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Best play parks in Cairns

Cairns is a fabulous place for kids – situated in Tropical North Qld the weather is warm and always invites you to get outside and have fun. If you’re looking for some places to play, here are some of the best play parks in Cairns.

Cairns playgrounds

Muddy’s Playground

Everyone knows that it can get very hot up north – and Muddy’s is the perfect place to cool down when the temperature rises. As well as a big splash park there are also 3 great all abilities play areas with cubby houses, swings, musical play, climbing frames and a flying fox. Add to this a fab little fish and chip café that also serves good coffee and you’ve got something for all the family! Public toilets available.

Muddy’s is situated on Cairns Esplanade with beautiful views over the water.

Cairns playgrounds

Fig Tree Playground

At the Southern end of the Esplanade is the Fig Tree playground – where a series of steps, platforms, slides, tunnels and play equipment has been built in and around a giant fig tree – nature play at it’s finest! There is also a lovely Esplanade walk along the water at this end of town – as well as the cruise ship terminal adjacent where you can watch the giant ships come and go. Coffee is available at a lovely little café next to the park too and there are public toilets.

Cairns playgrounds

Endeavour Fun Ship

At the Northern end of the Esplanade is the Endeavour Fun Ship – known locally as the Pirate Ship. Your little ones can play on the boats while looking out across the sea – being close to the airport you can also spot the planes flying low overhead too and watch the helicopters pass by over the water. Take your buckets and spades and go for a dig in the sand afterwards. There are toilets here but no refreshments so bring your own picnic or coffee.

Cairns playgrounds

Goomboora Park

Our favourite park in Cairns! You’ll need transport to get here as it’s about a 10 minute drive from the City in the leafy suburb of Brinsmead. A giant green space with bike tracks, bush walks, fresh creek swimming and a huge nature playpark make this a great spot to spend the whole day. There are toilets, picnic tables and BBQs too. At the entrance to the park is caravan park with a lovely café where you can get meals of coffee – you can also buy turtle food at reception and they will show you where to walk down to the creek in the park to feed them.

Goomboora park is also pet friendly so you can take your four legged fur babies with you too!

Cairns playgrounds

Sugarworld Parklands

Another great place to cool down in Cairns is Sugarworld – a water park with slides, a tipping bucket, tube rides and splash parks. There is a fee to enter but right outside the waterpark is a big free all abilities play park where you can spot peacocks and also admire old steam trains on display. Toilets, picnic tables and BBQs available.

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About the Author:

Bryony is a mum of two boys under 4 currently doing a lap of Australia in our new home - a Toyota Coaster Bus! We are looking for the best family friendly spots around the country - as well as writing about the life of parenting on the road. You can check out Bryony's blog Coasting Australia here, or you can follow her on Facebook or Instagram.

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