults won’t want to miss the hilarious comic Mel Buttle at the Paramour Cabaret Theatre, delivering a great performance as always. After her first solo show in 2010, Mel’s career launched into full gear and the Aussie icon was leaving every crowd in stitches. Now she has brought her talent to our very own slice of paradise in Far North Queensland.

Book your spot and bring a friend to enjoy this side-splitting show of loveable sarcasm and humour. You won’t regret it!

 

 

boys run with soccer balls at their soccer training for Cairns extracurricular activity

Cairns Extracurricular Activity Guide for January 2021

With the arrival of 2021 comes the holiday dive into finding extracurricular activities for our kids to take part in throughout the year. Fortunately, whether it’s before or after school, sports or art, there are an abundance of learning and fun opportunities for kids out there within the Cairns community. Check out the huge range of activities in our Cairns January Extracurricular Activity Guide below – there’s something for everyone! 

Learn 2 Learn Tutoring

Learn 2 Learn Tutoring uses a combination of computer-based activities and paper-based tasks with face-to-face teaching. Tuition can be conducted individually for students or in groups, from preschool through to tertiary students. An assessment is conducted prior to enrolment to ensure that the tutoring program targets the individual needs of the child. The staff design specialised programs for each child to help them succeed in the areas they might need extra assistance.

Open from Monday – Friday 2:30pm – 7.15pm and Saturday 8.30am – 12:00pm. Visit the website for more information.

A Shop 6 & 7, 203-205 Mulgrave Road

P 0438 886 771

E info@learn2learn.com.au

 

Saints Soccer Club

Saints are a local community based junior soccer club that is family friendly. They are ready to kick off a lifelong passion for sport in your child, while helping all of the team members have fun and socialise. Catering for both boys and girls aged 5 – 15 years old. Teams aren’t graded on skill, as the focus is on creating positive experiences for all of the kids in a safe environment, encouraging participation and teamwork.

Visit their website to register your interest and for more details.

A Endeavour Park, Mayers St, Manunda

E saintssoccercairns@gmail.com

 

Turning Pointe Dance Studio

Turning Pointe Dance Studios offer classes for children from two years and up, aiming to inspire a love of dance through fun, basic movement.

With awesome state of the art purpose-built premises, it’s the perfect place for your child to learn about the amazing world of dance. Each student is given the opportunity to achieve in a fun, caring, safe and enthusiastic environment, guided by qualified teaching staff. Turning Pointe Dance Studios offer classes in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, musical theatre and acrobatics. They also conduct specialised classes such as Mummy and Me and Prep Dance for children aged five and under.

E info@turningpointe.com for enrolment information.

A 240 Hartley St, Bungalow

P 4031 3390

 

Cairns Art Gallery

The Gallery Art School offers exciting classes for your child, encouraging them to use their imagination, develop cognitive skills and work with a variety of media and tools. Classes are available for 3 – 5 year olds, 5 – 7 year olds, 8 – 11 year olds and 11 – 16 year old children at varying prices (reduced with membership).

Gallery Art School starts in February 2021 and bookings are essential. Visit the website for more information and to enrol your child.

A 40 Abbott St, Cairns City

P 4046 4800

E info@cairnsartgallery.com.au

 

AFL Cairns

Does your child love footy and want to get more involved in playing? AFL Cairns is home to roughly 2,500 players from nine different clubs situated throughout the Far North Queensland Region. They can have fun, get fit and healthy, socialise and develop teamwork and technical skills with AFL Cairns Juniors. Teams begin with U8 all the way up to U18, for both girls and boys. AFL programs are the perfect way to help your child improve their skills while also learning to enjoy and appreciate the sport.

Visit the AFL Cairns website or email for more information on 2021 enrolment, including clubs, teams, fees and more.

A Far North Queensland (Cairns)

P 4042 3000

E admin@aflcairns.com.au

 

Cairns Indoor Sports

Kids can get involved with Cairns Indoor Sports for an exciting game of junior cricket, junior netball and junior soccer after school, joining a team based on their age group. Playing a team sport with Cairns Indoor Sports is the perfect way to socialise, develop skills, get your body moving and have fun. It’s game on – no matter the weather!

Cost (term fees): Junior Cricket Blaster Program from $45.00, Junior Cricket Gameplay from $55.00, Junior Soccer for U4 and U6 from $65.00, Junior soccer for U8, U10 and U12 from $80.00. There are even lots of options for older children and adults too!

A 164 Mayers St, Manunda

P 4032 2844

E admin@cairnsindoorsports.com.au

 

Little Pearls Swim School

At Little Pearls your child can receive ongoing swimming and water safety lessons, from just a few months old, all year round. Facilities include an indoor heated pool, change tables, hot showers, a small play space and more. Visit the website for more information.

Baby and Toddler – Lessons for ages four months to three and a half years.

Learn to Swim (Independent) – Lessons for ages three and a half years to primary school children.

Private Lessons – Lessons for children through to adults, one on one with an instructor (from $40.00).

