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CAIRNS & FNQ OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

Cairns - An outdoor tropical paradise!

Cairns Outdoor Activities for kids.

Cairns and all of FNQ is absolute paradise with perfect weather for much of the year.

There is so much to do here in our great outdoors!

In our outdoor guide we’re going to be concentrating on the free and cheap to mid range price activities for kids and families. 

Cairns & FNQ Outdoor Activities for Kids and Families

Kids swimming

Find heaps of free, cheap and reasonably priced family and kids activities to do in Cairns.  From mini golf to swimming, Go-Karting to wake boarding, horse riding to ATV – you’ll find them all here.

We’ve on purpose left the big attractions off this list, as this is really about everyday activities for locals and visiting families looking for alternative ideas while on holiday.

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Get out and enjoy what nature and our city council have provided us with!

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Cheap to mid Range Priced - outdoor activities

Looking for some fun family activities for the kids that won’t break the bank? 
Here are some of the best things to do in Cairns and FNQ on the cheap, or that offer great value for local and visiting families.

We’ve tried to include outdoor activities here for under $25 a child or $100 a family. 
Unless otherwise stated a family is 2A + 2C
All prices correct at time of publishing – April 2022

Mini Golf in Cairns

Putt Putt Island - Sugarworld
Putt Putt Island - Sugarworld

Putt Putt Island - Sugarworld Edmonton

Explore the lush and tropical wonderland of Putt-Putt Islands 9-hole mini golf. Around $10 per person or $32 for a family for just the golf. Can be combined with Splash Town and Super Slides water park

Cairns Golf Centre - Yorkeys Knob

Mini golf complete with water hazards, sand bunkers and other obstacles. Around $8 a child and $10 an adult - family $30

Kuranda Original Rainforest Market

Gather your strength get a grip and have a game of mini golf in the jungle, this is one of a kind 9 hole course. Prices around $5 per person.

Paradise Palms - currenlty closed

Water Parks in Cairns

Sugarworld Adventure Park
Sugarworld Adventure Park

Sugarworld Adventure Park - Edmonton

Lagoon Pool - Splash Town - With seven slides, pools, a giant water bucket, fountains, waterfalls and water jets and Super slides - three epic super slides. Prices start at $13 per person for splash town including mini golf or $19 including super slides.

Cairns Aqua Park - Smithfield

An inflatable playground to bounce, jump and slide on for hours. Full-time supervision and free floatation devices - min age 6 recommended. $15 per 50 min session or $20 double session.

Cairns Wake Park - Smithfield

Cable Water Ski Park - wake boarding and knee boarding. Suitable for ages 10 and above. Kids Club sessions for ages 6-12 (slower cable speed) available at times - check website for details. Prices start at $34

Glengarry Holiday Park - Port Douglas

The kids will enjoy hours of fun in the water playground, pool, jumping pillow and playground. The waterpark features six watersides including one into the pool and a large tipping bucket! Day pass $15 per person or $50 family

Farm Visits & Animal Petting

Sugarworld Adventure Park
Sugarworld Adventure Park

Sugarworld Adventure Park - Edmonton

Lagoon Pool - Splash Town - With seven slides, pools, a giant water bucket, fountains, waterfalls and water jets and Super slides - three epic super slides. Prices start at $13 per person for splash town including mini golf or $19 including super slides.

Cairns Aqua Park - Smithfield

An inflatable playground to bounce, jump and slide on for hours. Full-time supervision and free floatation devices - min age 6 recommended. $15 per 50 min session or $20 double session.

Cairns Wake Park - Smithfield

Cable Water Ski Park - wake boarding and knee boarding. Suitable for ages 10 and above. Kids Club sessions for ages 6-12 (slower cable speed) available at times - check website for details. Prices start at $34

Glengarry Holiday Park - Port Douglas

The kids will enjoy hours of fun in the water playground, pool, jumping pillow and playground. The waterpark features six watersides including one into the pool and a large tipping bucket! Day pass $15 per person or $50 family

mid Range Priced outdoor activities

Unless otherwise stated a family is 2A + 2C
All prices correct at time of publishing – April 2022

Go Karting in Cairns and FNQ

Cairns Kart Hire
Cairns Kart Hire

Cairns Kart Hire - Smithfield

Australia's most fun and challenging kart track. The minimum height requirement is 150cm to drive and drivers must be at least 11 years old. There are options for 5 - 11 who go with an adult in a dual control kart. Price starts $50 for one race.

Go Kart Action - Mareeba

Makotrac International Racetrack -offering Go Karting from age 4 (min height 90cm) with a Bambimbo Kart to Adults. Prices start at around $30

Cairns Wake Park - Smithfield

Cable Water Ski Park - wake boarding and knee boarding. Suitable for ages 10 and above. Kids Club sessions for ages 6-12 (slower cable speed) available at times - check website for details. Prices start at $34

Glengarry Holiday Park - Port Douglas

The kids will enjoy hours of fun in the water playground, pool, jumping pillow and playground. The waterpark features six watersides including one into the pool and a large tipping bucket! Day pass $15 per person or $50 family

Horse Riding in Cairns and FNQ

Meraki Equestrian Centre
Meraki Equestrian Centre

Crystal Cascades Horse Park - Redlynch

The only riding school in Cairns, only 15mins from the CBD. Specialising in lessons for beginners to advance riders and providing a range of lovely school horses and ponies

Speewah Equestrian Centre - near Kuranda

A fully facilitated and family friendly horse riding school, & equine training facility with a stable of 12 horses & ponies varying in sizes. Catering for adults and children alike, and offer lessons to suit individual student needs and abilities.

Meraki Equestrian Centre - Mareeba

New family-friendly riding school on the Tablelands! NDIS welcome !! Lessons for any age and level. They have some fantastic ponies, even for the little ones. School holiday camps and programs too. Prices start at $60.

Kur Cow Barnwell - Kuranda

Whether it’s your first time in the saddle or if you’ve been trotting since you were knee-high, anyone (provided you’re over the age of six) can join a 30 minute guided trail ride adventure through the rolling hills and rainforest dotted across the property. Price Guide approx. $75 pp

ATV and Quad Bikes in Cairns and FNQ

ATV @ Kur Cow Barnwell
ATV @ Kur Cow Barnwell

Kuranda Rainforest Journeys

Quad Bike & Buggy Tour. Explore a secluded property nestled atop the magnificent Barron Falls, surrounded by World Heritage Rainforest and home to the elusive cassowary. Beginners and experienced riders are welcome. Min age is 10 for ATV, other options for younger kids. Price guide $75

Kur Cow Barnwell - Kuranda

30 min ATV tour around an active working farm. ATV for ages 6 and above.. Side by side buggies available for kids under 6. Price guide $75pp

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