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It’s hard to imagine a logo more iconic than the green and gold butterfly that has symbolised the Cairns Colonial Club Resort for the past 35 years. With the 5 year 10 million dollar restoration nearing completion, the resort is now perfectly positioned to welcome local and travelling families looking for a relaxing resort experience that won’t break the bank.

Guests can enjoy a leisurely stroll while appreciating the natural beauty of 11 acres of tropical rainforest gardens then cool off in one of three large lagoon-style swimming pools. Kids of all ages can look forward to hours of fun zipping down the water slides, honing their table tennis skills, exploring the playground or simply building sandcastles on the man-made beach.

Fueling up at Thirsty Flamingo is a treat for the whole family. Think thick, juicy beef and bacon burgers, succulent pork belly and fresh battered barra and chips to name a few. This popular poolside restaurant also offers a selection of tasty kid’s meals, a range of exotic cocktails and a laid-back, tropical resort vibe.

The Colonial Club loves to party so it won’t come as a surprise that Thirsty Flamingo is also a sought-after venue for kid’s birthday parties. All-inclusive packages start at $20 per child and a flyer can be downloaded from the website.

When the sun drops behind the mountains, guests can retire to one of a variety of spacious, fully air-conditioned accommodation rooms. With tropical décor, two queen beds and a private balcony or courtyard, the Superior rooms are popular for couples. Small families enjoy the convenience and space of the Studio Family rooms which boast a king bed, two single sofa beds in the living room and a kitchenette making self-catering a breeze. The Studio Quad rooms also have a kitchenette, but these rooms have the added luxury of four separate single beds making them a very economical choice for school groups, sporting teams or friends on a budget.

You would be hard-pressed to find a Cairns local with no past connection to the resort’s stand-alone Conference and Functions Centre. This iconic, Heritage-style building features a dramatic ballroom, wide timber verandahs looking out over ancient rainforest and a romantic fairy-lit gazebo. For more than three decades, it has been one of the most popular venues in Cairns to meet up, celebrate or tie the knot!

Looking to the future, the resort continues to incorporate new products and attractions especially suited to the family market. The first of these, due to open over the Easter Holidays, is an Outback Mini Golf and Pedal Karts attraction. “It’s exciting to have the commitment and resources to continually enhance the property to meet the expanding needs of our customers,” says Jo Neill, Director of Sales and Marketing, “We’re especially appreciative of our local community who has stuck with us through some very challenging years.”

To give back to the region, the Cairns Colonial Club has created an exclusive Club Colonial Membership package that is only available to locals. This popular annual membership is packed with value. In addition, to use of the main lagoon pool and play areas all year round, the annual fee of $185 includes one night’s free accommodation, a $50 Birthday Dining Voucher and 20% off all food and beverages year-round.

So, if you’re hankering for an affordable tropical resort escape in your backyard, check out the Club Colonial Membership and other amazing package deals here where you can book direct and save!