A 1 Cumberland Avenue, Smithfield

P 4038 1241

E info@littlepearlsswimschool.com.au

 

Kick Academy FNQ Clinics

The Premier Pursuit program is a 10-week term kicking off on January 27. This program is suitable for boys and girls aged 5 – 16 years.

Classes focus on your child’s AFL skills, strength and conditioning, nutrition and personal development; such as confidence and good sportsmanship.

Whilst all our coaches have a clear passion for AFL, we also pride ourselves on providing learning opportunities related to mental health, hygiene and personal development practices.

A Centrals Junior AFL Club, Trinity Beach

P 0499 988 335

E kick@kickfnq.com.au

 

Swim Like A Mermaid

Get the full mermaid experience, feel like you’re one with the water and have heaps of fun with the Swim Like a Mermaid Experience. Most ages are welcome (boys and girls, six years +) but ability to swim and confidence in the water are essential.

Cost: From $18.00 – $200.00 for Try Mermaid to Model Mermaid. Call or email Amanda for more information.

A 434-436 Brinsmead Rd

P 0411 612 442

E amandamccormack67@bigpond.com

 

Edu-Kingdom College

Edu-Kingdom specialise in tutoring services for students from Year 1 to 12 for a large range of subjects, from calculus to power writing. The professional tutors have years of experience as well as a range of teaching styles, ensuring your child will leave prepared for school and a life of learning. It gives you and your kids guidance to prepare for tests and exams like NAPLAN, Scholarships and Selective School Courses.

Visit the website for all of the information you need regarding courses, assessments and more.

FREE class trial, FREE assessment test, sibling discounts and discounts for paying in advance available.

A 343 Sheridan St, Cairns North

P 0439 897 776

E cairns@edukingdom.com.au

 

UMA Australia

Learn how to maximise the body’s force-producing capabilities through easy to learn martial arts movements. UMA Australia is not designed for sport competition but rather for individuals to learn practical self-defence skills. Classes cater for children as young as four years old, providing them with life-long skills in a family-friendly environment while also improving general health and wellbeing.

Junior Classes take place from Monday – Thursday at 5.30pm – 6.15pm and Saturdays from 9.00am – 9.45am. Quote PakMag and receive 1 month of training and 2 belt tests FREE OF CHARGE.

A 1/21 Donaldson St, Manunda

P Master Barry Hampton 0414 782 189

E ckdadmin@pigpond.com

 

Kumon Maths and English

Kumon’s Maths and English programs build students’ abilities step-by-step, at the students’ own pace. This means those who missed essential concepts in class can go back and catch-up and those who are ready, are free to tackle advanced content. If your child needs a bit of extra help after school, or if they need a challenge, then Kumon is right for them.

Classes run Monday and Thursday, 3:00pm – 6:00pm (Cairns North), 2:45pm – 7:00pm (Raintrees). Now enrolling for 2021.

Cost: $100.00 initial enrolment fee. Classes: $140.00 per month (per student, per subject)

P 0414 957 844 Cairns North

E instructor@kumoncairnsnorth.com

P 0409 903 105 Raintrees

E kumonraintrees@gmail.com

 

FNQ Dance Academy

This Academy offers dance classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre and Acrobatics, suitable from two years of age to adults. They also offer a dedicated Under 5’s program, boys only classes, and recreational or exam/comp stream classes. Visit the website for more information and to book 2021 classes.

Cost: Class prices range from $10.50 – $14.00 per class. There are two convenient locations in Cairns City and Woree.

A The City – 168 Draper St, Cairns

A The Grounds – 117 Toogood Rd, Woree

P 4051 4888

E admin@fnqdanceacademy.com.au

 

Inflatable Kingdom

Inflatable Kingdom is every kid’s dream – a giant inflatable playground where kids are free to slide, climb, and jump on 10 jumping castles in fully air conditioned comfort. Just be prepared to be met with “just one more slide!” when it’s time to go. Sessions last a massive 2.5 hours and they are open on both Saturday and Sundays at different times. Your child will have heaps of fun while also exploring their capabilities, getting exercise and letting that energy out!

Cost: Prices start from $12.00. Book online to save 10% off entry price. And don’t forget your socks!

A 164 Mayers St, Manunda

P 4032 2844

 

Blitz Tennis

Blitz Tennis has great clinics during the School Holidays for kids, from beginner all the way through to representative levels of play. After school coaching and fixtures for Junior Tennis Players from Beginners to Representative levels of play are also available. Learn and have fun with other players!

Cost: $25.00. Runs Monday to Friday.

A Gordonvale and Edmonton Tennis Clubs

P 0417 648 597

E guy@blitztennis.com.au

 

Dance Classes at Mulgrave Dance Academy

Mulgrave Dance Academy offers classes in Classical Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop from beginner to advanced levels. They cater for all student needs in a safe and supportive environment, to help children achieve their absolute best and success in dance.

Whether you and your child are looking for a fun after school activity, fitness or future in dance, the benefits and life skills they receive mean their dance education will last a lifetime.

