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Sep 09

School Holiday Tour Ideas to Keep the Kids Happy

Posted on September 9, 2016 by

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With the school holidays just around the corner, here at The Tour Specialists we thought we’d put together a handy list of kid-friendly tours and activities to keep the little ones happy and busy. Below are some of our favourite family friendly tours close to Cairns that are sure to be a hit with kids big and small.

Action-packed Canyoning Tour with Behana Days

For kids older than 10 who love to swim and climb, the Behana Days Canyoning tour in Behana Gorge is a must-do these school holidays! Starting at the impressive waterfall at the top of Behana Gorge, you will swim, slide, abseil, cliff-jump and zip-line your way down the creek. Adventurous kids are sure to love the thrill of these exciting and challenging activities, but mum and dad are safe in the knowledge that there is always a second, less extreme route around all of the obstacles just in case the kids aren’t feeling up to it. The fun and enthusiastic guides are sure to keep the whole family pumped up throughout the day, and the yummy snacks, fruit and lunch that are included will keep everyone’s energy levels high. There are a few free-time sessions throughout the day where you can just sit back and relax, soaking up the beauty of Behana Gorge, or grab a snorkel set and jump in to spot the many fish, yabbies and eels that call the crystal-clear pools home.


Behana Days provide pick-ups from within Cairns city. Be sure to take along some shoes with good tread that you don’t mind getting wet. GoPros and other waterproof cameras are also more than welcome so you can capture all the action on the day!

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High-speed flying fox zip line rides

Let gravity provide the fun as you zip-line down the eastern face of Mt Whitfield with amazing views looking over the Cairns Airport and out to the ocean and mountains across the bay. Located in the heart of Cairns this is a quick and easy activity to keep the kids busy and happy and also get in some exercise as you need to walk up before you can fly down! Reaching speeds of 60-70km/h there are multiple zip lines meaning rivalling siblings can race each other to the bottom. As well as the 300m zip lines, there is abseiling, scenic bush talks and great views on offer so there is something for everyone.

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Don’t forget to bring comfortable closed walking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent and wear something you don’t mind getting dirty. Open every day except Monday.

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Full day Green Island Adventure

Being so close to the reef it would be a shame not to take advantage this natural wonder during the school holidays, when the whole family can enjoy a day exploring the colourful underwater world of the coral gardens around Green Island. This tour includes a high-speed catamaran transfer from Cairns to Green island and snorkelling gear or glass bottom boat tour, as well as free wifi on all vessels – for those teenagers that just have to check their phone or else hell breaks loose. Lunch can also be added for a small extra charge. There are also many optional extras such as introductory scuba dives, Seawalker helmet diving, the Marineland Melanesia wildlife park on the island and scenic helicopter flights if you really want to spoil them!


Green Island Adventure tours are available for 9am or 11am departures. Don’t forget your hat, sunscreen, towel, swimming clothes and your camera to capture their happy faces smiling through their snorkels!

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Exciting Crocodile Adventures

Get up close with these modern day dinosaurs at Hartley’s for an experience your kids are sure not to forget! Explore over 2kms of pathways and boardwalks through the park to see a huge variety of native wildlife in their habitats. See huge crocs leaping from the water to snatch their dinner, you can even hold the pole if you’re game (must pre-book to pole-feed the crocs)! For a cuddlier experience there are also some cute and fluffy Koalas to see, as well as wombats, cassowaries, snakes, big and small birds and much more. Included in the entry price are free entry to a range of different shows, such as the crocodile farm tour, snake show, cassowary feeding, koala feeding and more!

kids holiday ideas cuddle a croc at hartleys

Hartley’s is located at Wangetti Beach about 45mins drive north of Cairns City. It is a beautiful drive so give yourself time to stop at some of the beaches past Palm Cove for a quick swim before your crocodile adventure! Don’t forget to bring comfy walking shoes, hat and sunscreen, camera and money for lunch.

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Wet and Wild Tube Rides in Cairns Harbour and Trinity Inlet

If your kids are little adrenaline junkies, then this fast and bumpy ride around the Cairns Harbour and Trinity Inlet on an inflatable tube is a perfect option to kill some time and get the heart racing these school holidays. The kids can choose how calm or crazy they want their ride to be. For those who like a calm ride it is a great way to see the inlet with views across the water to Cairns, and for those who want a faster ride they’re guaranteed to have a good time as the crew tries their best to spin and sling you off the tube.

Kids tube ride trinity inlet

If mum and dad want to get involved too there are tubes big enough for the whole family to enjoy the ride, just get ready to be bounced and whipped around behind a high powered speed boat!

Don’t forget your sunscreen, towels, sunglasses and your sense of adventure!

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Aboriginal Culture Park Experience

Keep the kids busy and help them to learn about our nation’s first peoples and the oldest living culture on earth. A day trip to Tjapukai is an exciting and educational experience and something every kid in Cairns should do at least once! Your kids can learn about aboriginal history and art, native bush foods and medicines, as well as enjoy more engaging activities like boomerang and spear throwing lessons, hunting and weapons demonstrations or boomerang painting.

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Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is located about 15 mins drive north of Cairns next door to the Skyrail terminal at Caravonica. Make sure to bring your comfy shoes, hat, sunscreen and camera!

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Fun Fishing Adventure in Trinity Inlet

Enjoy a day out on the water with the kids chasing some of the beautiful and delicious fish species that call the Cairns Trinity Inlet home, such as Barramundi, Finger Mark, Mangrove Jack, Bream and Queenfish. All quality bait and tackle, morning or afternoon tea and cold drinks are supplied. Your experienced local fishing guide will take you to the best spots available and provide valuable tips and tricks to land that prize catch. Keep your eye out for the other amazing wildlife that call the Inlet home like the big saltwater crocodiles and a huge variety of bird life. Half day tours are available in both the morning and afternoon, or for the serious angling family full day tours are also available. The friendly crew will help clean and prepare your catch to take home for dinner (species and size limit permitting) and the best part is you don’t have to clean the boat at the end of the day!

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Half Day Tours depart at 7:30am or 1:00pm, full day tours start at 6:30am. Note that half day tours are available for a maximum of 6 people. The boat has a large shade but be sure to also bring your sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and camera!

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Looking for something else?

Be sure to get in touch with us for any help or advice selecting the perfect tour to suit you and your family. Looking for tours outside the Cairns region, such as the tablelands, Port Douglas or Mission Beach? We can help with that too, Just give us a call on 1300 761 612.

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