Finding School Holiday Fun in Cairns is now easy.
The PakMag team have searched high and low and found everything parents and kids need to know! Check out all the incredible things happening below.
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The Reef Eye Ferris Wheel
What can you spot from the top of The Reef Eye? Play Eye-Spy on the Reef Eye these Holidays and see how many things you can find. Collect your free pamphlet from the ticket booth and get to searching! There is even a chance to WIN so don’t miss out on the challenge, what can you spy with your little eye?
A Cairns Esplanade, Western Event Lawn
FB The Reef Eye
Hosted by the hilarious Mr. Muddlehead, it’s the perfect mix of education and entertainment. Children can come and go as they please. Register Now: https://shorturl.at/hwHU9
A DFO, 274 Mulgrave Rd, Westcourt (Across from Rivers)
P 4051 7444
FB DFO Cairns
Inflatable Kingdom Cairns
Come and escape the heat, down at Inflatable Kingdom. Everyday, is a fun out of the sun day.
A: 164 Mayers Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia, 4870t
P: 074032 2844
Cairns Ice Skating Rink
Beat the heat at Cairns Ice Skating Rink, a fun filled, family friendly, all-weather attraction. Located at Cairns DFO, Cairns Ice Skating offers daily sessions for all ages. Perfect for a spontaneous outing as no bookings are necessary.
A DFO, 274 Mulgrave Rd, Westcourt
See the intriguing heroes in a half-shell in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem – Cowabunga! Or catch the Adventure City Pups in their latest mission in Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie. If thrills and spooks are more the kids’ thing, then enter the realms of Disney’s Haunted Mansion or get set to drive into the turbulent waters of high school with a hilarious, heartfelt action comedy, Ruby Gillman: Teenage Kraken. Book your session here!
There’s never been a better time to go to the movies than this school holidays with heaps of fun for the whole family to enjoy. So grab some popcorn and heal into Event cinemas for some great school holiday fun!
A: 1/21 McLeod St, Cairns City QLD 4870
The CaPTA Group
The CaPTA Group Annual Pass gives you 12 months unlimited admission to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome, Rainforestation Nature Park and Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Come face to face with crocs, explore the tropical rainforest and marvel at the wildlife of the Far North! Visit the website for terms and conditions and to claim your locals offer of 20% off.
P 4035 3555
Rainforestation Nature Park
These school holidays combine adventure with education on a Big Nature Package which includes an Army Duck Tour, Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience and Koala & Wildlife Park! Limited upgrades are available daily for an Exclusive Access Koala Experience.
A 1030 Kennedy Hwy, Kuranda QLD 4881
P 4085 5008
Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park
Come and stay at Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park over the September Holidays and join in the fun. For guests there is Free Facepainting, Live Music, Free Pancakes, Basketball Competitions and Free Kids Fishing Tours.
A 4-28 Tinaroo Falls Dam Road Tinaroo Qld 4872
Cairns Wake and Aqua Park
Cairns Wake and Aqua Park offer fun for the whole family every school holiday, every day. Let the kids, and kids at heart, bounce and play on the variety of floating optical courses. Or shred up the water on the state-of-the-art cable ski park (suitable for ages 10 and up) See the variety of session, group and holiday prices here.
A Cairns Wake Park
P 07 40381304
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! Locals receive 20% off with code BUTTERFLYLOCAL. Open daily from 10.00am – 3.00pm.
A 8 Rob Veivers Dr, Kuranda QLD 4881
P 4093 7575
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures offer great family fun activities for everyone to enjoy. They are open from 8.30am to 5.00pm, with presentations starting from 9.00am. These include the Crocodile Farm Tour, amazing Crocodile Attack Show and Snake Show. The ‘Slither and Slides’ Adventure playground is also open for children to have a blast on. They also have Wildcard passes that get you into Hartley’s, Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld Kuranda.
A Captain Cook Hwy, Wangetti
P 4055 3576
FB Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
Cairns ZOOM & Wildlife Dome Keepers In Training
Ever wondered what it’s like to be a wildlife keeper? Keepers In Training is a fantastic weekend activity for you! Keepers In Training allows children to experience what it’s really like to be a Cairns ZOOM & Wildlife Dome wildlife keeper! Join a wildlife keeper for an interactive, hands-on experience covering animal care, health and handling. The program is on every school holiday, click here to book.