Cost: $13.00 per class. Runs Monday – Saturday.

A 28 Norman St, Gordonvale

P 0488 024 323

E dance@mulgravdanceacademy.com

 

Abacus by Wallis

Discover an easy and fun approach to mathematics calculation and more with either the Abacus Course or the Abacus Plus Course.

Study abacus skills and build up number skills by recognising, counting, writing, multiplying and dividing. Suitable for ages five and up. The Abacus Plus course also focuses on all your general mathematics skills as well as learning how to read and write Japanese.

Cost: From $20.00 for 50 minutes a week. Sessions run from Monday to Friday.

A Shop 8, 116 Hoare St, Manunda

P 0437 600 229

 

Laserfun

Get your adrenaline pumping in Cairns ultimate indoor laser tag arena! Lasertag is is an exciting game suitable for ages 6 +, requiring strategy, communication and a whole lot of fun. Sessions are 90 minutes each at $25.00 per player (up to 20 players) and $20.00 on Fridays during the QLD school term. These games are an exciting and great way to develop teamwork and exercise in your child.

Laserfun also offers other games and virtual reality experiences which you can learn more about on their website.

A T1, DFO Shopping Centre, 274 Mulgrave Rd

P 4031 9865

E bookings@laserfun.com.au

 

The Young Company Theatre

Looking for engaging, creative and educational after-school activities? Then come and tread the boards at The Young Company Theatre this year with classes in Acting/Drama, Musical Theatre, Film and TV, Improv, Creative Writing, Panto, and much more! Your young performer will discover their electrifying creative abilities, supercharged social confidence and magnetic idea generation skills as they are nurtured through the powerful Cue Stage Youth Theatre Framework.

Cost: From $154.00 – $210.00 per term.

A 169 Bunda St, Cairns City

P 4041 4066

E admin@theyoungcompany.com.au

 

Home Swimming Lessons with Ready Set Swim

Ready Set Swim are a AUSTSWIM Registered Swim School providing swimming lessons in your own pool with a qualified swimming instructor. Your child will learn how to swim and about water safety in an environment they are familiar with, whether it’s for 30, 45 or 60 minutes. Lessons can be private or shared between family members! If you don’t have a pool then the option of meeting at a public pool is also available.

Cost: From $45.00, run by appointment.

A Mobile, Cairns

P 0405 622 175

E swimminglessons@readysetswim.com.au

 

 

 

 

children during school holidays run along beach

Ultimate Cairns School Holiday Guide for January 2021

It’s finally 2021, with warm weather around us and the school holidays still rockin’ on. As always the question is ‘what do I do with the kids until school returns?!’. Luckily, we know how tricky it can get to come up with ideas when the kids inevitably pull out the ‘I’m bored’ card, so we have created the ultimate Cairns school holiday guide for all local parents, children and families – to stay entertained and having fun together.

Check out the awesome activities and places to visit these school holidays below. 

Bad Fishy Jet Boating Cairns

Bad Fishy Jet Boating is ready to THRILL! With spins, slides, speed and stunts, this activity is extreme, loads of fun and perfect for the family. View the stunning scenery of Cairns and explore Trinity Inlet. Locals can receive 20% off both adult and child tickets using promo code LOCAL this January (suitable for children above 1.1 metres tall).

Cost: From $38.00 per child – locals rates.

A Berth A1, The Marlin Marina Cairns

P 0499 490 030

E bookings@badfishy.com.au

 

Kids Fresh Food Workshops

Do you want to make being healthy fun? Kids can get involved and learn to make healthy snacks and meals with fresh fruit and vegetables at Cairns Central with special FREE workshops. Each day will focus on a different, tasty recipe ranging from Mexican Wraps all the way to Sushi and Bento Boxes.

From Wednesday 13 January to Saturday 16 January workshops will run from 10.00am – 1.00pm, lasting 20 – 30 minutes each. Kids will be able to take away and eat their delicious creations at the end.

Recommended for ages 5 – 12 years. Make sure to visit their website for more information and to book.   

A 1 – 21 McLeod St, Cairns  

P 4041 4111

E cairns.central@lendlease.com

 

Mount Sheridan Plaza

Have the ‘Slime of Your Life’ with this great kids show, hosted by Paramour Theatre. From January 11 – 15, 10.00am and 12.00pm (two shows daily, 40 mins in length). Hosted by Paramour Theatre, participants will be drawn from the audience to take part in mini-games – either succeeding or getting slimed! Bookings are essential.

Kids can also enjoy the creative arts activities from January 18 – 22, 10.00am – 2.00pm, that the centre is holding in collaboration with Cairns Art Gallery. Visit the website for all of the details.

