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Cairns Family Accommodation

Cairns is a tropical playground perfect for the whole family. With its abundance of natural wonders, exciting activities, casual dining options, family-friendly resorts and hotels, Cairns is the ultimate destination for your next family holiday.


Cairns Hotels and Resorts for Families 

Crystalbrook Riley

Located on Cairns Esplanade, Crystalbrook Riley is the ultimate 5-Star Cairns resort for families. Crystalbrook Riley is just a stone's throw away from the Cairns Esplanade Lagoon, shopping and entertainment centres and some of the best kid-friendly attractions in Cairns. With a 1000+ sqm swimming lagoon, a man-made beach and delicious poolside snacks and an inflatable ready to jump on, Crystalbrook Riley is both a luxury Queensland resort and children's paradise. 

Crystalbrook Bailey 

The hotel and residences at Crystalbrook Bailey combine luxury and fun for the whole family. The Urban Family Room has two interconnecting bedrooms, complimentary movies for the kids, plus luxury amenities for mum and dad. Need a little more space? Crystlabrook Bailey residences are the best Cairns family residences that provides the perfect family accommodation in Cairns, with one, two and three-bedroom residences, complete with all the creature comforts of home.

Crystalbrook Flynn

With Eléme Day Spa for mum, a 24-hour fitness centre for dad, glass swimming pools and three floors of superb restaurants, Crystalbrook Flynn is guaranteed to delight the whole family with its unique Cairns family accommodation. Crystalbrook Flynn's Family Urban Room or the two bedroom suites are perfect for your next family trip with two interconnecting bedrooms, two king beds or four king singles, fast and free WIFI, Nespresso machine, complimentary movies and more. 


Cairns Family Restaurants

Paper Crane

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Paper Crane at Crystalbrook Riley is guaranteed to delight both parents and children. Using delicious Queensland produce, the menu is a spicy mix of South–East Aisain inspired dishes. Kids can enjoy egg noodles with chicken, steamed rice and vegetables or a special Bento Box with tasty spring rolls and bao buns.

Flynn's Italian

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Flynn's Italian offers a communal dining experience and family-style food in a warm and inviting setting. The restaurant serves up Italian classics like eggplant parmigiana and prawn linguine, and for the kids, the Bambini menu includes Fusilli Pomodoro, 14-minute steak with chat potatoes and an impressive gelato selection.

Boardwalk Social

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Boardwalk Social has a vibrant setting with market-style food, live music and good vibes! The menu is inspired by gastropub classics and local ingredients, with family favourites including battered fish and chips, gourmet burgers, sourdough pizzas, tacos, nachos and more. Facing on to the new Esplanade Dining Precinct it’s the perfect relaxed venue for the whole family to enjoy.


Things to do in Cairns with Kids

Cairns Aquarium 

A Man And Two Children Looking At A Large AquariumWithin walking distance of all three Crystalbrook hotels and resorts, Cairns Aquarium is a magical underwater world where kids can get up close with crocodiles, sharks, colourful reef fish, freshwater fish, pythons, emerald tree monitors, rays and more. Learn about the animals and habitats endemic to Tropical North Queensland, enjoy daily ecosystem talks, live diver feeds, exciting animal presentations, and marine touch'n talk shows.

Muddy's Playground 

Muddy's Playground is conveniently located on Cairns Esplanade, less than 2 minutes from Crystalbrook Riley. Muddy's is a safe splash playground and parkland with water play areas, rope bridge, playhouses, puzzles and more. Enjoy pancakes, a smoothie, tacos, burgers and more at Muddy's Cafe while the kids enjoy a few hours of playtime. 

Green Island

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Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Green Island is one of Queensland's best attractions for families. The idyllic island is only a 45-minute boat ride from Cairns and provides the perfect family day out. A natural wonderland and protected marine park, Green Island provides plenty of adventure with diving, snorkelling, windsurfing and more.


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Once you have explored the Great Barrier Reef, enjoy a family day trip to Kuranda — Cairns' favourite mountain town. Highlights include the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which runs over 7km above the rainforest canopy of the Barron Gorge National Park, or the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway that runs on the edge of the rainforest from Cairns to Kuranda. The town itself is home to two colourful outdoor markets, the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, Birdworld and the Koala Gardens.

Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome

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Down the road from the Crystalbrook Collection of hotels and resorts is Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome. Located in a wildlife park atop the Reef Hotel Casino, the world's first challenge ropes course provides a day of all-out adventure. Cuddle a koala, enjoy an interactive Australian wildlife presentation, glide along the Mid-ZOOM and Hi-ZOOM zipline courses above the dome's 4-metre saltwater crocodile. 

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What they said:

This is a luxurious property with awesome customer service. The attention to detail from each member of staff was top class.

Ideal location too, just a short walk to nearby shops/bars or for our family to the lagoon or Muddy’s playground for the kids. The Crystalbrook Flynn Pools were an excellent place to relax and take a dip. As expected Rooms are well appointed, spacious, clean with very comfortable bedding. The espresso machine got a real workout too.


Crystalbrook Flynn, Kim, Tripadvisor

Great NEW hotel in a fantastic location on the esplanade. Close to restaurants and shops. Our adjoining hotel rooms were large and clean and great for a family with 2 small children. A lovely stay with exceptionally friendly staff.

Crystalbrook Flynn, Lulu, Tripadvisor

Bailey (along with Riley and Flynn) offer top quality family rooms in Cairns at a great price. Cairns is long overdue for hotel upgrades and after staying at nearly all of the Cairns hotels over the last 10 years, Crystalbrook’s offerings are second to none. 

On arrival we were greeted by friendly and efficient staff members who always exceed our expectations. We had a great “grab and go” breakfast of fresh coffee and warm muffins, locally made yogurt and juice - all included in our room rate. The rooms are immaculately clean, well presented and have everything required. Our family loves all of the Crystalbrook hotels in Cairns and look forward to our next stay.


Crystalbrook Bailey, Nick, Tripadvisor

Best family resort in Queensland! ​​My family had a staycation for the long weekend and it was perfect. We booked a one bedroom apartment but got upgraded to a 2 bedroom apartment. Rooms were beautiful and fresh. Also housekeeping did amazing on request within 5 mins! Thank you! We loved that everything was walking distance! We enjoyed our stay and look forward to staying with you more in the future. 


Crystalbrook Bailey, Grace, Tripadvisor

We have just returned from a luxurious and relaxing 10 night family stay at Crystalbrook Riley. We were a group of 7 travellers (family of 5 with three kids aged 15, 13 and 11) and grandparents. The hotel facilities deliver as pictured online if not better. The pools are stunning as are the rooms. 3 large connected pools with one beach/sand pool and massive spa - lots of options to keep everyone happy! We travelled during school holidays so there were lots of little kids, and with music playing around the pool area it made for a really fun family friendly lux vibe.