6 things to do these school holidays in Tropical North Queensland
There’s plenty of activities to tick off the list these September school holidays!
Got a smartphone? Got an Instagram account? Great. Let the iPhoneography begin! On Saturday 4 October, Queensland is holding the biggest Instameet. Ever. That means people like you, all around the state, are going to meet up in groups to snap away and upload their pics to Instagram in the biggest show-and-tell about their hometown or holiday spot. Find out where you can get in on the action here. Confused? Get the lowdown on Instameets here.
2. Tweety birds
Get tweeting these school holidays at the Cairns ZOOm and Wildlife Dome. After you zipline over a crocodile and tackle the high ropes course, flit into the new small bird aviary where free-flying wood swallow, gouldian finches and fig parrots are waiting to play. Adults $24; Children $12; Family pass $60 (entry only). Packages with extra activities are available.
3. Bad Fishy
Screamo might look like Nemo, but Bad Fishy’s jet boat is even more energetic – taking you for a 35-minute thrill ride with a healthy dose of white-knuckle spins, fish-tails and water-walls, all set against the spectacular tropical backdrops of Trinity Inlet. When you’re not flying at full speed, the driver will school you in the local flora and fauna. Adults $68. Children $39. Family pass $180.
4. Tropical artists
Set your inner Banksy or Michelangelo free with workshops in 3D drawing, spray painting, stencilling, painting and pottery just some of the artistic activities on offer at the Cairns Regional Gallery these school hols. You’ll be taught by working artists and art teachers and there are three agree groups: 2-7yrs, 6-12yrs and teens. Events are also being held in Edmonton, Kuranda and Port Douglas.
5. Junior zoo keeper
Want to know what it’s like to work for Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas? These school holidays, join their Junior Keepers program to live a day in the life of a keeper, helping out with caring for koalas, crocodiles, reptiles, kangaroos and cassowaries. It’s open to juniors aged 14-8 and will run on selected days. The four-hour session includes lunch and afternoon tea. Cost $35. Bookings essential.
6. Dreamtime walk
For a history lesson that’s nothing like school and all about the stories and legends of the Kuku Yalanji people, book a Dreamtime Walk at the Mossman Gorge Centre. You’ll be welcomed with a traditional ‘smoking’ ceremony to ward off bard spirits, then explore the rainforest with an Indigenous guide, who will point out bush food and traditional plant uses. You’ll even make soap with leaves and see your guide demonstrate ochre painting. Top it off with yummy bush tea and damper. Departs 5 times daily. Adults $55. Children $25. Family pass $135.