A Mount Sheridan Plaza, 106 Barnard Dr

P 4036 3150

E admin@mtsheridanplaza.com.au

 

DFO

DFO Cairns is your one-stop-shop for all fashion, designer brands and bargains. The options are endless with 60 + stores and over 600 brands. Plus, these school holidays they will have face painting available from the 8 – 9 January, 16 – 17 January and 22 – 23 of January at 10.00am until 2.00pm (no bookings required!). Not to mention the epic Lasertag Tournament from 18 – 22 January at 4.00pm (bookings required). While you’re there, why not entertain the kids by booking them in for a fun session at Frozen Wonderland Ice Skating?

With Coles, free parking, free wifi and 10 + places to grab a bite to eat, there’s no better place to shop and have a day of fun with the family.

A DFO, 274 Mulgrave Rd, Westcourt

P 4051 7444 DFO Cairns

 

Child’s World Early Learning Centre

Child’s World Early Learning Centres not only accommodate children from the age of six weeks old (Nursery) to Kindergarten/Preschool, they also do vacation care for children up to the age of 12 years. School Holiday Vacation Care includes cooked and nutritious meals, fun excursions, a home bus service on request and more, starting from just $13.00 a day. There are limited spaces available, so enrol your child now.

A Vacation Care offered at Bentley Park (two centres), Mount Sheridan (two centres) and Manoora

P 4045 4045

E info@childsworld.com.au

 

Laserfun

Get your adrenaline pumping in Cairns’ ultimate indoor laser tag arena with the Special School Holiday Sessions, each 90 minutes of pure energy, strategy and fun. Sessions will be running four times a day during the holidays at 10.00am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm and 4.00pm. There will also be an exciting lasertag tournament at the final 4.00pm sessions from Monday 18 – Friday 22 January – five whole days of thrilling competition!

Cost: $25.00/player with up to 20 players per game. Book online to find more information and get ready to win!

A T1, DFO Shopping Centre, 274 Mulgrave Rd

P 4031 9865

E bookings@laserfun.com.au

 

Jackley’s Bakehouse

Participate in one of Jackley’s Kids Cupcake Classes during the school holidays at their new cake academy. Find out more and book on their website. Jackley’s is also your one-stop-shop for all things sweet. Conveniently located in Mount Sheridan, this Bakehouse offers amazing cupcakes and cakes for any event, with the option of extra special designs and add-ons for your loved ones and friends.

A Shop 57, Mount Sheridan Plaza, 106 Barnard Dr

P 4036 0694

 

Cairns Libraries

Register for the Summer Reading Club Program to take part in fun activities such as the 40 days in 40 ways reading challenge and library scavenger hunt, running until 31 January. The FREE Summer Reading Club activity pack can be picked up from any library.

Kids can also enjoy the Science Spark STEM activities, Crafty Origami, Online Cartooning Workshops and the hilarious Sean Murphy Live – Online Commonwealth of Games show, all for FREE! Visit the Cairns Libraries site for registering information and more details.

A Smithfield, City, Earlville, Stratford, Manunda

 

Cairns Art Gallery

Cairns Gallery offers exciting and stimulating art workshops during the school holidays that are a great way for kids to play and learn while improving their art skills. Over these summer holidays a variety of workshops including Art Bootcamps, Painting, Paper Jewellery, Portrait and Life Drawing, Sculpture, Finger Puppets and much more will be available for children aged 5 – 14 years (in separated classes). Led by experienced artists, these workshops are an opportunity that your own little artist won’t want to miss!

Visit the Cairns Art Gallery website below for individual class prices and times.

A 40 Abbott St, Cairns City

P 4046 4800

E info@cairnsartgallery.com.au

 

Little Pearls Swim School

At Little Pearls your child can receive ongoing swimming and water safety lessons, from just a few months old, all year round. Facilities include an indoor heated pool, change tables, hot showers, a small play space and

more. Your child’s first lesson will also be free! Visit the website for more information.

Baby and Toddler – Lessons for ages four months to three and a half years.

Learn to Swim (Independent) – Lessons for ages three and a half years to primary school children.

Private Lessons – Lessons for children through to adults, one on one with an instructor.

A 1 Cumberland Avenue, Smithfield

P 4038 1241

E info@littlepearlsswimschool.com.au

 

Swim Like A Mermaid

Get the full mermaid experience, feel like you’re one with the water and have heaps of fun with the Swim Like a Mermaid Experience. Most ages are welcome (boys and girls six years +) but ability to swim and confidence in the water are essential.

Cost: $18.00 – $200.00 from Try Mermaid to Model Mermaid. Call or email Amanda for more information.

A 434-436 Brinsmead Rd

P 0411 612 442

E amandamccormack67@bigpond.com

 

Inflatable Kingdom

Experience two and a half hours of action-packed fun on TEN massive jumping castles, inflatable obstacle courses and games. Use the sports court and ball pit to get out all your child’s energy for the day – they’ll have the absolute best time! Open every day from 9.00am – 4.30pm.

Cost: $10.00 for children five and under and $17.00 for children six and over. Online bookings will save 10% OFF entry price. Don’t forget your socks!

