fig tree playground front

Cairns Ultimate Tree House! The fig tree playground is really one of a kind.

Built into a massive fig tree, this playground consists of bridges, tunnels, steps, slides and ropes.

Older ages kids playground
Cafe and restaurant / bar nearby
Toilet facilities close by
Free electric BBQs
Lots of shaded areas
Tables and benches to sit at
Great for birthday parties
Good access
Bike and scooter paths
Paid car parking
Fig tree welcome


Caution needs to be taken with the younger kids here, as there are a lot of entry and exit points of this playground, making it very hard to supervise the little ones, especially if you have a little “runner”. The proximity of the water makes this potentially hazardous for toddlers.

Kids will enjoy exploring inside this giant tree house

Older kids will often play in the actual fig tree itself, while younger kids can let their imaginations run in this better than the Berenstain bears treehouse.

Fig Tree playground

This playground is built and maintained by Ports North, and it’s not uncommon to see massive cruise liners parked here (before Covid) as it is right in front of the wharf terminal. Apparently the playground used a lot of recycled materials, wooden benches, and massive ropes – salvaged from the redevelopment of the ports area.

figtree playground wharf one

Overlooking the water and pier, this playground is definitely better suited for older kids; ages 4 to 14 as a guide. This playground is not suitable for toddlers!

view from fig tree looking north

The panoramic views from the figtree playground can be accessed easily by parents and kids

view from figtree

For parents there’s the Wharf One cafe very close to the playground and Hemingway’s brewery and restaurant just a little bit further along. Unfortunately, both are not quite close enough to allow for adequate supervision.

There is a large grassed area, small pier for fishing, bbqs and tables, which makes it a lovely picnic spot, with gorgeous views.

fig tree bbq area
Fig tree fishing pier

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Getting there.

You can get to the fig Tree Playground by walking along the path south of the Esplanade, or by driving. There is plenty of paid parking nearby.