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Cairns Kids Activities - Keeping our Kids Inspired & Active

Grab your walking shoes, hat and water. Time for a walk in nature. There are so many wonderful walking tracks in the Cairns area. There are resources online and in locally available books. Here are just a few you can try with kids, either in a backpack or challenge them to walk themselves! These are tried and tested by locals, so why not give it a go!


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Behana Gorge Swimming Holes

Behana Gorge Swimming Holes

Behana gorge is one of Cairns' best kept secrets. Rarely visited by tourists, this is a local secret spot. It is probably less frequented than other water holes around Cairns as the walk to the top of the gorge (where the best pristine swimming spots are) is a long one. ...

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The Boulders Swimming Holes

The Boulders Swimming Holes

The Boulders (approx 1 hour south of Cairns City) A dramatic mix of huge granite boulders, clear rushing water and plenty of good lookouts makes this creek a must see during the wet. Fortunately there is a large and deep swimming area next to the car park to stop the temptation of venturing near slippery rocks and fast water....

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Barron Gorge Waterfalls

Barron Gorge Waterfalls

There is nothing quite like Barron falls in the wet season! This 260m waterfall is where the Barron river descends from the Atherton Tablelands to the Cairns coastal plain....

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Crystal Cascades Swimming Holes

Crystal Cascades Swimming Holes

Crystal Cascades (15-20 minutes from Cairns City Centre) Perhaps the best known and most frequented freshwater creek near Cairns City. Crystal Cascades sits at the end of Freshwater Valley and provides an oasis of green rainforest, sparkling clear water and plenty of deep pools for swimming....

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Stony Creek Falls Swimming Holes

Stony Creek Falls Swimming Holes

Stony Creek Falls (10-15 minutes from Cairns City Centre) This small creek tucked in amongst the suburb of Rainforest Estate provides a quick and easy escape from the hot steamy days of a Cairns summer. At the end of Stony Creek Road a gate signals the start of a path that takes you along the creek to an old weir....

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Airport Mangrove Boardwalk

Airport Mangrove Boardwalk

Two easy walks over boardwalk though the mangroves just near the airport. Perfect activity for biding your time waiting to pick up people from the airport - or anytime you want to learn more about the mangroves surrounding Cairns....

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Blue Arrow Walk Mt Whitfield

Blue Arrow Walk Mt Whitfield

The Blue Arrow Circuit is 5.4km long and takes four to five hours return. It's a rugged bush track with steep climbs and should only be attempted by fit persons....

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Red Arrow Walk Mt Whitfield

Red Arrow Walk Mt Whitfield

The Red Arrow Circuit is 1.3km long and takes approx one hour return. This can vary widely according to ability and kids. The Red Arrow is a bit of an institution for locals in Cairns. This walk is the perfect size for a morning or afternoon exercise session. It is a great walk to bring kids on to teach them about keeping fit, persevering and enjoy......

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Josephine Falls Swimming Holes

Josephine Falls Swimming Holes

Josephine Falls (approx 1 1/2 hours from Cairns City) Experience a scenic walk through dense rainforest that takes you to the foot of a waterfall. Dominating the view is Mt Bartle Frere, Queensland's highest mountain....

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Mamu Canopy Walk

Mamu Canopy Walk

Elevated walkways, a cantilever and observation tower offer visitors the exhilarating experience of being high in the rainforest canopy and provide spectacular panoramic views of World Heritage rainforest landscapes. ...

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Mossman Gorge Swimming Holes

Mossman Gorge Swimming Holes

Mossman Gorge (approx 1 1/2 hours from Cairns City) For a taste of the Daintree without having to go too far north try Mossman Gorge. Situated just out of the township of Mossman this area offers excellent swimming opportunities, picnic facilities and a selection of short walks through World Heritage Rainforest....

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Yorkeys Knob Beach

Yorkeys Knob Beach

Yorkeys Knob is a much larger and wilder beach than others on the tropical north coast....

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