A 164 Mayers St, Manunda

P 4032 2844

 

Cairns Indoor Sports

Head on down to Cairns Indoor Sports for an exciting game of cricket, netball, soccer, beach volleyball or dodgeball. It’s the perfect way to revisit an old sport you loved or get into a new one, get your body moving and have fun. Bring your friends along and form a team or make new friends along the way. It’s always game on – no matter the weather!

A 164 Mayers St, Manunda

P 4032 2844

E admin@cairnsindoorsports.com.au

 

School Holiday Drama Camps with The Young Company

Do you want to be involved in awesome group theatrics these summer holidays? The Young Company are holding a variety of four-day Drama Camps for kids aged 5 – 12 years to reveal their inner actor and embrace their imagination. All programs run from 9.00am to 3.00pm. Visit the Young Company website to book.

League of Champions: Pikachu to the Rescue, 12 – 15 January

Wizarding Academy: Wands at the Ready, 19 – 22 January

A 169 – 171 Bunda St, Cairns City

P 4041 4066

E admin@theyoungcompany.com.au

 

Shangri-La Hotel – The Backyard

Bring the family for a delicious lunch available from Wednesday to Sunday, 12.00am – 2.30pm, or dinner on Wednesday to Saturday from 5.30pm. A La Carte Café Style Breakfast is also available daily until 10.30am.

Shangri-La loves locals too! Join the #Grasscutters locals’ membership to receive some great exclusive specials, including $10.00 OFF the normal breakfast buffet price. Want to simply relax and grab a drink? The Bar and Garden are open from 11.00am daily.

A Pier Point Rd, Cairns City

P 4052 7670

 

Paradise Palms

Treat the family to 18 holes of mini-golfing fun and mix it up by playing a game or two at night when the course is lit up. You can let the kids’ imaginations run free in the Adventure Playground, complete with a slippery slide, climbing frame, flying fox and the hugely-popular 21-metre bouncing pillow. Grab lunch from the tasty restaurant or parents can get a drink from the bar.

PLUS these school holidays you can gain FREE access to the pool with any purchase from the restaurant on Fridays only, along with FREE mini golf and FREE adventure playground access.

A Paradise Palms Dr, Kewarra Beach

P 4059 9922

E info@paradisepalms.com.au

 

Cairns Aquarium

The adventure begins at Cairns Aquarium. As the only aquarium in the world exclusively dedicated to the habitats and species of Tropical North Queensland, visiting, is a great way to keep the kids learning these school holidays in the funnest way possible. The best part? Locals receive a 20% discount year-round on general admission prices!

Cost: $21.00 child admission, $44.00 adult admission and $132.00 family admission (2A + 2C). Annual passes (valid 12 months) available from $62.00.

A 5 Florence St, Cairns City

P 4044 7300

 

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures offers great family fun activities for everyone to enjoy. They are open from 8.30am to 5.00pm daily, with presentations starting from as early as 9.00am. These include the Crocodile Farm Tour, amazing Crocodile Attack Show and Snake Show. The ‘Slither and Slides’ Adventure playground is also now open for children to have a blast on.

Cost: $41.00 Adults, $20.50 Children, $102.50 Family (2A + 2C) or get yourself an annual pass for unlimited entry.

A Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures – Captain Cook Hwy, Wangetti

P 4055 3576

E sales@crocodileadventures.com

 

CaPTA Group Annual Pass for Locals and Upcoming Events

The CaPTA Group Annual Pass allows you to have 12 months unlimited admission to the beautiful Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome, Rainforestation Nature Park and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Locals get 20% off.

Cost: $260.00 for a family, $104.00 for an Adult, $52.00 for a child. Visit the website for terms and conditions. Covid-19 restrictions apply.

 

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Be surrounded by 1500 colourful butterflies in the magical Australian Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda Village. Enjoy a guided tour, see butterflies in all life stages in the laboratory and explore the fairy garden!

Cost: Adults $20.00, Children $10.00, Family $50.00. Suitable for all ages. Locals receive 20% off with code BUTTERFLYLOCAL. Open daily from 10.00am – 3.00pm.

A 8 Rob Veivers Dr, Kuranda

P 4093 7575

 

Rainforestation Nature Park

Enjoy a fun Indigenous experience with the Pamagirri Mini Mob. Learn how to play the didgeridoo and paint your own PVC didgeridoo to keep! Or you can join a Rainforest Walkabout and become a master of the boomerang. Sessions start at 10.30am and 12.30pm daily.

Cost: Children: $45.00 (includes boomerang). Adults: $45.00 or $65.00 (includes boomerang).

A 1030 Kennedy Hwy, Kuranda

P 4085 5008

 

Keepers In Training – Cairns ZOOM & Wildlife Dome

Keepers In training is a fantastic weekend activity. K.I.T allows children to experience what it’s really like to be a Cairns ZOOM & Wildlife Dome wildlife keeper, joining a wildlife keeper for an interactive, hands-on experience covering animal care, health and handling. You even get to have a photo taken with an animal to take home!

