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    Default Cairns. Things to see and do

    We are going to cairns during the school holidays.
    We have booked Kuranda, Hartley croc farm and driving up to port Douglas.
    I'm thinking of booking Fitzroy and green island. Which one is better or should I do both.
    Plus other things to do?
    We have three kids aged 4,6,8.

    Oh would love a helicopter ride over the reef. But how much??

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    It's been a while since DF and I went, but it's remained my fav place I've been to so far.

    I recommend Green Island. The glass bottom boat would be fun for your kids too.

    The train to Kuranda is long, but the gondola might be a bit scary for kids? (If you're not driving, that is!)

    The pool down by the beach is free and awesome, so fill in a few hours every few days there.

    We also went to Mossman Gorge- it was beautiful and well worth it. Also venture a little bit into the tablelands if you have time to spare. Everything around Cairns is just amazing!

    I'm very jealous of your trip! I'm trying to convince DF to go back for our honeymoon, but he wants to go somewhere new. Pfft to that!

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    We had our honeymoon at Palm Cove recently and took our 12 month old with us.
    We hired a car which was well worth it IMO.
    From Palm Cove we went up to Cape Tribulation. It was a nice drive and there were gorgeous beaches along the way.
    We went to Green Island. I have nothing to compare it to as we didn't go to others, but it was a nice half day trip. The trip was only 45-60 mins I think. We missed our semi sub boat ride because DS was having a meltdown but I agree with Nomsie I think glass bottomed boat would be good with kids.
    Hartleys was ok. DH loved it. Definitely saw crocodiles as well as other native animals.
    We loved the public pool in Cairns on the esplanade. It's been done really well and it was nice to just hang out there and have DS splash about in the water.
    I loved Kuranda - and we want to the butterflies and wildlife park.
    All those things were over priced IMO but we're good for something to do.

    Agree with Nomsie too about the tablelands and Mossman Gorge. Both are great ideas

    Have a great time. I'm jealous! Our 5 nights was not enough. I'm trying to convince DH we can afford to go to Noosa in the new year!

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    Default Cairns. Things to see and do

    Quote Originally Posted by Mod-Nomsie View Post
    It's been a while since DF and I went, but it's remained my fav place I've been to so far.

    I recommend Green Island. The glass bottom boat would be fun for your kids too.

    The train to Kuranda is long, but the gondola might be a bit scary for kids? (If you're not driving, that is!)

    The pool down by the beach is free and awesome, so fill in a few hours every few days there.

    We also went to Mossman Gorge- it was beautiful and well worth it. Also venture a little bit into the tablelands if you have time to spare. Everything around Cairns is just amazing!

    I'm very jealous of your trip! I'm trying to convince DF to go back for our honeymoon, but he wants to go somewhere new. Pfft to that!
    This post exactly!!! Green island was a particular favourite as I can't swim so I love the glass bottom boat and and the submergible.

    Port Douglas is good too but I found there were heaps more options at cairns and plenty of tourist booths around to organise day trips and transport from hotels.

    A tip for restaurants though- avoid those at the start of the esplanade (tourist traps that are overpriced) and walk a bit further in. The fresh seafood is divine.

    The night markets are good for a stroll too.

    Cairns is our favourite holiday spot, we now don't go anywhere else, our honeymoon in Fiji in a 5 star resort was a disappointment compared to cairns! We used to go once a year pre kids.

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    Default Cairns. Things to see and do

    Fitzroy is definitely the way to go. I used to work for the company that runs Green Island and It is definitely overrated. Fitzroy is beautiful and has more to do. I wouldn't waste money on Green Island.

    Other things:

    -The Reef Casino has an adventure rope course in the rainforest dome which is fun.

    -There is an indoor trampoline park at Raintrees Shopping Center.

    -Laser Tag in DFO Cairns- mum can shop while dad plays with the kids

    -Cairns Wildlife Zoo


    Free stuff to do:

    -Figtree tree house playground at the Cruise liner terminal. Has a coffee shop for mum and dad

    -The muddies playground is great for kids of all ages, plus there is a cafe there for the adults to unwind.

    -Lagoon on the esplanade for a nice swim (there are markets there on Saturdays)

    - Visit the Night Markets

    Also, check out the 'pakmag.com.au' website. It will have a list of activities available over the school

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    Thanks for the tips. We are going for two weeks so it's going to be fun.

    We have hired a car and planned to drive around to places

    I have made note of other suggested places.

    Still not sure on the islands. Should we do both Fitzroy or green? Or are they pretty much the same?

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    Green island is much smaller than fitzroy, i wouldn't do both. But I have no idea what fitzroy has on it these days tho!

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    As for things to do, kuranda, port Douglas, crystal cascades, rustys markets, botanic gardens, obviously the reef, daintree, cape trib. I think that Fitzroy island is heaps nicer than green island. Honestly though they are both small so I wouldn't stay with kids longer than a night or two.
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