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2 January, 2021

School holiday fun with Adventure Mumma

Stuck for things to do with the kids this festive season?

By Nicole Gibson

With more than 10,000 followers on social media, locals and travelers alike have been taking local mother and photographer turned family adventure blogger, Kate Richard’s tips on travelling in Tropical North Queensland since 2014. 

Here we get her take on the fun and affordable adventures families can have in Cairns this festive season.

1. Cairns Zoom 

Cairns Zoom is a great high energy, all-weather option for families. 

Being indoors and in the heart of the city it is an easy access option for families to escape on rainy days and burn off those festive feasts with zip lines, rope challenges and a wildlife dome. Kate says yearly passes make it an affordable option for families too. 

2. Frankland Islands 

When people think island escapes, they tend to think of Green or Fitzroy Islands however Kate says with camping, kayaking and other adventures, Frankland Islands is a hidden gem everyone needs to get to. 

Connected to the mainland hundreds of thousands of years ago, the group of five islands is now a World Heritage listed underwater wonderland with beautiful beaches and rainforests. 

 PHOTO: Adventure Mumma

3. Lake Eacham 

Families can beat the heat with some super affordable fun in the pristine waters of this former volcano. Kate recommends taking a picnic lunch, some lilos and snorkel masks for a day of lazing about or getting up close and personal with the marine life in the lake. 

There is also a walk around the lake which is a great way to for the kids to expend some energy.

4. Daintree and Mossman George 

 Locals from Cooktown to Cardwell can visit Mossman George and the Daintree for free with a Douglas Locals Card. 

The card is available via the Douglas Shire Council’s website and offers locals unlimited free Daintree Ferry trips and a free entry options for Mossman Gorge as well.

5. Butterfly Sanctuary 

The Butterfly Sanctuary in Kuranda is another great way to adventure in your own back yard. Just a short drive up the range from Cairns, it is home to the largest collection of butterflies in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Locals also receive 20 percent discount on entry. This option is both beautiful and educational with butterfly viewing in the dome and talks on their lifecycle and habits. With hundreds of butterflies in the dome, Kate’s top tip is to wear blues and reds if you want them to land on you.

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