It can be a tough feat keeping the whole gang happy on a family holiday. Ideas of ‘holiday fun’ can vary amongst the generations and genders.
Dad might be happy by the pool with a XXXX Gold or Great Northern stubby in hand, Mum wants to hit the boutiques and the little ones want to spend the day building a multitude of sandcastles on Four Mile Beach. However, the biggest challenge of any vacation can be tearing your teenager away from their social media device!
Never fear, the team at Cayman Villas are here to provide some tried and tested advice on the very best of Family Fun activities in Port Douglas. Here are our top picks!
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
Long renowned as one of the best activities in Port Douglas, Hartleys Crocodile Farm is a unique, fun and educational experience for the whole family. Hartley’s is a multi-award winning eco-adventure attraction located 25 minutes South of Port Douglas. Learn all about these pre-historic creatures on one of their famous Crocodile Feeding Cruises that is sure to get your heart racing! Even better, there is a multitude of wildlife at Hartley’s that you can interact with including emu’s, koalas, kangaroos, wombats and more. Pre-booking is essential, click here for more information and bookings.
Four Mile Beach Fun
Everybody loves a family beach day – especially when the beach is just 150m from your accommodation at Cayman Villas! Think sunshine, sand, salt water and stunning views over the pristine ocean and mountains covered in lush rainforest. If simply kicking back and soaking up the sun is not enough, you can hire inflatables, stand up paddleboards and more. Ask our friendly staff about borrowing our beach accessories including buckets, spades and boogie boards.
Feeling hungry? The best spot for lunch is the Port Douglas Surf Club, located just moments from the sandy beach with killer views, a fantastic kids menu and friendly smiles. Don’t forget to grab a refreshing icy treat from the beach buggy that drives up and down the beach.
And remember… slip, slop, slap!
Forget glass confinements and locked up cages! The Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat is all about getting in touch with nature and putting you INSIDE the Zoo! This unique interactive Wildlife experience has four open environments that allow guests and wildlife to mingle in a spacious natural setting.
If you want to try something a little different, you can experience ‘Breakfast with the Birds’, ‘Lunchtime with the Lorikeets’ or ‘WildNIGHT‘ nocturnal tour. Admission includes free daily tours and the entertainment doesn’t stop there – it’s a 5-day park pass so you can keep coming back for more and keep the kids happy! Click here for more information and bookings.
Bally Hooley Steam Railway
Choo Choo! All aboard the Bally Hooley! This classic steam train runs on most Sundays in Port Douglas between Marina Mirage Station and St Crispin’s Station. The train was originally operated by Mossman Mill to haul sugar through the cane fields, but it is now operated by a group of dedicated volunteers. The scenic round trip takes about an hour and passes through some of the Port Douglas’ golf courses, mangroves and resorts. Try your luck at spotting a crocodile in the tidal lake at St. Crispin’s!
Make a day of it and jump on and off at the various spots for coffee, a swim or a bite to eat. The train operates more frequently during busy periods, ask the friendly staff at Cayman Villas for more information.
From June to October, the gardens at QT Resort are transformed to a tropical Moonlight Cinema. The film schedule boasts a multitude of movies to entertain audiences of all ages – from family classics to adventure packed actions, chick’s flicks to sci-fi, hilarious comedies and more. You can satisfy your cravings with all your favourite movie time snacks, mouth-watering hot food and a fully licensed bar on-site. There are beanbags available for hire or you can pack your own gear and enjoy your favourite film under the stars! Click here to read more.
Pool Day at Cayman Villas
Let’s face it, relaxation is the ultimate goal of any holiday! Take away the stress of planning an excursion and make the most of our expansive horizon pool at Cayman Villas. Our pool area is equipped with shade umbrellas, BBQ’s, sun loungers and pool accessories. Cayman Villas is also just 150m from Four Mile Beach, 150m to the Kids playground, 200m to Macrossan St and 400m to the Marina.