A The Reef Hotel Casino
P 4031 7250
Cairns Golf Club
Enjoy a game of golf together with the family these holidays or sign the kids up for a MyGolf Session! There are a variety of session types for different ages, genders and skill levels. Your little one is sure to unleash their inner Tiger Woods in the School Holiday sessions.
A Links Drive, Woree
P (07) 40376700
Find a MyGolf Program here
Are you ready for some AWESOME FAMILY FUN?! iPlay Cairns is your go-to arcade spot these holidays. A: Cairns Central Shopping Centre
P: (07) 4243 3209
You’ll get to sing, dance, and play with your favourite Sesame Street characters, Elmo and Cookie Monster, while also helping them solve a tricky problem. Sunday 24th Sept – Sunday 1 oct 2023 – Daily shows at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm
A 1-21 McLeod St, Cairns
P 4041 4111
FB Cairns Central
Smithfield Shopping Centre
A Cnr Captain Cook and Kennedy Highway, Smithfield
P 4281 3800
FB Smithfield Shopping Centre
Well worth a drive and only an hour from Cairns, Gallo Dairyland is a go to this break. Positioned between Atherton, Malanda and Yungaburra, Gallo Dairyland offers an insight into a fully operational dairy farm and gourmet cheese factory, with all the tasty goodies available at the restaurant. Not to mention their chocolate is worth the trip on its own.
A Malanda Road Atherton
P 07 4095 2388
FB Gallo Dairyland
Children’s Clay Classes
Learn and create together! These beginner pottery lessons include pinch pots, slab building, coil work and sculptures. Crafting together creates precious memories for your little one, and who doesn’t love getting their hands a little dirty? Everything you need will be provided and NDIS participants are welcome. Contact Natalie to book your spot.
Cairns Children’s Museum
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS SPECIAL – Play, explore, wonder with a friend! It’s 2-for-1 at CCM during the first week of the school holidays.
A: Mt Sheridan Plaza – 106 Barnard Drive, Mt Sheridan 4868
Cairns Night Markets
With a variety of stalls offering souvenirs, clothing, arts, crafts, homewares, skincare products, jewellery, food and so much more, there’s something for the whole family at the Cairns Night Markets. They always have delicious food and desserts on offer. Open daily from 4.30pm – 11.00pm, with the food court open daily from 11.00am.
A 71 – 575 The Esplanade, Cairns
P 4051 7666
FB Night Markets
Cairns Art Gallery
The Cairns Art Gallery will be running a variety of workshops and classes throughout the school holidays with a range of mediums including paints, sculpture and more. Bookings are essential so check online for upcoming classes and costs. Suitable for children aged 4 – 14.
P 4046 4800
FB Cairns Art Gallery
Historic Village Herberton
Australia’s mining, timber and farming heritage lives again at the Historic Village Herberton. With quirky Australian collectibles, machinery, vehicles and antique items, the Village is regarded as one of the most significant outdoor museums in Australia. Spend quality family time together and make some memories.
A 6 Broadway, Herberton
P 4096 2002
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. Stay 7 nights and only pay for 6 at King Reef Resort. Situated on a tropical beach in one of the most unique, beautiful and unspoilt parts of the world, Kurrimine Beach is suitable for the entire family. Enjoy pet and kids-friendly accommodation, including cabins and beachfront caravan and camping sites. Offer excludes long weekends.
A 75 Jacobs Rd, Kurrimine Beach
P 4065 6144
FB King Reef Resort
Frankland Islands Reef Cruises
Frankland Islands Reef Cruises offers an all-inclusive day cruise of the Great Barrier Reef, including a rainforest river cruise, a guided Great Barrier Reef snorkel trip, kayaks, paddleboards, and a buffet lunch. Spot turtles, giant clams, and Nemo. All inclusive day trips run Friday to Tuesday weekly from 8.30am – 5.00pm. Cost is $205 per adult (ages 17+) / $124 per child (ages 4-16) / Family (2 ad + 2 ch) $534. Transfers and lunch included.
P (07) 4046 7333
A 169 Ross Rd, Deeral