Cairns - Tell me where to find the fun
February 22, 2011 5:26 PM   Subscribe

In a few days I'm moving to Cairns, Queensland. What cool and fun things should I look out for in particular to distract and amuse my toddler in our new environment?

Seasonal events and so on would also be good to know.
posted by gomichild to Society & Culture (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Best answer: The Lagoon on the Esplanade is a lovely place just to hang out & to splash & run around. I'm sure he'll love it there, and there'll be loads of other local & visiting parents with kids his size for him to make friends with and go wild with. This is also **FREE**!!

Sugar World, but the slides are closed until December 2011.

Kuranda Steam train & Skyrail & the Kuranda Butterfly Sanctuary.

There's loads of wildlife parks, such as Birdworld, Safari Reserve, Crocodile Park and so forth.

I was going to suggest the the Tjapuki Aborginal Culture centre which is great fun for kids, with story telling, boomerang/spear throwing, dancing, musics, painting etc & has a free kids program, but it is apparently aimed at ages 5 - 11 so that's not so good for you :(
posted by goshling at 5:43 PM on February 23, 2011

Best answer: My sister-in-law moved there with two small kids, and they loved the Lagoon and a free water playground called Muddy's.

She found the Cairns Regional Council website good for family-friendly recommendations until she learned her way around too.
posted by harriet vane at 4:32 AM on February 24, 2011

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