Top 10 Family Resorts In Cairns, Australia

Francis
Francis 
Updated

Cairns is a tropical city in the Far North of Queensland that directly leads to the Great Barrier Reef (GBR )– the planet’s biggest collection of coral reefs. Above and below the water, the reef is stunningly beautiful. North of Cairns lies the mountainous rainforests of Daintree National Park. Panoramic forest vistas, waterfalls, wild rivers, rugged gorges, coastal scenery, and pristine beaches make the area exceptionally beautiful. Outdoor adventurers will love snorkeling above the GBR’s coral gardens, sailing to captivating islands, or kayaking along the beach. Also, the state park’s 100 million-year-old rainforests and rivers draw scientists, nature lovers, and scenery seekers alike. For a comfortable and fun stay with the family, check out our list of the top family resorts in Cairns, Australia.

1. Mantra Amphora (from USD 259)

A beachfront resort, Mantra Amphora is only a minute’s walk from the beach adjacent to the palm-fringed beach of Palm Cove. The lagoon-style outdoor pool surrounded by beach chairs and loungers has a shallow end that is safe for children. All rooms including family rooms have balconies with either a pool, garden, or ocean view. For an additional cost, babysitting/ child services are available. WiFi is available too for a reasonable fee per 24 hours.

Palm Cove Beach is merely 30 meters (98.4 feet) away from the resort while bars and boutique shops are just a walking distance away.


Mantra Amphora

Wifi Available

Address: 49-63 Williams Esplanade
Accommodates: 7

Parking Garden Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Babysitting/child services Family rooms Free parking Internet services

2. Melaleuca Resort (from USD 82)

Generously spaced and lightly furnished with stunningly simple decors, Melaleuca Resort features self-contained apartments. Just a minute’s walk from the beach, this four-star accommodation boasts a tranquil saltwater pool. Each apartment features a kitchen, a balcony with a view, and free WiFi. A picnic area and a barbecue grill are available in the garden.

Play board games and puzzles with the family or enjoy hiking, horseback riding, or snorkeling outdoors. The soundproof rooms help you sleep soundly at night. Moreover, babysitting services are available for an added cost. Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is 11.3 kilometers (7.02 miles) away from the resort.


Melaleuca Resort

Wifi Available

Address: 85-93 Williams Esplanade
Accommodates: 3

Parking Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Fishing Babysitting/child services

3. The Villas Palm Cove (from USD 98)

Rated as a four-star resort, The Villas Palm Cove offers self-contained restful accommodations. All rooms are air-conditioned and they have access to free WiFi. Each room has a satellite TV, a full kitchen, laundry facilities, and a secure garage. The pool is fenced and it has shallow ends that are safe for kids. Swimming pool toys are also available upon request. Babysitting services are available for an additional charge.

Enjoy a leisurely walk to the beach; Pal Cove Beach is only an eight-minute walk away.


The Villas Palm Cove

Wifi Available

Address: 24 Warren Street
Accommodates: 9

Parking Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Babysitting/child services Laundry Dry cleaning

4. 201 Lake Street (from USD 227)

The serenity of the landscaped garden with palm and tropical plants makes 201 Lake Street a top-of-mind choice for families who wish to visit the area. Only a 10-minute walk from the beach, the resort is also conveniently near Cairn’s Central Business District. Cairns Rainforest Dome is also just 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) away.

Offering family rooms, WiFi is free and tea/coffee-making facilities are available in all rooms. Each residence is spacious with contemporary furnishings and elegant fixtures. Guests can use the loungers and beach chairs on the pool patio. The shallow end of the pool makes it kid-safe.


201 Lake Street

Wifi Available

Address: 201 Lake Street
Accommodates: 5

Parking Garden Non-smoking rooms Dry cleaning Family rooms Free parking Internet services Lift

5. Paradise in the Tropics (from USD 115)

With a sun deck, a terrace, and its proximity to Ellis and Palm Cove Beach, Paradise in the Tropics draws families looking to unwind in the beautiful city of Cairns. With its scenic paths, biking is a popular pastime in the area. Bike and car hires are available at the resort. Each of the three outdoor pools is fenced and has shallow ends. Smoke barbecue on the terrace or play board games with your kids. Complimentary 5 GB WiFi is also accessible throughout the property.

Bluewater Marina is 8.3 kilometers (5.15 miles) from the resort.


Paradise in the Tropics

Wifi Available

Address: Coral Coast Drive Apartment 408, White Cowrie
Accommodates: 2

Parking Garden Terrace Airport shuttle Laundry Free parking Internet services Lift

6. The Reef Retreat Palm Cove (from USD 81)

The Reef Retreat Palm Cove is a four-star accommodation that offers easy access to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Nestled just a minute’s walk from Palm Cove Beach, Bluewater Marina is only 7.3 kilometers (4.53 miles) from the resort.

