7 things to do these school holidays in Tropical North Queensland
There’s plenty of activities to tick off the list these school holidays, especially if you’re in Tropical North Queensland!
1. Island Adventure
Ocean trampolines, glass-bottom boat tours, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and a turtle rehabilitation centre are just some of the kid-friendly activities on offer at Fitzroy Island (a short 45-minute boat ride from Cairns). Surrounded by calm shallow waters and fringing reef, it’s ideal for snorkelling right off the beach.
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 $69. Children $45. Family pass $195.
4. 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 with caring for koalas, crocodiles, reptiles, kangaroos and cassowaries. It’s open to junior rangers aged 8-14 and will run on selected days. The four-hour session includes lunch and afternoon tea. Cost $40. Bookings essential.
5. 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 with sculpture, jewellery making and food mosaic classes on offer. Children from 2 years of age can join in the fun with a parent/carer.
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 five times daily. Adults $68. Children (5 – 15yrs) $34. Family pass $169.
7. Treetop travel
Soar through the treetops and ascend over pristine tropical rainforest canopy with panoramic views out to the Coral Sea and Highlands. The Skyrail rainforest experience has two mid-stations: Red Peak and Barron Falls where you can join a guided tour to learn the magic of the ancient rainforest or wander the pathways and displays at your leisure. Prices start from $51 Adults; $25.50 Children; Family pass $127.50.