Ask any child under the age of 12 what they remember about their visit to Cairns, and chances are – it’s not the reef or the rainforest – it’s BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut.
It might not be World Heritage-listed, but its bucket loads of fun for both the young and young-at-heart, and you’ll find it just seven minutes outside the city centre.
What Cairns Coconut’s location gives it is lots of space – which they’ve meticulously transformed into cabins, caravan and camping accommodation, with lush landscaped gardens in between, for a stay that feels spacious rather than squishy.
If you’re thinking of travelling north with your tiny travellers, here are nine reasons why the kids (and parents for that matter) will go coconuts for BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut.
There’s so much space
Holiday Parks don’t always get the reputation for being spacious, but Cairns Coconut does – and it has the awards cabinet to prove it.
Its 28 acres of lush, landscaped space affords this holiday park its menu of accommodation options (136 cabins, 209 powered sites) – whether you want to camp, caravan or stay in something more luxurious like their new Superior Condo or Superior Villas.
No matter which way you go, instead of racing between family commitments, you’ll find you’re soon running on tropical time, with meals served on the BBQ on your private cabin deck dictating the time rather than trills of artificial alarms.
Families plugged into devices are replaced with families plugged into conversation, dinners are enjoyed under the stars not by the glow of the TV, and fluoro-lights with games of spotlight by torch light.
It’s a water wonderland
As if the Cairns Lagoon and Great Barrier Reef weren’t aqua attraction enough, at Cairns Coconut you’ll find two swimming pools and splash park complete with a 1200 litre pineapple-shaped tipping bucket.
Their onsite sun-lagoon pool and dual waterslides are popular all year round, thanks to Cairns’ endless summer, where temperatures rarely dip below 20 degrees.
Fun isn’t restricted to water activities only. On dry land, there’s two giant jumping cushions (the largest in the Southern Hemisphere no less), an interactive playground and beach volleyball to fill your days.
The school holiday program is as free as it is fun
No need to keep the whole family entertained all day long – let the team at Cairns Coconut take care of the little ones in their dedicated school holidays activities program.
The program includes options like laser tag, pool parties and disco night, which entitles parents to a moment of respite every day. Please note parents, you’ll need to stay and supervise before you get ideas about squeezing in free aqua aerobics while the kids are occupied.
As guests of the park, kids’ participation is totally free, so you don’t need to worry about shelling out more than your holiday budget allowed.
Outdoor movies are a thing
Enjoy a taste of nostalgia every night at BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut’s onsite outdoor cinema. Each night, a family-friendly movie is played out with the Milk Bar serving up popcorn and lollies for the full cinema experience. Throw down a rug under the stars and watch your favourite movies together, making memories the old-fashioned way.
The whole family can come
If holidays don’t feel like family holidays unless the whole family comes along, you’ll be happy to know Cairns Coconut is four-legged friendly. Well behaved doggos aren’t just allowed on site at the park, they even have their own dog agility park they can burn off extra holiday energy across the tunnels, ramps, and jumping hoops.
You can literally check in and not leave
Having too much fun at home base? Cairns Coconut get it, that’s why they have the Milk Bar and Coco’s Bistro serving breakfast, lunch and dinner so you can leave your car parked from the moment you pull in.
On the menu you’ll find the likes of pizzas, pastas and steaks, for when DIY dinner becomes too much. You’re on holidays and shouldn’t be cooking, after all.
Wander down palm-lined streets towards your dinner, taking the quaintly named avenues that snap you straight into holiday spirit ambling down Coconut Boulevard and Sugarcane Drive.
If you have to leave, the adventure is going to be great
When you’ve got the Great Barrier Reef in your front yard and Wet Tropics Rainforest in your back yard, you know the day tripping is going to be good.
Tours to both (and more!) can be booked on site to take the stress out of coordination, whether it’s a day trip to new rainforest heights with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, to the outer reef or to see the underwater world without getting wet at the Cairns Aquarium.
Access to the Reef Fleet Terminal and rainforest is simple by car, but transfers from reception can be arranged easily for you too.
There’s pedal kart rentals
If getting around the 28 acres starts to get weary on two feet, swap to wheels with the onsite pedal kart rentals.
Picture a tricycle and a go kart combined and you’ve got the idea of your new mode of transport – watch out campsite, they’re about to see you rollin’.
You can pick them up from reception to get around the resort on four wheels.
Tee off at mini golf
Already ticked off the World Heritage-listed wonders? Why not unleash your inner competitive spirit at mini golf? Cairns Coconut’s onsite 18-hole mini golf circuit is where you can test your swing; simply book at reception.
P.S. for real golf, you’ll be happy to know Cairns Coconut is within walking distance of the Cairns Golf Club if you’ve long since graduated from mini-golf.