Cost: $40.00 per child. Runs for one hour from 9.00am – 10.00pm (3 – 7 years) and 11.00am – 1.00pm (8 – 13 years) on both Saturday and Sunday. Visit their website for more information.

A The Reef Hotel Casino, 35-41 Wharf St, Cairns City

P 4031 7250

E info@cairnszoom.com.au

 

Wildlife Habitat

Wildlife Habitat is Australia’s leading wildlife experience, providing visitors with the opportunity to observe and interact with a huge range of Wet Tropics wildlife up close. They have five distinct habitats – including the revamped Rainforest Habitat with the all new Licuala Tower and Birdseye Bridge. You can even have Breakfast with the Birds or Lunch with the Lorikeets – getting up close and personal with beautiful birds of the tropics. Locals enjoy 20% discount all year round with the code HABITATLOCAL

Cost: $19.00 (child general admission) – $170.00 (Private tour). Open daily from 8.00am – 4.00pm excluding Christmas Day.

A Port Douglas Rd, Port Douglas

P 4099 3235

 

King Reef Resort

If you’re looking to revitalise in paradise, gather the family and head to the gorgeous King Reef Resort at Kurrimine Beach. Explore all day, swim in the tranquil ocean or pool, build sandcastles on the beach and return to relax with a gorgeous sunset view from your beachfront shack. You can also hire a family pedal bike, go fishing, and more – the possibilities are endless.

A 75 Jacobs Rd, Kurrimine Beach

P 4065 6144

E info@kingreef.com.au

 

Sugarworld Adventure Park and Mini Golf

This fun-for-the-whole-family waterpark is open every day of the QLD State School Holidays. 10.00am – 5.00pm

A Sugarworld Adventure Park, Hambledon Drive, Edmonton

P 4055 5477

 

Flow Rider at Tobruk Memorial Pool

Keep cool these school holidays and put your board riding skills to test on the Tobruk Flow Rider experiencing endless surfing fun! 10.00am – 4.00pm

Cost: $10.00 per ride

A 370 Sheridan Street, North Cairns

P 4051 2604

 

Cazalys Kids and Family Fun

The Cazalys Kids Room is an air-conditioned indoor Kids Play Centre. It’s a great environment for the kids to engage in fun and social activities in a specially created environment that’s just for them. The bigger kids can stay entertained on the six PlayStation terminals loaded with all the latest games. (Parental supervision required).

All kid’s meals are $8.50. Families can dine in the restaurant area and enjoy the delicious variety of foods and beverages on offer.

A 344 Mulgrave Rd, Westcourt

P 4054 1464

E events@cazalys.com.au

 

Daintree Discovery Centre 

Step into another world as the Daintree Discovery Centre takes you back 130 million years in time to when dinosaurs still roamed our planet. Meet Cryolophosaurus, the most ferocious carnivorous dinosaur of them all, or the giant megafauna such as the Diprotodon, the closest surviving relative of the wombat. 

There are six life size animatronic dinosaurs to find on your pre-historic Jurassic Forest adventure, as well the Centre’s treetop walks, 23 metre high canopy tower and more. 

Cost: From $18.00. $90.00 Family Gold Pass (valid 12 months). 

A Cnr Cape Tribulation Rd & Tulip Oak Rd, Cow Bay

P 4098 9171

 

iPlay Cairns 

Age is no limit for iPlay arcades! Whether you’re a little kid or a very grown-up kid, they have something for everyone. An abundance of the latest games matched with your favourite retros will keep you occupied for hours amongst action and fun. Show your skills by taking on Dad on the latest Daytona or challenge your mates to air hockey and NBA basketball. Collect your tickets for the latest and greatest prizes from our prize shop, a great way to finish off your play session.  

Open every day during school holidays from 9.00am – 8.00pm and 9.00am – 9.00pm on Thursdays. 

A Cairns Central Shopping Centre, 1/21 McLeod St

P 4243 3209 

 

Lake Tinaroo

Come visit Lake Tinaroo and get cosy in a cabin, glamp in a camper trailer, motorhome or caravan, or go full outback in a tent. Your days can be spent exploring Lake Tinaroo by boat, on skis or in a kayak, canoe or on a stand-up paddle board. At the park there are beautiful nature walks, a jumping pillow, and a swimming pool. You’ll get convenient access to the picturesque Tinaroo Foreshore with its playgrounds, barbecues and picnic areas. The family will never get bored!

Cost: From $29.00 (unpowered camping).

A 4-28 Tinaroo Falls Dam Road, Tinaroo

P 4095 8232

E bookings@lthp.com.au

 

Cairns Wake Park

Kids Club kneeboarding and wakeboarding sessions are specifically designed to be an easy learning environment for younger kids. With a target age group of 7 to 12 year olds, our professional coaches can easily ensure that all kids have a fun time while being introduced to the Wake Park in the friendliest way.

Cost: From $34.00 (1 hour pass for child. Visit the website for more information as prices vary). Equipment must be hired, starting at $10.00 for Wakeskate and $20.00 for Pro Wakeboard.

