A new soft play area for little ones and their parents is set to open at Fitzroy Island Resort, off the coast of Cairns, in spring. Artistic resort staff will paint the mural to decorate the new space which will, of course, feature turtles – something the island is known for. Guests can also visit the nearby Turtle Rehabilitation Centre during their stay.
Just a 45-minute boat ride from the mainland, the affordable resort offers a range of interactive child-friendly activities, overseen by its tours and activities coordinator. The newest, Mad Science, gives kids aged eight to 15 the opportunity to conduct controlled experiments. Other activities include daily fish feeding on the jetty at 11.30am and 3.30pm, and arts and crafts for children aged five to 11. There are also ‘touch and learn’ sessions with marine specimens, as well as a Junior Marine Biologist Program, in which children aged five and up can spend the morning with the resort’s resident marine biologist and learn about our oceans and marine life through a series of hands-on activities. They include a glass bottom boat tour, beachcombing, water quality experiments and learning about the anatomy of marine animals. The program runs from 9.30am to 12.30pm every Sunday and costs $55 per child, with participants presented with certificates at the end. Both resort guests and day tour guests are welcome, but bookings are essential.