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