A Skyrail Drive, Lot 5, Captain Cook Highway

P 0740381304

E info@cairnswakepark.com.au

 

Summer Sizzler “Sleepover” Special – Cairns Colonial Club

Stay and play amidst 11 acres of tropical rainforest gardens! Kids will love the playground, three lagoon pools and fun pool slide. Parents can enjoy the relaxed surroundings and contemporary Poolside Bar and Dining facilities. 

Cost: $169.00 per night includes accommodation for two adults and two children (12 years or under) in a spacious, fully air-conditioned Studio Room. Book TODAY using the code word “SLEEPOVER” for a bonus $50.00 dining voucher!

A 18 – 26 Cannon St, Manunda 

P 4053 8800 

E reservations@cairnscolonialclub.com.au

 

Frozen Wonderland Ice Skating Rink

The Cairns Ice Skating Rink at DFO will be open daily during the school holidays so get your long socks on and get ready to slide! Test your skating skills or have a casual outing with the family or friends with daily sessions between 9.30am – 5.00pm, lasting 90 minutes each. Tobogganing is also available for those who’d prefer to slide into the fun. 

Cost (includes free skate hire): From $5.00 (Tobogganing only, four slides) – $65.00 (family pass). No bookings required and Skate Aids are available for younger children from $10.00. 

A DFO Cairns, 274 Mulgrave Rd, Westcourt

P 0437 929 373

 

Smithfield Shopping Centre

At Smithfield you’ll find great deals and affordable fashion, games, wellness products, a huge variety of other home products and toys – all just waiting to go to a good home.

Keep the kids entertained these school holidays with Smithfield’s Craft Workshops. All supplies are provided, every workshop is free and they allow children to have fun while exploring their artistic side. Workshops take place January 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 with two sessions per day. Bookings with customer care are essential.

A Cnr Captain Cook and Kennedy Highway, Smithfield

P 4281 3800

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cairns Lagoon, a great place for school holiay fun for kids

School Holiday Activities for Kids in Cairns

Holiday Activities for Kids and Families

School holidays are upon us, folks. And while we love uninterrupted family time and all of the joys that come with, finding school holiday activities for the kids that doesn’t involve endless hours of iPad or screen time can be tricky. Luckily for families visiting Cairns, there’s lots to do. Be it a stroll along the Esplanade or a trip out to the reef, our city by the sea is chock-full of ways to keep the kids busy without totally sacrificing your chance to relax and have an adult holiday of your own. 

We’ve asked a few staff members and parents of Pullman Cairns International for their insider tips on how to holiday in Cairns with kids of all ages in tow: 

Josephine Falls and Millaa Millaa Falls

Daniel Rosendale – Front Office All Rounder
“Waterfall day at Josephine Falls and Millaa Millaa Falls! And don’t forget a stop at Lake Barrine and the tea house there. There, you can see a platypus if you’re lucky. There’s also Crystal Cascades closer by.”

Couple sit on rock, partially in water at Josephine Falls

A trip to the Tablelands for a few waterfall dips and nature walks is a day that the whole family will truly enjoy. Josephine Falls boasts a natural granite waterslide, while Millaa Millaa provides the perfect backdrop for a family holiday photo. If the kids plan on swimming, just be aware of the day’s conditions, as currents can be strong after a big rain.

A stop at the historic Lake Barrine Teahouseis also a must when you’re traipsing around the Tablelands. Though the informative lake cruises have been put on hold, the restaurant is still open and slinging out delicious Devonshire Tea and filling lunches. 

Crepes for breakfast at Lake Barrine Teahouse for school holidays activities

Nearer to Cairns, Crystal Cascades is a local family favourite for many reasons. This series of freshwater swimming holes is surrounded by lush rainforest trees and plenty of native critters. Plus, its walking tracks and BBQ areas make for the perfect afternoon adventure.

Muddy’s Playground

Reiko Kusuda – Food & Beverage Supervisor
“Muddy’s playground on the Esplanade. Green Island is also a good day trip for kids.”

Muddy’s Playground
 is the perfect way for active kiddos to burn some energy on a long summer day. Located right on the Esplanade, this sprawling free park offers a splash zone, ropes courses, toddler play area, classic playground equipment, massive interactive chimes, and much much more. Refuel at Muddy’s Café. Or make use of the many picnic tables and BBQs scattered around with lunch from home.

A trip to Green Island requires a bit more planning. However, kids are sure to love the options to snorkel, cruise around in a glass bottom boat and play in the island’s soft white sand. 

Nature Play Space, Red Arrow and Sugarworld Park

Nerida Meakin – Director of Sales & Marketing
“My family has a lot of favourites. The Nature Play Space at Centenary Lakes, walking the Red Arrow (with cold drink at NOA as an incentive!)… and Sugarworld is always a big hit!”