Each guestroom includes a private balcony with a garden or pool view. The rooms feature a flat-screen TV and air-conditioning. Three-bedroom apartments with a full kitchen are also available off-site. The apartments feature a terrace or a balcony with a street or pool view. Also, the heated outdoor pool has a fence for added safety measures. For an additional fee, you and your kids can enjoy snorkeling, horseback riding, fishing, and canoeing.


The Reef Retreat Palm Cove

Wifi Available

Address: 10-14 Harpa Street
Accommodates: 6

Parking Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Fishing Laundry

7. Palm Royale Cairns (from USD 90)

Nestled in a hectare (2.5 acres) of lush tropical garden, Palm Royal Cairns captivates with a spa pool and two outdoor saltwater pools. One of the pools has a shallow end that is safe for kids. The Mediterranean-inspired designs give an air of elegance in every room. Each room includes a balcony with a view of the garden. All rooms are air-conditioned and WiFi is free. Plus, a TV, tea/coffee-making facilities, and a refrigerator are found in each room. Car rentals and laundry services are also available.

Rusty’s Markets and The Cairns Museum are only about 3.7 kilometers (2.29 miles) away from the resort.


Palm Royale Cairns

Wifi Available

Address: 7 - 11 Chester Court
Accommodates: 5

Parking Meeting/banquet facilities 24-hour front desk Garden Non-smoking rooms Laundry Dry cleaning Facilities for disabled guests

8. Peppers Beach Club & Spa (from USD 272)

Set in a tropical garden, Peppers Beach Club & Spa is a luxurious resort with cozy rooms fitted with a balcony. The flat-screen TV includes a children’s movie channel among the many movie channels. Each suite has a living area, a dining area, and a kitchen. Guests can also use the spa pool, WiFi, and barbecue facilities. For an additional fee, you can also use the onsite watersport facilities and bicycle rentals, and avail of babysitting services.

Palm Cove Beach is just a two-minute walk from the resort, while Bluewater Marina is 7.6 kilometers (4.7 miles) away.


Peppers Beach Club & Spa

Wifi Available

Address: 123 Williams Esplanade
Accommodates: 6

Parking Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Tennis court Fitness centre Garden Non-smoking rooms

9. Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort & Spa (from USD 218)

This spa resort is a five-star accommodation of luxurious studios and apartments. It also boasts a relaxing spa, porches that lead to a man-made rainforest, and outdoor pools. All three saltwater pools are fenced and have shallow ends. The studios and apartments are beautifully furnished and come with a kitchen, a balcony or terrace, and a spa bath. A kid-friendly buffet, baby safety gates, and board games are available. For an additional cost, kids’ meals and babysitting services are available. Free Wifi is also accessible throughout the property.

The resort is only a 4-minute walk away while Cairns is only a 25-minute drive from the resort.


Pullman Palm Cove Sea Temple Resort & Spa

Wifi Available

Address: 5 Triton Street
Accommodates: 5

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Tennis court Fitness centre

10. Cairns Gateway Resort (from USD 38)

Nestled in a 2-hectare (5-acre) tropical garden, Cairns Gateway Resort’s lush lagoon-style pool with a waterfall exudes serene sophistication. The lush garden has outdoor furniture, barbecue facilities, and a kids’ playground that draws families to the resort. All rooms have free WiFi, a satellite TV, tea/coffee-making facilities, and a work desk.

The Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest are nearby. The Center of Contemporary Arts is only 10.13 kilometers (6.3 miles) from the resort.


Cairns Gateway Resort

Wifi Available

Address: 1/21 Anderson Road, Woree
Accommodates: 3

Parking Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Non-smoking rooms Free parking Internet services Safety deposit box Children's playground

Head to the enchanting Cairns

With two UNESCO World Heritage sites – the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics found near and in Cairns – the city allures outdoor adventure seekers and natural beauty seekers from different parts of the world. Whether you want to spend a fun time on the beach, a hike on lush trails, or sail and snorkel above coral reefs, Cairns is the city for you. So book now and head to the majestic Cairns, Australia.

Disclosure: Trip101 selects the listings in our articles independently. Some of the listings in this article contain affiliate links.

Get Trip101 in your inbox

Unsubscribe in one click. See our privacy policy for more information on how we use your data

Francis is a writer, an avid reader, and a traveler. He likes to eat sushi inside concrete minimalist restaurants and walk through Chinatown while eating Champoy. He has a grey cat named Siopao-...Read more

 Want to contribute as a Local Expert?
Explore Cairns
Good things are meant to be shared!