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Travelling with Children

Updated: 05-Feb-2014

Travelling with children can be rewarding for every member of the family. Take it easy, relax, take each day as it comes and don't try to cram too much in..!

The easiest accommodation style to choose when travelling with a family is an apartment or holiday house. They are generally fully equipped with kitchen and laundry facilities adding to the ease of your stay, and also providing much needed space.

Apartments in Port Douglas are plentiful and there are a wide variety of options to suit all budgets and requirements.

The only kids club in Port Douglas is available at the Sheraton Mirage. Catering from 4 to 12 years they offer an activity programs to keep the kids amused for the day.

Family attractions include the Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary and Hartleys Crocodile Park. Both are great options for viewing Australian Wildlife and the Breakfast with the Birds or Lunch with the Lorikeets at the Rainforest Habitat is great fun and really completes the experience.

Reef trips provide a fun and educational experience. Pontoon based reef trips are ideal for families with young children. A pontoon is a stable platform and families love them because they're roomy, theres handy facilities onboard, and there are many activities to keep the kids amused for hours.

The Low Isles is also an ideal trip for families where kids can play in the sand, swim off the beach or take part in the Reef Rangers activity operated by Quicksilver Wavedancer.

Other fun things to do...

Enjoy a fun, relaxing and informative calm water cruise on the Lady Douglas paddle steamer, one of Port Douglas' favourite tours since 1989. This easy family orientated two hour cruise departs at 11:30am for the lunchtime cruise or 4:30pm for a sunset cruise up the estuary.

The Bally Hooley Steam Railway is a small steam train that shuttles between the Marina Mirage, Sheraton Country Club and St.Crispins Station (at the southern end of the golf course). It operates every Sunday and Wednesday.

Rex Smeal Park offers a great barbeque area or place to picnic. There is a kid’s play area and and wonderful open space. Watch the boats arrive back after their day at the reef.

This is also the same area where markets are held every Sunday from 7am to 2pm - a "must do" if your stay in Port Douglas includes a Sunday.  The waterfront comes alive, as local and regional craftspeople, artisans, market growers and live street performers display their fine and varied products.

On The Inlet Seafood restaurant Port Douglas is famous for its spectacular daily display of the giant groper feeding. “George” the groper is a mostly permanent resident beneath the pontoon of the restaurant. Daily at 5.30pm, one of the staff feeds the giant groper with a fresh fish frame. The fish frame is tied to a rope, and the groper launches himself out of the water in order to wrestle the frame off the rope.
Children are made to feel very special at Mango Jam restaurant. They offer colouring in books and free sun visor. The children's menu has all of the favourites, in smaller proportions and at reduced rates, to help make dining out affordable.

Hire a bike…build sand castles on Four Mile Beach…visit Mossman Gorge…take a rainforest walk…


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