Just a few minutes from Cairns CBD, the Edge Hill neighborhood offers lots of hidden gems for everyone to enjoy. The Nature Play Space at Centenary Lakes is a playground like no other. Lurid orange slides and blue swing sets are replaced by ropes courses built into hills, dinosaur bones buried amongst the sand boxes, and a sensory garden that invites everyone to touch and smell native flora. 

Kids climb play ropes at Nature Play Centre, the perfect place for fun school holiday activities

gardens at Nature Play Centre

For an active afternoon, the 1.5km Red Arrow walking track takes families up (and we mean up—there’s about 250 steps, so make sure you’ve all got runners on) through Mt Whitfield Conservation Park, through the forest and past several spectacular points that look out over Cairns. After you’ve completed the loop, treat the kids to a well earned milkshake and yourself to a cold something or other at nearby NOA

To cool down on one of Cairns’ infamously hot summer days, a trip to play in Sugarworld Adventure Park’s many waterslides and splash pools is a surefire winner for kids of all ages.

Goomboora Park Activities

Leissa Prouchandy – Guest Experience Manager 
“Goomboora Park has an adventure playground and a creek that feeds from Crystal Cascades. It’s easy for the kids to swim as the current isn’t too strong, and there’s a big pathway that goes all the way to Crystal Cascades that you can cycle and walk along.”

Woman walks on Goomboora Park track as school holiday activity with kids

Goomboora Park’s gentle creek feeds from the same water as Crystal Cascades’, but offers much gentler currents for beginner swimmers. The adventure playground will entertain the young ones, while parents and older kids will love a stroll or a bike ride along the beautiful walking track. 

Pullman Cairns International

For families that are shorter on time but still looking for ways to cater to the kids, guests of Pullman Cairns International have plenty of school holiday activities to choose from right at their (hotel) doorstep. Budding cooks and mixologists can join the talented chefs and bartenders at Coco’s Kitchen & Bar for cooking and mocktail making classes.

Drinks from Coco's Kitchen and Bar classes

Little ones that like to be pampered can indulge in mini “Princess Manicures” with the friendly Vie Spa therapists.

There will even be evening movies on show in one of Pullman Cairns International’s spacious event rooms, so families can enjoy something on the big screen without an expensive trip to the theater. 

View the Pullman’s January kids activities schedule here.

So, what are you waiting for? Cairns is calling. Pack up that sunblock and those rashies, and get the family ready for one of your best summer holidays yet.

BLOG BY Alina Polishuk

 

 

 

 

9 FREE THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN THE DAINTREE REGION

9 FREE THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN THE DAINTREE REGION

Whether you’re a local or visiting the far north, a trip to the Daintree Region is a must. If you’re visiting from Cairns, it can be quite a drive to get up there (and you also have to hop on a ferry in order to get your vehicle across the Daintree River). Thankfully, there are plenty of free things to do with kids in the Daintree Region.

The World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest is the oldest in the world, home to a unique variety of flora and fauna. Cape Tribulation is where the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef. Sit David Attenborough called it “the most extraordinary place on Earth,” so you know it’s a must-do!

Here are a few free things to do with kids…

1. Head to the beach

If you’re heading to the beach, you’re spoilt for choice. Cow Bay, Thornton Beach, Wonga Beach, Myall Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach are all awesome options. Take a picnic and plenty of sunscreen.

2. Play at Cape Tribulation

In the town of Cape Tribulation, you’ll find a playground opposite Turtle Rock Cafe, fringed by raintrees. It’s a great little spot to stop off and have a play.

3. Take a picture with the big crocodile

Before crossing the Daintree River, stop off at the area that has all the river cruises. You’ll find the sculpture of a big crocodile head, which makes for a great photo opportunity if you stand inside his mouth.

4. Go for a stroll

The Marrdja Botanical Walk and Dubuji Boardwalk will take you right through the rainforest. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, and take a moment to enjoy the silence (apart from the rustling of the leaves and the chirping of the birds, of course).

5. Learn some history

The Daintree Region carries some fascinating history. Pick up a brochure map at a tour desk and stroll through the village.

6. Go for a dip

While most of the Daintree Region is croc country and you should exercise extreme caution around the water, Mossman Gorge is a safe place to swim. It’s located just north of Port Douglas at the start of the Daintree Region. The fresh stream is a great place to cool off on a hot summer’s day.

7. Go birdwatching

The Daintree Rainforest is home to a variety of wildlife species, including birds. Keep your eyes open for these feathered friends, some of which are unique to the region.

8. Stop at the lookout

After crossing the Daintree River, make sure you stop off at the gorgeous Alexandra Bay Lookout. It offers panoramic views of the Daintree Coast, including the mouth of the Daintree River, as well as Snapper Island.

9. Visit a tropical fruit orchard

Daintree Ice Cream Company produces delicious exotic fruit ice cream right under the tree where it was grown. Flavours change on the daily depending on what’s available, and may include pineapple, star fruit, lychee, Davidson’s plum, banana, durian, mullberry, passionfruit, jackfruit and much more. You can take a free self-guided walking tour around the 22-acre Tropical Fruit Orchard to learn more about the produce.